4 Ways in Which You Can Improve Your Skin Care Regime

We show you how to layer skincare products like a boss.  


Garnier SkinActive Soothing Rose Water Facial Mist 99% Naturally Derived, amazon.com, 491 approx


Layer 1— Essence

These liquids replenish the skin after cleansing, says Jenna Walsh, a skin therapist at Heyday LA. (Think of them as the refreshing ice in your drink.) Saturate a cotton pad with one that has hydrating ingredients such as ceramides or rose water (like Garnier’s), then pat it all over your face.



Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum, amazon.com, 6,242 approx


Layer 2— Serum

Like your liquor, this is potent! It should contain actives to target specific skin concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, or dryness, says New York-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. (Murad’s nourishes and battles wrinkles.) Apply it before the essence dries, as wet skin is more absorptive.



Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Glow Rosy Skin Tone Reviving Cream, strawberrynet.com, 7,800


Layer 3 — Cream

A well-balanced bev has a watery component—like tonic or juice—and so does healthy, hydrated skin. Get your complexion’s H2O fix in the form of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Lancôme’s cream has the latter, plus nourishing Vitamin E and linseed extract.



L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil, amazon.com, 1,755


Layer 4 — Oil

This step is the hydrating cherry on top. “Oils can penetrate creams, but not vice versa, so they go on last,” says Cetaphil dermatologist Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, MD, a clinical assistant professor at NYU Dermatology. And oils are packed with lipids, which act as a barrier to lock in moisture.