Garden Of Wisdom Skincare Regimens

Garden of Wisdom

Garden of Wisdom, or GoW as it’s often referred to, has been making waves on Reddit and beauty blogs for several years due to its clean, straightforward and affordable serums. Based in Arizona, the products are formulated and manufactured by two incredible skincare experts, Markey and Jen. Impressively, every single formula is cruelty-free, suitable for vegans and free from alcohol, soya and silicones. The formulas available on VH have been created by Shabir exclusively for us, so they are different to the ones you’ll find on Garden of Wisdom. 

From skincare staples such as Hyaluronic Acid and Rosehip Oil to more niche ingredients, including Mandelic Acid and Squalane Oil, the range has a solution for every skin issue, regardless of your skin type and tone. Here are our suggested Garden of Wisdom skincare regimens depending on your skin concern…

For Acne-Prone Skin

It can be tempting to attack your skin with anti-bacterial ingredients and acids when it comes to acne, but these may dry it out. This often results in your sebaceous glands producing more oil to overcompensate, which leads to clogged pores and more breakouts. A better approach is to hydrate and strengthen your skin barrier in the morning, and use a gentle exfoliating acid, such as salicylic acid or azelaic overnight. Not only do both of these acids help to unblock pores, but they also help reduce the appearance of existing acne scars.

AM: Hyaluronic Acid Serum; Niacinamide Serum followed by Daily Hydrator 

PM: Salicylic Acid 2% Serum or Azelaic Acid 10% Serum; Hyaluronic Acid Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

For Acne-Prone Skin – Darker Skin Tones

Salicylic and azelaic acids can have a lightening effect on darker skin tones, so it is better to swap in mandelic acid instead. Mandelic acid is a gentler exfoliator, but will help unclog pores and remove any dead cells on the surface of skin.

AM: Hyaluronic Acid Serum; Niacinamide Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

PM: Mandelic Acid 10% Serum; Hyaluronic Acid Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

For Non-Inflammatory Acne

Clogged pores usually results in either whiteheads or blackheads. The latter tend of form in clusters, usually around your hairline, chin or T-zone, while whiteheads can pop up anywhere in a group or on their own. The best approach is to clear your pores with a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) such as salicylic acid, which unblocks pores, as well as gently exfoliates the surface layer of skin. It might be worth using the below on the problem areas rather than all over your face and neck first and foremost.

AM: Salicylic Acid 2% Serum; Niacinamide Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

PM: Azelaic Acid 10% Serum; Niacinamide Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

To Help Combat Ageing

As we age our body’s production of hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin and ceramides slows down, which results in drier, slacker skin and the appearance the fine lines and wrinkles. GoW’s Anti-Aging MultiPeptide Serum contains an impressive amount of peptides, which help boost your skin’s natural production of collagen to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a number of antioxidants to help prevent environmental factors ageing your skin.

AM: Anti-Aging MultiPeptide Serum; Niacinamide Serum; Eye Contour Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

PM: Lactic Acid 5% Serum or Glycolic Acid Serum 5%; Anti-Aging MultiPeptide Serum; RetiStar 1% Retinol Serum; Eye Contour Serum followed by 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil or 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil

Lactic Acid 5% Serum is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Glycolic Acid Serum 5% is a smaller molecule and may cause irritation. Use either acid twice a week gradually increasing to daily PM usage if necessary and wear an SPF cream during the day.

For Dehydrated Skin

Dry, dehydrated skin can often look dull and lacklustre and feel tight, itchy and sensitive. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient to combat this as it has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, which means it can help your skin stay hydrated for longer. Employing oils will also help to replenish and nourish your skin.

AM: Hyaluronic Acid Serum followed by 100% Pure Squalane Oil

PM: Lactic Acid 5% Serum or Glycolic Acid Serum 5%; Hyaluronic Acid Serum followed by 100% Pure Squalane Oil or 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil or 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil

Lactic Acid 5% Serum is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Glycolic Acid Serum 5% is a smaller molecule and may cause irritation. Use either acid twice a week gradually increasing to daily PM usage and wear an SPF cream during the day.

