I honestly don’t know anyone who isn’t busy juggling ‘life’. Even my 90-something year old Mother keeps up an exhausting pace!
So when clients ask me about what they should be using on their skin, I tell them to keep it simple with four easy steps. Cleanse, treat, moisturize, protect. It really is that easy and keeping it easy is the key to helping you stick with your skincare routine.
Cleanse – Cleansers shouldn’t be complicated or expensive. You really just need something that will cleanse makeup and grime off your skin. CeraVe has a variety of cleansers for a reasonable price.
Treat – This is where you personalize your skincare routine. If you have acne, then your treatment would be gycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide or Differin. For aging skin you could use Differin or growth factors. For hyperpigmentation you could use a product with Vitamin C or another lightening ingredient. One of my favorite go-to lines for acne and hyperpigmentation is Dr. Dennis Gross. There are a few different ones to choose from and all are effective!
Moisturize – This doesn’t have to be as personalized as your treatment, but you do want to make sure you aren’t causing your skin ‘issues’ to become worse. If you have acne, you would want a lighter moisturizer. Aging skin would obviously want a heavier one. Dr. Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion and Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture are two that have excellent reviews!
Protect – The other three steps don’t really matter if you aren’t going to use protection on your skin. Think photo damage won’t catch up with you? Think again. Hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, skin laxity, rosacea, wrinkles and skin cancer can all be linked to exposure from the sun. Find a product that you like, whether it is in your makeup or moisturizer, and use it! And while you’re at it, make it a habit for everyone in your household (even your dog!). EltaMD is my favorite. It stays on without feeling heavy.
Until next time….