The One Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine a Dermatologist Actually Follows

A comprehensive, effective skincare routine is an investment, which means we don't just want to impulse purchase buzzy new products without doing our due diligence. And I think I can speak for all of us when I say there's an overwhelming amount of cleansers, toners, serums, treatments, lotions and potions to choose from out there. So before I committed to anything, I decided to consult a few specialists.

The first thing that Doctor Dendy Engelman, MD, told me, is that if you're interested in using anti-ageing products (equally, it's cool if you're not) there's really no such thing as being "too young" to start targetting certain things (e.g., pigmentation, fine lines around the eyes and dulling skin). It doesn't have to be super fancy—she says "even if your anti-ageing regimen is as simple as a cleanser and sunscreen," that will do the trick.

Since I had those two covered pretty well, I asked her and two other specialists—Doctor Michele Henry, MD, and Shani Darden, licensed esthetician—about branching out and she helped me figure out which steps were most essential to a firming, brightening skincare routine. So, if you're looking to start, expand, or streamline your routine, then read through the essential practices and steps, plus product recommendations.