With summer nearly upon us, you may be turning your thoughts to your skin and a dermatologist skincare routine. After all, with the prospect of warm, sunny days ahead, most of us will enjoy spending more time outdoors. But as we head outside to enjoy the weather, there’s no denying our skin will be much more on show.
First Things First...
Before we dive in with our best tips for a dermatologist recommended routine there’s something you should remember: progress takes time. We’d all love to wake up the day after starting our new skincare regime to discover an immaculate complexion, but let’s face it, it’s not going to happen.
You need to stick with a routine to see change. Don’t get disheartened, have faith in your chosen products and with persistency, consistency, and a little time and effort you should soon start noticing a difference to your skin.
Dermatologist Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin
Dry skin needs serious TLC – especially in the morning before you get outside. So, whether you’re looking for a dermatologist recommended skin care routine for your 20s, or a dermatologist recommended skin care routine for your 30s, if you’ve got dry skin, give it the best start by following this dermatologist skin care routine for dry skin...
- Morning prep is important – Wash your face with a super-gentle non-foaming cleanser that will clean your skin but not irritate or disturb the top layer of your skin. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser for normal to dry skin comes highly recommended.
- Add a boost of moisture. If you’re dealing with super-dry skin, add a moisturising serum to your routine. The Ordinary Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and B5 will draw moisture to your skin and is great to layer on before a moisturising cream.
- Lock all that moisture in with another layer of soothing moisturising cream. Vaseline’s Intensive Care Unscented Advanced Repair Lotion can be used on the face and comes dermatologist-recommended. Or you could opt for something a little more luxurious like La Roche-Posay Nutritic Intense Rich to give your skin a moisture boost.
- Don’t skimp on the SPF – you should be wearing sun cream every day because those harmly UVA and UVB rays can filter down even when it’s overcast and hardly Ibiza-style weather. All skin types need a sun screen – and make sure you opt for one with added moisturising capabilities. We like Cetaphil Face Daily Defence Moisturiser – it's SPF50+.
- When it’s time for bed, cleanse your face with your hydrating facial cleanser, add your moisturising serum, and make sure you steer clear of any retinols or retinoids as they’ll quickly undo all your hard work.
Dermatologist Skin Care for Oily Skin and/or Acne-Prone Skin
If dry skin is the last of your worries and you’re looking to find a solution with a dermatologist skin care routine for oily skin or acne-prone skin, here’s what you should be considering...
- A gentle foaming cleanser is your first port of call in a dermatologist acne skin care routine. Even though you may feel desperately like you want to scrub hard to rid your skin of the oil it produces, it’s important to keep things gentle as acne is an inflammatory skin condition. Try Bioderma Sébium Purifying Foaming Gel Oily to Blemish-Prone Skin – it helps reduce sebum-production.
- The next step in your dermatologist acne routine is to apply your acne treatment. If you’ve been prescribed something by your GP add this here, or if you’re using over-the-counter products, now’s the time for that. La Roche-Posay Dual Action Acne Treatment comes highly recommended by reviewers.
- If your skin is super-oily you may be tempted to skip this step, but it’s imperative that you don’t. All skin needs moisture, and if yours isn’t properly hydrated it may even be exascerbating your skin. Opt for a non-comedogenic oil-free moisturiser like Cetaphil Gentle Clear Mattifying Acne Moisturiser.
- Your dermatologist skincare regime for acne also includes the need for a decent sun screen. Eucerin Oil Control Sun Gel Cream SPF50+ is great if you’re looking for a sunscreen that will help keep your skin looking oil-free.
Dermatologist Recommended Hair Care Routine
If haircare is the issue on your mind, dermatologists recommend keeping things simple. As we all have different hair, you should use your hair as your prompt and use products that are designed for your own hair type. Oily hair will need washing more frequently, while drier hair can be washed less often. Apply your shampoo with a focus on your scalp as this is where scalp oils are produced.
Conditioner should be applied after shampooing as it can help protect your hair against the sun’s rays as well as locking in moisture, and boosting shine. However, unlike shampoo, conditioner shouldn’t be applied to the scalp. Instead, make sure you apply it to the ends of your hair so it treats the area of hair that needs its benefits most.
Lastly, if you’re a regular swimmer, make sure you protect your hair before you dive into the pool. Wet and condition your hair pre-swim, add your swim cap, and use a product like the Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask to protect your hair. It’s great to use while at the beach too as it protects your hair from the sun.
Dermatologist approved skincare is vital if you want to keep your skin looking its best. For extra help with your skin condition, the team at Este deliver tailored treatments to suit your needs. Get in touch to find out how we can help soothe and calm acne-prone skin or boost the hydration of dry skin conditions.