The best skincare products are the ones tailored to your skin type and skin goals. Two people with different skin concerns are going to favor different products that offer different results, and comparing the two would be like comparing apples to oranges. Someone with dry skin might find a moisturizer that’s great for them but that same moisturizer might not be the right one for someone with oily skin. So, how do you find the best skincare products for your skin?
Ultimately, you just have to keep trying products until you find ones that give you the results you want. By trying different products, you’ll get to know your skin better—what ingredients actually improve your skin and what ingredients your skin can do without. If you already have a skincare routine but you’re wondering if there are better products out there, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to learn more about the best skincare products recommended by expert dermatologists. If you’re new to skincare and looking for the best products to try first, here’s a quick guide to getting started before we jump into the best skincare products SELF recommends.
Where do I start with skincare?
Skincare is a vast and confusing category, with thousands of products clogging your feed and clamoring to get your attention. Dr. Marisa Garshick suggests starting slow, testing products one at a time to see how your skin reacts. “To build a skincare routine, it is best to incorporate one new product at a time and to keep things simple,” explains Dr. Garshick. “Adding too many products at the same time can lead to potential irritation and sensitivity of the skin.”
Before you add a bunch of new products to your cart, you’ll want to assess your skin type and the results you’re hoping to achieve with skincare products. The editors at SELF have put together a comprehensive guide to skincare plus a skin-care glossary to answer all the questions you may have about embarking on this new journey, along with resources and recommendations. It’s a great starting guide to help you understand what certain ingredients can do for your skin and how to address specific skin conditions.
What is a good basic skincare routine?
Skincare can certainly get complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to make a good skincare routine are a few simple products to keep your skin healthy and balanced. Once you’ve got that down, you can start experimenting with specialized products designed to target specific skin conditions. “Building a skincare routine is all about sticking to the basics and then adding other ingredients based on the need, such as acne, acne scarring, melasma, excessive sun spots, eyelid crepiness, neck aging, large pores, dryness, etc.” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang.
A good basic skincare routine is one that doesn’t irritate your skin and one that you can commit to, at least once per day. A good rule of thumb: skincare should never hurt. When you’re evaluating what products to incorporate into your routine, listen to your skin and look for signs of stress or inflammation. “A product that is right for your skin shouldn’t sting or burn when applied to the skin,” says Dr. Garshick. “Additionally, there are key things to look out for depending on your skin type. For example, if you are acne-prone or oily, it is best to find a product that is non-comedogenic or oil-free, while if you are dry or sensitive, it is best to opt for a product that will help to nourish the skin and won’t cause irritation.”
What are the three most important skincare products?
The most important skincare products are cleansers, moisturizers, and SPF. A cleanser gets rid of all the dirt and oil, a moisturizer repairs and reinforces your skin barrier, and an SPF protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays (which penetrate your skin even on cloudy or rainy days). If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward skincare routine, make sure you incorporate at least these three steps.
Whether you’re super skincare savvy or you’re building a skincare routine for the first time, you don’t want to waste time trying products that won’t work. To help you filter through the crowded skincare shelves, we spoke to dermatologists about the best skincare products they recommend for newbies and experts alike.