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Why Moisturizer Goes At The End Of Your Skincare Routine

Why Moisturizer Goes At The End Of Your Skincare Routine

Moisturizer is one the most important parts of your skincare routine! But when should you moisturize in your skincare routine? Learn why moisturizer works bests as the LAST step in your routine, what moisturizer does for your skin, and much more.

Especially for people who have oily skin, using a moisturizer can seem counterintuitive. However, moisturizer does much more for your skin than you might realize. Not only does it, well, moisturize, but it also provides your skin with vital nutrients. You’ll also find that moisturizer helps enrich your skin barrier, protecting it from a loss of moisture.

In this blog, we'll take a look at when to apply moisturizer as far as skincare routine order goes. We’ll also help you with some tips for picking the best type of moisturizer for your skin.

When To Apply Moisturizer

If you’re looking for what your skincare routine order should be, we have tips and tricks for you across several of our blog posts. For a quick recap, always start with a makeup-removing product if you were wearing any makeup. Then, move on to your cleansing step. This will create a clean base with skin ready to absorb anything you layer on. What comes after this will depend on the skincare products you want to use, your skin type, and the goals you have for your skincare routine.

In a previous blog, we covered the following order:

  1. Makeup remover and cleanser
  2. Toners and astringents
  3. Antioxidants and serums
  4. Spot treatments
  5. Retinoid treatments
  6. Face oils
  7. Moisturizer 
  8. Sunscreen (if it’s daytime)

You’ll notice that moisturizer comes at the very end of this list. But why?

Why Does Moisturizer Come Last?

Let’s pause for a moment and think about what moisturizer does. As we mentioned above, moisturizing products add moisture to your skin and seal it off so that you can’t lose that moisture. For these reasons, moisturizer goes last in your skincare routine. As soon you put moisturizer on, you’ve sealed off your skin, and products layered on top of it will no longer be as effective.

Sunscreen is the exception because it only needs to sit atop your skin’s surface to work effectively.

How To Pick The Best Type Of Moisturizer

We believe that, regardless of what moisturizer you choose, your skin should feel great after using it. We also believe that your moisturizer should pull double-duty, also supplying your face with critical vitamins and minerals. When selecting a moisturizer for your skin, make sure to keep in mind things like the season, your current facial concerns, and the ingredients that are in the mix.

For example, you’ll want a much more powerful (probably heavier) moisturizer during the winter if you live in a dry, cold part of the country. If it’s summertime, you might choose a moisturizer with integrated SPF. If you struggle with acne, avoiding oil-based products is a must. All of these separate things will combine to tell you which moisturizers you should and shouldn’t use. And, as you can see, there’s no one right answer for everyone.


Here at Rejuvaskin, you might have noticed that we’re pretty partial to water-based products – including water-based moisturizers. We’ve created a special Facial Moisturizer with our RevitaD Complex – a special blend of botanicals that provides deep moisturization and plumps up the skin to reduce signs of aging.

So, what is your moisturizer doing for your skin?


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