Where to start?
If you’ve ever gone down the YouTube rabbit hole watching influencers share their hundred-step skincare routine, trust us: you’re not alone. It’s mesmerising to watch someone with flawless skin slather on different serums, masks, cleansers and more (which they’ve often received for free). Then by the end – after watching them dabble in ten or 20 different products – who doesn’t feel completely overwhelmed about where to even start with our own skincare? Thankfully, a board-certified dermatologist assures us it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Dermatologist, Dr Nazanin Saedi, shares a simple, three-step skincare routine that doesn’t require you to buy a million expensive products to achieve dewy, glowing, healthy skin.
Step one: gentle cleanser
“Every good skincare routine starts with a clean face,” says Dr Naz. “Your cleanser doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to be gentle.”
To start, Dr Naz recommends cleansing once or twice a day. Use a gentle cleanser with warm water, and gently wash with your fingers.
“If your skin feels dry or irritated after you cleanse, you are either scrubbing too much or you haven’t picked the right gentle cleanser for your skin,” she says.
Step two: anti-ageing serum
Once the cleansing part is done, Dr Naz recommends using retinol and vitamin C in order to diminish fine lines, erase any discoloration, and restore that healthy gleam!
After cleansing in the mornings, use a Vitamin C serum. “Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that fights photo-ageing. It helps protect our skin from the free radicals that form when we are outside. It also helps with existing hyperpigmentation, which is dark areas in our skin caused by sun damage and ageing,” Dr Naz says.
After cleansing at night, use retinol. “Retinoids increase your cell turnover to reveal fresher skin. Prescription-strength retinol, prescribed by your dermatologist, is most effective. However, if you are just getting started with retinoids, prescription strength can be a little harsh on your skin. I recommend anyone new to retinoids start with something over the counter,” Dr Naz says.
While over-the-counter retinoids are gentler and may take a little longer to work, Dr Naz recommends you stay patient – they will work over time. “Rest assured, with regular use, you will see a more youthful glow.”