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If you are utilizing  products for anti-aging and general skin health it is important to do it in the right order to maximize absorption of active ingredients.  Combination therapy to target specific skin issues along with general good skin care involves multiple products or steps.

A good standard to keep in mind is thinnest to thickest.

Here is a quick guide 🙂

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Medication (for instance, spot treatment for acne)
  • Growth Factors (such as SkinMedica TNS or Neocutis Bioserum)
  • Serums
  • Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Skin Oil (if you utilize an oil in place of moisturizer or on top of moisturizer)
  • Sunscreen

An exception is retinols/retinoids at night.  I have heard they should be applied first after skin has dried as well as applying if after moisture.  I think if your retinol/retinoid is not creating a lot of irritation it can go on first but applying it after moisture can minimize the irritation.

Ideally antioxidant serums are worn during the day along with a moisturizer as needed and sunscreen.  Vitamin C, in particular, provides additional UVA/UVB protection under ones sunscreen.   For women (and I suppose some men as well) makeup would be applied last after the sunscreen has set.

I hope this helps you utilize your products and get the most out of them!!!!

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