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Elaine Avatar

Leave vitamin a for 20 mins before applying a hydration (if I can) – I probably should have known this already but it’s made a huge difference

Linda W Avatar

Christine, it never occurred to me to use this on my face after my other products. Can you share more about how you use it? Thanks!

Jo Avatar

It’s called slugging! 🙂
I was slathering it on my entire face every night, and Vaseline is even recommended, but then I read that it intensifies the effects of any product you have applied under it, so it isn’t as good an idea over retinol, if your skin is already sensitive to it. However, as I write this I’m thinking I don’t know why that stopped me! I think I’ll start slugging again. 🙂

Matilda Avatar

To control my rosacea and reduce skin irritation, I started using a mild cleanser at night (Paula’s Choice Calm Nourishing Cleanser) and using only warm water to rinse my face in the mornings. Also, I use Vanicream moisturizing lotion before applying sunscreen. I’ve seen improvements from this regimen over the past few months.

Lauren Avatar

This is what I do too! At first I was a bit weirded out by not washing my face in the morning, but just rinsing with water helps me a lot. My face will always be red, but it doesn’t feel irritated and feels healthy and that is what matters!

Michelle Avatar

I added an essence to my skincare routine after I watched a YouTube video describing the benefits of an essence. I have dry skin, and using an essence really adds the much needed moisture my skin needs.

Jo Avatar

Big brain moment: I looked it up, and of course I now believe I need some essence immediately. 🙂

“Not to be confused with serums, which are thicker in consistency and texture, essences are lightweight, watery, fast-acting, and quick-absorbing. “Essences are meant to hydrate and brighten the skin, which means most work to optimize your skin’s natural cell turnover rate and contain skin brightening (not bleaching) ingredients,” says Cho.

And because they’re infused with lightweight, water-based formulas, essences are suitable for literally any skin type—no need to worry about clogged pores or irritation. “Essences are even highly recommended for dry, uneven skin types, because their concentrated ingredients work to intensely moisturize,” says Cho.” (From Stylecaster)

DVa Avatar

Two things.
I started using an essence last winter and I think it helps. My dry patches (which occurred rarely but out of the blue) seem to have stopped.
Also, although it’s not skin “care” really, but I started using oil cleaner to remove makeup and it works so well. I cleanse my face after, but as a makeup remover, it’s amazing.

Brian Avatar

I was told that if you apply your skincare in the bathroom immediately after a shower while the bathroom is still a little steamy and your skin is still damp it will absorb the skin care so much more and I’ve found that to be true. I always feel like a lot of my skin care just sits on my skin after application and I figured I must be using too little product so I tried using even less and then I would have the issue of feeling like it wasnt doing enough. But once I started applying in the bathroom on still damp skin it has been a game changer for me. My skin has really never been in such good shape and I don’t feel like I still have product on my skin and I also feel like my skin is so plumped and hydrated after. I don’t think I can ever go back.

V Avatar

Hey Wednesday! So sorry about the chronic pain. I also live with that especially today after my gardening attempt. I believe this is relevant and hope it helps… I use topical oils and ointments (when I can find them) of belladonna, datura Wrightii, datura + brugmansia, mandrake and occasionally blends of these wonderful plants. I find them way more helpful after soaking in a hot shower so they absorb more quickly. Sometimes the relief is almost instant. Wish I could send you some since you’ve been such a help to me. 🖤

V Avatar

Yes! I’ve been a fan of this when possible for a long time. I love how my pricier products absorb much better and seem much more effective. Even the not-so-pricey skin care products seem to be more effective and I end up using less product. Of course I love doing this to my whole body whenever I get the time. Night and day difference. Glad it works for you.

mintsandmarjoram Avatar

I agree with this. It also helps some of my products disperse in smaller quantities more easily. I have a bottle of facial water mist that came in a set (I think it’s by Avène) and I initially thought it seemed like a useless product until I realized it could be used in this way you’ve mentioned. It’s especially useful when I’m applying things and I haven’t just showered. I think when it runs out I will just get a misting spray bottle and use regular water.

Ana Maria Avatar

I didn’t had many major changes in my routine in the past years. But I was avoiding applying too many products in the morning, just toner, eye cream and SPF were enough for me; but adding an Azaleic acid in my morning routine has done good to my skin lately

Katrina Avatar

I have always used Sunday Riley’s Good Genes on the daily, which has been great for exfoliation and cell-turnover. But, I’ve always struggled with acne, super-oily skin, and my pores. So, for me, introducing a ‘clinical grade’ peel a couple of times a week was the game changer for me. I like the Dr. Dennis Gross one.

Genevieve Avatar

An oldie, but a goodie – using facial oils has really helped my skin – especially Argon Oil. I do get The Ordinary’s Moroccan Argon oil – which is pretty inexpensive and lasts for months.
As soon as I get out of the shower of a night time, I pat down my face a little and apply the oil (only a few drops). It really moisturises my skin straight away.

Jo Avatar

I agree! I use prescription Tretinoin Cream, and it makes such a difference if you stick with it. I also recommend increasing the strength gradually, to 0.1% if you aren’t already at that strength. For all my night topical treatments, I squeeze some of the back of my hand, then apply it on my face and neck with my fingers. Then I rub the back of my hands together, so they get the anti-aging benefits as well. 🙂

bibi Avatar

Adding a watery essence to my super dry & mature skin care regimen completely changed how my skin feels & looks. I use MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence before applying any other product, it plumps & hydrates making my pores & fine lines practically disappear and alleviating any tightness & discomfort of my dry skin.
Cerave Healing Ointment has become my favorite for dry cuticles, lips, elbows & feet!

Yuan Avatar

A basic moisturizer first BEFORE retinoid, and gradually increase frequency to every night. That tip from Dr Dray really helped my sensitive skin to benefit from retinol/retinoid/vA.

Jo Avatar

Argireline Solution is my newest addition to my night skin routine, but I started using it a few months ago. They call it topical Botox, and I can say I’ve seen such a difference in my dynamic facial lines, particularly the 11 between my eyebrows. :). I wish I’d known about it sooner, because I think it would have helped prevent some of the lines I’m trying to soften.

I’m always trying new stuff, but one thing I will always use is retinol. I have been using retinol since I was in my late 20s, and got a prescription for Tretinoin 6 years ago.

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