How to Build a Bespoke Skincare Regime

Medik8 has over 70 different products: including cleansers, direct acids, toners, serums, creams and sunscreens. We give you the choice to tailor your skincare specifically to your needs. But with so many products, and only one face, where do you even start?

THE PERFECT REGIME

Understanding your skin is the first step to a fully developed skincare routine. Consider the skin concern you want to address – is it fine lines and wrinkles you want to target, or a set of blemishes which need to be calmed? We have specifically designed Medik8 Regimes Guides to cater to any skincare concern - you can find these ​​​ ​here.

However if you want to build your own skincare regime bespoke to you and your skin’s needs, keep reading.

At Medik8 we keep it simple. We believe every skincare regime should be based on CSA; vitamin C and sunscreen by day, vitamin A by night. Start with CSA, and you can build from there. Here’s how to build a typical morning and evening routine:

AM

1. Cleanser

In the morning, a light cleanser will gently wash away oils produced overnight, leaving your skin prepared for morning skincare. We recommend a foam, mousse or gel cleanser for the most refreshing morning cleanse. See our range of Cleansers ​​​ ​here.

2. Direct Acid/ Toner

A light sweep of a direct acid or hydrating toner can help other active ingredients in your regime to penetrate better into the skin. See our range of Toners here.

3. Target Serum

This could be a peptide or a booster serum to target a specific skincare concern. Depending on whether your target serum is oil, water or emulsion based, it may layer before or after your vitamin C (check the table below for layering guidance!). See our range of Peptides here.

4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C, an exceptionally powerful antioxidant, is vital to apply in the morning to protect your delicate skin from environmental damage throughout the day. See our range of Vitamin C serums here.

5. Moisturiser and Sunscreen

Keep your skin protected from damaging UV rays and sun damage, which can cause premature ageing. Advanced Day Total Protect™ combines your moisturiser and sunscreen into just one easy step. See our range of Sunscreens here.

PM

1. Cleanser

Start with a gentle eye make-up remover such as Eyes & Lips Micellar Cleanse™. You may want to Double Cleanse your face, particularly if you wear heavier make up, to ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed. You can do this by using a heavier, oil or cream cleanser, before using a lighter foam, mousse or gel cleanser. See our Double Cleanse Regimes here.

2. Direct Acid/Toner

A light sweep of a direct acid can gently exfoliate the complexion, while helping other active ingredients in your regime to penetrate better into the skin. See our range of Toners here.

3. Target Serum

This could be a peptide or a booster serum to target a specific skincare concern. Depending on the base of your target serum, it may layer before or after your vitamin A (check the table below for layering guidance!). See our range of Peptides here.

4. Vitamin A

The skin is most active at night, when skin cell regeneration becomes supercharged. This makes it the ideal time to use vitamin A serums which also speed up skin cell renewal. Certain vitamin As can be deactivated by sunlight, so always incorporate your retinol or retinal serum into your nighttime routine. (r-Retinoate® Day & Night is the only form of vitamin A which can be used in the morning!) See our range of Vitamin A serums here.

5. Moisturiser

Overnight is also the ideal time to rehydrate, as richer moisturisers have time to sink deep into your skin. Opt for a heavier moisturiser than you would use in the daytime to truly nourish and rejuvenate delicate skin as you sleep. See our range of Moisturisers here.

6. Bi-Weekly At Home Treatment

Applied up to twice a week to give your skin a boost, we have a range of masks and treatments which are perfect for some skin indulgence. Sleep Glycolic™ is a perfect at-home peel for a mid-week treat, or see our range of Masks here.

LAYERING SKINCARE

So you’ve chosen the products you want in your bespoke skincare regime, now it's time to understand how to layer them onto the face, in the morning or evening.

When layering skincare, these are our general recommendations:

1) Apply in the order; Cleanse, Toner/Direct Acid, Eye Serum, Face Serum, Eye Cream, Face Moisturiser, Sunscreen

2) When layering multiple serums apply in the order; Water-based serums then oil-based serums then emulsion-based serums (see the table below for which base your serum is)

3) Apply any serums of the same base in order lightest to heaviest in texture

Below we have put together an exhaustive table which includes every product in the Medik8 range, listed in order of application in a regime. Alongside the products are helpful notes to help tailor your regime further and get the very best out of each product.


ORDER

TYPE

PRODUCT

WATER/OIL/

EMULSION

AM/PM?

NOTES

1

Eye Make Up Remover

Eyes & Lips Micellar Cleanse

Emulsion

AM/PM

If you are double cleansing, we would recommend using an oil-or emulsion-based cleanser first to break down make-up and oils, and then use a water-based cleanser to cleanse the skin.

