How To Build a Skincare Routine: 4 Essential Steps

Woman smiling while she applies skincare to her face. (MODEL)

As a plastic surgeon, I understand the importance of personalized skincare for maintaining a youthful and luminous complexion. That’s why my practice offers a full range of skincare products, including my own medical-grade line, Transform MD™, developed in collaboration with a Yale University-trained chemist.

Let’s look at 4 essential steps in building a skincare routine that will leave you feeling confident and vibrant.

1. Understand Your Skin Type and Skin Concerns

Before building your skincare routine, it’s essential to understand your skin type. By identifying your skin type, whether it’s oily, dry, combination, or sensitive, you can select products that cater to your specific needs. Additionally, recognizing your skin’s concerns, such as dullness, hyperpigmentation, or acne, allows you to choose targeted solutions that address these issues effectively.

2. Build Your Skincare Routine Around Your Skin Type

Building your skincare routine around your skin type will ensure your skin gets what it needs to be healthy. Whether it’s selecting the right cleanser, toner, treatment, or moisturizer, personalized skincare allows you to address your skin’s specific needs and achieve optimal results.

Our skincare specialists can help you customize a routine using products that address your concerns and help you achieve healthy, radiant skin.

3. Choose Effective, Targeted Solutions for Your Skin’s Concerns

Choose the most effective products to target concerns such as a dull complexion, hyperpigmentation, dryness, uneven skin tone, oiliness, aging, or acne. These unique products from our exclusive Transform MD line are designed to address specific skin concerns:

  • Transform MD Overnight Sensation, combining azelaic and lactic acids, works overnight to give you bright and glowing skin. Use these pads 1 or 2 nights per week as directed.
  • Our Transform MD Radiance Pads are customized to treat hyperpigmentation. You can use them twice daily on your face and other areas of the body.
  • Transform MD Radiance Cream is formulated using a base of KojiLac-C and a hydroxy acid, which I customize for each patient with a combination of retinol and Arbutase. This powerful cream provides deeper exfoliation and treats stubborn pigmentation.
  • Our CEF Brightening Serum is specially formulated with essential antioxidants for those with oily skin and pigmentation issues. We offer the option to customize the serum by adding Arbutase, which the skin converts into a potent bleaching agent.

In addition to the Transform MD line, we offer other reputable skincare brands:

  • SkinCeuticals®: Products such as Phloretin CF® and CE Ferulic® have received awards for their effectiveness in improving overall skin health.
  • NEOCUTIS®: These products help reverse signs of aging and promote younger-looking skin by supporting collagen restoration.
  • Obagi CLENZIderm M.D.®: Designed to target acne, this therapeutic system is clinically proven to provide clearer skin in as little as 2 weeks.

4. Use Sun Protection Daily

Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily is essential for youthful, healthy skin. We recommend EltaMD® Sun Protection, which is hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types. Their broad-spectrum products provide optimal protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Schedule a Consultation

Radiant skin starts with a thoughtful skincare routine, as you can see in our patients’ before and after photos. If you’d like to learn more about building a skincare routine to fit your needs, call our office today at (713) 571-0600 or request a consultation using our online form. We’re here to help you achieve the skin of your dreams.

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