Written by Amy Scalia
An everyday skincare routine. That sounds great, but with so many options, where do you even start? Thankfully, experts say you can keep it simple and let your skin guide you on the basic skincare routine that’s right for you. Comforting, huh?
Dr. Peterson Pierre, a board-certified specialist in dermatology and cosmetic dermatology says everyone needs to have a basic skincare routine. Emphasis on basic. “Simplicity is key,” says Pierre. “Most of us simply won't put on 5-10 products daily regardless of the benefit.” Here are a few key steps to get you started: Cleanse, Moisturize, Oil/Serum and watch for signals to adapt your skincare routine.
Cleansing is not only a comforting way to start and end your day, but it also frees skin of dead surface cells, makeup, excess oil, bacteria and pore-clogging debris. Pierre says this is an essential foundation to any everyday skincare routine and he recommends showering with a moisturizing cleanser and body wash. Then, once or twice a week, give your skin a deeper clean with a product like the Charcoal Mask that draws out deep-seated impurities and absorbs toxins.
The next step is to apply a moisturizer that strengthens the skin's moisture barrier for glowing, hydrated, healthy-looking skin. Pierre says to always follow your cleanse with a quality (aka avoiding parabens, phthalates, silicones, synthetic oils, or alcohol) body lotion and facial moisturizer. For daytime, reach for one that’s lighter with SPF. Pierre suggests finding an oil-free, non-comedogenic, zinc-based product that's breathable and transparent. For nighttime, Pierre says your moisturizer needs to be rich with cell-quenching nourishment and nutrients. He recommends one with a retinoid at night for its ability to help with excess oil, blackheads, whiteheads, acne, pores, and texture while also stimulating collagen production for fine line reduction.
Oils and Serums
An oil or serum can then be applied to seal in that moisture and adds lots of extra antioxidants. For the morning, Pierre suggests using an alpha-hydroxy serum to get gentle exfoliation and collagen production that will give you brighter, clearer, bouncier skin. A Jade Roller can help give you a more even application and improve absorption of those antioxidants that help fight free radicals and support your body’s natural ability to repair damage.
“Sometimes heavy moisturizers aren't enough,” Pierre says, “Essential oils may be the answer to this dilemma. The best ones don't just moisturize; they also reduce inflammation while healing and soothing the skin, leaving a lasting effect that won't rub off easily throughout the day.”
For example, Pierre says, lavender is a key ingredient to look for in products (like the Sensitive Face Serum) because of its “anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness while simultaneously hydrating and repairing the skin without it feeling too greasy.”
The Signals to Watch For
As you navigate your way to a basic skincare routine that works for you, Pierre says your skin will tell you what it needs and likes. Start at the beginning of the day. Does your skin feel oily or dry? Does it look dull or bright? Does it always look or feel that way or could it be the changing weather?
According to Pierre, new seasons often prompt an adaptation to skincare routines. “As the temperature drops, the skin tends to get dry, itchy, irritated, red and rashy,” he explains. “If you're prone to eczema, you may experience a flare-up. Indoor heating can also exacerbate these issues”
If it looks more dull than usual, you may need more Vitamin C in your life. Maybe add more citrus to your diet and some Brightening Face Serum to your routine. Darker under eye circles than usual? Try to catch a nap today, or think about using a weighted blanket, sleep mask and Sleep Tight Roll On for an even deeper sleep tonight.
If you have any concerns about potential allergies, especially if you have any underlying conditions like eczema, rosacea or psoriasis, Pierre says to see a board-certified dermatologist before adapting any new skincare routine. Otherwise, using a small amount on the inside of your forearm for a few days to test drive it and see if you may be sensitive it does the trick.
Eventually, you’ll find a routine you can easily manage, giving your skin the comfort it needs. Progress over perfection.