Thank you for writing.  I love the inventiveness of marketers but………can I just say this, and I know it will ring true to all of you.  THERE IS NO CREAM, SERUM OR MIST that penetrates deep enough, or in enough quantity to match the results of well done injectables, lasers or some sound wave based devices.

To find the best skincare regimen for you either:

  • Find a great dermatologist and clinic who can help you;
  • See regularly an experienced aesthetician who can help you ;
  • Experiment yourself in a way that makes sense.

If you want to experiment yourself, here’s how:

Get a notebook or a fun journal you can keep notes in.  First establish your basics.  What do you know is working well for you?  Write it down.  Start with an AM and a PM regimen. Make notes on every product you try, so you can remember later ones that you loved, and also the ones you rejected.

Choose your cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen first.   When you have those three products that are working well for you, with no irritation, then you can start to build on it.  Add only ONE PRODUCT AT A TIME A WEEK APART.   So next add an antioxidant under your sunscreen in the morning.   Then try to find a vitamin A cousin (retinol or tretinoin) that you can tolerate at night.  When all that’s good, you can keep adding slowly. Serums go under lotions or creams.  Don’t forget that your eye area, neck, chest and hands are usually more sensitive than the face.  You may need different products for those areas.

Below is a format that helps me.

AM Regimen:

Cleanser: Eminence Lemon Cleanser
Repair/Anti-aging Face: SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel or Dermaquest C Infusion Serum (if more sensitive)
Repair/Anti-aging Neck and Chest: Lytera Pigment Correcting Serum then Image Prevention SPF 30 Sunscreen (untinted) (zinc 18%)
Moisturizer: Pevonia Ligne Myoxy Caviar
Sunscreen: Dermaquest Sheer Zinc SPF 30 (tinted) (zinc 18%)
Eyes & Lips: Pevonia Ligne Yeux
PM Regimen:

Cleanser: Eminence Lemon Cleanser
Eyes & Lips Treatment: Pevonia Ligne Yeux or Revision DEJ Eye Cream
Moisturizer: Pevonia Marine Collagen Cream
Repair/Anti-aging Face: SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25%
Repair/Anti-aging Neck & Chest: Revision Nectifirm Advanced
Hope this helps,
Dr. Brandith Irwin
Founder, SkinTour
Director, Madison Skin & Laser Center
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