STEP 1: CLEANSE
Both oil-based and water-based cleansers work to remove dirt, makeup, sunscreen and debris without stripping the skin. Some people find they only need to cleanse at night, others prefer cleansing both morning and night.
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STEP 2: MASKS (1-2x per week)
Masks provide a strong topical concentration of nutrients that can impact our skin in a short amount of time. They quickly improve our skin’s current condition and are great to use when we are in need of a reset.
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STEP 3: HYDROSOLS, TONERS AND MISTS
These watery substances easily absorb into skin to plump skin cells and add hydration and micronutrients. They also work to prep the skin so that oils, balms and serums work more effectively.
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STEP 4: SERUMS
Serums supply potent active ingredients that address our specific skin issues. Kristina Holy from Marie Veronique advises we layer our serums in immediate succession for best results, thinnest to thickest, and never more than 3 serums at a time (during our morning or night time routines). For Marie Veronique's specific line of serums, she recommends applying Intensive Repair Serum first, before any retinol serums, and notes that Barrier Restore Serum should always be applied last.
Make sure the 2-3 serums you choose are symptom-specific for the issues you are trying to address whether it be acne, aging or rosacea. Use active ingredient treatment serums like retinol and vitamin C at night when your skin is in repair mode.
STEP 5: EYE CREAM
Eye creams are rich with hydrating ingredients that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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STEP 6: FACE OIL
Facial oils are typically a blend of different types of oils that work to replicate the natural lipid layer of the skin and protect and improve our skin's natural barrier functioning.
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STEP 7: LOTIONS, CREAMS AND BALMS
In the evenings, a lotion, cream or balm, should be your final step in your routine — as applying anything on top wouldn't penetrate the skin. These products are formed from the emulsion of an oil, water and a wax or paste. Their intention is to form an occlusive seal on our skin to prevent transepidermal water loss (water that passively evaporates) and increase overall hydration.
Even though the Multi-Retinol Night Emulsion contains active ingredients, as a cream, this product should be used as the final step in your nighttime routine. Smooth a dime-size amount to the face, neck, and chest and massage in until absorbed. The Multi Retinol Night Emulsion also performs well as an under-eye treatment. Note, if you have oily, combination, or stable skin, it may act as your only moisturizer due to its creamy and rich texture.
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STEP 8: SUNSCREENS
During the day, sunscreen protects our skin from sun damage. Always apply sunscreen as the last step in your morning skincare routine.
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