You don’t need to be a math whiz to learn how to multiply the benefits of different ingredients by using them together. We sat down with three skincare experts to get the scoop on how to get the most out of your regime.
LIGHT TO HEAVY
You’ve got a bathroom shelf filled with products, but which comes first? According to New York-based facialist Elena Rubin, a good rule of thumb is to go from lightest to heaviest and layer water-based products under oil-based products. Start with a good serum. These highly concentrated blends of actives are generally a brand’s most potent formulas—celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas calls them “multivitamins for your face.” Next, seal in the serum and prevent water loss with a moisturizer. If you’re using a face oil, that goes last.