Just how nuanced is skincare, apart from selecting serums, cleansers and sunscreens suited for your skin, there’s an art to layering each of these products in a way that enables your skin to leverage each of their benefits. What if we tell you that your serums can boost your skincare routine if you apply them in a certain order? Yes, it’s not all that random.
We suggest you incorporate two serums into your skincare routine. Don’t overwhelm your skin with excessive formulas. Think about it; if you’ve smeared your face with multiple layers of just serums, how’s the last one supposed to manoeuvre all that product, and penetrate your skin? You’re rendering your entire regimen ineffective by overindulging.
We’re sure there’s a Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum tucked into your skincare repository. After all, they’re multipurpose, and not exclusive to a certain skin type. If you’ve been layering them just randomly, you’re not doing your skin any favours.
What goes first?
Let’s cut to the chase. Vitamin C beats hyaluronic acid. Once exposed to air, light, or water, vitamin C loses its potency and to what extent can an ineffective serum help? Apply the serum after washing your face, but ensure that your skin is absolutely dry. Let it sit on your skin for a few minutes before you proceed. Other products might deactivate the serum if you don’t let it absorb.
Hyaluronic acid comes in as the second layer of defence. Even if your skin isn’t quite damp, hyaluronic acid can draw moisture from your surroundings. But if you do want to layer your skin with some moisture, you can spritz your face with a water-based toner only after the Vitamin C serum is completely absorbed into the skin. Once you’re done, seal in the serums with a moisturiser to lock in the moisture.
Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid
Both these ingredients are associated with vastly different purposes, and when put together, you might just end up with a more potent formula. According to dermatologists, the two boost each other’s efficacy when combined. Since both of them are linked to anti-ageing, a combination results in their unique properties — Vitamin C protects and rejuvenates while hyaluronic acid brightens and plumps — restoring your skin to its youthful glory. Even then, try using them separately since both ingredients deliver optimum performances at different pHs. Be careful to not mix any ingredients without doing your research. One wrong pair-up is all it takes to sabotage your skin.
Tips on getting it right
Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your serums.
- Less is more
You don’t need to bathe your skin in hyaluronic acid to reap its benefits. A little goes a long way. This applies to Vitamin C as well — 2-4 drops is all you need.
- Pick the right time for application
Hyaluronic acid isn’t reserved for a specific time of the day. You can use it in the morning to give your skin a dose of moisture, and in the evening to replenish your skin’s lost moisture. If you’re just incorporating hyaluronic acid into your routine, select either one of the options. Once you’re sure your skin isn’t reacting (poorly) to the serum, you can work it into your morning and evening routines.
Since Vitamin C’s effects last for over 24 hours, you can use it in the morning, just once every day.
- Find a serum that contains both the ingredients
Instead of applying both the serums separately, you can invest in one that includes both the ingredients. These serums are a little more stable than the combination you’d prepare at home.