The Importance of Layering Skin Care Products as the Weather Changes


As temperatures begin to rise, most people start shedding layers when it comes to our wardrobe. However, when it comes to skin care, it’s essential to continue layering your products.

Different products serve different purposes, and applying them in the correct order will ensure each can do its job effectively. “Products that make the most impact on your skin should go on first”, says Adrienne Moroni, one of Timeless’ Nurse Practitioners. For instance, prescription medications such as a topical acne medication should always go on first.

From there, the general rule of thumb is that your thinnest skin care products should be applied first and thickest last. “Everything is much easier to apply that way,” Moroni says.

Before getting started with your skin care routine in the morning and evening, you’ll want to cleanse your skin to provide a clean canvas for the rest of your products. We always recommend using the Clarisonic Smart Profile Brush, which comes with different brush heads and can clean the skin 11 times better than by just using your hands.

If you use a toner to balance your skin’s pH, you’ll want to use that right after cleansing, then follow up with any prescription products. If you use Retinol to help with cellular turnover, you’ll want to put that on after cleansing in the evenings. Retinol helps brighten skin and improve fine lines and wrinkles, however, it can also be drying. We suggest starting with a low dose, so you may only be using Retinol every other day.

If you don’t use any prescription products or Retinol, the first product you’ll want to apply is TNS Essential Serum or TNS Recovery Complex. These all-in-one anti-aging serums that stimulate collagen, helping to improve fine lines and tighten skin. “These are key items we all love around here!”  Moroni exclaims.

Next up are any correctors you may use. An example would be brightening serums, such as Obagi Nu-Derm Clear #3 with Hydroquinone, or Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum that can help correct any pigment issues you may be experiencing.

Another great corrector that everyone can benefit from is the HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This hydrator allows the skin to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA), the same substance that occurs in your skin naturally. Hyaluronic acid is also what’s used in filler, which means HA5 can help prolong or improve your Botox or filler treatments. Pro tip: Always apply HA5 with moist hands, it helps the HA bond with the water molecules and penetrates the skin better.

Moisturizer should always be the final product layered before sunscreen—assuming you choose to use moisturizer during the warm summer months. SkinMedica’s  Ultra Sheer Moisturizer is a great option for combination skin, providing lightweight, oil-free coverage along with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid.

We can’t stress this enough: always—always—wear an SPF sunscreen! All year round, even on cloudy days, the sun’s UVA and UVB light can cause damage to your skin. Sun exposure is the top cause of aging, making sunscreen an essential step in your beauty routine. Moroni recommends Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, a revolutionary “superscreen” that goes beyond just UV protection and also protects against infrared rays—plus, it can support the skin’s ability to restore its elasticity and firmness, correcting sunspots, lines and wrinkles.

Lastly, don’t forget about your neck! “Often times we are so fixated on treating our face, we forget about our neck,” Moroni says, “but they can get damaged, too, and show our age.”

To protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, Colorescience Sunforgettable SPFs are some of our favorite products. These products are easy to re-apply throughout the day with their retractable brush and mineral formula—Plus it fits in your pocket!

Once your skin care products have been properly layered on, your skin is primed and ready to glow.

Our team at Timeless can consult with you on what products are right for your skin needs. Request a consultation to receive a customized treatment plan from one of our medical experts.

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