When it comes to skin care, there’s no better way to know what really works than to grill the pros about their personal routines. They are the experts, after all. Here’s exactly how top skin docs keep their own complexions looking flawless AF.
1. They cleanse gently.
Scrubbing your skin like it’s never been washed is a big no-no. A better way to get the job done: “I prefer to use a cleanser that is soap-free, so it doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils, making it more vulnerable to environmental stressors,” says Lian Mack, a dermatologist in New York City. “I apply cleanser with my fingertips to reduce irritation. Try bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, which emulsifies to a milky consistency that washes away makeup and dirt, while still leaving skin super soft and smooth.
2. They never leave the house without sunscreen.
Phone. Keys. Wallet. Sunscreen. Check. According to derms, sun protection should be on your mental checklist each morning before you head out. “I use SPF on my face every day of the year. Even when it’s overcast and the temperature drops, the sun emits UVA rays,” says Dr. Mack. Plus, a daily dose of sunscreen will keep you looking young. “SPF is still the best anti-aging product you can find. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends SPF 30 or above daily, with reapplication. Stick by this rule — rain or shine,” says California dermatologist Annie Chiu. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to help prevent damage from both UVA and UVB rays. Try Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream.
3. They hoard facial masks.
If your skin issues tend to change week to week or month to month, build an arsenal of masks to treat whatever is bugging you. “I keep at least a dozen masks on hand to choose the one that’s right for my skin. I also change masks seasonally,” says New York City-based derm Francesca Fusco. “I like La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask during cold winter months. In the summer, I use First Aid Beauty Bouncy Mask — it’s refreshing and light, yet nourishing.” Consider this proof that (beauty) greed is good.
4. They use lightweight foundations.
“I work so hard to maintain my skin primarily because I don’t like the feeling of makeup. That’s why I stick to light foundation formulations,” says Dr. Mack. Try bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15. The mineral powder gives a breathable, lasting no-makeup look and the SPF it contains provides broad-spectrum sun protection. Swirl it over wherever you want coverage using bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Brush, which is designed to work in conjunction with the foundation to control the amount of product for a flawless finish.
5. They opt for double-duty products.
It’s no surprise that derms, with their busy schedules, adore multitasking makeup. “My under-eye area has always been an issue for me because of my skin type,” says Dr. Mack. “I use Onomie Clinical Dark Circle Correcting Concealer for Eyes because of the the skin care [benefits] within it. It has alfalfa extract, which has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as vitamin C, a natural brightener.” Done and done.
6. They fight little lines at night.
“Retinols are an integral part of my p.m. anti-aging regimen. Your skin goes into repair mode while you sleep, and giving it an ingredient that boosts collagen production and skin cell turnover is preventative skin care at its best,” says Dr. Chiu. Apply a retinol cream to treat fine lines, uneven skin tone, and discoloration while you snooze.
7. They don’t skip moisturizer.
“Avoiding moisturizer just because you’re oily can actually cause your oil glands to produce even more oil to compensate. Instead, use a lightweight moisturizer,” says Dr. Chiu. For even better results, use a serum like bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion under your moisturizer. The special herb extract within works on all types of skin to stave off the visible signs of aging. Plus, it imparts one seriously healthy glow. Use it morning and night.