Necessities vs. Niceties
Your skin care routine begins with cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. From there, Rouleau says you can add in supplementary products. “Eye cream, masks, serums — these are your niceties,” she says.
Pick the right cleanser
Rouleau says that many women use a heavy moisturizer to compensate for a cleanser that dries them out. Instead, she says, “Look for sulfate-free, low-foaming cleansers. A good general rule of thumb is: the more lather, the more drying.”
Use a Heavy Hand with SPF
Experts agree: we’re not using enough sunscreen. Rouleau says, “A little dab won’t do you and if you only use a little, you’re not getting the full SPF.” Use a generous amount — the size of a quarter, and apply to your entire face evenly.
Shift with the Seasons
When the weather changes, you can tweak your routine to fit the temperature. Generally speaking, lighten up in spring and summer but don’t focus on drying out skin — that just encourages it to produce more oil.
Natural Products Soothe
For rosacea, angry acne, or easily irritated skin, look for natural ingredients like chamomile, green tea, and azulene, all of which have calming properties. In the warmer months Rouleau suggests keeping products in the refrigerator for an extra blast of cool.