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  1. Sue Lynn
    November 21, 2011

    Hullo!

    Finally the Docteur says “YES”< for I'm a huge fan of serums and making cocktails outta them <3 [No-Frills Skin Care Routine for Mature Acne-Prone Skin] http://suelynn76-beautyblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/updated-no-frills-skin-care-routine-for.html

    The good Doctuer’s approval makes me feel it’s more legit though ^_^

    LOVE this Psot 😉
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    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Hiya! And yes Le Docteur validated this technique. I guess whatever works for us yes? 😉

  2. Lily
    November 21, 2011

    I’ve always used 2 serums at night. I use the ANR first, then another whitening serum. Using Shiseido white lucent now. In the day, I keep it light by just using the ester lauder idealist. Works great for me! My skin breaks out pretty easily but I’ve been doing this for almost a year and my skin is ok. There r times when my skin is especially prone to breakouts, so I tend to cut back on serums for a week and get right back into it 😉
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    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Great to know it works for you too! I like ANR too. I get back to it when my skin needs a boost and it always delivered :) I was using the Idealist for a while too but I found it drying for my skin. Quite a pity because it was otherwise quite nice.

  3. Sheila
    November 21, 2011

    I definitely like using more than one serum. It’s so dry here in Canada so I need a hydrating serum, but I also want to continue lightening my dark spots so a whitening serum is still a must. Since whitening serums are usually exfoliating, they just don’t come in one bottle.

    Thank you for this very informative post!
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    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Hi Sheila! Isnt it great how we’re already practicing this? I do find that whitening products are very drying so you’re probably doing it right by using a hydrating serum together with it. I may have to do that so I don’t waste the serums I presently have

  4. LeGeeque
    November 21, 2011

    I love using 2 serums. I’m on MRC and over that I have kiehls’ line reducing concentrate. Love it!

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      That is an amazing combination! I was told it worked very well together but I didn’t try it till now :)

  5. xin
    November 21, 2011

    thanks for sharing the tips! i don’t mix them, but i just layer them. maybe i should now 😀 …provided that i have serums of 2 different textures!

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Well he did say we can just layer it too. No need to mix :)

  6. Sukie
    November 21, 2011

    I mix two different serums together only after reading your article! I usually use only one serum in the morning – the Biotherm Source Therapie serum. At night, I drip one / two drops of MRC and mix it with a pump of Source Therapie serum before topping it up with a layer of moisturizer. =)

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      And I’m guessing it’s working well for you? 😉

  7. olive
    November 21, 2011

    thanks for the info. i have a question. Can we use 2 type of toner together? For example, i used sebamed clarifying toner 1st with cotton ( bcos it can wipe a away dirt from face). Then i continue with Hadalobo lotion (toner) by patting them to face by palm…

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      An interesting question and to be honest I don’t see why to if it’s not doing harm to your skin. I’m actually doing this right now or rather a variation of it and I think it’s doing my skin a world of good! 😀

  8. giddy tigress
    November 21, 2011

    Good to know PB :) And by the way, is the EL ANR oil-based or water-based?
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    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      I think it’s water based. Usually water based serums have aqua as their primary ingredient. Oil based ones don’t have water.

  9. Anthea Villanueva
    November 21, 2011

    That’s good to hear! Right now, I’m actually using nothing more that cleanser on my sensitive face since I’m so paranoid about mixing different lines together, but hearing that there’s no harm in it, I’m going to treat my face to some serums (after testing for sensitivity, LOL).

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Glad this was of help. If you don’t need serums, you could just start with a light moisturizer so your skin doesn’t dry out from the cleansing :)

  10. peach_
    November 21, 2011

    I’ve never thought to mix serums before application. Thanks for the info! I always have to use one serum with chemical exfoliant to keep pores clear, and when the air becomes drier I layer a hydrating serum over it. I share the same theory as you in that I rely on serums for active ingredients and use a more basic moisturizer to “seal in” everything underneath.
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    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      High 5 for having similar skincare ideas 😉 I don’t use an exfoliating serum but I’ve been reminded of Dior One Essential and I may want to get back to that one :) which serums are you presently using?

