With new products we know it's hard to understand layering—does it replace a product? What's the order? Do they Dieux well in a routine? For Deliverance we formulated it to pair well with other products while being potent on its own. If retinol sensitized your skin, trying Deliverance may be an option to help get the glow you're going for.
If you want to pair Deliverance with your retinol, retinoid or Vitamin C or exfoliating acid, while we haven't done independent testing on the combination, anecdotally people are Dieux-ing great with some caveats. Here's what we suggest after you've determined Deliverance works for your skin (start by using on nights you don't use retinol!). Also, disclaimer, all of this *depends* on you, your personal skin type and where you live. If you're doing something that works for you, keep Dieux-ing that!
PM: start by using on nights you do not use your retinol. First ensure your skin likes Deliverance before using Deliverance and retinol on the same night.
Step 1: cleanse
Step 2: apply Deliverance
Step 3: let fully dry
Step 4: retinol that you've been using—I.e. don't try a bunch of new products at once! (pea sized amount for entire face)
*note: you can also apply retinol BEFORE Deliverance. The key is to have DRY skin when you apply your retinoid. It depends. If you have very sensitive skin, it can be nice to have a buffer to retinol. In some cases you can even apply retinol OVER a moisturizer to buffer it!*
Step 5: moisturizer
On the nights you don't use retinol, do the same routine just without the retinol step.
If you are using an AHA, BHA or any exfoliating acid, to start do not use on the same night as Deliverance. Save Deliverance for the morning. As you should only be exfoliating 1-2 a week, wait a few weeks before attempting Deliverance on the same night.
Step 1: if you cleanse in the morning, Dieux it
Step 2: Deliverance (if you use Vitamin C, can use before or after Deliverance but may find you don't need both, always make sure serum has absorbed before going in with a secondary serum)
Step 3: moisturizer
Step 4: SPF
We recommend using Deliverance 2x daily for best results but if your skin is easily sensitized start at night and build from there. Whenever starting a new product, low and slow is always the heavenly option.
Always remember that simple is best. If you're using multiple actives you have a higher chance of irritation. We do recommend slowing down all actives that you're using while acclimating to Deliverance. If you are on a prescription, to start use Deliverance when you aren't using the prescription and slowly incorporate from there.
For example, our co-founder and CEO uses a gentle facial cleanser, Deliverance, a moisturizer and SPF. 1-2x a month she uses an exfoliation product like a glycolic acid. In using Deliverance using Vitamin C's was less a priority and in having easily sensitized skin that gets red, there's not need to do too much, Dieux-ing less has been far more effective.