12 essential skin care questions, answered by dermatologists
Do you really need eye cream? What should you be doing about those dark spots? Skin care is often a guessing game of trying out products, crossing your fingers, and hoping they’re right for you. And unless you have a dermatologist on speed dial, it can be hard to get answers.
1. What products should everyone have in their skin care routine?
Your lineup varies between morning and night. In the morning, the ideal basics of skin care are “a gentle wash, an antioxidant serum, hydrating moisturizer, and sunscreen,” says Dr. Nava Greenfield, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn, NY. The antioxidant serum helps repair and defend skin against DNA damage throughout the day (read: it’s anti-aging). One splurge to consider: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($166; dermstore.com) has a combination of vitamins C, E, and ferulic acid that work synergistically. (Too pricey? Many affordable anti-aging skin care products get high ratings.) At night, she recommends repeating your cleanse, treating skin with a topical retinol or retinoid—which speeds cell turnover and spurs collagen production—and following with moisturizer.
Source: CNN Underscored – 12 essential skin care questions, answered by dermatologists By, Deanna Pai