When it comes to layering your skincare, the general consensus is you should go from the lightest texture (watery toners) to the thickest (aka moisturiser). Which makes sense right? Because then each layer has a chance to penetrate.

Well, maybe not.

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Last week, while I was having a sneak peek at some of Chanel’s beauty launches for next year (which are VERY exciting, by the way), we got on to the topic of oils. It turns out that oils may be the exception to the layering rule if you have dry or dehydrated skin.

Oils create a seal, so actually if you apply them last, they’ll lock in all the hydrating ingredients and other goodness from your moisturiser.

I got back to the office, and excitedly told Hidayah, CLEO’s Senior Digital Writer my new discovery.

“Yeah?” she said, her skin all plump from moisture that had totally been locked in by oils (and also SECRETS).

I’m very sorry she has been keeping this from you, but now it’s out in the open, I thoroughly recommend you give it a try. I have been, and my cheeks are so hydrated they feel like they could be tiny trampolines.

Don’t have an oil as part of your regime? May we suggest you try one of these.

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