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The Best Skin-Care Routines and Products Dermatologists Actually Use

From dawn to dusk, the skin never lacks, with routines and products backed by derma facts!

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Hello, lovely skin enthusiasts! I'm positively tickled to share this nugget of knowledge with you today. You see, I've been on a quest—almost akin to a detective's mission—to uncover the top skincare products, routines and products that dermatologists, those skin maestros, use themselves. Yes, you read that right! We're delving into the nitty-gritty of the regimens of board-certified dermatologists living and working in the hustle and bustle of New York City. You might be thinking, "But why New York City?" The city's air pollution and drastic seasonal weather changes make it an interesting case study for skincare products and routines that can tackle a variety of your skin health concerns, don't you think? So, brace yourselves, as we're about to embark on an incredible skin-care journey together.🚀

Morning Best Skincare Routine: Rise and Shine with Radiance

There's something magical about the way New York City wakes up. However, our skin needs a little more than magic to shake off sleep and prep for the day. After speaking to a number of dermatologists, I've discovered a common thread in their morning skincare routines and nighttime routine that seems to do just the trick.

Step 1: Initiating the Day with Gentle Cleansing

Just as the sun peeks over the horizon, your morning best skin care routine and regimen begins with a tender, loving cleanse to awaken and refresh your skin. Nighttime is the skin's royal court, where it diligently works to repair and renew itself. This commendable effort, however, results in an accumulation of dead skin cells and excess oil by the time rooster crows. To sweep away these nocturnal remnants without causing undue stress to your skin, a gentle cleanser is your go-to ally.

A product that stands out in this arena is the La Roche Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser. Admired for its delicate yet effective cleansing properties, this cleanser is akin to a universal key, well-suited for all skin types. Whether your skin type leans towards the sensitive side sensitive or dry skin tends to be dry, this product ensures a clean slate without raiding your skin of its natural oils or unsettling the harmony of your skin barrier.

To employ this morning ally, dispense a few drops onto your palm and apply it to a damp face. Now, imagine your fingers conducting a symphony on your face as you massage the cleanser in circular motions to soften skin, letting it gently lift away impurities. Following this harmonious ritual, thoroughly rinse your face. The result? A refreshed canvas, prepared to welcome the next steps of your skincare regimen. Here's to a morning routine that goes beyond the surface to refresh skin, fostering healthier skin with every sunrise.

Step 2: Welcoming the Day with a Vitamin C Serum

Following the cleansing symphony, your skin is ready to embrace the benefits of a morning elixir - a vitamin C serum. This vibrant component in your skincare routine serves as a ray of sunshine, illuminating your complexion while safeguarding it against the invisible assailants of the day - harmful UV rays and insidious air pollution. Vitamin C, with its superhero cape of antioxidants, works diligently to refine your skin tone and texture and scatter the cloud of dark spots, bringing forth a radiant dawn on your skin.

But wait, the tale of Vitamin C doesn’t end at surface level benefits. This nutrient dives deeper, donning the hat of a skilled artisan, meticulously working to boost healthy skin and collagen production. Collagen, the protein responsible for maintaining your skin's firmness and elasticity, is vital in keeping your skin looking plump and youthful. By encouraging collagen production, Vitamin C helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, making it an ally in your skin barrier and fight against the clock. This multi-dimensional role of Vitamin C makes it a true dynamo in your daily skincare routine.

So, let's dive into application: after cleansing, pat your skin dry and take a few drops of your chosen Vitamin C serum. Warm it up between your fingers and gently press it onto your skin, allowing this brightening elixir to seep in and start its transformative work. As you go about your day, your skin too embarks on its journey of rejuvenation and protection, radiating a healthy glow that reflects the vitality within.

Step 3: Hydrate, Nourish, and Shield Your Skin

The third act in your skincare symphony should be drenching your skin with a hydrating moisturiser. "Why is that?" I hear you inquire. Well, let me tell you a story about a little ingredient called hyaluronic acid. Now, this isn't any ordinary component. This beauty is famed for its ability to retain an incredible 1,000 times its weight in water, a feat that makes it the belle of the ball in the hydration realm. Imagine a sponge, but for your skin, absorbing water and helping your skin look as plump and juicy as a ripe peach. That's hyaluronic acid for you, darling!

