When it comes to skincare, one size does not fit all and educating yourself on how, when, and why to use products can be daunting. As partners in your skin wellness journey, the Sheperd Integrative Dermatology team compiled some simple skin care tips to make sure all the products in your routine work properly and effectively.
Step 1: Double Cleanse
To keep skin nice, always cleanse twice! You first cleanse should gently yet effectively remove makeup, SPF and daily grime. While your second cleanse is an opportunity to hydrate, balance and purify your skin. Epionce Gentle Cleanser and SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cleanser are powerful but gentle medical-grade cleansers available to our patients.
Step 2: Tone
Depending on your skin type, toners can either soothe and add moisture or balance and control oil. If you’re new to toners, start by applying toner every other night and build up to daily use after two weeks. Toners can be applied morning and/or night but should always be applied after cleansing. Look for toners that are alcohol-free and contain lightweight moisture-binding ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid.
Step 3: Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is the most delicate part of your face and deserves some extra TLC! Apply eye creams early during your skincare routine so the product can do its job without obstruction from other serums and creams. Remember to apply eye cream before sunscreen in the morning and before any retinol at night. SkinBetter Science Interfuse Eye Cream is an ideal product for total eye rejuvenation.
Step 4: Serums
Arguably the most targeted part of your routine, serums are designed with a liquid-like consistency to easily and quickly absorb into your skin. Serums should be applied twice a day, after cleansing and/or toner, on damp skin. Choosing the right serum allows you to deliver powerful doses of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to your skin. SheperdSkin CE + GTP Serum is a powerhouse product and practice favorite!
Step 5: Moisturizers
Everyone’s skin loses moisture each day, but our skin is especially prone to dehydration during colder, dryer, winter months. Dehydrated skin loses elasticity, so choose a product that aligns with your skin type to lock in hydration and create a shield against the elements. For daily moisture, try Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion, and for deeper, overnight hydration, consider SheperdSkin Advanced Nourishing Cream. Beyond smart product use, remember that hydration starts from within, and your body needs a minimum of eight glasses of water per day. Cheers!
Round out your morning routine with your favorite SPF – we love our new SheperdSkin Sheer Essentials.