GlamGlow Gentlebubble Daily Conditioning Cleanser
Starting with clean skin is essential for helping ingredients seep into pores more effectively. Begin with an oil-based cleanser to dissolve any makeup residue, then follow with your regular cleanser to rid your skin of remaining oils and impurities.Shop All Cleansers Expert Tip
Add an exfoliator into your routine after your cleanser at least once a week to remove the buildup of dead skin cells for a more thorough clean.
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Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask
Masks are perfect for targeting specific skincare concerns. Choose a mask for your unique needs, like hydrating, soothing, detoxing or nourishing. Apply to clean skin, after cleansing (and exfoliating, if you are including in your routine).Shop All Cleansers Expert Tip
Make sure to follow directions on the packaging. Some masks can be used up to three times per week while others are recommended to use only once.
Toner or Essence
SKII Facial Treatment Essence
These products help to balance and hydrate the skin's moisture level and are great for prepping the skin for spot treatments and serums.Shop All Toner Shop All Essence Expert Tip
Choosing a toner or essence with active ingredients can limit what you use later in your routine since they are more potent and can irritate skin if too many are added at once.
M-61 Vitablast C Serum Pads
Serums are among the thinnest products and penetrate the skin deeply, especially without the barrier of a moisturizer or thicker product. To layer your serums, apply your lightest first and finish with your thickest.Shop All Serums Expert Tip
Use serums with antioxidants like vitamin C in the morning to ward off the effects of pollution. Use serums with retinol in the evening to stimulate collagen production so you can wake up with a glowing complexion.
Eye Serum / Gel / Cream
Skinceuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex
The skin around the eyes is very thin and delicate, making it the first area to show signs of aging. Eye treatments can help promote elasticity and thickness, fending away fine line and wrinkles.Shop All Eye Treatments Expert Tip
Some products are only for under the eyes while others can go on the eyelids.
Apply with a gentle tapping motion with ring fingers and don't pull skin.
La Mer Creme De La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream
Moisturizers hydrate your skin and have the added benefit of sealing in all the ingredients you've applied prior.Shop all Moisturizers Expert Tip
During the day opt for a lightweight lotion for normal to oily skin and a heavier formula for drier skin.
Darphin Oil 8 Flowers Nectar
Oils are highly effective at increasing radiance and moisturizing.Shop All Oils Expert Tip
Should be applied after your moisturizer because they can penetrate through, but not vice versa.
Supergoop! Smooth Matte Sunscreen
SPF is designed to sit on top of your skin to block UV rays, so this is an important last step before applying makeup.Shop All SPF Expert Tip
You can touch up during the day with an SPF translucent powder if you need to extend your protection.
Retinol & Hydroxy Acids (AHAs & BHAs)
Why: Both are powerful anti-aging ingredients that accelerate cell turnover. Combined they are extremely potent and can irritate the skin.
Retinol & Benzoyl Peroxide
Why: Benzoyl Peroxide is a common acne treatment and retinol is a potent anti-wrinkle ingredient. Used together, they can cause peeling, dryness and redness.
Vitamin C & Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Why: AHA's change the pH of vitamin C, destabilizing it and making its antioxidant properties ineffective. If you are using a serum with salicylic acid or glycolic acid, pair it with an antioxidant serum with green tea or resveratrol instead of vitamin C.
Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid
Why: Retinol is a highly effective anti-aging ingredient but can be intensely drying and cause irritation. Pair with hydrating hyaluronic acid to balance moisture levels. For best results, apply the retinol nightly and the hyaluronic acid every morning and evening. Always follow with an SPF.
Vitamin C & Peptides
Why: When paired together, vitamin C works to brighten and peptides work to firm skin making this a dynamic anti-aging duo.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) & Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)
Why: Acids like Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy work well together to treat uneven pigment, dullness and acne.
Layer by weight, starting with the thinnest formula working your way to the thickest. Thinner products tend to have smaller particles that penetrate more deeply into your skin when applied directly to the surface with no existing products to block their entry. Types of thin formulas include toners, essences and serums.
Give your skin time to absorb each layer of product. Our experts recommend one minute between serums and two to three minutes for moisturizers to soak in before applying makeup.
If you have sensitive skin that reacts to powerful ingredients like retinol, apply at the last step in your routine over your moisturizer. The effects are muted as less of the product will penetrate the skin. You can also test on another part of your body before you apply to your face.
Introduce new products slowly to see how your skin reacts before adding a new product or ingredient into your routine.