Dear Dr. Kelly:
I don’t have time for an extensive skincare regimen. Can you give me three products I can use quickly in the morning to help my skin look its best?
Everyone is different, so the best advice would be after seeing your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, I share your desire for efficiency so I’m going to give you my top 3 everyday products that can benefit everyone.
First, you need to use a daily antioxidant. These vitamin C products help repair the skin from UV damage and protect the skin in the future. These are serums that you apply to your palm and then rub into your face. You only need a few drops for each application, a little is enough. My favorites are CE Ferulic (for dry skin) or Phloretin CF (oily skin) and both are made by SkinCeuticals.
The second product I recommend is a daily moisturizer. In fact, moisturizers don’t add moisture to the face, they act as a barrier to prevent water loss by trapping your own moisture in your face. Instead of dry, thin skin, you’ll have healthier looking skin. My favorite is Triple Lipid 224 from SkinCeuticals. It feels soft to the touch and is completely clear and non-greasy. My patients love it and I’m sure you will too.
Finally, everyone should use sunscreen daily. There’s no place harder for UV damage than South Florida, so it’s key here. My preference is for zinc oxide based products. Unlike the old ones where you looked like you had white pancake makeup on your face, the new products are clear. My favorite product is made by Elta MD and is called UV Clear SPF 46. It is transparent and no one will tell you that you are wearing it.
By applying these three products every morning, you can create a skincare routine that takes less than 5 minutes and will heal and protect your face. I know because I use them myself and I have no time to waste!
Just start and you will notice a big improvement in the appearance of your skin within weeks.
About Dr. Kelly
Dr. Kelly is a board-certified plastic surgeon and partner of Miami Plastic Surgery and MPS MedSpa. He has been practicing for over 25 years and has been recognized by his peers nationally and internationally as one of the top plastic surgeons in the United States. In addition to being an expert in cosmetic surgery, his practice encompasses the entire spectrum of non-invasive treatments such as Botox, fillers, CoolSculpting, ultrasounds, lasers and radiofrequency.
He also believes in giving back to our community, having served on the village council for eight years and volunteering as a coach for our youth sports programs. You can email him questions at [email protected]