The 5 Essential Products for Creating Your Perfect Skincare RoutineSkincare is extremely personal. Your skin’s needs are unique to you, but in this blog, we’ll walk through some simple skincare steps and highlight fantastic products available from Derm Skincare that work for most skin types. All our products are dermatologist recommended, made from quality ingredients, and offer proven results. When in doubt, talk to your dermatologist for specific recommendations to develop the best skincare routine!

Your Morning & Evening Skincare Basics 

You can find countless detailed skincare routines online. If you found this blog, you have likely already read a few of these. There are numerous ways of caring for your skin and no two people have the exact same skincare needs. When it comes to achieving healthier skin, consistency may be the most essential part of the best skincare routine. The more complicated and time-consuming your routine, the less likely you are to stick with it and see the results you’re looking for. We recommend establishing an easy-to-maintain morning and nighttime skincare routine, using quality products, that can be completed in just a few steps. Below, we’ll outline some basic morning and evening skincare steps, so you can maximize the effects of your daily regimen. 

Your Morning Routine

Your morning skincare routine is all about protection. You want to prevent any damage that could occur due to exposure to sunlight, pollutants, chemicals, allergens, and other environmental irritants throughout the day. Your morning skincare routine should include four steps:

  1. • Cleansing Use a gentle cleanser to remove any excess oils or debris.
  2. • Treating Apply antioxidants, serums, and other protective treatments.
  3. • Moisturizing Keep skin hydrated by applying an effective moisturizer for your skin type.
  4. • Protecting Cover any area of skin that will be exposed to sunlight with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Your Evening Routine 

The morning routine is all about keeping your skin safe and avoiding potential skin health concerns. Your nighttime skincare routine is focused on replenishing and repairing damage. The evening skincare routine should include three simple steps: 

  1. • Cleansing If you wear cosmetics, use a makeup remover to gently cleanse your skin of cosmetic products without scrubbing. Then, use your gentle facewash to fully cleanse the skin.
  2. • Treating Apply treatments like exfoliants, retinoids, and serums to address skin damage, chronic skin conditions, and other concerns. You can also use facemasks, eye creams, and other deep moisturizing and revitalizing treatments. 
  3. • Moisturizing apply a thick, cream-based moisturizer liberally. Don’t forget your lips. Use a lip balm or mask right before going to bed to help keep your lips hydrated. 

1 – Gentle Facial Cleansers 

No matter your skin type, it’s almost always best to use a gentle skin cleanser because these products are less likely to irritate your skin. Use cool or lukewarm water to rinse as hot water can strip away too much moisture, leaving skin looking and feeling dried out. On our Cleansers Page, you’ll find a wide range of cleansing products that are formulated to meet a range of needs. You can explore each of the available items in our growing range of products to find the one that best meets your needs. 

2 – Healthy Cell Turnover & Increased Collagen Production with Retinoids

What Does Vitamin C Do for Your Skin?Retinoids are versatile skincare essentials. They promote faster cell turnover. That means your skin looks healthier because new skin cells will replace the dead ones more quickly. Additionally, retinoids have been shown to increase collagen production. Collagen is the protein that gives skin a smooth, firm appearance. As we age, our collagen production decelerates, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, and skin looseness. Retinoids help to boost this production, delivering more youthful-looking skin. Retinoids reduce inflammation in the skin as well.

3 – Rejuvenate Skin & Prevent Damage with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are another product that is essential for any skincare routine. Every time you walk out your door, skin is exposed to free radicals produced by the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Free radical damage can cause short-term skin issues like sunburns, and they also lead to more serious long-term effects like accelerated aging and even skin cancer. Antioxidant skincare products neutralize free radicals, preventing these skin health concerns before they even begin, ensuring your skin looks and feels its best. 

4 – Keep Skin Hydrated with the Right Facial Moisturizer 

When skin is moisturized, it has a smooth, supple appearance. Dry skin is prone to look weathered (cracked and discolored) and feel itchy. Dehydrated skin can also exacerbate chronic skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Keeping skin hydrated starts from the inside, so make sure you’re getting plenty of water every day. Then, use a quality moisturizer in the morning and evening to keep skin healthy and hydrated. Choosing the best facial moisturizer is all about your individual skincare needs and contributing environmental factors. If you have dry skin, using a heavier, cream-based moisturizer may be ideal, especially in the dryer fall and winter months. If you have oily or combination skin, you may want to opt for a lighter moisturizer during the day and heavier cream at nighttime.  

5 – Protect Skin with Sunscreen

You will never meet a dermatologist who doesn’t recommend sunscreen. We really can’t say it often enough, taking a few extra seconds each morning to apply an effective sunscreen or sunblock to your face, hands, neck, and other areas that will be exposed to the sun can dramatically reduce your risk for a wide array of skin health issues from fine lines and wrinkles to skin cancer. In addition to applying sunscreen in the morning, you should reapply periodically throughout the day, especially if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended time. Many people with sensitive or acne-prone skin find sunscreens can lead to a flareup or breakout. Our dermatologist-recommended sun protection products are formulated for all skin types, non-comedogenic (read: safe for acne-prone skin), and proven effective. 

If you wear cosmetics, you may be wondering if you need to remove and reapply your makeup or apply sunscreen over makeup. Luckily, this common issue means that sunscreen creators are working to provide sun protection options that can easily be layered over makeup. If you use a setting product after applying your makeup, you should be able to apply our lightweight, residue-free products over your cosmetics without any problems. 

Need to Consult with a Dermatologist? 

If you’re looking for a dermatologist to help you create a customized skincare routine, we hope you’ll reach out to our team of knowledgeable professionals at U.S. Dermatology Partners to schedule a consultation. Our practices offer a comprehensive range of dermatology services. The skincare experts at U.S. Dermatology Partners have worked hard to curate the Derm Skincare products list and can guide you to the best options for your specific skin type and skincare goals. They can also answer any questions you have, offer a thorough, professional examination and screening for skin health issues, and work with you to ensure you create a skincare routine that works for you.