One moisturiser that ticks all the boxes and includes this fabulous ingredient is the "Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Gel". This is no ordinary moisturiser, my friend. Its formula is as light as a feather, and it's free from oil, dyes, and fragrances, making it a perfect dance partner for a variety of skin types, from sensitive to very oily skin.

Now, if you thought our skincare concerto ends here, you're in for a surprise! The crowning glory of any self-respecting morning skincare routine has to be a protective layer of sunscreen. Regardless of whether your own skin tone is as fair as Snow White or as dark as a moonless night, sun protection is non-negotiable. It's like an umbrella on a rainy day, but for your skin, shielding it from the rain of UVA and UVB rays that can wreak havoc.

Consider this: without protection, these rays can prematurely age your skin, cause hyperpigmentation, and even lead to skin cancer. Yes, you heard that right, skin cancer. The sun doesn't care whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin. Its UV rays are like unwanted party crashers, causing damage even if you're not planning on sunbathing in the park.

So, what's a skincare enthusiast to do? Enter "EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen". This isn't your run-of-the-mill sunscreen. It's a broad-spectrum, SPF 46 protector that's garnered rave reviews from users with sensitive and acne-prone skin. It's as gentle as a lullaby, free from fragrances, and packed with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin calm, clear, and hydrated.

Remember, my darlings, a good skincare routine is like a grand ballet. It's not just about the individual steps but about how they all come together in harmony. So, moisturise with gusto and protect with diligence, and your skin will thank you with a standing ovation! 🌞🌈✨

Evening Skincare Ritual: A Symphony of Rejuvenation Under the Starry Night Sky

As the mantle of dusk drapes over the city, painting the skyline in hues of deep indigo and dusky lavender, it's your cue to begin the soothing symphony of your nighttime skincare routine. A ballet of restorative rituals, the evening skin care routine, is an opportunity for your skin to breathe freely, shedding the day's trials and tribulations, while preparing itself for the nocturnal dance of rejuvenation and repair.

Step 1: The Grand Overture - Double Cleanse for the Win

If your day was awash with the artful strokes of makeup or you've been strolling through city streets whispering tales of pollution and unseen grime, your nighttime skincare sonnet should kick off with the gentle waltz of a cleansing oil or balm. The beauty of these products? They're like skincare magicians, gently coaxing away even the most stubborn remnants of makeup, grime, and pesky environmental stressors.

Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil

One product that has earned a standing ovation in this regard is the "Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil". Made with organic rosehip oil, it's a virtuoso at melting away makeup and impurities, while keeping your skin's delicate pH and moisture balance in check. It's vegan, cruelty-free, and free from alcohol, making it a real treat for sensitive skin types.

As the curtain falls on the first act, it's time for the main event - the gentle sway of a facial cleansing brush and a gel cleanser taking center stage. These aren't your average performers, oh no! They're here to ensure that no trace of the day's drama lingers, sweeping away every last hint of makeup and grime.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser

"La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser" could be your leading star in this act. With its soap-free, fragrance-free, and alcohol-free formulation, it works wonders on sensitive and oily skin, leaving it feeling fresh and clean without any signs of dehydration or tightness.

For those looking for a more natural alternative, consider the "Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser". It's a symphony of natural ingredients, including rose water and coconut water, creating a gentle but effective cleanser that leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. It's also vegan and cruelty-free, making it a great choice for those conscious about the products they use.

So, as the moon paints the sky with its silvery glow, let your skin embark on its nightly journey towards rejuvenation, guided by the gentle rhythm of the double cleansing routine. Trust in this tender duet between oil and gel cleansers to reset and refresh your skin, leaving it ready to drink in the healing serenades of your evening skincare routine. Sweet dreams, my skincare enthusiasts! 🌙✨🌹

Step 2: Exfoliation Magic

Exfoliation is like a magic spell for your skin that can reveal a bright, smooth surface hiding beneath dead skin cells. Many dermatologists recommend chemical exfoliation over physical ones as the former is less likely to cause irritation or damage the skin. The choice between alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) largely depends on your skin type and concerns. AHAs, such as glycolic acid, are ideal for both dry skin and sensitive skin types, while BHAs, like salicylic acid, work wonders for both oily skin and acne-prone skin. But remember, this magical step is not a daily ritual; over-exfoliation can irritate the skin. So, start slow, maybe once or twice a week, and always listen to your skin's needs.

