I start by cleansing my face with RESTORE® Face Wash, drying my face and applying ISDIN K Oxide Eye Cream. I then apply two pumps of a Vitamin C Serum (I prefer SkinBetter Alto Defense Serum) followed by Sente Dermal Contour Pressed Serum and RESTORE Face Lotion to my face, neck and chest. I then apply Dermaquest Zinc Clear SPF 30 in Nude to my face. I love this product because it has 16.8% zinc and provides a lovely, light tint that makes your skin look nice without too much coverage. After this, I use ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50 for my neck, chest and body sunscreen. This sunscreen has a milky texture without any tint so I don’t have to worry about staining my clothes. Throughout the day, I apply RESTORE Healing Balm to my lips. I talk all day, every day with my patients and my lips need some extra TLC. I reapply sunscreen daily, typically in a powder form, if I am going to be in the sun. ISDIN, Blush on Block and Color Science all make great options that I highly recommend and love.
I love to shower before bed. I am someone who is always cold so washing the day away and getting all warm and steamy makes me sleepy. Before getting into the shower, I take HUM Nutrition's Collagen Love with a big glass of water. I like to take it before bed because there is growing data that glycine, a building block of collagen, improves quality of sleep. I don’t take extra hot showers, as this is incredibly drying to the skin, but I like it warm and I love to be in there for ten minutes. I start with brushing and flossing my teeth. I then shampoo, condition and shave my legs with conditioner in my hair. If I am shaving my legs, that is my exfoliation. If I am not, I use a glycolic body wash such as Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash. I stay away from mechanical scrubs, as they can do more harm than good. My last step is to wash my face and rinse my hair, face and body one last time.
As soon as I get out of the shower I towel off and moisturize my arms and abdomen with a peptide product to help with crepey skin; I use Alastin Transform Body Treatment. I then apply Vanicream to my entire body sparing my face, neck and chest. I currently am formulating a body cream to add to my Doctor Rogers RESTORE® line and often am moisturizing my body with samples of that as well. If I did not use the glycolic wash in the shower, I will use a glycolic cream (my favorite is Paula’s Choice Skin Revealing Body Lotion containing 10% glycolic acid) on my feet, knees and elbows prior to moisturizing my body. Once the body routine is complete, I apply a leave-in conditioner in my hair (R+Co High Dive Creme) and wrap it up in a towel while I move on to my face, neck and chest.
I typically rotate my evening treatment between tretinoin with hydroquinone which is only available through prescription, retinol and glycolic acid (AlphaRet by SkinBetter) or a salicylic acid (Paula’s Choice 2% BHA toner). I follow one of these treatments with a peptide/biologically active product, such as Sente Dermal Contour Pressed Serum, followed by Doctor Rogers RESTORE Face Cream and Revitalash Eye Lash Conditioner to my upper lash line. My last step is to apply RESTORE Healing Balm to my eyes, lips and cuticles.
It’s important to note that this is my MAXIMUM routine, which I often complete three times a week. The specific products change but the steps and their order do not. No matter how crazy the day, I ALWAYS brush my teeth, wash my face and put on my RESTORE Face Cream before bed. That is my minimum.
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Meet the author: Board-certified and practicing dermatologist, Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD, is the founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care and Modern Dermatology in Seattle, Washington. She studied at Stanford, University of Washington School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. She lectures nationally, is well published, and an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology. Highly respected among the skin care community, Dr. Rogers has been annually named “Top 1% of Most Honored Doctors in the US” by Castle Connolly.