There are so many skincare products out there. So where should you start?
First you can start simple and see how YOUR skin responds.
Less is more and here are my Four recommendations when you want to start a skincare regimen.
The best skincare is the one that you use and stick to.
Too many products can lead to irritation and maybe even breakouts.
A gentle cleanser is key to use both morning and night,
It removes debris from the skin’s surface, cleans pores, and primes the skin to absorb topical products, like moisturizers and serums.
If these impurities stay on the skin, they can combine with oil, which can clog your pores and cause pimples and blackheads.
If your skin feels tight, dry, or is red after washing that is sign your cleanser may not be right for you.
After cleansing, I like to recommend using a serum formulated to target your unique skin concerns. Look for one that has a formula rich in antioxidants or ingredients specific to your skin concern. Some of my favorites are Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, peptides. Serums with active ingredients can help fight damage from environmental stressors and improves skin tone and texture. MOISTURIZER
In the morning, especially in the fall and winter months ,I like to recommend a moisturizer for hydration and to seal in your serum.
Layering on a moisturizer is a great option, for daytime I recommend a light moisturizer. This is a great option for most skin types.
At night, you can end your regimen with a richer formulation that includes antioxidants.
It’s imperative to wear sunscreen every day and all year round! I like to share that sunscreen helps protect against sun damage but also protects our skin from environmental aggressors such as pollution, No morning skincare routine would be complete without sunscreen. In the morning, I recommend broad spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA/UVB protection while promoting natural radiance and a more even skin tone.
ADVICE FROM DR. HOUSHMAND
Always remember there are dermatologists who are skin experts and can help!
You don’t have to go it alone. We know with all the information out there it can be overwhelming.
Your mindset is as important as the products you apply on your skin. Be patient and consistent, and try not to compare your journey to others. Listen to your skin, your regimen may change according to your skins response. (Weather changes, stress, hormones, diet).
If you have medical skin condition such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, melasma consulting a dermatologist is helpful because prescription medications may be needed.