At some point, many of us realized that splashing water on our face at the end of the day wasn’t enough care for our skin. Some folks love to experiment with products and routines, for others, those extra steps in the bathroom are standing between us and our morning coffee, or us and our pillow at night. But keeping skin healthy is simple once you find a routine that works for you. This is an example routine that we recommend to many of our patients. It focuses on keeping the skin clean, protected and moisturized. Try it!

- Dr. David



1 / Start with a gentle cleanser.

Bonus: You can use your cleanser with a Clarisonic Brush for a deeper cleanse and gentle exfoliation.

Products: Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser, Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash [note: this has salicylic acid, not safe in pregnancy]

2 / Apply a few drops of antioxidant serum and massage evenly over the face.

Products: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

3 / For normal to dry skin, apply a facial moisturizer that layers well under sunscreen and makeup.

Products: Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, Glossier Priming Moisturizer

4 / Use a facial sunscreen.

Products: EltaMD UV Clear, EltaMD UV Daily


1 / Remove makeup and dirt with micellar water (or if you prefer, stick with your AM cleanser).

Products: Bioderma Sensibio H20, Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, SW Basics Cleanser

2 / Apply a thin layer of topical retinoid.

[see the Good Files: Retinoids post]

3 / Layer on a facial moisturizer.

Products: CeraVe PM Moisturizer, SW Basics Cream, Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream, Embryollise Lait-Crème Concentre, Avene Skin Recovery Cream

4 / For normal to dry skin, add a few drops of face oil to your nighttime moisturizer OR apply face oil and then layer moisturizer on top.

Products: Aesop Fabulous Face Oil, SW Basics Oil Serum, Tata Harper Face Oil