Sometimes, being a creature of habit can work in your favor—at least when
it comes to your skin. Michele S. Green, M.D., a Manhattan-based dermatologist,
shares the routines that are musts for beautiful skin now—and that will set you
up for great-looking skin later on down the road, too.
If you haven't done so yet, book an appointment with a dermatologist in
your area ASAP. Green says that having an expert on your skin works to your
advantage in major ways. That way, you can get on a scientifically proven
treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you. Regular checkups help your
dermatologist keep track of changes in your skin, so your routine can change as
your skin does.
Combination, sensitive, dry, oily—knowing your skin's needs is Facial Sheet Mask half the Mask Sheet battle, says Green. Each skin
type requires different types of cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and
treatments. Save yourself years of trial and error with products by asking your
dermatologist what your type is.
Green says nothing ages the skin quite like sun damage. For skin that will
stay beautiful as you mature, wear an SPF 40 sunscreen underneath your
foundation every single day. Seriously, your foundation's sun protection isn't
enough. You'd have to use an entire bottle to match the power of a stand-alone
sunscreen—so use both.
If you don't have a serum in your skin-care arsenal, you're seriously
missing out. They provide a concentrated dose of active ingredients that absorb
into the skin lightning-fast. Look for one that satisfies your skin's needs,
whether it's extreme hydration or pigment lightening.
Are you getting wrinkles from worrying about wrinkles? The minute you're
aware that your skin is not perennially gorgeous, it's time to take preventive
measures (after all, it's called anti-aging for a reason). Green says you
should start looking for products that have anti-aging benefits as early as your
That $200 serum touting insane anti-aging claims? There's a fair chance it
won't deliver on its promises. Many products that claim holy-grail results
actually have little-to-no evidence backing them up, says Green. She recommends
looking for evidence—such as clinical studies—before making a big