Although the view from our overcrowded medicine cabinets may not currently reflect his point, Beverly Hills dermatologist Roy Moy, MD, FAAD, of MFC Dermatology, has this to say about daily skincare routines: They should be simple. In his experience, the best routines have only a few products, which all cover a clear objective. "A skincare routine should consist of a gentle cleanser to remove impurities, a sun protector, and items that focus on repairing the daily damage your skin experiences by the environment," he says. In other words, you should be using about five items, tops.
If you're currently thinking that you need those numerous products in your arsenal, Moy wants you to reconsider, and the best way to start embracing a minimal skincare routine, he says, is by focusing on your skin type. "Not all skin concerns are created equal, and therefore all skin will vary in how it reacts to different products," he continues. "You want your skin to feel and look fresh, clean, and healthy. To do that you should make sure to always cleanse the face twice a daye and wear an SPF with DNA repair enzymes."
Given how simple this practice is, we're eager to give it a try. We asked Moy to describe the products those with oily skin, acne-prone skin, and normal skin should use on the regular, and his recommendations should help you to adopt this more streamlined skincare approach. Read on for his recommendations, and look forward to a more minimalist routine.
"Start by moisturizing from the inside out with DNA Renewal Glow Blend superfood powder in your morning smoothie," he says. "It's made with hyaluronic acid and collagen to make skin appear plump and smooth."
"Use a gentle cleanser likeAvya Skincare Gentle Cleanser, which is made with soothing peony extract and witch hazel to help clear the skin, morning and night," he notes.
"Use a moisturizer that's a bit creamier or more deeply hydrating like DNA Night Renewal," he says. "It's made with Spanish lavender oil to help replenish dry skin."
"You should always apply a superior sunscreen, like Sheer Defense with DNA repair enzymes, in order to help combat daily skin damage around the clock," Moy says.
"Use an ultra-hydrating mask once or twice per week to replenish the skin and strengthen its barrier so it stays hydrated and plump," he continues. "I recommend this DNA Restoring Mask because it's made with vitamin C and E as well as an algae-plankton blend to boost skin's hydration levels."
"You should also use a face oil like this one once or twice a week. It's made with a plankton-algae blend of antioxidants and powerful moringa oil," Moy says. "Add a few drops to your daytime or nighttime moisturizer for an added boost of replenishment and hydration."
"The Avya Gentle Cleanser can also be used on normal skin, since its peony, turmeric, and witch hazel properties will keep this skin type clear and soft, too," Moy says. "The same sheer defense sunscreen as noted above should also be used."
"Use a balanced daytime moisturizer like DNA Intensive Renewal regularly since its plankton-algae blend helps fight free radicals and repair the skin's barrier," he continues.
"Avya Skincare's Anti-Aging Power Serum uses a trio of antioxidants, turmeric, and peony to help protect skin and create a more radiant complexion," he says. "Use it as part of a nightly routine."
"Similar to the serum, this night cream is a great source for anti-aging because it has that antioxidant nourishment with turmeric, neem, and peony," Moy notes. "It's also made with vitamin A to speed up cell turnover while reducing fine lines and wrinkles."
"DNA Foaming Cleanser uses a chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid, to strip the skin clean while controlling oil and pore size," he says.
"This is a good base to help reduce oil and shiny appearance," Moy notes.
"Those with oily skin should also use the DNA Sheer Defense Sunscreen and the DNA Foaming Cleanser that I've previously mentioned," he says. "But they should pair it with this nighttime beauty supplement, too. It's made with nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, which helps repair the skin from the inside out and reduce pore size."