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Your Skincare Routine Order, Explained

If it’s glowing, supple, healthy-looking skin you’re after, then this is how to layer your serums optimally.

Confused as to where products go in your daily skincare routine? Stress not, below is how to apply and layer your serums for optimal skin results. 

Serums are the heavy lifters of your skincare and contain the most coveted ingredients for transforming your complexion — think humectants, chemical exfoliants, antioxidants, retinols and more.

That’s why it’s tough to pick just one for your routine. But in good news, is possible to include more than one serum... there's just a bit of a science to it and it's important to understand the functions of each product before you can go about layering them for best results. 

For example, during the day, the skin is under a tremendous amount of environmental stress when you go outside. So, look for a serum that's formulated with protection in mind.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C are great at absorbing oxidative damage and fight free radicals, while ingredients that strengthen the skin's barrier will work to deter allergens and pollutants from penetrating deep into the dermal layers. 

On the other hand, the products that you apply at nighttime should be all about repairing and rejuvenating the skin while you sleep.

As retinol and other vitamin A derivatives can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight decreases the efficacy of the product, your nighttime routine is perfect for applying these anti-ageing actives. 

If it’s glowing, supple, healthy-looking skin you’re after, then hydration needs to play an important role in both your morning and night routines, regardless of your skin type. Look for serums with humectants—ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin that draw water into the skin. 

Sunscreen is the most important skincare product of all, and needs to be worn as the final step in your routine, every day, year-round, and especially if you're using serums with active ingredients. 

Here's how famed French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay's serum offering can be used within a daily routine for optimal results. 

Morning: 

HYALU B5 SERUM + VITAMIN C10 SERUM 

Great team players, hydrating and nourishing serum ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin can be paired with almost everything. Providing intense hydration via a lightweight texture, La Roche-Posay's HYALU B5 Serum is perfect for layering under other serums, creams and SPFS. 

Applying La Roche-Posay's VITAMIN C10 SERUM will leave your skin looking radiant all day. 

And never forget your SPF! Vital for year-round wear...yes, even here in Ireland, La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+ offers very high, broad-spectrum protection via a lightweight fluid that never feels greasy or leaves a residue on the skin. The minimalist formula has been designed for sensitive skin and eyes, and has been tested for its efficacy and mildness. It's also hypoallergenic. 

SHOP HYALU B5 SERUM, VITAMIN C10 SERUM and Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+ here. 

Night: 

HYALU B5 SERUM + RETINOL B3 SERUM

While La Roche-Posay's range is always formulated for those with sensitive skin in mind, it won't ever hurt to prep your skin with as much moisture as possible before applying active ingredients. 

Buffering the skin with La Roche-Posay's HYALU B5 SERUM before applying anti-ageing ingredients such as retinol will really help those who struggle with sensitive skin to build up a tolerance. 

As we mentioned above, your nighttime routine is when you want to allow all of the skin-reviving active ingredients, oils, and extracts to work unperturbed during REM sleep and without getting broken down by sunlight or perspiration or simply getting rubbed off during the course of a day. 

La Roche-Posay's RETINOL B3 SERUM will supercharge your beauty sleep by boosting cell turnover to renew the surface of the skin. 

SHOP HYALU B5 SERUM and RETINOL B3 SERUM here. 

If you're still unsure which serum (or serums) might work best for your particular skin type or concern, follow the link below to get a more thorough breakdown of each product and a better understanding of which are worth adding to your routine. 

Read More: How To Know Which Serum is Right For Your Skin?

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