Tutorial & Tips

How to Layer Serums Safely and Effectively

September 25, 2023

Sometimes, more complex skincare issues require more intensive solutions. For example, if you're dealing with active acne and its aftermath, you might need more than one serum to address both concerns. However, to ensure that each serum you use is potent and doesn't harm your skin, you need to know the correct way to layer serums. What's the secret? Read on to find out!

The Correct and Safe Way to Layer Serums

You can start layering serums correctly and safely by following these steps:

1. Begin with a patch test A patch test is essential before layering serums to ensure that your skin isn't sensitive or allergic to the serum's formula, dear. By conducting a patch test, you can identify potential irritation or negative reactions before applying the serum to your entire face.Additionally, allow enough time to observe the patch test results, around 24 hours, as some skin reactions may take longer to appear.

2. Pay attention to the amount of serum used When layering serums, it's important to pay attention to the quantity you use to avoid using too much. Using 2-3 types of serums is sufficient to provide optimal benefits to your skin.If you use too much serum, it can pile up, making it difficult to penetrate the skin and reducing its effectiveness. Make sure to follow the usage instructions on each serum's packaging and use the appropriate amount to maintain skin balance and avoid the risk of irritation.

3. Know which active ingredients shouldn't be combined It's also important to know which active ingredients should not be combined. Here are some combinations to avoid:

  • Retinol and vitamin C
  • Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
  • Vitamin C and benzoyl peroxide
  • Retinol and benzoyl peroxide
  • Retinol and AHA/BHA
  • Dapsone and benzoyl peroxide

These combinations can lead to irritation, dryness, sensitivity, and other negative effects on the skin. Therefore, it's essential to avoid using these combinations and opt for more suitable alternatives for your skin with the guidance of a doctor.

1. Apply serums based on their consistency

To use serums correctly, apply them evenly based on their consistency, starting from the thinnest to the thickest. This way, the thinner serums can absorb better into the skin before the next layer is applied. Make sure each layer of serum is fully absorbed before adding the next layer so that your skin can benefit maximally from each serum you use.

2. Wait for one to two minutes for each serum

To ensure that the serum is absorbed properly and to prevent pilling, wait for one to two minutes after applying each serum before moving on to the next. This layering technique allows the serum a better chance to penetrate the skin before you proceed with your next skincare steps, dear. This method also enhances the effectiveness and final results of your skincare routine.

3. Perform it at night

You should preferably layer serums at night, especially when using active ingredients that shouldn't be exposed to sunlight. However, if you still want to layer serums during the day, choose lightweight and non-irritating serums. Also, don't forget to use sunscreen after applying serums in the morning. Sunscreen helps protect the skin from sun damage and preserves the effectiveness of the active ingredients in the serum.

Start Layering Serums with Wardah!

Now is the time to start layering serums with Wardah! Wardah's serums offer various benefits and advantages. Wardah serums have a lightweight formulation that quickly absorbs into the skin, providing intensive hydration and moisturization.