Utilizing a variety of anti-aging products can be beneficial for the skin, especially if you’ve customized your skincare routine to fit your unique skin type and condition. But there is an effective and not-so-effective way to apply these products in order to yield the best possible results. Generally speaking, skincare products should be applied from lightest to heaviest so that the heavier formulas don’t impede the ability of the lighter products to reach the skin. Use this as a guide for layering your skincare products and getting the most out of your anti-aging regimen.
If we follow the rule of thumb of starting with the lightest products first, your cleanser and toner, if you use one, should be at the front of the line. Not every skin type needs a toner, and while those with very oily skin might benefit from this product, most dry skin types typically won’t react very well to a toner.
Next, apply any serums or light anti-aging formulas, including skinbetter science Intensive Treatment LINES. LINES contains an innovative blend of high molecular weight, injectable-grade hyaluronic acid (HA), as well as four additional types of HA and a nourishing blend of amino acids to help re-volumize skin appearance and renew the feeling of firmness. Following LINES, apply Daily Treatment Cream FACE for a more complete approach to anti-aging. This is a peptide-rich formula designed to help smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while promoting the radiant look and feel of healthy skin.
If you use an antioxidant serum, you can apply it next. Vitamin C is one of the most popular antioxidant serums, as this ingredient has been shown to aid in collagen synthesis, provide free radical protection and offer a skin brightening effect (Linus Pauling Institute).
Keep in mind that some anti-aging products such as skinbetter science Intensive Treatment LINES already contain vitamin C, so using an additional serum may be an optional step, depending on your skincare needs.
Following your lighter anti-aging products and antioxidant serums, apply your eye cream. Skinbetter science recommends applying Daily Treatment Cream EYE directly after Intensive Treatment LINES for amplified results. Daily Treatment Cream EYE is formulated with a revolutionary blend of the most advanced anti-aging ingredients in skincare, including messenger peptides, a neuro-calming peptide, and potent vitamin C derived from the Australian kakadu plum. Additional components include a decongesting blend of caffeine and a highly specialized yeast derivative, plus a lavish combination of humectants and moisturizers.
Add a Moisturizer
If you need extra moisturization, apply a heavier formula as either your second-to-last or last step, depending on whether or not it contains an SPF. The level of moisturization that your skin needs depends on your general skin type and whether or not your skin tends to be dry or oily. If your skin is very dry, you may want to save thick, heavier creams and lotions for nighttime use, while a lighter formula typically pairs better with makeup and can also be applied throughout the day as needed (American Academy of Dermatology).
If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, apply sunscreen as the final step in your daily skincare routine.
A Simple Evening Routine
Although you can still layer skincare products according to the same lightest-to-heaviest guideline, most people prefer a simpler nighttime routine than they would use in the morning. If this is the case for you, skinbetter science AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE could be the perfect addition to your evening routine.
In one simple step, this formula combines a retinoid and an alpha hydroxy acid to help visibly reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone in as little as four weeks. Additionally, it contains an ultra-hydrating blend of squalane, niacinamide, ceramides and fatty acids to help keep your skin hydrated all night long.