Why double cleanse?
At Leahlani, we’re big believers in the importance of the double cleanse – one round to remove makeup, SPF & impurities and one round to deep clean and prep the skin. It’s an optional extra step, but it helps prime your skin to maximize the benefits of your other products (and it also feels amazing!).
Exfoliation vs Retinols
A key strategy in creating a good skin cycling schedule is to separate your exfoliation and retinol days to avoid over-stripping your skin. It’s a common misconception that retinoids are exfoliators — they’re not! Retinols do enhance cell turnover at a faster pace to help generate heavier skin cells — but they do not break down the 'glue' between skin cells and remove buildup like exfoliants.
How often can I use Aqua A?
Aqua A is gentle enough to be used daily in your PM routine, as long as it's not combined with other strong actives in the same ritual. However, if you’re new to retinoids, we recommend introducing Aqua A slowly - either every other night for the first few weeks to see how your skin acclimates, or with the Skin Cycling method.
Should Aqua A be used in the AM, PM or both?
Because Retinoids may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, we recommend using PM only — and make sure to wear a daily SPF!
When should Aqua A be applied in my routine?
Apply to clean, dry skin in the PM. Then follow it up with your serums, elixirs, and moisturizers.
Are there any Leahlani products that should NOT be used in the same routine (aka immediately before or after) Aqua A?
Avoid using any physical exfoliators like Honey Love or Kokoleka in the same ritual as Aqua A. Also steer clear of any other “chemical exfoliant” products with strong AHAs and BHAs when using Aqua A to prevent potential irritation or damage.
Have other questions about Aqua A? Head over to our Aqua A FAQ Page or connect with our estheticians at firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance.