Quick Answer: What Order Should I Apply Retinol?

Should you apply vitamin C or retinol first?

It’s best to apply vitamin C before retinol, as vitamin C has a lower pH than retinol.

Once your skin absorbs the vitamin C serum, your skin will return to its regular pH levels after 30 minutes or so.

(You want your skin to return to its normal pH levels so vitamin C doesn’t lower the pH of retinol.).

What is the number one retinol?

If you’re a seasoned retinol user, Medik8 Crystal Retinal 3 is a great option (and one we personally swear by). One of the strongest formulas out there Sunday Riley’s A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum is an incredibly potent, supercharged serum that will get you results fast.

What order should you apply skincare?

A good rule of thumb is to apply products from thinnest to thickest—toner, serum, moisturizer, oil. Be sure to always start with a clean face.

Can I use hyaluronic acid after retinol?

“Hyaluronic acid is awesome,” says Wechsler. In addition to being a terrific moisturizer, she says, it partners well with other active skin care ingredients (so you can layer it with retinol, for example, and use it daily).

What is the 7 skin method?

What exactly is the 7 Skin Method, you ask? Well, to put it simply, it’s the act of applying a toner or a lightweight, watery essence to your face up to seven times—hence, the name “seven”—right after you cleanse and before you moisturize, explains Young-Ji Park, the founder of Korean beauty skin-care brand Purpletale.

Can I put sunscreen on top of moisturizer?

“My best recommendation is to double-dip and layer a moisturizer with sunscreen first” — let it fully absorb — “and then layer another straight sunscreen, be it a mineral or chemical blocker, on top,” says Zeichner.

What can you not mix with retinol?

Retinol and alpha hydroxy acids, like glycol and lactic acids. “This duo is a recipe for redness and irritation,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist in Boston.

What is the best moisturizer to use with retinol?

The Best Cream Moisturizer To Use With Retinol Cream King, the best moisturizer to pair with a retinol is CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream. Why? “It’s non-comedogenic but very moisturizing,” she says. So even if you’ve got the oiliest skin on the planet, this rich cream won’t clog your pores.

Do you put hyaluronic acid on before moisturizer?

“It’s important to apply HA before your other serums because it helps to seal in the moisturizer you’ll be putting on top,” confirms board-certified dermatologist Shari Sperling, DO. She adds that it works great as a moisturizer because of how well it binds to water, plumping and hydrating your face.

Do you apply retinol before or after moisturizer?

To use retinol before a moisturizer, wash the face and when completely dry, apply a pea-size amount of retinol. Retinol should not be used on damp skin because the skin will absorb more than required and cause irritation. Finish with a moisturizer to hydrate the skin and reduce the risk of irritation.

What goes on first retinol or hyaluronic acid?

Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid = Yes! You should always replenish moisture after applying retinol.

How long should you wait to apply moisturizer after retinol?

20 minutesWait for at least 20 minutes for your skin to fully absorb the tretinoin gel or cream before applying moisturizer or any other skincare products.

Should I use toner or serum first?

You should use toner after washing your face, and before using serum or moisturizer. If you want to go green and skip the cotton pad, you can also put a few drops of toner into the palms of your hands and then press them into your face.

What order do you put retinol on?

Step 1: Cleanser.Step 2: Toner.Step 3: Serum.Step 4: Eye creams.Step 5: Spot treatments.Step 6: Moisturizer.Step 7: Retinol.Step 8: Oils.More items…•

Which is better retinol or hyaluronic acid?

“Retinol is an incredible tool to speed up cellular turnover smooth skin and boosts collagen, while hyaluronic acid helps draw water into the skin providing a plump, glowing complexion,” says Arielle Panarello, medical aesthetician at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City.