How to Layer Serums


We like to think of serums as your skin care secret weapon. Serums are a potent blend of targeted, active ingredients formulated for a specific purpose. Dull skin getting you down? There’s a serum for that! Flaky dry patches you can’t quite beat? You guessed it, there’s a serum for that, too. If you understand how to best layer serums and oils, you can address multiple concerns in a single routine. Formulas can be layered for multiple benefits…but remember, less is more! To help you get the most from these hard-working beauty essentials, we assembled this definitive guide for using and layering facial serums.

Start Fresh. Washing away makeup and impurities is the first step in any balanced skin care regimen. Cleanse your face in the morning and night to remove impurities, makeup, and any residual sun care or overnight products. If you want to mask or exfoliate, that comes next. Otherwise, serums should be the first thing you apply following your cleanse.

Have a Game Plan. The order in which you apply your serums can be the difference between a glowing complexion and a sticky, tacky mess. Consistency is key—always start with the lightest weight serum and work up the scale from there, applying a small amount to fingertips and gently pressing into the skin. If the thickness of your serums is similar, start with the most concentrated formula that addresses your top concern.

Rule of Three. Using more than one serum gives you a well-rounded approach to a balanced complexion. Most serums play well together, but there are some ground rules! Three is the magic number when it comes to layering. Start with one pump of serum and add more if it doesn’t provide coverage for your whole face or area of concern. Wait 60 seconds in between serums to allow each formula time to absorb before adding another serum on top.

Lock It In. Lotions and creams are meant to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier on your skin. Seal in the benefits of your serums with a face and eye moisturizer tailored for your skin type, and follow with sun protection every morning as the last step in your routine.

Now that you know the basics of using and layering serums, you’re ready to test your skills! Below are some of our favorite dynamic duos to help supercharge your skin care regimen:

This pair works in tandem to help you achieve a smooth, glowing complexion. Start with Perfect C™ PRO Serum, formulated with the highest active level of stable 25% L-Ascorbic Acid to help improve skin texture and reduce visible signs of aging. This professional-level serum provides powerful antioxidant, anti-pollution, and anti-aging benefits. Next, G2 Instant Firming Serum provides instant gratification, enhancing the smooth appearance of the skin using the sculpting peptide Argireline™, plus Instalift™ Goji—an isolated active glycopeptide—to create a visibly lifted appearance. Super-antioxidant Fermented Pomegranate Extract helps refine skin texture as it fights free radical damage.

We take beauty sleep seriously, and so does this duo! Layer these two to perfect your complexion overnight. Start with Remarkable Retinal™ Serum, containing our exclusive and patented IconicA® (Retinal)—the most potent form of Vitamin A—plus Ceramide 3 and Orange Plant Stem Cells to promote healthy skin renewal, help diminish discoloration, and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. We recommend giving this serum 20 minutes to absorb—apply, watch a Netflix episode, and you’ll be ready for the next layer! The second layer of age defense is Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum. Four powerful peptides, plant stem cells, and Squalene help improve texture, promote rejuvenation, and boost moisture retention for dewy-soft skin.  

When dry, flaky skin persists, even when using a rich moisturizer, it’s time to call in reinforcements. Dot a lentil-sized amount of Bio-Firm™ Hydrogel Concentrate—a concentrated 2% Hyaluronic Acid moisture-binding gel—sparingly on a damp face and gently rub in. After allowing the Bio-Firm™ time to absorb, give your skin a one-two punch of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) with a pump or two of Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, which delivers a nourishing blend of HA, Sodium PCA, Squalane, and fortifying amino acids to boost moisture levels and provide anti-pollution and antioxidant benefits.

Serums allow you to cater your routine to the treatment focus of your choice. The combinations are endless, but listening to your skin and following the simple rules above will help you achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy skin. If you have questions about layering serums, you can always chat with us during business hours or email and we’ll be happy to help!