“My skin-care routine is important to me and not something I’m willing to put on hold for the pandemic,” is how one Refinery29 reader recently described her skin-care spending habits during COVID-19. Many of us would probably agree. Our stay-closer-to-home life has had us spending more time slathering on — and soothing ourselves with — masks, serums, and moisturizers. (Constantly seeing our faces reflected back to us on Zoom might also have something to do with it.)
But if there’s one group of people who didn’t need a pandemic to push them towards consistent skin-care routines, it’s dermatologists. “I’m a creature of habit,” says Renée Beach, MD, a Toronto-based derm. “I do my routines despite my surroundings, so not much has changed for me during quarantine.”
The good news is that even if you have totally ignored your complexion care in the past, now is a great time to start. And that doesn’t mean making an extreme commitment either; a derm-approved skin-care routine is, almost by definition, simple. No fussy extra steps — just science-based ingredients. To help you figure out where to start, we asked five of Canada’s top dermatologists to share the products and approach they stick to day in, day out.
Renée Beach, MD
Skin Type: “I have combination skin, so I get dry and develop eczema on my cheeks and neck, but can get greasy over my forehead, nose, and chin. I also pigment very easily after acne or an eczema flareup. The summer sun leaves me tanned on my forehead and chin, even with sunscreen.”
Morning Routine: “I rotate among products, but the general process usually starts with a double cleanse. I like