With so many skincare products on the market, it’s easy to stuff as many as possible onto our shelves and in our cabinets at home and use them in an effort to improve the look and feel of our skin, but do we really need all of them? The products we need to use really depend on several factors, such as if we’re dealing with any skin conditions and also what our doctor recommends, of course. However, there are several VIPs of skincare that—if you’re not already using them—you should speak to your dermatologist about incorporating them into your skincare regimen.
We can’t say enough about how important it is to use sunscreen. It’s essentially the most important beauty product that you could use. Not only can it help protect your skin from getting sunburned, but it can help reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. There’s also the added bonus in that it can help you combat premature skin aging. Don’t forget to use it on a daily basis; it’s not enough to just use it during the spring and summer when you’re spending more time outdoors.
Going to bed without thoroughly washing your face is a recipe for disaster. You’ll want to remove your makeup first, of course, but the cleanser can help remove all the dirt, pollution, leftover traces of makeup, and everything else that’s built up on your face throughout the day. Choose a cleanser that’s ideal for your particular skin type.
Your skin needs a good moisturizer, and the best time to apply it is after you’ve washed your face. In the morning, use a lightweight moisturizer—preferably one that contains SPF—and in the evening opt for one that’s richer and can work its magic overnight while you’re sleeping.
A physical exfoliator can do wonders for helping to remove built-up dead skin cells in order to revitalize your skin’s appearance, unclog pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and more. Take note, however, that just because a product is supposed to exfoliate your skin doesn’t mean it has to be rough. It can be gentle and effective at the same time.
There are those who think that a serum is a waste of time while others swear they couldn’t go without it, but we’re pro-serum and feel that it’s worth using regularly. It can offer a slew of benefits ranging from the evening out your skin tone to helping combat premature signs of aging. There is a slew of different serums available, so your best bet is to speak to your dermatologist to get a specific recommendation for what would be best to use for your particular skin.
In addition to using the right products, you’re also going to need to make sure you’re applying them in the right order and that you’re also using them during the right time of day (such as at night before you go to bed as opposed to in the morning). It’s ideal to sit down with your dermatologist so the two of you can come up with a tailored skincare plan that works best for you.