The Definitive Guide to Creating a Skincare Routine

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Finally: The Correct Order to Apply Face ProductsKatie Buckleitner


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It's a good time to be really into skincare, with more serums, spot treatments, and SPFs than I can possibly keep track of. The downside? Figuring out the best skincare routine order can be tricky as hell. After all, what's the difference between toner and essence, and can you use both in one routine? Or how do you apply a spot treatment and a face oil in the same routine? It can be a mystery even to those of us who work in the biz, testing and learning about products day in and day out—but the good news is that you're def not alone.

Even better: It's totally possible to make sense of it all, especially if you have expert dermatologists laying out the steps of your skincare routine for you. And that's exactly what I'm doing here, because it's a big deal. The order of your skincare routine, as well as how and when you apply your skincare products, can make a huge difference in your results. In fact, they can even help you avoid potential skin concerns like irritation and breakouts.

So, whether you want the laziest-yet-most-effective skincare routine or need to know how to layer your arsenal of 10+ products, keep reading for all the details. And don't miss the tons tips to make skincare your thing and the best products for your exact skin type (from oily to sensitive to dry to acne-prone).

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How do I start my skincare routine?

PSA: You do not need a 10-step skincare routine (or even a 5-step routine). "Less is more when it comes to your skin—I'm all about product reducing,"says dermatologist Karan Lal, MD. "In reality, our skin chemistry needs hydration and moisture to maintain a good skin barrier, which you can get from just a few products." And, as virtually all dermatologists agree, those products include the following:

Three required skincare products:

  • Cleanser: a gentle, sulfate-free face wash free

  • Moisturizer: a simple fragrance-free formula that can be used twice a day

  • Sunscreen: a mineral- or chemical-based sunscreen with at least SPF 30

That's it—the three most important skincare products are just a cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. It’s not glamorous, but good skin doesn’t need to be (just ask your dermatologist or anyone on the Cosmo beauty team—simple is always better). The more products you layer on, the higher your risk is for irritation, allergic reactions, and breakouts, notes Dr. Lal.

If you're looking to build a slightly more advanced skincare routine, you can! But you don't need to. "If you can consistently stick with those three basic products and you want to add more, try a retinoid," says Dr. Lal. "After three months, if your skin is ready, add a vitamin C." But any additional products? "It's not gonna help—I think five products is the max you skin can handle at once," says Dr. Lal.

What age should you start a skincare routine?

You can start a skincare routine at any age. In fact, the sooner you start, the better, says dermatologist Jessie Cheung, MD. "You’re never too young to start protecting your skin," she notes. If you're a beginner, start with the above routine (cleanser, moisturizer, SPF—the holy trinity, IMO), and slowly add in products depending on what your skin needs.

Your skincare routine order and steps

Need a preview of what a full skincare routine should look like in the proper order? Here’s a little guide to screenshot. But before you freak out at seeing a 10-step routine, don’t worry: You really only need three products for a great, simple routine (more on that below).

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Pin it, save it, screenshot it, memorize it, whatever. Just get it into your brain, and then read our breakdown and product recommendations, below.John Francis

How to build and layer your skincare routine

“The rule of thumb when applying skincare is to apply the lightest first and the heaviest last, since thinner products can’t penetrate thicker products,” says dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD. Example: Layering a serum (thin) over your moisturizer (thick) would render that serum almost ineffective, because it can't penetrate your skin when there's an occlusive barrier on top of it already.


SKINCARE ROUTINE ORDER

Step 1: Cleanser

⏰: morning and night

Please, for the love of the beauty gods, remove your makeup and wash your face before slathering on your products. “For ingredients to absorb properly, you need clean skin that’s totally free of oil and grime,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, which is where double-cleansing comes in.

The simplest method is to remove your makeup with a cleansing oil or cleansing balm (neither is "better" than the other; it's just personal preference). It'll dissolve all the makeup on your face without stripping your skin. Then, follow that up with a gentle cleanser depending on your skin type:

✔️ How to choose the best cleanser for your skin type

  • Oily skin: Avoid too-stripping formulas (like charcoal-, sulfate-, and clay-based cleansers) and look instead for gel-based face washes or gentle foaming cleansers for oily skin.

  • Acne-prone skin: Opt for a cleanser with added acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

  • Sensitive skin: Try a gentle, creamy face wash filled with soothing colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera, and niacinamide.

Q: "Do I really need to cleanse skin in the morning?"

