by Michelle Bowling MSN, FNP

 What is a part of a complete, daily skin care routine?

Most of our patients know that good daily skin care includes more than washing your face. It also includes other areas of care, such as sun protection and moisturizing. But did you know you could get more out of your daily skin care routine, especially during colder, dryer months? Great daily skin care includes a complete routine.

Below are my tips and some product recommendations if you want to try something new. Any product you try from the list below is 15% off at Simply enter the code ROUTINE15 at checkout*.

1. Cleansing – It’s important to cleanse twice a day with a gentle wash that won’t dry out your skin. Rinse with warm water because hot water will also dry your skin.

 Cleansers to try: Pinnacle Ultra Mild Cleanser, EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser, or SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser

2. Sunscreen – Sunscreen is a must-have as part of your daily routine. I recommend mineral-based sunscreen with ingredients containing only the “oxides” (zinc oxide or zinc oxide/titanium dioxide combination). They should be broad spectrum and an SPF of 30 or higher. 

 There was a recent recall of some sunscreens. This recall was not due to the ingredients regularly used in sunscreen, but a “contaminant” called benzene. It is not clear how benzene got into the recalled sunscreens. You should examine any sunscreens in your cabinet and make sure they were not affected by the recall. 

 Sunscreen to try: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

3. Moisturizing – Like cleansing, moisturizing is something that everyone should do twice daily, regardless of skin type. Moisturizers that are a cream or ointment help to restore the skin’s barrier to retain moisture and ward off bacteria. Apply your moisturizer immediately after a bath so that it is most effective. 

 Moisturizers to try: Pinnacle Dermatology Oil Free Moisturizer, EltaMD Facial Moisturizer, M.A.D. Skincare Delicate Daily Moisturizer (for morning), and Pinnacle Dermatology Restorative Moisturizer (for night time) or Neocutis Micro Night Ultra Riche Overnight Tightening Cream (for night time)

4. Vitamin C – During colder months, Vitamin C helps to combat SPF rays that may not be fully blocked by a sunscreen. It also works to even out your skin pigmentation and boost collagen production, so your skin looks younger.

 Vitamin C to try:  Pinnacle Dermatology Active Vitamin C Serum

5. Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic acid promotes healthier and more supple skin by promoting hydration. It binds to the skin’s collagen to make it look younger and healthier. As we age, we lose collagen in the skin, so hyaluronic acid is considered a strong anti-aging regimen.

 Hyaluronic Acid to try: Pinnacle Pure Hydration Serum or Neocutis Hyalis+ Intensive Hydrating Serum

6. Retinoid/Retinol Anti-Agers – Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and it encourages skin cells to regenerate. Retinols may improve chronic, visible skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles and signs of aging. Sometimes prescription retinoids like Retin-A can irritate too much in colder temperatures. For this reason, we recommend gentler formulas.

 Retinol to try: Pinnacle Dermatology Advanced  Retinol Serum 3x. 

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