A multi-step skincare regimen just makes sense, especially with age. The more my skincare needs increase, the more those needs also vary on different parts of my face. I have several different skin concerns; including fine lines and wrinkles, scars, blemishes, and sagging.
As much as I'd love an all-in-one product that can simultaneously address all of those skincare issues, it isn't realistic, nor would it be very effective.
Depending on which ingredients you apply, it can be more beneficial (and in some cases crucial) to use them at different times and on different problem areas. My current anti-aging skincare regimen consists of three active-ingredient facial serums from L'BRI, so let's talk about their particular benefits, ingredients, and the best ways to layer them.
Whether you're using a mechanical exfoliant or a chemical exfoliant, applying products that help eliminate the top layer of dead skin keeps newer skin cells closer to the surface. With regular use, the right exfoliant can continuously help to encourage cell turnover for more radiant and younger-looking skin. Actives such as AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) have been among the top-trending chemical exfoliants in the skincare industry this year; including glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid.
The L'BRI Time Erase AHA Slow Release Serum contains my favorite alpha hydroxy acid - lactic acid. More effective than plant-based alternatives yet more gentle than glycolic acid, it's the perfect place to start if you're new to AHAs. Paired with calming botanicals like aloe and chamomile, the L'BRI AHA serum is especially helpful if you have sensitive skin. In addition to skin resurfacing; which can lighten dark spots, eliminate dull skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the top skincare benefits of lactic acid also include increased moisture and collagen.
The L'BRI Dermaplex A Line Reversal Peptide Serum is a powerful facial serum with hexapeptide-8 and other various anti-aging ingredients. Peptides found in skincare are synthetic strings of amino acids, the building blocks that make up proteins in our body, including collagen in the skin. Hexapeptide 8 in particular is not only used for increasing collagen, but has been proven to relax facial muscles that contribute to expression lines, dubbing this skincare ingredient "botox in a jar." Thus this facial serum is best used as a spot treatment on deeper wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions - think frown lines, laugh lines, and crow's feet.
Another current favorite of mine is the L'BRI Maxifirm Skin Renewal Complex Serum; which helps to improves skin's firmness, elasticity, and radiance. My favorite thing about this anti-aging serum is that it can be applied to the upper eyelids, which for me have unfortunately begun to develop wrinkles and sagging. Though after a few weeks of use, I've noticed an improvement in that area already! Made with anti-aging, calming, hydrating, and balancing ingredients; this is such an impressive multi-purpose serum that is suitable for all skin types.
How to Layer These Serums
Though the L'BRI Time Erase serum consists of a more gentle active than some AHAs, it's still important to layer this serum properly, especially if you have very sensitive skin. It's best to not apply an AHA the same time you apply a retinol or a Vitamin C serum, particularly on sensitive skin. You can therefore limit application of the AHA serum to your T-Zone and chin when layering with the L'BRI Dermaplex (which contains Vitamin C and A). Personally, my skin can handle layering the Dermaplex and AHA just fine. I do like to use both the Dermaplex and Time Erase serums on my frown lines and crow's feet.
It's best to apply the Dermaplex twice a day for 30 days then just once a day after that, (it's the same way with applying the Time Erase AHA) so that's when I'll plan to use the AHA in the morning and will use my Dermaplex and my regular retinol in the evening, so that I can use my AHA more liberally and without having to think about layering as much.
The L'BRI Maxifirm Serum should not be layered directly over Dermaplex, and it too should be used twice a day for a month then just once per day. When not used at the same time as Dermaplex, the Maxifirm serum can be applied all over the face and neck. So once I get past a month of use and go to once per day on each serum, I'll use the Maxifirm (along with the Time Erase serum) in the morning and the Dermaplex and my regular retinol in the evening. For now, to layer it with Dermaplex; I apply it to my neck, jawline, cheeks, and the upper eyelids.
With each of these L'BRI serums, you'll want to apply them to clean, dry skin after you've applied your L'BRI Freshener. After you've applied each serum, you can use your favorite L'BRI moisturizer. Be sure to allow each serum to penetrate and dry properly for a few minutes before layering other products over them. I find that it's a great time to use my jade roller and/or gua sha tool.
I hope you've found this information helpful in layering your active facial serums. For quick reference, L'BRI has an easy-to-follow picture guide, and you can follow along with my video tutorial. Please leave any questions you have in the comment section below.