In the pursuit of radiant and healthy skin, an effective routine should be a simple one. You only need five well formulated products to achieve your best skin. Not only will this help you maintain the health and beauty of your skin, but it will also minimize the risk of irritation. Let's explore the simple steps to achieving your skincare goals.
Splash with Water: In the morning, start your skincare routine by splashing your face with water. Unless you have exceptionally oily skin, there's no need to wash your face vigorously. Water is sufficient to cleanse away any overnight impurities.
Antioxidant Protection: Next, apply a product that shields your skin from daily environmental stressors, such as pollution and free radicals. My top recommendation is a topical vitamin C treatment. It's packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, and acetyl zingerone, all of which work together to neutralize free radicals and safeguard your skin.
Hydration is Key: Follow up with a quality moisturizer. This step ensures your skin stays hydrated throughout the day, preventing dryness, and maintaining its natural glow.
Sunscreen is Non-Negotiable: Finish off your morning routine with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. I personally prefer zinc-based sunscreens, but the key here is consistency. Regardless of your choice, wearing sunscreen daily is crucial because 90% of aging is caused by sun exposure. Protecting your skin from UV rays is a long-term investment in your skin's health and beauty.
Thorough Cleansing: In the evening, start by washing your face to remove sunscreen, makeup, and any accumulated dirt or sweat. A gentle cleanser is all you need to prepare your skin for the night.
Night Treatment: Apply a night treatment product that aids in cell turnover, reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and addresses pigmentation concerns. Look for ingredients like Bakuchiol, retinol, tretinoin, and glycolic acid. These ingredients are powerful allies in rejuvenating your skin while you sleep.
Moisturize to Replenish: After using a night treatment, support your skin with a moisturizer. You can use the same moisturizer you applied in the morning, applying it generously to your face, neck, and chest.
I want to emphasize that you don't need an extensive collection of toners, eye creams, neck creams, or essences for beautiful and healthy skin. By sticking to these five well-formulated products, you'll provide your skin with everything it needs to thrive.
Quality over quantity is the key to a successful routine.
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.