The Ideal Morning Skincare Routine

Healthy skin starts with an ideal morning skincare routine. Dr. Ashley Dietrich, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, has put together her ideal morning skincare routine that is quick, easy, and effective.

Important note: Purchasing and applying skincare products that are best suited for your skin type is important for your overall skin health. Learn how to determine your skin type here. If you would like more assistance in picking skincare products for your skin type and goals, your local board-certified dermatologist can help. Many of our clinics have dermatologist-recommended products available for purchase in-office. Find a location near you today.

Step 1: Cleanse

Start with applying 2 to 3 pumps of a gentle cleanser onto your face. Work the cleanser into your skin for a minimum of 30 seconds. This will allow the ingredients in your cleanser to activate and do the job it’s intended for. Following this, rinse your face off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Step 2: Hyaluronic Acid Serum or Vitamin C 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. Studies show that not all Vitamin C serums on the market are created equal. Her favorite Vitamin C serum is CE Ferulic by Skin Ceuticals, but she may adjust to Phloretin CF or Silymarin CF serums depending on the patient’s skincare needs. Regardless of which serum you choose to use, put 4 to 5 drops of this serum onto your hand and press it into your skin. Let your skin sit for a good minute before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Medications

If prescribed by your dermatologist, this is the perfect time to apply any topical medicated lotions or creams.

Step 4: Moisturizer

Depending on your skin type, you will apply either a lightweight or heavyweight moisturizer to help lock in moisture all day long. Apply a small amount across your entire face and neck. Allow this product to dry before moving on to step 5.

Step 5: Sunscreen

Finish your morning routine with a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect it against harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging. It is best to apply sunscreen separately from make-up as most do not apply enough make-up to provide adequate protection.

The ideal morning skincare routine doesn’t need to be complex or time-consuming. Simple and effective, this morning routine will improve your skin’s health for the better.

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At Forefront Dermatology, we know that life is all about the moments when you don’t need us. That’s why we’re here for all the moments when you do. We offer comprehensive and compassionate care for all skin conditions and create customized treatment and skincare routines plans for all ages – even the tiniest of patients!  Find a dermatologist near you today.