Best Skin Care Program 2023

  You spend hours and hundreds of dollars shopping for beauty products that are perfect for your skin type, but if you use them in the wrong order, you could be doing more harm than good. Like, essence or moisturizer first? When is it best to use retinol? Should I use moisturizer or retinol? The order in which you apply your skincare products is crucial and can make the difference between seeing results or wasting your time and money. But don’t worry. We’ve put together a skincare routine order so you don’t have to wonder what products to use and when.

  An easy way to remember the order of your skincare products is to consider their texture. You have to apply them from light to heavy. Serums are lightweight, so if you apply them after a rich cream, the cream will basically form a barrier that prevents the serums from reaching your skin. Many moisturizers also contain moisture, which dilutes the product applied to them.

  The only time this rule doesn’t apply is with facial oils. In fact, when to apply oil is a subject of debate, but it all depends on your skin type. Many oils will replace moisturizer, so it will be the last product you use before applying sunscreen. Oily skin types may choose between moisturizers and oils. For people with dry skin and combination skin, both can be used, but a thick cream isn’t necessarily the end product you’re going to apply.

  That being said, here’s what “light to heavy” really means. Water-based products should be closest to the skin, so they should be used first. Oil-based products, such as facial oils, should be applied to seal everything else off. So if the serum is oily, it will be applied at the end, rather than immediately after cleansing, as with traditional water-based serums.

  A man's post-skincare routine

  As a general rule, you should wait 30-60 seconds between each skincare step before applying the next product so that it has a chance to be fully absorbed into the skin. Some products, for example acne treatments, take several hours to work, so it’s best to apply them at night and don’t put anything on them to stop them touching the skin.

  Retinol and more effective prescription strength retinoids stimulate collagen synthesis and effectively treat fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and all forms of acne. However, they increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and therefore should only be used at night – sunscreen should be part of your morning skincare regimen anyway.



  Morning routine: A thorough cleansing isn’t necessary in the morning, unless you haven’t washed your face the night before. Gently sweep a cotton pad with micellar water, toner, or flower water over your face. In other words, only clean in the morning if necessary so you don’t lose your skin’s natural oils.

  Night skin care: Night is a whole different ball game. You must clean your face and remove any traces of makeup or sunscreen, as well as oil, sweat and dirt, to fully prepare your skin for additional treatments and products. Also, make sure the cleaning is effective. Studies show that up to 80 percent of Americans wash their faces incorrectly, many of them with body wash, hand sanitizer or just water.


  Any time of day: It doesn’t matter if you exfoliate in the morning or at night, as long as you go once to three times a week. Removing dead skin cells is essential so that your product can penetrate effectively into the skin. People with overly dry or sensitive skin types are less likely to want to exfoliate than those with normal or oily skin, as it can trigger inflammation and irritation, speeding up aging.

  Assume that you are already using a product that contains an active ingredient, such as an acid (salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, etc.), retinol, or retinoid. In this case, you’re already covered, so there’s no need for extra exfoliation because you don’t want to peel the skin.


  Any time of day: Many people don’t use masks because they feel “it takes too much time,” but the reality is that everyone has 10 to 20 minutes of free time in seven days. Choose a day of the week when you have a little time to yourself. For example, when you’re watching the latest Netflix show, reading a book, taking a shower, meditating, whatever works. Also, keep in mind that there are now tons of mask delivery systems (such as sheets and overnight masks) that make masks easier than ever before.


  Day-night skincare routine: Many people avoid toners because they think they’re harsh (remember Seabreeze?). Today’s toners are formulated to target specific skin problems such as excessive oil or dryness. The toner helps restore the pH balance of the skin while preparing it for other products before bed. In the morning, if you washed your skin the night before, a toner (or essence) can replace the cleanser.


  Day and night skincare routine: The treatment step is crucial because it targets specific skin problems at a deeper level. One of the main products that fall into this category is serum, which is an important ingredient in daily skin care because its molecular components are more concentrated. No matter your skin type or concern, there is a wealth of formulas to choose from. If you decide to use multiple serums, use the thinnest formula first.

  Eye creams (and gels) and acne spot treatments are also represented here. Due to the lack of sebaceous glands and thin skin, the delicate area of the eyes is more likely to show puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles than the rest of the face.


  Morning routine: Moisturizer is a core part of your skincare routine, regardless of skin type. Our skin is in a defensive mode all day, protecting itself from harmful UV rays, the weather, bacterial growth and pollution – this is where day creams and sunscreens come into play. You can choose between two different formulas or a two-in-one cream with at least SPF 30.

