We’ve all done it—gone to bed with makeup still on, or settled for simply cleansing when our skin was crying out for a deep exfoliation. When we’re busy, our skin can pay the price. Dermatologists understand. Their hectic schedules often leave little time for proper skincare. But there are some skincare steps, they say, that they would never skip, no matter how busy they are. Here are five skincare habits of super-busy dermatologists. These are the things they make time for regardless of their schedules—and what they believe you should work into your skincare routine.
Even the busiest dermatologists wash their faces twice a day. “If the dirt and dead skin cells are not removed, how can your expensive serum seep into your skin and take effect,” asks Jasmine Ruth Yuvarani, M.D., aesthetic physician at Nexus Clinic. She washes her face twice each day—once in the morning and once in the evening—to prevent over-stripping her skin’s natural oils.
Susan Massick, M.D., a dermatologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, also washes her face twice daily. “Even after a long day, it’s important to remove makeup and cleanse the skin of any dirt and grime from the day,” Massick says. To save time when she’s super busy, Massick will cleanse her face—using a gentle cleanser like Cerave—while she is in the shower.