How to Build A Custom Skincare Routine Under $50 With Good Molecules + Tips on Layering Serums

Today’s video is sponsored by Good Molecules to share with you guys tips on building a simple but effective skincare routine for all skin types! We talk about cleansing balms, toners, serums, and facial oils and how to use them with other products to improve your skin concerns including dull and textured skin, hyperpigmentation, breakouts and more! Check out the whole video to find out which will be our top picks for Rowena’s dry/combination skin, and Felicia’s acne prone and oily skin! Have you tried any of these, let us know below! 😘

Our general approach to certain products and layering different ingredients include:

If you don’t wear makeup throughout the day, we think it’s not completely necessary that you do the double cleanse method.The purpose of going in with first an oil based cleanser (cleansing balm) is that it’s able to easily melt away and dissolve the oils within makeup and also dirt and bacteria that has stuck to our sebum throughout the day. But that’s not to say you can’t if you don’t wear it either! Do you!

Always start with a lower % AHA or BHA chemical exfoliating toner or serum, and use 1-2 times a week at the beginning (if never used it before)

If the toner contains AHA or BHA, it’s fine to use a serum that also contains these chemical exfoliants, but it comes down to what your skin can handle. If you already feel it tingling from the toner, build up your tolerance first and stick to a soothing serum with humectants and calming ingredients like centella asiatica, aloe, hyaluronic acid.

Then once you know your skin is fine with the AHA and/or BHA toner, then you try to layer a serum with some chemical exfoliants on top, and always read your skin to see how it’s responding – because you’ll know 😜 If there’s no painful stinging or irritation that flares up, then you can try continue using it. But always keep in mind, you don’t necessarily have to use that many layers of chemical exfoliants! Soothing and calming ingredients are actually much more effective in sustaining the health of your skin.

We always like to combine a hyaluronic serum or soothing serum with a more potent formulation (e.g. Overnight Exfoliating Serum + Hyaluronic Serum). For the most part, combining niacinamide serums also tend to generally work fine as niacinamide is not as finnicky to mix as a vitamin C serum, as niacinimide doesn’t cause as much irritation in general. However, be aware that every single person reacts different to ingredients, and although this may apply to us or your friend, it may not apply to you – going back to the point of just reading your skin and knowing what it likes. Sometimes what it comes down to is really just trial and error.

There is still debate about whether facial oils can be used before or after a moisturizer. We have heard different recommendations from different experts. Another option that we mentioned is to mix it in with your moisturizer, as moisturizers do naturally include emolliants, like oils, that help to nourish and soften the skin, which is essentially what facial oils do. So if you want to be safe, you can also try this method! Remember, facial oils also work great for oily skin types! 😊(fel approved)


Instant Cleansing Balm


Niacinamide Brightening Toner


Daily Brightening Serum

Discoloration Correcting Serum

Niacinamide Serum

Vitamin C Booster Powder

Super Peptide Serum

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Vitamin C Booster


Squalane Oil

Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil


Wake Up Eye Serum


Super 7 ($56)

Super 7 + Cleansing Balm ($71)

Niacinamide Texture + Pore Refining

Brighten, Correct, Boost

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