So you want to start a skincare routine, but you have some questions: How many produxts do you have to use? Which ones are right for your skin? In what order should you be applying these products? And what do those products even do? Here are the steps according to Dr. Ashley Magovern, board-certified dermatologist and owner and founder of Manhattan Dermatology,
1- Cleansing: Cleansing is the first step of any good skincare routine. The type of cleanser you use matters more than you think it does.
2- Toner: Toner is an optional step, but if you have a toner you like, you should absolutely use it. Dr. Magovern says that toner can be a great way to balance your skin’s pH. If you have acne-prone skin, look for a toner with ingredients like salicylic acid to calm breakouts. If you have dry or sensitive skin, opt for a hydrating toner to soothe.
3- Vitamin C Serum: When it comes to serums, Dr. Magovern recommends using a vitamin C serum during the day.
4- Eyecream: Eye creams fall into the “treat” category. Dab on eye cream using your ring finger (your weakest finger) so you don’t unintentionally cause damage to your eye area.
5- Moisturizer: After you’ve treated your skin, it’s time to moisturize. Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and helps strengthen your skin barrier. For daytime use, opt for a lighter moisturizer that will soak in quickly and won’t cause pilling under makeup.
6- Sunscreen: This is the most important step in your skincare routine. “If you don’t wear sunscreen, it’s like you might as well not do any of those other steps,” says Dr. Magovern. “The sun is the number one reason why people’s skin will age prematurely.” Heads up: Protecting your skin from the sun is important even if you’re spending your days indoors, as UV rays can still come in through the windows.