It depends, tbh. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then yes—cleansing after you wake up can be a good way to get rid of any grime or shine that's collected overnight. (Plus, if you're using anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid, they can work extra ~magic~.) However, if you have dry or sensitive skin, you prob don't need to re-wash ahead of the rest of your routine.

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Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

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Acne Control Cleanser

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Cleansing Serum

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Step 2: Toner

⏰: morning and/or night

Face toners used to be terrible, alcohol-based liquids that burned your face. But today’s (good) toners are either (1) filled with gentle, hydrating ingredients for dry and sensitive skin, or (2) filled with chemical exfoliants to treat acne and bumps. “Toners are not meant to be something that sits around on your skin and feels heavy,” says Dr. Gohara. “They’re just priming your face for ingredients to be better absorbed later on.”

Reminder: Toner (like most of the steps on this list) is totally optional, but if your toner smells like nail polish remover or alcohol, you need to ditch it—fast—and find an updated version instead. Here's how:

✔️ How to choose the best toner for your skin type

  • Acne-prone/oily skin: The best toner for both oily skin and acne-prone skin will be one filled with either BHA (beta hydroxy acid, like salicylic acid) or AHA (alpha hydroxy acid, like glycolic acid or lactic acid), which work to unclog pores, prevent breakouts, and dissolve blackheads over time.

    • How to use toner ↠
      Tap acid-based toners over clean, dry skin every other night (or every other morning, if you plan to use a retinol at night), then wait 60 seconds before layering on another product to prevent accidentally neutralizing the acid.

  • Dry/sensitive skin: Both dry skin and sensitive skin types do best with hydrating toners (although all skin types, even acne-prone, can benefit) because they help replenish the water your skin barrier lost when you washed and dried your face.

    • How to apply toner
      After cleansing, tap your hydrating toner over your clean, dry skin every morning, every night, or both: “There’s no such thing as too much moisture, regardless of your skin type,” says Dr. Gohara.

Q: "Is toner the same thing as an essence?"

Toners and essences are pretty interchangeable in their consistencies, so if you’re looking for when to use your essence in your skincare routine, use it as step 2 (instead of a toner). But if you happen to have both in your routine, swipe on a toner first, then pat in an essence (think of it like a thin moisturizer-serum hybrid).

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First Aid Beauty Oil-Minimizing Toner With Salicylic Acid

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Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer

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Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

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Acne

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Biossance Squalane + BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

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Peach & Lily The Good Acids Pore Toner

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Hydrating

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Awakening Milk & Honey Toner

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CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant

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Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid

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Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

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Snail Rescue Blemish Busting Toner

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Banila Co Dear Hydration Intense Essence

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↠ SHEET MASKS
Not sure where sheet masks come in? Use masks after cleansing and toning your face, then pat on the excess serum left behind.


Step 3: Face Serum

⏰: morning and/or night

“Serums are essentially shots of extremely concentrated nutrients, hydrators, or antioxidants that really amp up your skin health as soon as you apply them,” says Dr. Gohara. “People often skip out on using them, but they’re honestly the heavy lifters of your skincare routine.” So, while serums are totally optional, they’re often a good first step in leveling up your skincare routine and boosting your skin health.

✔️ How to choose the best face serum for your skin type

In the morning…

For almost all skin types, Dr. Gohara, Dr. Lal, Dr. Idriss, and every other derm in existence, swears by using vitamin C serum in the morning, which protects your skin from inflammation and damage caused by environmental factors, while also brightening dark spots over time. Just note: Vitamin C can be strong, so if your skin is sensitive, use it every other morning (or every two mornings) instead.

At night…

Though serums are optional, all skin type scan benefit from using a hydrating, hyaluronic-acid-based serum at night (and, honestly, in the morning too), which pulls into your skin from the air to keep it hydrated. “If you’re using acne treatments or anti-aging products—which can be drying or irritating—you want to prep your skin with as much moisture as possible first,” says Dr. Idriss.

Q: "Can I use multiple serums at the same time?"

Def. But when it comes to layering serums, keep in mind the thin-to-thick rule, says Dr. Cheung. "The thicker serums may impede the absorption of the thinner formulations," she notes. So you'll want to start with your watery, vitamin C serums, then layer on rich, creamy formulas after.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

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Good (Skin) Days C’s The Day Serum

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Buttah Skin Vitamin C Serum

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Clarifique Pro-Solution Face Serum

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Buttah Skin Vitamin C Serum

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SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

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Epi.Logic Daily Dose Vitamin C Serum

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Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

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Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

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$19.99

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fhyaluronic-acid-serum-P443845&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosmopolitan.com%2Fstyle-beauty%2Fbeauty%2Fa25372431%2Fwhat-order-to-apply-skincare-products%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum</p><p>sephora.com</p><p>$7.99</p>

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

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Glow Recipe Plum Plum Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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P.M.