  11. Coraline
    November 21, 2011

    Is it ok to mix serums as long as they have different consistencies and texture? How about the ingredients may fight each other? And the belief of what we apply first goes first, the later we layer may not absorb fully? Last but not least when to apply silicon-based serums?
    I’m currently using Shiseido Revital Whitening serum (which is water/alcohol based) I’m thinking about applying kiehls powerful strength line reducing (which has thicker consistency) and lastly MRC (oil-based). Do you think it will be a good combination? 😀

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      I’m no dermatologist but based on what I know yes, sometimes some ingredients may contradict or cancel each other out. I don’t know enough though and to be honest I don’t think many commercial serums are that strong. That said if I layer I use a light serum first, then a heavier one depending on how it feels. I personally wont use more than 2 serums at a go. It could be too much for the skin to absorb at one go so I’d treat skin concerns depending on what’s most troubling you at that point and go from there :)

  12. Stephanie/Yukaeshi
    November 21, 2011

    I do use at least 2 different serums everyday. One for my sensitive skin and the other for hydrating- Cellnique Intensive Soothing Factor (Though this is salon-only) and Cellnique Intensive Hydrating Complex. The sensitive skin one is water-based while the hydrating one is more gel-type, so the sensitive skin serum goes on before hydrating. Then at night, after the serums, I add on Melvita Calendula Oil.

    I was worried it would be overkill, but this post at least put my mind to rest haha! 😛 (And it works for me so…) Anyway yay Doctor approved! 😀
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    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Yeah I think anything that works for us or which we think makes our skin look better is the right combination. After all we know our own skin best! :)

  13. plue
    November 21, 2011

    glad to know i’m not a nuthead by using 2 or 3 serums at 1 go! i haven’t tried mixing them, as i’m afraid i will spoil it. but really, what’s the difference between layering them and mixing them up? to me it feels the same, your skin still end up absorbing both! if we can mix serums, can we mix with our moisturizers too?
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    • plue
      November 21, 2011

      i mean mix the serum with moisturizer 😛

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Dr. Sebagh did say it’s ok to either layer or mix. I do either depending on how I feel or how lazy I am :p I sometimes mix in MRC with moisturizer too.

  14. juan
    November 21, 2011

    i’ve always wondered if i really need a face cream after the serum because i feel that the serums alone are moisturising enough for my oily skin.

    maybe i can try that tomorrow night, eh 😉

    and no, i don’t use more than one serum because i tried 2 serums before and they make my skin feels heavy.

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Ah the beauty is that if your serum is moisturizing enough, you may not need a moisturizer! I sometimes go without if I feel that my skin is feeling like its had enough :)

  15. Monstro
    November 21, 2011

    I’ve never used more than one serum before! I guess I was always afraid of the adverse reaction or of their properties cancelling each other out! Good to know PB. Now for a silly question, how do we know if it’s oil based or water based? What ingredients do we look out for for each?

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Generally speaking, anything water based will have water or aqua as its first ingredient. Oil based ones won’t 😉 there aren’t many oil based serums around that are affordable actually because a good oil is pricey!

  16. Jue
    November 21, 2011

    I used 2 serum on the weeks I need to have that extra oomph

    I mixed Clinique Turnaround + EL ANR on weeks that I need to be gorgeous or just don’t have enough rest and top it with moisture surge as sleeping mask.

    Keep my face plump the next day and just radiant. But I wouldn’t drop ANR from my combo. I also generally find that if I use Hada Labo toner before applying any of these it gets even better.

    Things come and go, ANR stay!

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Have to agree with you about ANR! I like the new texture vs the old one which felt more like silicone. I do think it would be nicer if they made it more liquid though. I must try your wonder combination of Clinique Turnaround and ANR!

  17. melchewvin
    November 22, 2011

    I do tent to mix 2 serums together i usually use a whitening serum 1st followed by a hydrating serum but i do always use a moisturizer after both serum just to complete the regimen.

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      I use a moisturizer too. It helps me seal everything in :)

  18. Shay
    November 22, 2011

    Yeah. I do this too. :)

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Awesome!

  19. May
    November 22, 2011

    I’m using 2 serums for my AM and PM skincare routine. AM = Oil controlling + Whitening, PM = Whitening + Moisturizing + Firming (Hmm…Shd I say 3 instead, haha…)

    • Paris B
      November 23, 2011

      Nice! Want to share which ones you’re using? :)

      • May
        November 28, 2011

        I’m currently loving most of Naruko stuff. Especially the cleanser and serums. For AM = Tea Tree Oil Out Balancing Serum + Magnolia Brightening and Firming Serum. For PM = Rose & Snow Fungus Aqua Cubic Complex + Magnolia Brightening and Firming Serum. After finishing up the Magnolia serum, going to try Raw Job’s Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Serum because I’m loving it’s cleanser :)

