Let’s assume you have decided to go one step ahead in your skincare routine and add a bunch of serums to give your skin extra protection. You might have come across a multitude of reviews online or heard your friends talking about the new serum that worked like magic for them and now you are inclined to give it a try.
Just hold there for a second; ask yourself if you know which serum should go first and how do you exactly layer them?
If you have your doubts, it is best to start with proper research or consultation to reap maximum benefits from your serum. If you are layering them improperly or mixing them with certain active ingredients that do not go well together, you might just be wasting money or putting your skin under stress.
Our experts at White Rock Spa have come up with a useful guide on how to layer your serums.
The most common serums that people use includes:
- Hyaluronic Serum
- Vitamin C Serum
The best thing about serums is that they are lightweight and easily absorbs in the skin, allowing them to layer one after another. Each serum contains a powerful blend of certain active ingredients to target specific skin concerns.
As a rule of thumb, serums should be the first thing you apply to the face after cleansing it. Applying it after a face oil or moisturizer (with thick formulas) will prevent them from penetrating into the skin and showing results.
Once you have thoroughly cleansed your face, you can start with your serums. Ideally, it is best to not apply more than three serums at a time. This decreases the chance of active ingredients reaching your skin cells to do what they are meant to. If you are targeting multiple skin concerns, it is better to look for multitasking serums that can hydrate, brighten and protect your skin from environmental damage, all at the same time. You can layer it with another serum to target wrinkles or fine lines.
Another recommended approach is to divide your serums between daytime and nighttime. In this case, it is best to go for Vitamin C serum in the day to help you fight free radicals and sun damage. You can keep your hyaluronic acid followed by retinol for the nighttime. Niacinamide is a skin-barrier protecting and hydrating serum that works well with both Vitamin C and Retinol. Ideally it is best to use niacinamide before your retinol or vit C and it can be used twice a day.
Retinol takes your skin through a repairing process, enhancing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. It can however cause dryness for most skin types and it is best to hydrate your skin with a hyaluronic acid serum first.
Similarly, you can alternate your serums between days. Keep certain days, let’s say; Monday, Wednesday, Friday for your Vitamin C and the remaining days for Retinol in the night. This is best for people who are just beginning to introduce serums in their routine.
To keep things more simple, it is best to identify your biggest skin concern and use the serum that targets it first. This is to ensure maximum results from it.
For more consultation and guidance according to your skin type and skin concerns, you can always reach us out at White Rock Spa, South Surrey.
We have an advanced way of employing these serums in our hydrafacial where they give maximum benefits and show quick results!