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Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum

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The Plant Base Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid 100

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Cosmedica Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Cosmedica Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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$15.00

Super Serum

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Super Serum

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$29.94

Rose Ingleton MD Calming Hydration Booster Serum

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Step 4: Eye cream

⏰: morning and/or night

Eye creams tend to be lighter and thinner than face moisturizers, so make sure to apply them before your creams and oils (remember: lighter products go before heavier products). But an important note: Eye creams are not necessary for most people. “As long as you’re using moisturizer and sunscreen, your eye area is already getting the TLC it needs,” says Dr. Gohara.

✔️ How to choose the best eye cream for your skin type

In the morning…

Look for an eye cream that's packed with caffeine, which helps temporarily constrict and tighten puffy under-eyes within 20 minutes. And, ideally, look for one with a steel-tip applicator (“the cold steel helps a bit with fluid retention—aka under-eye bags—especially if you keep the cream in the fridge between uses,” says Dr. Gohara).

At night…

“Most people think a night eye cream should contain retinol to help with fine lines, but in reality, you want to be gentle," says Dr. Gohara. "Your eye area is delicate and at risk for irritation, so tap on a simple, hydrating eye cream that’ll protect your under-eyes and repair your skin barrier overnight.”

Q: "Should I be using retinol around my eyes?"

Yes, you can—and should!—use a retinol around your eyes, but “it’s better to apply retinoids to your whole face rather than to just spot-treat parts of it,” she says. (Don’t worry, retinol options will come later on.)

Olay Eyes Depuffing Eye Roller

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Olay Eyes Depuffing Eye Roller

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$23.99

Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel

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Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel

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$6.00

Clinique All About Eyes Serum

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Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream

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BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector

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Holy Hydration! Eye Cream

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Holy Hydration! Eye Cream

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$11.25

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

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Youth to the People Dream Eye Cream

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Ole Henriksen Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Crème

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Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm

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RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Eye Cream

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Cetaphil Deep Hydration Refreshing Eye Serum

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$22.00

Retinol Correxion Under Eye Cream

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Retinol Correxion Under Eye Cream

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$21.97

Olay Brightening Eye Cream

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Olay Brightening Eye Cream

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$21.45

Burt’s Bees Truly Glowing Gel Eye Cream

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Universal Universal C Eye Perfector

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Universal Universal C Eye Perfector

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$65.00

RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate + Plump Eye Cream

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Step 5: Spot treatment

⏰: morning or night

Ideally, spot treatments are best applied at night (whether they’re for zits, scars, or dark spots), because that’s when your body is working hardest to repair itself, says Dr. Gohara. But if your nighttime routine already includes acids or retinoids, try spot-treating in the morning, so you don’t irritate your skin with too much at once.

Regardless of when you apply your spot treatment, make sure to tap it on before your moisturizer so it can really penetrate your skin and do its thang without having another barrier to penetrate (before?! What?! Yes, just trust the process and keep reading).

✔️ How to choose the best spot treatment for your skin type

For Dark Spots and Acne Scars…

Dr. Idriss recommends using a spot treatment with either hydroquinone (a skin-bleaching ingredient that works fast but can be highly irritating) or niacinamide (aka vitamin B3), which gently brightens marks and scars over time. Niacinamide can be used daily (most formulas won’t cause irritation), but hydroquinone should be used once every three days to be safe (zero irritation after two weeks? Move it up to every other day).

For Pimples and breakouts…

For acne, Dr. Gohara stands by tried-and-true benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid—but not together, unless you want to irritate your skin. Benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria (use it for classic whiteheads), while salicylic acid dissolves oil and skin cells (use it for little clogged pores and inflamed bumps).

  • How to use spot treatments
    Regardless of which formula you choose, the application is the same: Dab a thin layer (seriously) over your spot or zit and wait a full minute for it to dry. Then, to prevent the treatment from getting wiped around your face, apply your moisturizer to the rest of your face, avoiding the spots. When your face is fully moisturized, tap a dot of moisturizer on top of the spot treatment.