For Hyperpigmented Skin

Hyperpigmentation is caused by melanin clumping together, resulting in sporadic darker patches of skin. It can be caused by hormone changes or sun damage, so we recommend that you opt for a good quality SPF every day. When it comes to fading these dark spots, Alpha arbutin inhibits pigment manufacture; kojic acid is a well known skin lightening agent and niacinamide, present within the formulation, works to prevent the uneven deposition of pigment onto skin.  

AM: Hyaluronic Acid Serum; Alpha Arbutin 2% and Kojic Acid 1% Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

PM: Vitamin C Serum 23% and Ferulic Acid followed by 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil. You can use Azelaic Acid 10% Serum (optional) in addition to Vitamin C serum.

Twice a week in the PM regimen, use Glycolic Acid Serum 5% alongside Vitamin C Serum to slough away hyperpigmented skin cells gradually. 

Rosacea-Prone Skin

Rosacea can be brought on by many factors, including lifestyle and genetics, and we recommend you take a two-pronged approach, as recommended in Rosacea Uncovered. Topically you can soothe rosacea-prone skin by keeping it hydrated and strengthening your skin barrier. While it might seem counter-productive to use an acid on inflamed skin, azelaic acid is known for its calming properties and can help reduce inflammation.

AM: Hyaluronic Acid Serum; Niacinamide Serum followed by Daily Hydrator

PM: Azelaic Acid 10% Serum followed by Niacinamide Serum

Explore the full Garden of Wisdom range here, and for any further help on which products to buy, please feel free to comment below.

 

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

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  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you Pippa, please keep us posted if you can.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Louise.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Deborah, GoW certainly offers a comprehensive range of technologies and products aimed to tackle a variety of skin concerns. I am going to outline a simple regimen below which I believe is going to address your concerns effectively using ideally no more than 3 serums in any given day or night regimen.
    AM: Daily Cleanser (or your own cleanser); Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum; Niacinamide Serum; Pure Squalane
    PM: Daily Cleanser (or your own cleanser); Vitamin C Serum; Azelaic acid Serum; Hyaluronic acid Serum; Pure Rosehip seed oil.

    Daily Cleanser is a rinse-off cleanser that removes dirt & grime without stripping skin of its natural oils which would otherwise lead to excess oil production.
    Anti-aging MultiPeptide serum hydrates skin; contains technologies to improve the appearance of both static and dynamic lines and is provides potent protective antioxidant properties.
    Niacinamide serum regulates oil production, improves skin barrier function to prevent dehydration, improves ceramide production to help skin elasticity, improves pore appearance and more…
    Squalane is a superb surface emollient working to provide surface moisturise without clogging pores
    Vitamin C Serum is the gold standard for collagen production, brightens pigmented areas, enhances hydration and helps to achieve firmer skin.
    Azelaic acid gently resurfaces skin to improve pore size and appearance whilst also exfoliating skin’s surface of dead cells. You can alternatively use Retistar Retinol serum since this helps cell renewal so that hopefully the new pores are smaller in size -remember you can improve pore appearance but not pore numbers which are governed by genetics.
    Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate surface and intermediate layers
    Rosehip seed oil helps replenish lipids in skin to restore elasticity and as a pro-vitamin A serum, this helps improve the appearance of scars.

    You can use your physical sunscreen containing titanium or zinc at the end of the AM regimen. If it is a chemical sunscreen then this should be applied after cleansing and before the other serums in the AM regimen.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Deborah Cox

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I will certainly give the serums you have listed above a go and the Pure Squalane which I have not thought of as a item to include in my skincare regime. Looking forward to seeing a younger, healthier looking skin in due course!!

    Regards

    Deborah

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Deborah, Thank you and please keep us posted if you can.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Aliya Al-Hassan

    HI There,
    i have just purchased the Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid, the Rosehip oil, the Retinol Serum and the Niacinamide serum.
    Could you advise what order I should use them please?
    My concerns and fine lines and hyperpigmentation mainly,
    Thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Aliyah, below is a possible regimen for your consideration:
    AM: Cleanse; Niacinamide Serum; moisturiser
    PM: Cleanse; Vitamin C Serum; Retinol Serum; Rosehip seed oil
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Dammi

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    Hi Shabir
    I am 47 years old and have dark skin with hyperpigmentation. It is really bad around my mouth area and under eyes. I am interested in an anti ageing skin care routine too.. I would like your advise on an appropriate skin care routine for my skin condition.

