Skin Care 101: When and How Often to Use Your Products

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Skincare 101We all want clear, bright, hydrated skin, but the quest for healthy skin can be intimidating. With so many products on the market, it can be confusing to know when and how often you should be using them. Once you have selected the best products for your skin concerns, follow these guidelines to get the most benefits from each item.


Cleanser – No matter how much you skimp on your skin care routine, you should always wash your face at least once a day. Those with oily or combination skin may benefit from twice daily washes (morning and night) while drier skin may be fine with just a nightly wash. Use a gentle but thoroughly cleanser to whisk away dirt, grease and grime without stripping the skin of moisture.

Moisturizer – All skin types need a daily dose of moisturizer to stay hydrated, soft and supple. Those with oily skin should apply a light weight moisturizer, like the Litmus Test facial moisturizer every morning to balance the skin, while those with dry skin may benefit from morning and night time applications of a more lush moisturizer like the Wrinkle Revenge rescue & protect facial cream. Experiment with your lotion application to determine whether it needs a single or double application of moisture daily.

SPF  - Of course, skin needs a layer of skin-protecting SPF every single day. Add this step in your makeup routine by using our DD cream 15-Benefits-In-1 dermatologically defining bb cream broad spectrum spf 30 that offers color correcting, a primer and SPF all in one tube!


Mask – A mask offers some relaxing me-time as well as targeted skin benefits. For best results, limit the use of masks to once or twice a week. Choose a mask suited to your needs (we suggest our Ain't Misbehavin' intensive skin-correcting sulfur acne mask for those with oily and blemish prone skin) and carve out some time to relax and enjoy some downtime while it does its work.

Exfoliator – While it can be tempting to scrub your face or body with an exfoliator every day, these treatments are most effective when used once or twice a week to help skin slough away dead skin cells. Overuse of exfoliators can be too harsh on skin, leaving redness and irritation, instead of smooth skin, behind. Again, choose a scrub suited to your needs (those that suffer from keratosis pilaris, aka chicken bumps, on their legs and arms will love our KP Duty dermatologist body scrub) and spend a few minutes in the shower once or twice a week to scrub away dry, flaky skin.

As Needed:

Spot treatments – Some skin care products are best used sporadically instead of on a regular schedule. For example, those with acne should use spot treatments sparingly on active breakouts once or twice a day until the blemish subsides.

At first, perfecting your skin care routine can be a little mind-boggling. Be sure to read the labels of each product to ensure you are properly following the directions and then make a plan of attack for when and where you should use your products. Soon, you will have a routine that is easy to follow and gives your skin the most benefits from each and every product.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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