How to Build a Skincare Routine - PureSkin Dermatology

How to Build a Skincare Routine

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to be doing is fussing over a long skincare routine. Simple is beautiful. Here are a few of our tips to curating a customized skincare routine you can actually stick to. 

  1. Start with a solid foundation.  It can be easy to get overwhelmed by an 11 step skincare routine, so start with the basics which include: 
    • Cleanser
    • Moisturizer 
    • Antioxidant – a skin type specific Vitamin C should be a staple in everyone’s skincare routine, it enhances UV protection and combats environmental pollutants
    • Sunscreen – the most important part of your skincare routine, find one you love, and wear it everyday.
    • Retinol   start slow, every 2nd or 3rd night using a pea sized amount and slowly increase as tolerated.  Check out next month’s blog on how to incorporate retinol into your skincare routine like a pro. 
      *Note: not everyone is a candidate for retinols, such as those with hypersensitive skin, or during pregnancy
  2. If you have dry, aging skin, consider adding hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerine or squalene into your routine. This could be a stand alone product to use on damp skin or consider a moisturizer that contains these specific actives, to help soothe and hydrate your skin.
  3. For acne-prone skin, consider adding in salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide which are great if incorporated into your cleanser.  If you can tolerate it, you may also consider increasing the strength of your retinol or consider prescription retinoids.
  4. If you have hyperpigmentation or melasma, consider tranexamic acid, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, glycolic acid or kojic acid.  There are multiple formulations of these active ingredients, including topical serums, prescription compounds and in medical grade chemical peels.
  5. For rosacea prone skin, consider adding in niacinamide or azelaic acid, which have naturally occurring anti-oxidant properties to reduce skin irritation and redness.

Did you know we offer complimentary skincare consultations? 

We would be happy to walk you through your options and help you put together a skincare routine that you can actually stick to.