    My daughter who is 20 years old often has acne breakouts all over her face and it gets really bad close to her monthly cycle. She has a very oily T zone and her breakouts are often on her forehead and cheeks. This time it has spread to her neck area too.
    I would really appreciate your advise on how to improve her skin condition,

    I have attached photographs for your reference.
    Thank you

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Damni, thank you for the images and I have set out a simple regimen for both you and your daughter as outlined below to be used in the order listed.
    For you,
    AM: Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum; Alpha Arbutin + Kojic Acid Serum; Eye Contour Serum; Squalane
    PM: Vitamin C Serum; RetiStar Retinol Serum; Eye Contour Serum; Prickly Pear Oil

    For your daughter:
    AM: Daily Cleanser; Niacinamide Serum; Daily Hydrator
    PM: Daily Cleanser; Salicylic Acid Serum; Niacinamide Serum; Daily Hydrator

    The Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum hydrates & contains technologies to soften fine lines whilst protecting collagen breakdown.
    Alpha arbutin + Kojic acid help to prevent pigment deposition & also evens out pigment distribution whilst brightening skin.
    Eye Contour Serum tackles fine eye lines, targets dark under eye circles & any puffiness too.
    Squalane is a superb emollient ensuring skin is moisturised whilst preventing dehydration.
    Vitamin C Serum ensures healthy collagen production and brightens and lightens darker pigmented areas.
    RetiStar Retinol Serum works to ensure healthy cell renewal which not only helps with pigmentation but also is a great anti-ageing serum.
    Prickly Pear Seed Oil contains the highest levels of vitamin E for cell renewal & also contains vitamin K for brightening and lightening skin.

    For your daughter, Daily Cleanser cleans skin without stripping it of its natural oils
    Niacinamide serum regulates oil production & improves pore appearance. Concentrate on t-zone and areas prone to excessive oiliness.
    Daily Hydrator provides surface hydration without clogging pores.
    Salicylic acid exfoliates surface to deep cleanse pores and remove dirt & debris. Use twice a week to start with.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Manisha

    Hello Shabir! I have been enjoying Azelaic Acid, Niacinamide Serum and Prickly Pear Seed Oil (2nd or 3rd bottles of them). I love the cleanser from GoW too – so mild, yet cleans effectively and lasts pretty long! I want to include Retistar in my regimen now. My concerns are slight red pigmentation from previous acne, bumpy skin on forehead and, since I will be 39 soon, anti aging. As of now, after I cleanse and tone, I use Vit C, the serums, azelaic acid, moisturizer and then a drop of oil. Can you please let me know where to incorporate the Retistar and how often? Thank you!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Manisha, I am glad to hear that you are enjoying using GoW for VH serums including the Daily Cleanser. You can most definitely incorporate Retistar Retinol Serum into your PM regimen and please use this serum before the Prickly Pear Seed Oil. RetiStar works gently to enhance cell renewal to reveal softer, smoother skin and of course may help prevent acne breakouts whilst improving pore appearance.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Manisha

    Thank you Shabir! How often in a week should I be using Retistar?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Manisha, I would recommend that you use RetiStar twice a week to start with gradually increasing to daily usage.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Petra

    Hello Shabir,

    Sorry for the late update! I just wanted to let you know that your advice worked. After couple of days of stopping the Elizabeth Arden sunscreen and continuing with the GoW regimen my skin issues went away. I think it must have been the fragrance in the sunscreen that was causing the irritation. Also good to know that the irritation was not due to the GoW products. Thanks :)

    Regards,
    Petra

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you for keeping me updated Petra and so glad that you got to the bottom of it.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Keely

    What would you recommend for morning and evening routine to combat ageing, dryness, and occasional breakouts? I’m unsure how to combine all 3 routines. Thank you!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Keely, some of the serums display multiple benefits so I have outlined a simply regimen in order of usage.
    AM: Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum; Eye Contour Serum; Squalane
    PM: Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum; Eye Contour Serum; Azelaic acid serum; Rosehip seed oil

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Markella, thank you for your feedback and great to know that the GoW serums have worked. I am a great proponent off PHA’a for the multiple benefits and you can introduce this instead of perhaps Azelaic acid but other than that I see no reason to change. Below is a link to my PHA editorial outlining everything about its benefits and usage.
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/what-are-polyhydroxy-acids-pha

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Markella.