For those looking for a stellar exfoliant, our skin maestros often reach for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, an easy-to-use, two-step at-home peel that combines both AHAs and BHAs​.

Two more chemical exfoliators that are worthy of attention are the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment and the CeraVe SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin. The ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is a multi-tasking formula that acts as a cleanser, scrub, peel, and mask all in one. It utilizes lactic acid, along with a trio of fruit enzymes (papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin) to enhance its exfoliating benefits. It's a bit on the pricey side, but users have reported that their skin feels softer and smoother even after a single application​.

On the other hand, the CeraVe SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin is an affordable option that can be used daily. It contains salicylic acid, making it effective at combating acne breakouts on the back and chest while smoothing out uneven, rough skin texture. However, some reviewers have noted that it leaves a residue behind​.

Step 3: Discover the Magic of Serums

Once your skin is sparkling clean and freshly exfoliated, it's at the peak of its receptivity, like a blank canvas ready to soak in the vibrant colors of a masterpiece. This moment presents the ideal opportunity to lavish your glowing, healthy skin again, with a meticulously chosen, nutrient-dense serum. These potent elixirs, bursting with active ingredients, are designed to target specific skin concerns and drastically enhance your skincare regimen.

For instance, if the relentless march of time is starting to etch its story onto your face, a retinol-based serum might be your best ally. Renowned for their anti-aging properties, retinol serums like "Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster" can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a younger, more radiant you​.

Perhaps your skin tends to flare up with redness or a rough texture. In such cases, a serum brimming with niacinamide could be your skin's trusted confidante. Niacinamide, known for its ability to reduce inflammation and improve skin texture, can work wonders in your acne treatments restoring your skin's calm, smooth facade. The "CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum", for instance, combines the power of niacinamide with retinol to tackle acne and post-acne marks while keeping your skin hydrated​.

Or maybe, despite your diligent skincare routine, your skin still feels parched, begging for a quenching draught of hydration. A hyaluronic acid serum could be the oasis your dry skin really is searching for. Revered for its ability to lock in moisture, hyaluronic acid can impart a dewy, well-hydrated look to your skin. Products like "La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum" deliver this hydrating hero to your skin, helping to plump it up and fend off dryness​.

Remember, though, your skin is unique, and so are its needs. Be sure to consult with a skincare professional or do some personal research to determine which serum would make the most beneficial addition to your skincare ritual.

Step 4: Hydrate and Nourish

Moisturizing is the key to locking in all the goodness of the products applied beforehand. Look for a moisturizer with skin-restoring ingredients like ceramides and fatty acids to brighten skin replenish the skin's barrier overnight, and hydrating heroes such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid to keep the skin plump and hydrated​.

Step 5: Eye Cream

The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin feeling part, making it prone to dryness, puffiness, and fine lines. An eye cream specially formulated for this very sensitive skin and area can help keep these common issues at bay.

Step 6: Don’t Forget The Lips

Our lips also need some TLC! A lip balm with emollient ingredients, such as beeswax or shea butter, can keep them soft, smooth, and free of cracks.


With these insights, we've certainly added a luxurious nightcap to our skincare voyage. Remember, your skin is a canvas that demands patience and care, much like a masterpiece in the making. Consistency is the linchpin in skincare, and it's essential to remain steadfast even when results take time to manifest. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, nor is luminous skin achieved overnight. It's an art that blends the science of understanding your skin type, the wisdom of choosing the right products, and the discipline of regular skin care itself.

Take heart in knowing that with a routine like this - which includes AHAs and hydrating ingredients, and takes into consideration factors like exfoliating two to three times a week, patch testing new products, and consulting a dermatologist when uncertain - you're on a well-paved path towards skin that not only looks healthy but feels radiant.

As you tuck yourself into bed each night, remember that your skincare routine is also settling down for its beauty sleep, working its magic in the quiet hours to nourish and rejuvenate your skin. So, to all the skin enthusiasts who have embarked on this journey with us, sweet dreams and may you wake up to skin that's ever more beautiful! 🌙💤

Be patient, stay consistent, and most importantly, embrace the journey towards achieving the skin of your dreams. Here's to radiant mornings and the promise of healthier, smoother skin!


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