Dark Spots (Niacinamide)

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Topicals Faded Serum for Dark Spots and Discoloration

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Peter Thomas Roth Niacinamide Treatment

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Retinol Rapid Repair & Dark Spot Treatment

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Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Night Treatment

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$39.99

Glo Skin Beauty Lightening Serum

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Urban Rx Even Tone Night Treatment

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Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Night Treatment

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Dark Spots (Hydroquinone)

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Topicals Faded Serum for Dark Spots and Discoloration

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Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel

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Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief

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Pimples (Salicylic Acid)

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Neutrogena Stubborn Acne A.M. Treatment

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Tula Clear It Up Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel

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Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel

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Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Serum

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Pimples (Benzoyl Peroxide)

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Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

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Q: "When am I supposed to put a pimple patch on?"

You should stick on a pimple patch (which, FYI, are hydrocolloid stickers that help protect your pimple, soak up any excess fluid or oil around it, and potentially help treat your zit depending on if it has added actives like salicylic acid) before moisturizer, just as you would with other spot treatments. Typically, I will stick on a pimple patch, then carefully spread my moisturizer across my face to avoid moving the patch around.


Step 6: Moisturizer

⏰: morning and night

"You need to be using a moisturizer twice a day," says Dr. Lal and every dermatologist in the world. "Your skin barrier requires moisture and hydration to stay healthy," he adds, noting that all skin types should load up on formulas rich in ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid. “A moisturizer also helps trap in all the products underneath it to make the ingredients even more effective," says Dr. Idriss.

You can use the same moisturizer morning and night, but if you plan to skip sunscreen (shame), your a.m. formula needs to have at least SPF 30. And remember to let it sink in for 5 to 10 minutes before applying makeup (if this is the end of your morning skincare routine and makeup is your next step).

✔️ How to choose the best moisturizer for your skin type

Q: “What about anti-aging creams?”

If you want, you can tiptoe into the retinol game by using an anti-aging night cream in the p.m., which usually has a gentler, “watered-down” dose of retinoids. That being said, it’s often easier—and less irritating—to use your regular moisturizer and layer a retinol on top (see: the next step).

Community Sixty-Six Oil Control Moisturizer with Niacinamide

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Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Refillable Face Cream

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Oil Control Moisturizer with Niacinamide

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Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer

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Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Cream

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Cloud Cushion Plush Moisturizer

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Burt's Bees Sensitive Solutions Calming Day Lotion

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SOS Daily Skin Barrier Redness Recovery Moisturizer

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Step 7: Retinol

⏰: night

“Retinoids—the general term for all vitamin-A derivatives, including retinol—sink into your skin to speed up cell turnover, causing your body to churn out fresher, smoother, less-wrinkled skin over time,” says Dr. Gohara. Remember that retinoids take four to six months of consistent use to give you results, so consistency is key.

But just because it might take half a year to see your wrinkles smooth out doesn’t mean you won’t see more immediate results in other ways. “Retinoids trigger collagen production and cellular exfoliation,” adds Dr. Gohara, “which means they’ll also fade dark spots, smooth scars, clear pores, prevent breakouts, and brighten skin.” Basically, retinoids are the closest thing to magic that dermatologists have.

✔️ How to choose the best retinoid for your skin type

Retinoids—which are the umbrella term for all vitamin A derivatives—aren't created equal. In order of most powerful to least, it starts with prescription-strength retinoids (like tretinoin), adapalene (which is prescription-strength but sold over-the-counter), retinal (or retinaldehyde), and then retinol. There are also a ton of over-the-counter derivatives of vitamin A in addition to retinal and retinol.

The more sensitive or dry your skin, the weaker your retinoid should be. That, or you'll need a longer acclimation period to get used to it (more on that in a sec). You can also find over-the-counter retinoids paired with anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as niacinamide, to offset their side effects.

How to Use Them…

If you’re new to retinoids, make sure to start slow to mitigate the initial adjustment period of flakes and sensitivity. “Apply a pea-size drop to your entire face one night a week for one week, then two nights a week for two weeks, then three nights a week for three weeks, and then every other night indefinitely,” says Dr. Gohara.

And if you do have extra-sensitive skin, apply a layer of moisturizer 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after your retinol to reduce irritation without totally diluting the treatment. Think of it like sandwiching your face in moisture.

Q: Who *shouldn't* use retinol?

If you’re already using (or planning to use) a night cream with retinoids, doubling up won’t make the anti-aging results more effective—it’ll just cause inflammation. And if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, retinol is also off-limits, FYI.

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Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème

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For Sensitive Skin

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BareMinerals Ageless 10 PhytoRetinol Night Concentrate

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No7 Pure Retinol Night Repair Cream

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Revitalift 0.3% Pure Retinol Night Serum

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For Dry Skin

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CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

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RoC Retinol Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

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For "Normal" Skin

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Shani Darden Retinol Reform

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Retinol Reform Treatment Serum