The One Anti-Aging Skincare Routine a Dermatologist Actually Follows

A comprehensive, effective anti-aging skin care routine is an investment, which means we don't just want to impulse purchase buzzy new products without doing our due diligence. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say there's an overwhelming amount of cleansers, toners, serums, treatments, lotions, and potions to choose from out there. So before I committed to anything, I decided to consult a few specialists.

The first thing that Doctor Dendy Engelman, MD, told me, is that there's really no such thing as being "too young" to prevent and target premature signs of aging (e.g., pigmentation, fine lines around the eyes, and dulling skin). In fact, she said to start "as soon as possible, even if your anti-aging regimen is as simple as a cleanser and sunscreen."

Since I had those two covered pretty well, I asked her and two other specialists—Michele Henry, MD, and Shani Darden, licensed esthetician—about branching out and she helped me figure out which steps were most essential to an anti-aging skin care routine. So, if you're looking to start, expand, or streamline your anti-aging skincare routine, read through the essential practices and steps, plus product recommendations.