When to Apply the Next Skincare Product

Episode #199 / Jun 4, 2010
With skincare regimens consisting, appropriately so, of many different products, how do you know when you're supposed to apply the next product after putting one on? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz explains when to apply your next skincare product.
Sarah on June 8, 2010 at 3:56pm

Hi Dr. Schultz,

Thanks for the video. You mentioned peptide products. I remember you mentioned that peptide creams are beneficial for someone in their 20's (as well as others). I don't know much about peptide creams, how do they work?

Do you think it would be worth including a peptide cream into a skin care routine that already includes antioxidants, sunscreen, and exfoliants during the day (day), and antioxidants and retinoid products at night? If so, where do peptide creams fit in?

Thanks so much.

Neal Schultz, M.D. on June 10, 2010 at 4:33am

@Sarah: Peptide creams work by fooling the body into thinking that collagen is "broken" and therefore the body needs to make more collagen. While you are currently using what I believe are the three daily essential skin care ingredients -- a sunscreen, an exfoliant and antioxidants -- I do recommend peptide creams as the 4th ingredient and you should use it at bedtime. The order of application with your antioxidants and retinoid products is determined by the relative weight of those products. For more information on order of application, see What Order to Apply Your Skin Care Products.

Sarah on June 23, 2010 at 10:14pm

Thanks Dr. Schultz - very helpful!