4 Skincare Products This Dermatologist Swears By

Focus your skincare routine

Corrie D.
ByCorrie D.

It's easy to keep piling on beauty products as new trends and innovations emerge. Experimentation is fun and we all seem to be questing for the next new thing that will solve all our problems. If you find yourself overwhelmed with options, especially when it comes to skincare, keep reading to see suggestions on where to focus from Dr. Sheila Farhang, MD. 

Dr. Sheila

Dr. Sheila is a board-certified dermatologist and double fellowship-trained in cosmetic surgery as well as cutaneous oncology and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Farhang is an entrepreneur -- both founder of her dermatology practice Avant Dermatology and Aesthetics and co-founder of her start-up health tech company, Vispera. Her mission is to inspire others to be happy in the skin they are in by simplifying their skincare routine and making healthy lifestyle choices. She recommends focusing on four core product areas. 

Dr. Sheila's 'Core Four' Skincare Products:

1. Start with a gentle cleanser. Look for a formula that is good for sensitive skin. We usually don’t need anything too active or aggressive in the morning. Starting with a fresh canvas is a necessary step to reap the benefits of all the products you layer on afterward. At night, I’m a fan of double cleansing with a gentle cleanser to make sure all of my makeup is off! One tip is not to wash the face with hot water. It strips a lot of our natural oils. (Dr. Sheila loves CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser.) 

2. After that, applying a vitamin C/antioxidant serum is ideal. It helps to brighten and combat all of the free radicals our skin gets exposed to during the day. And when it comes to layering, you always want to start with the thinnest products and move to thicker formulas. For this step, it is important to invest in a good formula. (Dr. Sheila uses Roc® Multi Correxion® Revive + Glow Daily Serum.)

3. Next, apply a great hybrid SPF moisturizer. Make sure the sunscreen is broad-spectrum and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Read the label. Look for products for your skin type that say “non-comedogenic” or “won’t clog pores." (Dr. Sheila protects her skin from the sun with EltaMD Moisturizing Facial Sun Screen.)

4. Finish with a good HA eye cream. For this, I suggest splurging on since your skin is so thin and sensitive in that area. I opt for something that is hydrating and helps with the integrity of the skin as 'dark circles' may just be the blue tint from the vessels underneath the thin skin. Eye creams with hyaluronic acid (pulls in water to the skin) and caffeine (constricts the vessels) can temporarily help with eyebags and dark circles. (Dr. Sheila reaches for SENTÉ Illuminé Eye Cream.)

Bonus: For nighttime only, one step you can add in is to apply a retinol all over face product. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that increases collagen production as well as increasing the rate of skin cell turnover.  Retinol products have long been considered the gold standard for antiaging. (Dr. Sheila loves Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream.)

Dr. Sheila Farhang

What do you think of Dr. Sheila's suggestions? Does this match your skincare routine? Are there any products you swear by? Let us know in the comments below! 

About the Author
Corrie D.
Corrie D.
Former Influenster. You can see my reviews and product insights on my OG Influenster account: @corriedavidson. Follow me on Instagram @CorrieReviews, YouTube @CorrieDavidson, tiktok @CorrieDavidson.