Dr. Humes Explains Which Comes First, The Serum Or The Moisturizer?

Dr. Tahl Humes is a board-certified physician and an international expert in aesthetic and anti-aging medicine. Her expertise includes advanced injectables, aesthetic lasers, skin tightening technologies, non-invasive body contouring, wellness, and skincare. She is known for her expertise in combining lasers and injectables for total facial rejuvenation. Dr. Humes is the founder of VITAHL Medical Aesthetics, a leading cosmetic medicine practice that opened in Denver in 2005. VITAHL has since expanded to include multiple offices across the country and has become a preceptor site for physicians.

Haute Beauty expert Dr. Tahl Humes discusses an ideal morning and night skincare routine to keep your skin healthy, radiant, and glowing.

skincarePhoto Credit: ShutterstockWhile regular visits to VITAHL Medical Aesthetics keep our skin taut and glowing, a good skincare routine at home is crucial to our skin’s health. But why is skincare so confusing? Dr. Tahl Humes, founder and medical director of VITAHL Medical Aesthetics, simplifies morning and evening skincare routines. She sets us straight on what products to use, time of day to use each, and the application order so we see the best results and avoid skin irritation or canceling out product efficacy.

Dr. Humes’ Ideal morning routine

Cleanser
• The most beneficial cleanser is a non-drying gentle cleanser that is sulfate and fragrance-free.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical Cleaning Complex

Antioxidant
• The best antioxidant is one that contains vitamin C to provide powerful anti-aging benefits. The anti-aging effects are due to the extremeozymes in products like the one recommended here.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical GenXc

Moisturizer
• A good moisturizer is crucial to prevent and treat dry skin, improve texture, and mask imperfections.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion

SPF
• A sunscreen will minimize the penetration of UV rays, prevent visible signs of premature aging, keep your complexion even and reduce your risk of skin cancer.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical Extreme Protect

Dr. HumesPhoto Credit: ShutterstockDr. Humes’ Ideal evening routine

Cleanser
• The most beneficial cleanser is a non-drying gentle cleanser that is sulfate and fragrance-free.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical Cleaning Complex

Treatment Serum

• Treatment serums should contain AHAs, BHAs, and retinol to promote cell turnover, wrinkles, acne, redness, and dryness.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical Active Serum

Retinol
• A retinol addresses fine lines and wrinkles and should be used sparingly every other day and only at night since it increases sensitivity to the sun.
• Product recommendation: Skinmedica Retinol Complex

Moisturizer
• Applying a moisturizer at night is a restorative, ultra-hydrating treatment that boosts firming and lifting.
• Product recommendation: iS Clinical Youth Intensive Creme

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