Your skin care routine can be as unique as you are. Even among skin care experts, morning and nightly routines can be wildly individual. Skin care needs can change based on your skin type, diet and even the weather! Finding the right routine for you can take experimentation with different types of products and even the order in which you apply.
I used to consider just washing my face a big deal. After learning more about what my skin needs and how it reacts to stress, I decided to invest the time to discover what serums, moisturizers and even sprays benefit my complexion. There are more options at the beauty counter than ever before! It’s a process, but it doesn’t have to be pricey or complicated. So, I asked four different skin care experts to describe their daily face routine and how they discovered what was right for them.
Smarter Skin Dermatology
Skin Type: Sensitive, Dry
Skin Concerns: Aging, Sun Damage
“I start my day by washing my face. I usually do a double cleanse with micellar water and a gentle cleanser. I have sensitive normal-to-dry skin so I always stick with gentle cleaners.”
“My biggest concern is preventing the signs of aging and my under-eye area. I’m concerned about both dark circles and crepiness so I use eye creams with ingredients that can combat both—retinoid, caffeine, peptides, hyaluronic acid.”
“I alternate between using a retinoid, glycolic acid-based product and peel pads. I use any harsh or exfoliating products sparingly. For example: I will not use my retinoid nightly, but instead alternate it with products that are not drying or irritating.”
“The most important thing is using sunscreen every single day. UV radiation is one of the most damaging things for your skin. Because I always use a sunscreen that contains a physical blocker, I am protecting my skin from other potentially damaging types of radiation and even pollutants.”
“Before putting on sunscreen as the ultimate barrier between your skin and the environment, apply a vitamin C serum. This is my favorite to use because it helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA and UVB rays.”
“Retinoid is a great ingredient for repairing dull skin while you sleep. You’ll wake up with refreshed, more radiant and younger skin.”
Schweiger Dermatology Group
Skin Type: Sensitive
Skin Concerns: Acne, Dryness, Fine Lines
“My skin can get very sensitive and I cannot use any products that have a lot of chemicals or fragrances, otherwise they sting and irritate. This is a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the oils from my skin.”
“I apply an antioxidant serum to protect my skin. I pay close attention to anti-aging with the goal of maintaining good tone and texture while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. This serum is a great help.”
“The most important part of my routine is my sunscreen. Sunscreen is the best thing you can do to protect your skin from damage over the years. Zinc is a broad-spectrum physical blocker that doesn’t degrade in the sunlight. It is also one of the few pure zinc sunscreens that don’t turn my face white (even with my heavy beard). It also serves as my morning moisturizer.”
“My choice of evening cleanser depends on the season. During the warmer summer months, when I am prone to an occasional breakout, I use a clarifying cleanser. It helps to clean away sweat and dirt from the day along with other ingredients that fight breakouts, but it doesn’t dry my skin out.”
“Every night I apply this cream moisturizer. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t have a lot of unnecessary chemicals to irritate my skin.”
A “normal” or “right” routine doesn’t exist. Instead, it’s about knowing your skin and meeting its needs—which are always changing! It’s important to use sunscreen and protect your skin from any harsh chemicals, defoliants and the environment. Sleep, hydration and diet also affect your skin, and getting enough rest and good nutrients help your skin glow from the inside out.