A Quick and Easy Guide to Layering Skincare

October 19, 2023

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Whether you're a beauty minimalist who has narrowed your skincare routine down to a few go-to products or a beauty vixen who loves incorporating new products into your self-care rituals, it's crucial to understand the proper method of layering skincare. Knowing which products to use in which order can ensure that your skincare products are even more effective at targeting your specific skin care concerns, from reducing the signs of aging to targeting blemishes and reducing breakouts.

Here at LAB.OTANICA we create multi-tasking products made with potent botanical ingredients that are healthy for your body, spirit, and the planet Earth. We love incorporating powerful plant magic into every single formulation, with products that target various skincare concerns all in one. Since each herb has many known powers, one product can have many solutions and be effective for multiple skin types and conditions so that you can achieve your skincare goals with fewer products (not to mention without all the toxic chemicals found in many modern beauty brands!)


If you're brand new to natural beauty, or you're designing your very own skincare ritual for the first time, you may find yourself questioning the best order in which to apply your products. We want you to get the most out of our products, so we've created this helpful guide to teach you the process of skincare layering.

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In this skincare layering guide, we'll discuss each step in the LAB.OTANICA ritual to help you achieve healthy and radiant skin. Remember that your personal ritual is able to be totally personalized! You can use as many of the products as you choose or narrow it down to a few cult favorites. At a minimum, we recommend a hydrating cleanser, toner, and a luxurious moisturizer; then, you can add in steps as you see fit to reach your individual skin goals. Layering skincare shouldn't feel complicated and confusing. Once you understand the process of layering skincare actives, the process will become intuitive.


Soon, your skincare layering routine will become second nature, and if you're anything like us here at LAB.OTANICA, it will soon become one of your favorite self-care rituals that you perform each and every day. Your skincare routine is a time to relax, focus your energy inward, and give yourself a much-needed daily dose of self-love.


Tips for Layering Skincare

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If you're brand new to skincare and looking to begin a daily regimen, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that you'll want to apply your products based on their consistency after you cleanse your face. Start with the lightest products (like a toner mist, and move towards the heaviest products, like a luxurious face oil.) 


It's also a good idea to remember to moisturize as a final step when layering skincare products. All of your special serums with ingredients that target specific skincare concerns should be applied before you moisturize so that those active skincare ingredients can fully absorb into the skin. The moisturizer will help to lock them in so that they can work their magic. 

LaB.OTANICA Skincare Layering Order

Step One: Cleanse

Every great skincare routine starts with a cleanse. Before you begin, don't forget to wash your hands as well. LAB.OTANICA offers two incredible cleansers to choose from: Revelation Bi-Phase Rose Cleansing Oil and Clearity Micellar Cleansing Floral Water. You can choose either of these cleansers or use both for the ultimate double cleanse. 


Clearity Micellar Cleansing Floral Water is formulated with ylang-ylang and chamomile flowers to help soothe the skin while removing dirt, makeup and impurities. 


These powerful botanical ingredients are known to have antibacterial properties and can help to boost skin regeneration and regulate the oil production of your skin. The intoxicating scent of these flowers is both calming and refreshing. It will wake you up while simultaneously helping decrease feelings of stress or anxiety. 


It's even energetically charged with quartz crystals to help cleanse your aura and increase clarity and positive energy. To use Clearity Micellar Cleansing Floral Water, simply apply a few pumps on a cotton round and gently wipe away dirt, makeup, and impurities. 

For a deep clean that really penetrates the pores and draws out dirt and impurities, opt for the Bi-Phase Rose Cleansing Oil. Formulated with rose oil and floral water, it will cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Powerful botanical ingredients include sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, calendula flowers, and of course sensual roses! These ingredients can help to boost collagen production while hydrating, cleansing, and healing the skin. This oil is charged with amethyst crystals which help to increase intuition, reduce stress, and stimulate the skin. 


To use Bi-Phase Rose Cleansing Oil, first remember to shake up your bottle. Since it's formulated with all-natural ingredients, there can be separation. Give the bottle a good shake, and then pump the oil into your palms before massaging your face, neck, and eyes in a circular motion to remove makeup and dirt. You can place a clean washcloth soaked in warm water over your face for a few moments, allowing the heat to help the oil draw impurities from deep within your pores, before wiping it away.

