Radiant Skin in 2022

Christmas is right around the corner, which means a new year is almost upon us. Have you started thinking about your goals for the New Year? How about healthy, radiant skin in 2022? Who wouldn’t want that! Healthy skin begins with consistent care, but even that statement can be confusing.

What skincare products should I buy?

Do I need to take care of my skin once or twice a day?

Do skincare products have to be applied in a particular order?

The list of questions could go on and on. Don’t worry. We’ve got your back.


What skincare products should I buy?

According to Dr. Amanda Daggett, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “First, start with determining your skin type. Check out our blog on that. Once you know that, it’ll help determine the types of products to purchase and ingredients to avoid.

I like to have a basic approach to start out. For busy people, it’s a streamlined regimen that gives a great foundation and can be added to as needed for even more benefit! The first essential layer of basic routines is sunscreen in the morning after cleansing. At night, gently cleanse the face again followed by applying retinol or vitamin A cream of some kind. If you would like the prescription version of this cream, talk to your board-certified dermatologist. As a final step, I like having a good go-to moisturizer to put on top of the retinol or vitamin A cream, especially when starting out using this, to prevent flaking and dryness. More information on these products is listed below:

  • Sunscreen – Sunscreen is not just for the protection of sunburns. A broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays and prevents premature skin aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sun / age spots.
  • Gentle cleanser – think of your face as a blank canvas. You want it to be a clean slate. Cleansers are especially important at night. It’s easy to think your face looks clean, but even if you have been makeup-free all day, your face is covered in environmental dirt. Start with a gentle cleanser that is designed for your skin type.
  • Retinol — Retinol creams are some of the best and most studied skincare options when it comes to anti-aging. Retinol increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen and elastin production, diminishing and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, reversing sun damage, photoaging, and evening out dark spots and rough skin tones. It is important to note, if you suffer from rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, it is best to avoid retinol as it may be too aggressive for your sensitive skin.
  • Moisturizer – Again, you need to choose a moisturizer based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for a heavier moisturizer. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a lightweight moisturizer

If you want to take your skin to the next level, the next products to add would be a vitamin C or hyaluronic acid serum for even more anti-aging benefits.

  • Vitamin C and / or Hyaluronic Acid Serum – The serum you choose is ultimately up to your preference and skin goals. Hyaluronic Acid Serum delivers intense hydration where it’s needed most. A Vitamin C-based serum is an antioxidant powerhouse used to boost natural defense against damaging oxidation caused by pollution, toxins, and other environmental stressors. It also can help skin appear brighter and improve elasticity.

These skincare products will help your skin immensely, but only if used properly and consistently.”


Do I need to take care of my skin once or twice a day?

“Yes, your skin needs care both morning and at night,” noted Dr. Daggett. “It is important to start your day with a clean slate and end your day with a clean slate, all while arming it with products to help it thrive. I like to think of this as bookends to the day with having space in-between to be busy and live life.”


Do skincare products have to be applied in a particular order?

“Cleansing first before applying products is a must. Not all skincare products need to be applied both morning and night. Retinol can be saved for the night where sunscreen is only needed in the morning and reapplied throughout the day as needed.” stated Dr. Daggett.


What else can you do to reach your skin goals for 2022?

What you eat and drink can also have a direct impact on your skin. Remember, your skin is the body’s largest organ. Certain foods can cause inflammation in certain people so be aware of how your body reacts. Additionally, the general consensus in the dermatology literature is that high glycemic index foods can trigger a variety of skin conditions, including acne. Avoiding these foods can be helpful. Check out these links below for more information on which foods to avoid and which to stick with for healthier skin!




Do you still have questions on how to make your skin its best version yet in 2022?

The board-certified dermatologists at Forefront Dermatology are here to help. From customized skincare regimens to tailored cosmetic treatments for your skin goals, our team of skincare experts will help you achieve your skincare goals for 2022. Find a location nearest you to schedule an appointment.