Product Layering Like a Dermatologist

The layering of skincare products is important because factors such as molecular weight, PH and solubility can affect the way these products interact with your skin and with one another. If done incorrectly, this could lead to breakouts or irritation. 

Dermatologists analyze the hydrophobic and hydrophilic nature of the product in order to determine at what step in the process it should be applied. 

Hydrophobic: Something afraid of water. Think oils 

Hydrophilic: With an affinity or love of water

The way that active ingredients get through the skin can affect their absorption and inhibits activation if done incorrectly. Today, I will walk you through how to layer products correctly. 

Get skin prepped:

Step 1: Cleanse twice a day to remove dirt, oil, makeup and debris. This is a crucial step because if you don’t cleanse your face, you’re not going to allow serums to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin.  Liquid cleansers are best. 

Step 2: Exfoliation. Use only once a day max, if you have sensitive I recommend exfoliating only once or twice a week.

Dry you’re face off gently.

Step 3: Toner: this step deep cleans the pores and will ensure your skin is completely clean and ready for the next important products. Allow to dry for 30 seconds or so. 

Active ingredients are introduced now:

Step 4: Acids: AHA’s, BHA’s, Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid

If applying Vitamin C, wait a minute to allow it to dry completely. 

Step 5: Growth Factors and Peptides: These products increase communication to improve cellar renewal and prevents future damage.

Step 6: Retinol: This can be applied in the morning as it does not get deactived by sunlight. 

Step 7: Humectants:  This step is for hydration, ceramics bind to and absorb water to keep skin hydrated. 

Step 8: If in the morning, Sunscreen! This should be applied before makeup.

Remember, you don’t need to wait for each layer to dry, they are made to work synergistically. 

Active ingredients or acne medication should go on first so that the product can fully penetrate the skin.