Starting a new skincare routine, but not super sure about how to layer skincare?

Let’s break it down.

So you’re past the stage of wondering “what should my skincare routine be?” and you’ve curated the ultimate #shelfie, full of products for glowing skin. Yet you’re still not 100% sure about your skincare routine order, or the truly correct way on how to layer skincare. That’s where we come in.

Before we get started, here are a couple things to keep in mind. Everyone’s skin is different, and we don’t have full visibility into your full skincare routine (because that would be weird). What we can do is offer layering recommendations within the framework of our skincare routine guide, The Glow Cycle. According to The Glow Cycle, your skincare routine should be made of up four crucial components: brighten, strengthen, renew, repeat. Each component can most definitely be made up of multiple, layered products. It’s all about what your skin needs!


How to use Truth Serum and Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum together

Truth Serum is iconic, and with good reason. Like a daily multivitamin for your skin, this vitamin C face serum is made with our True-C Complex™ and boosted with collagen. Truth Serum is one of Ole’s first formulas, and remains our best face serum for brightening, firming and all-day hydration. Plus, with its silky texture and energizing citrus scent, this face serum is like sunshine in a bottle for an addictively indulgent experience.

Banana Bright Serum contains Ole’s highest concentration of vitamin C for daily use. It combines vitamin C, exfoliating acids and banana powder-inspired pigments to help instantly brighten, firm, reduce the look of dark spots, pores and wrinkles and defend skin against pollution, while delivering a sensorial experience you’ll love. And, with hyaluronic acid, this multi-acid serum helps reinforce skin’s moisture barrier too!

So how do you use them together? We recommend applying Truth Serum first. After it’s absorbed, you can layer Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum on top.

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How to use Barrier Booster Orange Ferment Essence with Glow20H Dark Spot Toner

Start with our fan-favorite toner to remove excess oil and helps unclog, purify and minimize the appearance of pores. This refreshing face toner features Glycolic Acid & Lactic Acid, high-potency alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help even skin texture and help visibly reduce dark spots, fine lines & wrinkles.

After cleaning and prepping your pores, go ahead and reach for the serum. Barrier Booster helps brighten with vitamin C, and features fermented Orange Peel Extract that’s broken down into smaller molecules, optimizing delivery to the surface of the skin. It helps nourish, condition & refresh skin. Orange Stem Cells contain skin-loving ingredients like amino acids, AHAs, sugars, peptides and proteins to help provide antioxidant protection.

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What comes first: Oil or moisturizer?

Okay, now that the treatment steps are completed, we need to *MOISTURIZE*. Here’s a good rule to stick by: always layer moisturizer then oil. Think about it—water and oil don’t mix. So if you put your facial oil before your moisturizer, the oil will prevent the moisturizer from absorbing into the skin. And we def don’t want that.

That’s why we like to apply C-Rush Gel Crème (for normal to oily skin) or Strength Trainer Moisturizer (for dry to normal skin) then layer Hydrabarrier Nourishing Facial Oil on top. Let your skin absorb all the C-Rush or Strength Trainer goodness first, then you can envelop the hydration with our barrier-boosting face oil. With skin-supporting peptides and pure Scandinavian berry oils, Hydrabarrier Face Oil locks in hydration all day, improves uneven texture and strengthens skin.


On days when you plan you wear foundation, you can either layer HydraBarrier Face Oil beneath your moisturizer for a “lit from within” look or you can mix 1-2 drops directly into your foundation for glowy finish.

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Eye creams—plural? Yes, you can layer them.

Lastly, our two eye creams, Banana Bright + Eye Crème and Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Crème are so beloved, we are often asked how to use them together. The good news is that they layer nicely and provide glowing results.

Start with a layer of Wrinkle Blur to refresh puffy-looking eyes and instantly blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of Bakuchiol and Orchid Stem Cells. Sandalwood, Licorice Root & Chamomile Extracts help condition and soften the skin.

Top it off with our #1 eye cream, Banana Bright + Eye Crème. It surges skin with even more moisture, with the added benefit of Banana Powder to neutralize the look of dark circles. Triple Vitamin C Complex with Real Gold enhances brightening and elasticity, while citrus bioflavonoids neutralize free radicals. As the eye crème brightens and hydrates, it also plays nicely with makeup and improves your concealer wear for the day. You’ll probably do a double take when you look in the mirror, and we won’t blame you!

And no skincare routine is complete without sun protection. Banana Bright Mineral Sunscreen is a powerful two-in-one sunscreen that combines broad spectrum mineral SPF 30 and vitamin C to protect AND correct your complexion. Apply generously and evenly to your face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours. Be sure to moisturize before applying your sunscreen - we love prepping with Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer! Mineral sunscreen soaks in best when your skin is hydrated.

Now you’re all layered up and ready to glow!

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