Your Guide To Layering Skin Care Products

How To Layer Your Skin Care Products

Order matters when it comes to your skin care regimen. However, between face serums, masks and an endless number of creams, it can be confusing trying to figure out what to put on first. To get the most out of your products, follow this step-by-step guide to ensure your skin absorbs all the proper nutrients.


Step 1: Cleanse

Your face is your canvas and you want to make sure it’s clean and free of makeup and other impurities. Always start by thoroughly washing your face with a gentle cleanser.

Step 2: Apply Serum

Face serums give your skin an instant boost of nutrients. Gently rub anti-aging facial serums such as Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum or our Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum for smoother, brighter skin.

Step 3: Use Eye Cream

The area around your eyes is the most delicate patch of skin on your face. Our 5-in-1 Multi-Correction Eye Serum helps alleviate puffiness, reduces fine lines and diminishes dark circles.


Step 4: Moisturize

Face creams seal in your products by adding a moisture barrier that nourishes and hydrates. A good moisturizer is the number one tool in your arsenal. Choose a gentle moisturizer such as our top selling Argan Oil Intensive Beauty Cream to hydrate and reduce the loss of elasticity.

After you’ve followed this basic skin care regimen, you’re ready to apply your makeup or get some beauty rest. At Advanced Clinicals, we have a wide selection of creams and serums to meet your skincare needs. Check out our full line of products.

How much Retinol is too much Retinol?

            Be cautious of the “more is better” theory with Retinol. Many brands claim to have 2.5% Retinol in their creams. This is false, and extremely misleading for consumers, perpetuating misinformation about how much Retinol is actually required to get anti-aging results. Why? It’s just not possible to keep 2.5% Retinol stable in your average face cream, and if you were to send any of these creams out to a third party lab, they would confirm that the actual percentage level is closer to 0.001%!!

            But don’t despair just yet. More is not necessarily better. The higher percentage of Retinol, the greater the side effects, including skin redness, peeling, itching and increased light sensitivity. If you use a high percentage of Retinol, odds are your skin won’t be able to tolerate it and you’ll have to use it less frequently. Use it less frequently, and you see fewer results. This is what dermatologists call “non-compliance”, and is why they’ll recommend you start using Retinol 1-2 times a week and eventually work up to every other day as your skin adjusts.

            The lowest clinically documented percentage for improving visible signs of aging using Retinol is 0.04%. This is an ideal percentage for treating wrinkles and discoloration without causing unnecessary side effects and causing “non-compliance”. In this study, scientists compared 0.04% to 0.075% retinol and discovered that 0.04% is actually better because it causes less irritancy but they still saw the same results in the skin:

            Advanced Clinicals Retinol cream uses this proven science, and a precise encapsulated form of Retinol called Reticap that remains stable until you apply it. This enables you to enjoy the benefits of Retinol without developing red, cracked skin and having to stop using the product. Try any of Advanced Clinicals’ Retinol products and you’ll see why it’s better to use stable, encapsulated Retinol every day with no irritation, rather than an unstable, massive dose once a week.