A Guide to Building Your RATIONALE Ritual

A step-by-step, pillar-by-pillar guide to curating your RATIONALE Ritual for complete, daily topical skin nutrition.

Knowing where to start with skincare can be daunting. At the end of the day, skincare is and should be, intricate and complex—especially when Active Ingredients are involved. It should also be profoundly personal. And understanding your skin at its genetic level is the most critical step when building any skincare routine. 

In saying this, it has always been our goal to create a seamless daily skincare Ritual that is not only effective but enjoyable. So, whilst we make no attempt to prescribe your skincare order without knowing your unique skin concerns, we have put together a how-to guide for building your RATIONALE Ritual morning and night.

The Essential Six Collections

The Essential Six Collections represent the daily rhythm of RATIONALE.  Built around the Six Pillars of Skin Health, this system of three Collections for daytime protection, followed by three Collections for overnight rejuvenation, provides all of the skin’s daily nutrients at the correct concentrations.

While each RATIONALE Ritual varies from Client to Client, they incorporate at least one Formulation from each of the Essential Six Collections. 



“The Essential Six Collections are designed to provide the skin with the topical nutrition it needs to be bright, clear, and calm. Each Collection features different delivery systems and textures, so we’re able to cater to all skin types and tailor the strength of Actives for all skin conditions.”

— Katie Matten, Head of Global Education

Immune, Antioxidant, Solar and Environmental Protection.  

The Morning Collections

Collections #1, #2 and #3 are designed to offer polished protection. Apply at least one Formulation from each Collection for a complexion that is ready to face the day.

Pillar One: #1 The Resilience Collection supports skin immunity and barrier function with a proprietary Complex of B-Group Vitamins—for stronger, more resilient skin. 

Pillar Two: #2 The Vitality Collection supercharges the skin with a proprietary Complex of Antioxidants which preserve Collagen and Elastin—for an infinitely brighter-looking complexion. 

Pillar Three: #3 The Brilliance Collection delivers a proprietary Complex of Zinc Fusion Technology, Iron Oxides, and Melanin to offer superlative protection—for radiant, illuminated skin.

Barrier, pH and Cellular Rejuvenation. 

The Evening Collections 

Collections #4, #5 and #6 are designed to offer radiant rejuvenation. Apply at least one Formulation from each Collection for a glowing complexion come morning.

Pillar Four: #4 The Integrity Collection is rich in a proprietary Complex of Ceramides and Lipids, which restore and nurture the skin’s barrier function—for strengthened, hydrated skin. 

Pillar Five: #5 The Clarity Collection harnesses a suite of Hydroxy Acids and Peptides to recalibrate the skin’s pH—for a refined, clear complexion. 

Pillar Six: #6 The Renewal Collection delivers Vitamin A and Botanical Retinol Alternatives feature alongside Actives rich in DNA Repair Enzymes to support cellular turnover—for visibly rejuvenated, renewed skin. 

A Weekly Masking Ritual

Masks are the optimal way to deliver an extra dose of a RATIONALE Complex when needed. Complementing your daily RATIONALE Essential Six Ritual, the weekly use of a masking Formulation helps to increase skin hydration, rebalance tone, soothe signs of inflammation, and reinstate softer, more supple complexions. 

A Weekly Masking Ritual

#1 The Mask

#1 The Mask

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#2 The Mask

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#5 The Mask

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are there Six Collections? 

The Essential Six Collections are built upon the Six Pillars of Skin Health: Resilience, Vitality, Brilliance, Integrity, Clarity, and Renewal. Akin to six skin food groups, these Collections work synergistically with your skin—and each other—to offer polished protection by day and revitalising repair by night. 

Do I need to use one formulation from each of the Essential Six Collections? 

Yes. Formulated with equal importance, all the Essential Six Collections need to be represented in your daily RATIONALE Ritual to ensure Luminous Skin for Life—overlook one pillar, and the foundation of your skin’s health will not be as complete as it should be.

How do I know which Formulation is right for my skin?

A Skin Consultation to determine your skin’s unique profile will have the most dramatic effect on the results you achieve. The RATIONALE Signature Consultation is available at every RATIONALE Flagship. Alternatively, our expert Team of online skin experts are available to you via phone, live chat or email. Looking for an instant prescription? Our online Skin Questionnaire offers an easy and efficient way to discover your prescribed Ritual in minutes. 

Can I use multiple Formulations from each Collection? 

Yes. Depending on your specific skin concerns and goals, you may wish to apply more than one Formulation from each of the Collections. We recommended speaking to one of our skin experts to discover the right Formulations for your skin.