Ever wonder how to use multiple serums in one regimen?

by Michael Ramirez


Different serums brighten your complexion, reduce wrinkles, and hydrate your skin with beautiful results. But you may have more than one skin condition you'd like to fix. Can you use multiple serums at the same time? The short answer is YES! Go ahead and apply your favorite serums. There are a few guidelines that can help your serums be their most effective.

  1. Cleanse your skin first. It is not always necessary to exfoliate, but if you wish to, that comes next. Your skin needs to be clean for the serums to work their best.
  2. Generally, lighter textured serums are applied first, followed by the thicker textured serums. Lighter serums are quickly absorbed by the skin, while heavier, moisturizing serums seal in the ingredients and leave your skin super soft.
  3. Consider the role of the serum. Serums that brighten skin and dark spots, such as Vitamin C serums, work best if they are applied to bare skin. Other serums, such as a hydrating serum, work well put on top.
  4. After you have applied all the serums, you may moisturize. This is also when to apply face oil. You can forego this step if your final serum is a good moisturizer. Always moisturize last!

Understand Your Serums

Before you begin to create your own personal serum regimen, it's important to understand what each serum can do for you. This knowledge will guide you as you decide which serums will give you the results you want. 

  • Vitamin B5 – This serum, combined with hyaluronic acid, moisturizes and smooths your skin. Vitamin B5 is well-known for treating skin damage and promoting healing. Use it when you skin is reacting to sunburn, allergies, or insect bites. It's also a great product for everyday moisturizing or night cream.
  • Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Serum – A great combination already, this serum can add more power to your layering regimen. It includes hyaluronic acid for moisturizing, vitamin C for lightening and brightening, and reduce wrinkles and aging. This particular blend does not include vitamin E, so it's great for oily skin.
  • Peptides – The triple peptides in this serum activate surface renewal to address concerns commonly found in more mature skin. These proteins result in visibly thicker and tighter skin around the eyes. This advanced serum also helps to give an illuminance to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
  • Vitamin A (Retinol) – This lightweight silky serum also helps skin lock in moisture – even after washing your face. With consistent use over time, you will experience revitalized skin and unparalleled softness and appearance of brightness. Our Wrinkle Recovery Serum contains .5% Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) and CoQ10, which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. The formula contains Chamomile extract and Carrot extract to counterbalance potential irritation resulting from using a retinol treatment.
  • Jojoba – Maintain a hydrated, fresh look with the moisturizing and calming ingredients like Jojoba, Mallow, Primrose and other botanical extracts. This high-tech gel resurfaces appearance of dull, congested skin, gently lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are the overall appearance of a tighter, clearer, smoother, and more even-toned complexion. Our brightening serum penetrates the skin with nutritious extracts such as Green Tea and Lemon Balm. Combined with our high-powered brightening complex of Alpha-arbutin, Resveratrol, Panthenol and Ergothioneine, skin will appear smoother, brighter and younger-looking.
  • Coenzyme Q10 Serum – Young skin naturally has an abundance of Coenzyme Q10 but your body makes less of it as you age. This serum energizes your cells to build collagen and elastin, reducing coarse skin texture and wrinkles. We add hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E to this serum for maximum benefits.

Experiment with Your Mix and Match

It's okay to play around with different serum combinations to find the ones that work for you. You may find that you need one particular mix for summer and another for winter. That's the beauty of layering serums, they are flexible and can be tailored to your current skin conditions. 

For anyone asking, "Can you layer face serums?" the experts recommend stopping at three. Combining more than three products reduces the chance that each serum will be properly absorbed by the skin. Also, it gets time consuming to properly apply more than three serums. It's a better idea to find a serum that can multitask and cover several problems at once.

Always apply your serums with a gentle massage and allow for soaking time. If you're truly in a rush, your skin will absorb the serums whether or not you wait. However, waiting for one to two minutes after applying each serum ensures better coverage and also makes your moisturizer application easier. 

Layering serums is best done at night, when your skin can rest and repair while you sleep. If you want to layer in the morning, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen after the serums for maximum protection. 

The Science Behind Serums

Serums are made of very small molecules that are quickly absorbed by the skin. They are usually water based, lacking the heavy moisturizers and oils found in lotions and creams. This means you're getting a high concentration of the active ingredients, such as peptides and antioxidants, and this concentration is super-efficient at healing and rejuvenating your skin. Thicker creams create a barrier on your skin that lock active ingredients out. Without that barrier, serums can penetrate faster and deeper.

There are serums for all types of skin, from oily to dry, young to old. Only a few skin types should not use serums. Very sensitive skin might react to serums because they penetrate so deeply. Older, very dry skin will probably still need to use a moisturizer. Also, people with skin conditions such as rosacea or eczema might find that serums irritate their skin.

Serums can get pricey, as the active ingredients are the most expensive part of any skin care regimen, and serums are a concentrated form of those ingredients. However, used correctly, a one-ounce bottle of serum should last for months. It only takes a small amount to get big results.

Choosing the Right Serum for You

With all the serum choices available, finding the one that is right for your skin and meets your needs can be a daunting task. Here is a guide to choosing the best serum for you: 

  • If your main worry is signs of aging, such as dull skin or sunspots, choose a serum with a combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid. Vitamin C not only prevents brown spots, it can reverse the damage from ultraviolet rays.
  • Fighting dry skin? Try a serum with hyaluronic acid or collagen peptides. These serums are great at holding in moisture and encouraging your skin to produce more collagen.
  • If you tend to have oily skin, avoid serums with vitamin E, as it could make the problem worse. Make sure your serum has a water base and has moisturizers such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, plus vitamins A and E.
  • Just want amazing skin? Use a combination serum with coenzymes and hyaluronic acid to energize your skin and reduce wrinkles.

Remember that it takes anywhere from four to eight weeks for your skin to fully cycle and replace itself. Hang in there with your new skin care regimen and don't give up. You will see improvement over time, but you must be patient. Also, serums and other skin care products require daily use. Skin is regenerated 24 hours a day, so you should be treating yours twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Make a consistent skin care routine to see the best benefits. 

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