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Everything You Need To Know About Layering Serums


There are tonnes of benefits associated with applying multiple face serums (with different active ingredients) at the same time. Simply put, layering face serums on top of one another enables you to take advantage of multiple formulas simultaneously, letting you tailor your skincare routine to your skin’s specific needs. How many serums can you use at once? Can you use niacinamide and vitamin c serums? That’s a tricky question. Because serums are only effective when applied close to the skin, you probably don’t want to go overboard. Most people recommend using two carefully chosen face serums, such as Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, to maximise the effects.

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of layering specific ingredients. First off, it’s super-important to understand the best ingredients to layer together. After all, some ingredients (like retinol and alpha hydroxy acid) don’t combine well, so it’s vital to do a bit of research before getting started. Can you use Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C? You’ll be pleased to hear that the answer is “yes, you can!”

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How to Layer Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C

Layering Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid-based serums can help brighten and replump your skin texture, with the hydrating qualities of Hyaluronic Acid being highly compatible with Vitamin C.

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Can you use Niacinamide and Vitamin C?

Are there any other serums that can be paired with Vitamin C-based serums? For example, can you use BHA with Vitamin C? And what about Niacinamide – can you use Niacinamide with Vitamin C? Absolutely! Both Vitamin C and Niacinamide and BHA-based serums can have a positive effect when you mix and match them according to your skincare needs. For example, these types of serums – when used together – can help to reduce the appearance of blemishes on the face, as well as the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Looking to reduce the appearance of dark spots and blemishes? Try Garnier’s Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

Learning how to use Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C serums or indeed, how to layer any specific pair of face serums, is important.

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How to Layer Face serums?

By combining multiple serums strategically, you can effectively address various skincare concerns and elevate your skincare routine to new heights. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to master the art of layering different face serums.

Each Face Serum should be applied after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising. If toner is not part of your routine, cleanse your skin thoroughly and proceed with applying the serum directly after.

Typically, it’s best to apply the product that you are most concerned about first, as this gives it the best chance to penetrate the skin. So, if you’re most concerned with skin brightening, opt to use the serum containing Vitamin C first,and add few drops of AHA + BHA & Niacinamide face serum to resurface skin for smoother and more even-looking texture.

Start from the Lightest Face Serum first

While it's tempting to try every serum under the sun, it's best to keep it simple. Layering no more than two serums at a time allows each product to penetrate effectively and deliver optimal results. Overloading your skin with too many layers may hinder absorption and diminish the desired outcomes.

Of course, it’s critical to give your products enough time to soak in. For best results, apply the thinnest serum first and then layer on the thicker ones. For instance, you can apply a Vitamin C serum in the morning followed by a Niacinamide serum for added benefits. Be sure to wait a couple of minutes after applying one serum before you move onto the next.

Day vs Night-Time Face Serum

Understanding which serums are best suited for daytime or nighttime application is essential. During the day, prioritise serums that offer protection against environmental aggressors, such as serums containing antioxidants or SPF. In the evening, focus on serums that promote skin rejuvenation and repair, like those with retinol or hyaluronic acid.

Keen on learning more about the benefits of Garnier’s face serum? Check out our Serum Guide.