  20. olive
    November 23, 2011

    ??, Paris :)

  21. lavender
    November 25, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this info. I don’t use 2 serums at one go but I use different serum for day and night. At night I use Clinique laser focus, a night cream and top up with clinique moisture surge. The combination keeps my skin well hydrated. I find that Clinique Laser focus is better than ANR in terms of brightening and reducing fine lines. It can be applied on the eye area which i really like. My bottle is finishing soon but I got other serums to try now.
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    • Paris B
      November 30, 2011

      I do agree with you about the Clinique Laser Focus. It is definitely better for addressing problems while I find that ANR is better for maintenance 😀

  22. Nkoolay
    April 14, 2012

    Yaaaay I’m so excited I wish i’d seen your site a month ago. I had a horrible outbreak on my face and neck and had dark circles.i used Clinique products (3step-anti blemish) dark spot corrector, even better moisturizer and youth surge night for 4 months but the results were very slow and it instead dried out my skin, I still had acne but my checks became painfully dry. A friend recommended Estée Lauder 4 weeks ago I went and bought small amounts of their perfectly clean face wash, toner, day wear, ANR, idealist even skin tone illuminator and advanced night repair eye recovery complex. My skin had improved a lot the spots have faded and my eyes look brighter but the downside is that the daywear cream made me break out when I went to the EL sales assistant she swapped it for Time Zone cream my skin is still breaking out I’ve decided to use my Clinique even better moisturizer ( i still have most of my clinique products left) to see if I’m still going to break out. I started yesterday a part of me has been worried because the Sales Assistant told me not to mix different products and I still have a lot of my Clinique products , can I mix them and find a regiment that works for me?

    • Paris B
      April 17, 2012

      I mix and match all my skincare so I’d say its good. Just mix and match till you find a winning combination for yourself. This previous post on this topic may be of help.

  23. Tria
    October 29, 2012

    Glad to have found this article! I just turned 20 and I’m starting to maintain my skin. I happen to have two serums to wear (one is pore tightening and the other is acne prevention + whitening), and I’ve been reluctant to wear the two of them at the same time (by layering) until I stumbled upon this article. Now I’m convinced. Thank you and thanks to the good doctor as well!

  24. pol
    April 26, 2013

    HI:)
    Im 23, and im also using 2 serum at the same time..Because i have a very sensitive skin, so I must take care them very well..:p I have combination skin, so im always confuse if im having a dry skin or oily skin.My skin can be very oily and dry at the same time, thus sometime dark spot or i call it blemish will appear anywhere on my face. So now, after talking to my beautician she said that i need to hydrate my skin so that I can balance the oiliness and dryness. So that now im taking 2 type of serum for my skin, 1st is BRTC perfect calming serum, for hydrating my face, and BioEssence Whitening Serum :)

  25. flakyyy4
    August 29, 2013

    I love this blog and I’m happy I’m a part of it want to know if I can use serum only for my face without missing with any other product and also if I can mix the same serum I’m using for my face in my body lotion. A reply ll b appreciated.

    • Paris B
      August 29, 2013

      If you feel your serum is enough without applying moisturiser then yes, serum alone is enough. It’s up to you, although it is useful to have a layer of moisturiser on to seal everything in. Also, if you want to mix your face serum into your body lotion, you can but it will be very expensive!

  26. flakyyy4
    August 29, 2013

    Thanks paris for replying my question but can you recommend a good moisturiser and and maybe if I can mix both together instead of applying the moisturiser prior to the serum usage.

    • Paris B
      September 1, 2013

      I personally won’t mix the serum into the moisturiser but layer them on for better efficacy. But if it works for you then go ahead. Moisturisers are very personal. Perhaps you can take a look at the moisturiser category and see if any of them suit your skintype or needs.

  27. Charley
    March 13, 2014

    I actually use several different serums & creams both morning & night. They all do different things & I love them all.
    I use a mask every night, I have 6 so I use a different one each night.
    And I also have 2 eye serums that I use as well.
    I have slightly oily skin & used to get a lot of breakouts but since I started this new routine, my skin has never looked better & I only ever get the odd one or two pimples a MONTH! Which is a MASSIVE improvement.
    My Mum thinks it’s ridiculous that I use so many products (she’s never used a Moisturiser in her life!) and maybe it is excessive but it’s working for me so as long as I’m not doing any major damage by doing this (please tell me if I am) than I’m happy to continue.

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