Step Two: Tone

After you've washed your face, it's time to apply your Clear-Voyant Facial Toning Mist. This clear-voyant facial toning mist is known to balance congested, blemished, and inflamed skin with its flower-powered tonic. In addition to tonifying pores and promoting healthy circulation, clear-voyant is a favorite when it comes to hydrating and resetting your glow. It can also be used as a setting makeup spray if you just want a quick refresh or feel dull and dry.


Shake well to activate. After cleansing your face, spritz this flower-power duo as needed, take a deep breath and feel the shift. Follow with the Alchemic Brightening Facial Oil. Clear-Voyant is great to use any time your skin is feeling dry or dehydrated.

Step Three: Apply Specialty Products and Serums

Once you've cleansed and toned, it's time to apply products that are full of skincare actives to target specific skincare concerns. LAB.OTANICA offers a multi-tasking duo of products that serve to both moisturize and target specific skincare concerns. 


For under eyes, apply Visionary De-Puffing Eye Elixir.This lightweight yet luxurious EYE ELIXIR is designed to moisturize and alleviate fatigued, dull, puffy, and tired delicate skin around the eyes. It features a blend of botanical lightweight oils, including SEA BUCKTHORN OIL, AVOCADO OIL, and ARGAN OIL infused with chamomile flowers. The ingredients in this elixir are known to soothe, brighten, and hydrate the skin while boosting elasticity and reducing inflammation around the eyes.


Naturally scented with FRANKINCENSE, this liquid gold is known to tighten the skin and calm inflammation. But we're not done yet! For extra plant magic, this elixir is also amazing as a brow and lash conditioner. 

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Place the roller on the outside corner of your under-eye. Roll inward and trace a figure eight motion around your eyes, passing through your third eye point and over the brows. Follow by gently massaging the elixir into your brows, under-eyes, lids, and temples.

Step Four: Moisturize

Moisturizing your skin should be the final step in your skincare routine, as it will lock in all of the great ingredients and keep your skin hydrated and supple as you go about your day. LAB.OTANICA offers two great moisturizers to choose from.

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Our cult-favorite product, Alchemic Brightening Facial Oil, serves double duty and acts as a Vitamin C Serum as well as a rich facial moisturizer. This lightweight yet luxurious brightening facial oil addresses four problems in one formula. It is known to deeply hydrate, boost collagen production, calm inflammation, and balance hyperpigmentation. This beautiful blend of botanical ingredients, including passion fruit, sea buckthorn, and marula, has been shown to repair damage caused by UV exposure, visibly plumping and balancing the skin. 


The facial oil is naturally scented with neroli, an oil extracted from Italian orange blossoms regarded for its uplifting aroma and known to promote cell regeneration and improve the elasticity of the skin. This brightening facial oil is perfect for all skin types.


Use morning and night, massage 2-3 drops onto a clean and toned face and neck. Follow with the rest of your skincare and sun protection ritual.

B-Magic Skin Regeneration Cream is another great option if you're used to a creamy lotion. This is a "magic" skin regeneration cream that boosts hydration and seals moisture into your skin. 


Sweet almond oil and calendula flowers join forces to calm dry, cracked, and irritated skin. The protective qualities of beeswax are used to create a hydrating protective layer over the skin to reduce inflammation. 

Not only is this b-magic cream known to have antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, but it can also soothe cuts, burns, and even bug bites. The dreamy aroma blend includes lavender, rosemary, and rose geranium.


Apply freely using a clean, dry applicator on any area of the skin that needs mending, healing, or extreme hydration. Use all day, any day. Please keep out of direct sunlight and high heat. Avoid dirty or wet fingers to protect the potion's longevity. 

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rose geranium flower

Each step in this simple but effective botanical skincare layering routine will help to ensure that your LAB.OTANICA products fully absorb into the skin, where they can work their magic. When you incorporate a daily skincare routine, you'll soon begin to notice the many improvements to the overall appearance of your skin and with LAB.OTANICA, you can rest assured that the ingredients you're using are non-toxic, natural, and good for you and the planet. We believe beauty is a vibration, and we are here to empower you to fall in love with the skin you live in. We want you to love your skin and feel beautiful both inside and out! 

Join our plant magic community by following us on Instagram, TikTok, and subscribing to our YouTube channel, where our founder, Meleesa Luna, shares her secrets to radiant skin.


Pura Vida, beautiful souls!

Meleesa Ferris
Meleesa Ferris

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