What goes on top of what? Is it okay to layer multiple products? Yes, and you should! The basic rule is go from thinnest to thickest consistency. You want products with active ingredients to sink into your skin. You want emollients/humectants to stay on top. Emollients work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps moisture in. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid draw water into the outer layer of skin.
Cream and/or milk cleansers are creamy formulas meant for sensitive and dry skin types. They help soothe redness and inflammation. Gels have a thicker consistency that provides a cleanse that won't strip your skin. Generally, these are recommended for combination or normal skin. You can also interchange both depending on time of day or season. Shop Cleansers
Prep your skin for the next steps in your routine. Products will absorb into the skin quickly and be much more effective if the dead cells have been removed. A mix of particle size is ideal - our bamboo scrub has small, smooth particles. These are less harsh on your skin than larger, more jagged, walnut or apricot scrubs. Include this step 3 times a week - it will really help your serum and treatments work better! Shop Exfoliators
Masks are another 'vehicle' to deliver active ingredients to your skin. You leave them on longer and the ingredients soak in, right? The added benefit to having a clay mask in your routine is that it absorbs excess oils and unclogs pores. After a mask session your pores will appear smaller. When you wash it off it also provides exfoliating properties.
We also encourage this step for mental health - grab your favorite sweatpants, a glass of wine and take some self-care time! Shop Masks
Serums have a lower viscosity and absorb quickest. You want the concentrated formulas to sink in quickly and start working, rather than having to absorb through a barrier of thicker products such as a heavy night cream. If you choose to use a lightweight oil during the day, you could also apply it prior to your moisturizer. Shop Serums
Jelly based products are having a moment! They provide moisturizing benefits and can be packed with ingredients. Gels are often much lighter than their counterparts. A gel base helps these products absorb quickly. Plus, they have a cooling effect on the skin which is a bonus, especially in the summer months or after a hot shower. Oh, and we love the texture! Shop Gel
Eye creams tend to be medium weight creams with a high ingredient concentration to treat specific concerns around the eyes. It's best to apply them before your moisturizer. The skin around the eyes is delicate, prone to dryness, and the first place to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also accentuate the appearance of wrinkles. Fluids simultaneously collect under the eyes which causes dark circles and puffiness. Combat these signs of aging with an eye cream! Shop Eye Cream
Treatments are packed with a much larger amount of ingredients to address specific concerns. You won't have to apply very much for it to be effective. Give the treatment a moment to absorb before locking it in with the final steps. If you are new to the ingredients make sure you start with a small amount and only use it every other day to introduce the treatment to your skin. If your treatment includes an AHA, remember they are strong acids that work to break down the hard keratin layer of skin cells. Start slow and give your skin a bit of time to adjust, it will be worth it! You'll see softer, blemish free, glowing new skin in a couple weeks. Shop Treatments
An oil is a must!
Applying an oil before your anti-aging cream tricks the skin into letting in active ingredients — antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C — and getting them closer to the collagen-producing cells. The oil molecules help move along the active ingredients without irritating the skin's surface. Oils are also lipophilic (fat-loving) substances that fill up microscopic indentations making skin appear smoother. Shop Oil
Choose a lotion if you're looking for light hydration (usually during the day). If you're in need of ultra hydration, a cream is your best friend (usually at night). There is room for both in our skincare routines depending on conditions. Shop Moisturizer