Now that the days are getting nippier and the air inside is getting drier, it’s a good time to switch up your skin care routine—and make sure you’re applying products in the right order to maximize moisture! We talked with Leisa B., esthetician at our Monterey store, about how to ensure you’re getting the most from your skin care.

Apply water-based products first.
A spritz of hydration spray should always be your initial step, since it helps plump and balance skin’s pH. Leisa loves MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Beauty Mist, which has the added benefit of binding moisture to the skin. Another one to try: Sonage Hydrating Mist, featuring aloe, ginseng and elderflower to stimulate and brighten.

Next up: Serum
These powerhouses should contain the active ingredients that will help accomplish your skin care goals, be it brightening, firming or calming redness. Leisa recommends Devita Hyaluronic Intensive Seru-Gel, which provides an instant burst of hydration both above and below the surface of the skin. Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster is another favorite of hers, and dramatically brightens uneven skin while improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Nourish with oil
“This step is best saved for last because it helps lock in the moisture and actives you’ve just applied,” Leisa says. She likes evanhealy Pomegranate Repair Serum because it’s packed with antioxidants. Another one we love: lightweight moringa oils from True Moringa, in an unscented version or combined with pure essential oils.

Daytime extra: Sunscreen (of course!)
“During the day I’ll just use sunscreen as my last step,” says Leisa. An easy way to get SPF into your routine is to choose a BB cream (like Andalou Naturals Perfecting Beauty Balm, available in two shades), or MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid SPF (also available in two shades or untinted).

Bring your questions about winter skin care to one of our beauty specialists.