The Line-Up

Recently, I wrote about my Simple Skincare routine. However, I’ve made a couple of changes since then that I wanted to tell you about.
My new system involves adding back some products I had opted out of. As a result, I found that although my basic skincare routine was good, my skin looked better when I used a couple of key components.

As much as agree with Dr Dray’s recommendations on skincare —expensive doesn’t mean better; un-fragranced is best; read the labels—I have come to differ with her on the benefit of Vitamin C. She might be right—it’s unnecessary—or maybe when she’s my age, she might change her mind; I don’t know. I just know that my skin looks better when I use it. So, I am.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that evens skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and helps to reduce signs of ageing. It can also diminish discolouration and dark spots, and add a brightening effect.

There seems to be a lot of confusion about layering skincare, so here is my lineup. Write it on a sticky note and slap it on your bathroom mirror until you memorise it:
* Vitamin C
* Lactic Acid  or other Acids
* Coenzyme Q10
* Moisturiser
* Sunscreen

* Cleanse
* Retinol
— I use A 313 
***Usually, I leave it at that. Other nights when I’m not so tired, I proceed with:
* Matrixyl Synthe 6
* Moisturiser

The perfect skincare equation is sometimes a matter of adding, and sometimes a matter of subtracting. In the end, you need to find what works for you.


Vitamin C; Coenzyme Q10Matrixyl Synthe’6 
A313, Now available on Amazon!!
Sunscreen: CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV



  1. April 11, 2019

    I agree with you on Vitamin C. I notice a difference when I use it. I’ve never used Coenzyme Q10 or Matrixyl Synthe 6. What do they do for your skin? Nipa | @fashionipa

  2. JB
    April 11, 2019

    Hi – question on vit c before or after the acids in the morning? You have it both ways if I click thru on the acid link. Perhaps it doesn’t matter. I read somewhere that the thicker prod goes first so in that case the vit c. Or is it the reverse? Haha

    • Susan
      April 11, 2019

      Thanks for noticing this. I’ve corrected the acids post. I use the Vit C first and then the acid serum.

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