1

Oil Cleanser

Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil

Oil

AM/PM

1

Cream Cleanser

Cream Cleanse

Emulsion

AM/PM

1

Mousse Cleanser

Micellar Mousse

Water

AM/PM

1

Gel Cleanser

Surface Radiance Cleanse

Water

AM/PM

If you have dry or sensitive skin, we would recommend to only use Surface Radiance Cleanse up to once a day.

1

Gel Cleanser

Pore Cleanse Gel Intense

Water

AM/PM

1

Foam Cleanser

Clarifying Foam

Water

AM/PM

1

Foam Cleanser

Gentle Cleanse

Water

AM/PM

1

Foam Cleanser

Calmwise Soothing Cleanser

Water

AM/PM

2

Exfoliating Scrub

Pore Refining Scrub

Emulsion

AM/PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Blemish Control Pads

Water

AM/PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Pore Minimising Tonic

Water

AM/PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Glycolic Acid Activator

Water

PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Press & Glow

Water

AM/PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Daily Refresh Balancing Toner

Water

AM/PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Sleep Glycolic

Emulsion

PM

3

Toner/Direct Acid

Blemish SOS

Water

AM/PM

Always apply Blemish SOS over the top of toners

4

Mask

Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Mask

Water

AM/PM

Remove mask and massage in serum before applying the rest of your skincare.

4

Mask

Natural Clay Mask

Emulsion

AM/PM

Wash off before applying the rest of your skincare. 

5

Vitamin C Eye Serum

C-Tetra Eye

Oil

AM

5

Vitamin A Eye Serum

Intelligent Retinol Eye TR

Oil

PM

6

Vitamin A Eye Serum

r-Retinoate Eye Serum

Emulsion

AM/PM

6

Peptide Eye Serum

Eyelift Peptides

Emulsion

AM/PM

7

Peptide Serum

Oxy-R Peptides

Water

AM/PM

If you are using more than one Water-Based serum, layer them lightest to heaviest in texture.




7

Vitamin C Serum

Pure C15

Water

AM

7

Booster Serum

Hydr8 B5

Water

AM/PM

7

Booster Serum

Hydr8 B5 Intense

Water

AM/PM

7

Peptide Serum

Liquid Peptides

Water

AM/PM

8

Vitamin C Serum

Super C Ferulic

Oil-like

AM

Layering our Oil-Like Serums over our Water-Based serums can cause them to roll-off slightly. For best results we'd recommend you apply your Oil-Like Serum in the morning, and Water-Based Serum in the evening.

9

Vitamin C Serum

C-Tetra

Oil

AM

If you are using more than one Oil-Based serum, layer them lightest to heaviest in texture.

9

Booster Serum

Calmwise Serum

Oil

AM/PM

9

Vitamin C Serum

C-Tetra Luxe

Oil

AM

9

Peptide Serum

Bakuchiol Peptides

Oil

AM/PM

9

Vitamin A Serum

Retinol 3TR

Oil

PM

9

Vitamin A Serum

Intelligent Retinol 3/6/10TR

Oil

PM

10

Peptide Serum

Clarity Peptides

Emulsion

AM/PM

If you are using more than one Emulsion-Based serum, layer them lightest to heaviest in texture. Do not layer Copper PCA Peptides with any vitamin C serums.

10

Peptide Serum

Copper PCA Peptides

Emulsion

AM/PM

10

Vitamin A Serum

r-Retinoate Day & Night Serum

Emulsion

AM/PM

10

Vitamin A Serum

Crystal Retinal 1/3/6/10/20

Emulsion

PM

11

Eye Cream

Illuminating Eye Balm

Emulsion

AM

11

Eye Cream + Sunscreen

Advanced Day Eye Protect

Emulsion

AM

11

Eye Cream

Advanced Night Eye

Emulsion

PM

12

Moisturiser

Balance Moisturiser

Emulsion

AM/PM

12

Moisturiser

Calmwise Colour Correct

Emulsion

AM

12

Moisturiser + Vitamin C

C-Tetra Cream

Emulsion

AM

12

Moisturiser + Sunscreen

Advanced Day Total Protect

Emulsion

AM

12

Moisturiser + Sunscreen

Advanced Day Ultimate Protect (Coming Soon)

Emulsion

AM

12

Moisturiser + Sunscreen + Vitamin C

Daily Radiance Vitamin C

Emulsion

AM

12

Moisturiser

Advanced Night Restore

Emulsion

PM 

12

Moisturiser + Vitamin A

Night Ritual Vitamin A

Emulsion

PM

12

Moisturiser + Vitamin A

r-Retinoate Intense

Emulsion

PM

12

Moisturiser

Ultimate Recovery

Emulsion

AM/PM

13

Sunscreen

Physical Sunscreen (Coming Soon)

Emulsion

AM

14

Lips

Mutiny

Oil

AM/PM


If you are unsure, or have any queries about building a bespoke regime, please do not hesitate to contact us on our social channels or through email hello@medik8.com.