  Nighttime skincare routine: While you sleep, your skin is in repair mode, working to regenerate and rebuild damage caused by daily activities and habits. That being said, nighttime is the best time to repair your skin with the right night cream for your skin type and condition. There’s no magic number for when to start using night creams, but your 20s are usually the best age to start.

  Carrot and Stick Gentle hydrating Cleanser

  This gentle hydrating product contains natural hydrating ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, that won’t strip away precious oils and damage surface barriers. It does not contain irritating sulfates and will not irritate the skin. It uses plant ingredients, such as coconut surfactants, to help produce a luxurious foam.



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  Carrot and Stick Whitening Pads

  Show off a fresh, smooth, radiant complexion with these pre-saturated pads. A concentrated mixture of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid clears up the buildup of dead skin cells, gently exfoliates, promotes transparency, improves texture, and removes impurities from pores. The herbal extract fights visible light damage and helps maintain a redness and swelling appearance. The skin that resurfaces is smoother, brighter and more receptive to the product. Suitable for normal, dry, oily and combination skin.

  Formulyst Microdermabrasion exfoliator

  A skin refinement superstar, Formulyst’s retexizing Microdermabrasion Exfoliator formula gently removes layers of dead skin, exposing younger, more vibrant skin underneath. Fine alumina crystals effectively remove dirt, excess oil and dead cells. At the same time, it contains rich nutrition of Jojoba oil, black tea extract, almond oil, squalane, hyaluronic acid, deep nourishing and soothing new skin. The result is smooth, perfect skin with fewer visible wrinkles and wrinkles. In addition, by removing dead skin cells, the product can penetrate more deeply, making makeup smoother and improving the overall beauty efficacy.




  Carrot and Stick Defense Serum

  This antioxidant-rich vital essence helps to boost collagen production and significantly brighten skin. Three different vitamin C derivatives work together to combat visible free radical damage and extend cell life. Regular use can make dull, uneven skin clear and glowing.




  Carrot and Stick Repair Essence

  This high performance serum is designed to noticeably lift, tighten and tighten as it helps ward off harmful free radicals. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E boost hydration immediately. Mixed synthetic growth factors promote elasticity, cell turnover and nutrient absorption to support rejuvenation. Seven phytoneuropeptides enhance skin structural integrity from the inside out, promoting smoother skin and more elasticity. Soothing and brightening botanical ingredients, including chamomile, licorice root and green tea, give an ageless glow.

  The carrot and the stick

  This innovative formula contains plant-based collagen to help improve skin structure. It’s a plant collagen mixture made from rice, soybeans, carrots, quinoa and ginseng.

  Carrot and Stick Eye Cream

  This revolutionary treatment uses highly effective plant extracts to reduce signs of stress and fatigue, including bags and dark circles under the eyes. The Persian silky tree (Althea acacia) has anti-glycation properties that help the delicate skin around the eyelids feel firmer. St. Paul grass (Sigesbeckia Orientalis) promotes the appearance of collagen and elastin for rejuvenation.



  Hydrating, moisturizing and protecting

  Carrot and Stick Moisturizer

  This lightweight antioxidant formula is a hydrating powerhouse that leaves skin feeling very smooth and glowing. Rich in potent plant proteins, vitamins, peptides and amino collagen, providing multiple levels of hydration. Our three natural bio-fermentation active complexes support greater nutrient density and more efficient absorption. Caffeine increases energy and rejuvenates the skin, while five different coconut ingredients promote overall conditioning.

  Formulated anti-aging daily moisturizer

  Environmental invaders, such as the sun and pollution, put constant stress on our skin. Imperfect skin such as wrinkles, uneven skin tone, UV damage and dryness are just some of the effects of these external forces on our skin tone, and they only add to the signs of aging. Professionally formulated to help strengthen your skin’s natural defenses against daily free radical damage, Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Daily Moisturizer is a powerful anti-aging formula that leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated, and radiant. Rich in antioxidants and natural compounds, this light and creamy formula stimulates cell synthesis under the skin, promoting microcirculation, reactivating shine and increasing the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture.

  A powerful day protection formula that is a complementary step to every regime, this unique moisturizer strongly hydrates, promotes even skin tone and clearly exudes a youthful, more beautiful glow.

  Keep in mind that your skin problems can change as you age. What works in your 20s May need to be readjusted in your 30s, 40s and 50s, as hormones, natural aging and lifestyle changes alter the balance of our skin.