Gone are the days of the simple cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine. Now your bathroom can look more like dermatologist's office than ever before, and as a skincare enthusiast, I'm all for it. Of course, there are some things that are best left to the professionals, but if you want to start derma-rolling or dermaplaning, then StackedSkincare is for you.
I have been using the whole StackedSkincare routine for six weeks now. To be totally honest, I am still using my regular cleansers (I switch between the Elemis Superfood Facial Wash ($25); Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Brightening and Exfoliating Daily Cleanser ($32); and Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser ($20) and I am layering Augustinus Bader The Cream ($265) over the serum if my skin feels like it needs a little extra nourishment. Besides those products, my routine has been purely StackedSkincare for a whole 43 days.
What I have noticed in that time is that my skin tone has become more even and the texture is much smoother. I am hooked on the Dermaplaning Tool ($75) and the Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller ($30) These tools—in my mind—are non-negotiables and are firmly ensconced into my skincare routine.
Founded: Kerry Benjamin in 2014
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Best Known For: DIY Derma-rolling and dermaplaning products
Most Popular Product: Dermaplaning tool, Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller
Fun Fact: The name StackedSkincare comes from founder Kerry Benjamin's technique of "stacking" skincare products to guide active ingredients deeper into the skin, addressing a host of skincare concerns all at once.
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StackedSkincare is dedicated to providing advanced skincare formulations, while harnessing the power of clean, all-natural ingredients. Each product has been formulated and clinically tested by Benjamin herself and are certified vegan, cruelty-free and have never been tested on animals. And keeping in line with her pledge to clean beauty, all of the packaging from StackedSkincare is made with eco-friendly, recyclable materials.
I've long been obsessed with this Cali-born skincare brand, ever since the U.S. Byrdie team sent me the face peel to try—long before it was available here in the U.K. Benjamin graciously walked me through all the products on a Skype call. Essentially, the regimen is all about exfoliation, hydration, and boosting collagen.
In addition to the derma-rolling, I also use the brand's serums day and night—and despite being six weeks in, I'm only a third of the way through each bottle. By my calculations, that means they will last me roughly 18 weeks (around four and a half months).Which makes the combined almost $500 price tag for the serums a little more bearable. It works out at around $110 per month. Don't want to buy all three? I would definitely recommend the HA Hydrating Serum ($130), which is packed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin; dehydration factors highly in fine line and spot production.
It depends on your skin type and concerns, but I would also recommend the EGF Activating Serum ($150), as this stimulates collagen production, heals acne, lessens hyperpigmentation and is a solid all-rounder. Those two would work out at around $50 per month.
Keep reading to learn more about my favorite products from StackedSkincare.
I am hooked on the Dermaplaning Tool, which removes pore-blocking dead skin and peach fuzz. What most people neglect to tell you is that when you hit 30 (like Cinderella at midnight), you start getting more hair on your face. Sad, but for most, true.
I've been dermaplaning for a while now, but I had been using those little eyebrow trimmers you get on Amazon. This is in a different league. It makes light work of peach fuzz; you can see the dead skin cells just gliding right off.
We're big fans of derma-rolling here at Byrdie HQ, and this is among the more comfortable that I have tried. The Collagen Boosting Micro-Roller is pain-free but creates tiny holes in the skin, so the serums you apply slip through with ease. It also boosts complexion-plumping collagen production, too. That's the thing—my complexion just looks more pillowy soft and glowy.
This liquid peel contains a blend of five acids, along with skin brightening vitamin C and anti-ageing retinol. Expect fine lines to be softened, skin tone and texture to improve and your complexion to look generally much brighter. It has the kind of skin-tingling exfoliation I like—it feels reassuringly stingy, but not painful. I also like that you simply brush it on, leave it for a few minutes and then commence with your serums. No need to rinse it off. It's easy and mighty effective.
HA Hydrating Serum
If you're prone to dehydration that manifests itself either via fine lines or blemishes, then this serum packed with hyaluronic acid will help to make a serious difference. Hyaluronic acid transports water and moisture to the top layer of your skin, giving it a plump, hydrated appearance. This serum also boasts niacinamide and lactic acid as star ingredients. Niacinamide prevents your skin from losing hydration, while also calming redness and fading dark spots. Lactic acid is a gentle exfoliant that sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal bright, glowing skin. Use this product after you cleanse your face and use a hydrating toner (if that's your jam).
This incredibly powerful serum is chock full of good-for-your-skin ingredients like naturally fermented yeast extract that increases collagen and hydrates the skin, a probiotic green tea extract blend that works to calm and nourish the skin, and for the grand finale, Sh-Oligopeptide 1, a growth factor ingredient that encourages rapid cell turnover to heal the skin faster. Start off using it day and night and you'll see a difference within days.
I know—a lip peel might sound a little extra. That was actually my first thought upon eyeing up this small rollerball. It's actually genius for anyone who suffers from dry lips, as it's formulated with natural fruit extracts that gently dissolve those pesky dry patches. Oh, and there's also a touch of mushroom extract that helps infuse your lips with hydration. It also gets bonus points for doubling as a lip primer—simply roll a little on to prep your lips before you apply your favorite gloss or lipstick.