Why Less is More: Skincare Products You Don’t Need

Cover Photo for blog written by dermatologist explaining how to build an easy skincare routine


In a world saturated with beauty products and an overwhelming number of skincare steps, less is often more when it comes to taking care of your skin. Streamlining your skincare routine will give you optimal results and a happier, healthier complexion.

The Problem with Excessive Products:

Many individuals fall into the trap of using a multitude of skincare products, thinking they're doing their skin a favor. However, this can actually have a detrimental effect. Overloading your skin with too many ingredients can lead to inflammation and irritation. It's time to simplify your routine and give your skin what it truly needs.

Products You DON’T Need:

  • Eye Cream
  • Neck Cream
  • Toner
  • Separate Day vs Night Moisturizer (Only need 1!)
  • Individual Ingredient Serums (Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Azelaic Acid, etc.)

While these products can be fun to use, they are not necessary to have in your routine and are often not doing as much for your skin as you think they are. For example, you do not need to have a separate cream for every part of your body. You only need one well-formulated moisturizer that can be used on your entire face, neck and chest. Save money and save room on your shelf.

The Essential Five:

An effective routine is a simple one and only requires five well-formulated products.

A Good Face Wash: Start with a gentle, yet effective face wash to cleanse your skin without stripping it of essential oils.

A Quality Face Moisturizer: Find a reliable face moisturizer that suits your skin type to keep it hydrated and balanced – you can use this morning and night.

Zinc-Based Sunscreen: Sun protection is non-negotiable. Opt for a sunscreen with zinc oxide for broad-spectrum defense.

Vitamin C-Based Antioxidant: Incorporate a vitamin C-based antioxidant into your morning routine to shield your skin from damage and promote a healthy glow.

Night Treatment: Invest in a night treatment that encourages cell turnover and addresses existing damage. Look for ingredients like retinol, bakuchiol, or glycolic acid.

Special Consideration for Oily Skin:

Those with oily skin may require a lighter daytime moisturizer and a richer nighttime alternative. This heavier moisturizer can also be applied to the neck and the eye area for added hydration and nourishment.

Ingredient Integration:

Rather than seeking a laundry list of products, select those five products wisely. Ensure that each one contains the key ingredients your skin needs.

For instance, your face moisturizer should include niacinamide. Your antioxidant should feature vitamin C and a stabilizing component. Your night treatment can contain retinol or other effective ingredients.

By choosing products with these components, you eliminate the need for additional toners and extras that often do more harm than good.

In a world where skincare routines can become unnecessarily complicated, less is more.  Buy fewer products but choose them wisely. By focusing on the essential five and ensuring they contain the right ingredients, you can achieve healthier, happier skin without the fuss and potential irritation of excess products. So, streamline your routine and let your skin thrive with the care it truly needs. Your skin will thank you for it.


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Meet the author: 

Heather D. Rogers, MD, founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care, is a double-board certified dermatologic surgeon who sees patients full-time at her practice Modern Dermatology in Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her dermatology residency and fellowships at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan. These recommendations are not sponsored, but are the result of Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD evidence-based research​ and​ extensive clinical experience​. 

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