Simplify Your Skincare Routine

The end of summer and beginning of fall is a busy time—this expert advice will help you simplify your daily skincare routine.

Don’t Over-Wash
It is possible to wash your face too often, say dermatologists and Proactiv co-founders Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields. Your skin needs its natural oil to stay supple, hydrated and healthy. So wash your face with a soap- and sulfate-free formula at the sink or in the shower—but not both—to preserve its natural moisture balance, but still whisk away dirt and debris. Try the Moisturizing Facial Wash from Simple® Skincare.

Exfoliate Wisely
“Slough away dead skin with a gentle scrub once a week,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Over-exfoliating with gritty exfoliants can actually tear the skin on a microscopic level, so look for small, man-made polyethylene beads, which are smooth and round, Rodan and Fields advise. Try the Smoothing Facial Scrub from Simple® Skincare.

Try a Gentle Toner
Swabbing your face with a toner-soaked cotton ball leaves your skin tingly and squeaky-clean, but according to Zeichner, it can be a little too harsh sometimes. “Many facial toners are so astringent that they can overly dry the face,” he says. Try the Soothing Facial Toner from Simple® Skincare, which includes B5, chamomile and allantoin to restore, soften and smooth skin and witch hazel to tone and tighten. There are also no dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants.

Embrace Damp Skin
After a shower or a splash of warm water, your skin is soft, supple and more absorbent—making it the perfect skincare time to apply moisturizers, anti-aging creams or treatment serums. “That way you lock in moisture and get better penetration of the active ingredients,” says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel. Try Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion if you have extra-dry skin.

Go for Multitaskers
More is more when it comes to your shoe collection, not your skincare routine. Layering on tons of products increases the chances that one ingredient or another will trigger breakouts, inflammation or dryness. So keep things simple. Premoistened wipes can serve as both skincare cleansers and makeup removers. Try POND’S® Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes or the Facial Cleansing Wipes from Simple® Skincare. Look for a daily moisturizer that has both sunscreen—at least SPF 15—and antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E. Or dab blemishes with a concealer spiked with an acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid.

Opt for Oil
We’re used to thinking of oil as the enemy of glowing, radiant skin. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Dermatologist David Colbert, who works with celebrities, suggests working a few drops of botanical oil into your face morning and night. “It fills in fine lines immediately and reduces transepidermal water loss.” Translation? Smooth, dewy skin—almost immediately.

Be Sunscreen-Savvy
You know sunscreen is important. But a thin layer once a day won’t cut it. Sobel suggests applying one to two teaspoons (yes, you read correctly) 30 minutes before heading outside, which gives active ingredients a chance to penetrate and brace themselves for the hard work ahead. And be diligent about reapplication every two hours—sunscreens lose their effectiveness as they shield and block rays. It may sound like overkill, but your skin will thank you later.

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