  • Missanon123

    Hi Shabir,

    I have come off acne drug accurate couple of months ago. My spots are gone but I’m left with scars and redness on my cheeks and deep scars on my chin. Also lots of blemishes. Any recommendations for a routine? At the moment I use cetaphil twice a day, basic toner and dermol 500 cream. I also apply bio oil to my scars twice a day, and skin feels a bit dry. Any recommendations for a routine? Thanks.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, I would ensure skin is hydrated and also use a gentle skin friendly acid to ensure healthy cell renewal in order to improve the appearance of blemishes as outlined below.
    AM: Cleanser; Hyaluronic acid serum; Your own moisturiser or Squalane.
    PM: Cleanser; Hyaluronic acid serum; Azelaic acid serum; your own moisturiser

    Hyaluronic acid serum helps hydrate the intermediate layers.
    Squalane is a superb surface emollient to help hydrate surface layer and prevent dehydration.
    Azelaic acid is a skin friendly acid that calms inflammation, gentle exfoliates, enhances cell turnover and brightens blemish appearance.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Paula, thank you for your kind words, I am going to set out a regimen which I am sure will be of benefit – please use in the order listed.
    AM: Daily Cleanser; Hyaluronic acid serum; Niacinamide serum; Eye Contour serum; Daily Hydrator
    PM: Daily Cleanser; Vitamin C 23% Serum; Azelaic acid serum; Eye Contour serum; Squalane

    Daily Cleanser removes dirt and grime without stripping skin of its natural oils. The wrong cleanser can result in excess sebum production.
    Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate skin since dehydration can lead to inflammation which in turn causes excess oil production. Remember that hydration is the key in the control of perioral dermatitis.
    Niacinamide serum helps regulate oil production, strengthens skin barrier function to prevent dehydration, calms down inflammation and redness and improves pore appearance. Concentrate around the t-zone.
    Daily Hydrator provides surface hydration without clogging pores.
    Vitamin C Serum – use after cleansing onto a dry face to retain its stability
    Azelaic acid serum is a skin friendly acid to exfoliate surface and also works to enhance cell turnover to tackle blemishes and improve pore size over a period of time.
    Squalane is a superb non-clogging emollient to provide extra moisture.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Paula R

    Thank you so much for such a thorough reply! I will print that regime out & follow it. Thank you so much. Is it too early to say Merry Christmas? ;)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Paula, you are so welcome and have a lovely Christmas.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Diane, I am so glad that you are pleased with the results of GoW for VH’s Vitamin C 23% Serum which is truly a super formulation. For your daughter, I would be inclined to say that the skin is dehydrated because this leads to inflammation breaking down the ceramics (tiny oil particles) that help to keep skin moisturised. I would keep it simply for her as outlined below:
    AM: Hyaluronic acid serum; Niacinamide Serum; Daily Hydrator
    PM: Hyaluronic acid serum; Squalane
    Hyaluronic acid serum helps hydrate the intermediate layers of skin.
    Niacinamide serum will help to calm down inflammation, encourage ceramics production, improve skin barrier function to prevent dehydration – concentrate on the forehead area.
    Daily Hydrator provides surface hydration.
    Squalane is a superb surface emollient working to moisturise and prevent dehydration.

    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Diane

    Hi Shabir
    Thanks very much for your advice. I will order these products.
    Can I also say that your product information and newsletters are very helpful and I am looking forward to seeing the effects from my new skincare regime.
    Best wishes. Diane

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Thank you for your kind words and so glad that you have found all the information useful.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Stella, your AM and PM regimen is great but it might be an idea to add the RetiStar Retinol Serum to your PM regimen. This is a truly gentle serum which helps enhance cell turnover and tackles surface irregularities to reveal softer, smoother skin. I truly do not envisage any sensitivity to it. Use after the hyaluronic acid serum or instead of since the Anti-ageing MultiPeptide Serum does contain some hyaluronic acid.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Susan, your current regimen is in the correct order. I would introduce the Anti-aging MultiPeptide into your regimen on its own since it does contain some hyaluronic acid and use it straight after cleansing in the AM regimen and after the use of Vitamin C Serum in the PM regimen. This serum alongside the Niacinamide Serum should help tackle the signs of ageing as well as preventing dehydration.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir