Remove toner from your skin care routine if you have red, dry skin


  • Sarah Burton, 35, is a senior business intelligence analyst at Insider.
  • She volunteered to have her skin care routine reviewed by a New York-based dermatologist Dr Jeriel Weitz.
  • Weitz told Insider that Sarah’s order of routine is great, but that she should cut out the drying ingredients and add a retinoid.

Sarah Burton, Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at Insider, volunteered to have her skin care routine reviewed by a dermatologist for Insider’s Skin Clinic.

Sarah, 35, said her biggest skincare concerns were aging, redness and dryness.

Dr Jeriel Weitz, a dermatologist with the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, took a look at the five products in Sarah’s routine and told us what she should add and what she should get rid of for hydrated skin.

Sarah’s order of routine is perfect, but she might throw out some products that have overlapping benefits.

Sarah starts her day cleansing her skin with Thayers Witch Hazel Toner, using Artnaturals Vitamin C Serum, and moisturizing with Garnier SPF 30 Moisturizer.

She ends her night by cleaning her face using Dermalogica clay skin cleanser, by applying its vitamin C serum and moisturizing it with Neutrogena’s Triple Age Restorative Night Cream.

Weitz said the order of the routine is great because you should always cleanse, apply serums, moisturize, and top with SPF before you leave the house. However, some products have the same benefits and actually double up on ingredients like its vitamin C serum and moisturizers that contain vitamin C, a great anti-aging ingredient.

“It’s redundant and I would prefer Sarah to incorporate different ingredients that would address her concerns into her routine,” Weitz said.

Weitz also recommends switching to a vitamin C serum that does not contain alcohol, that can dry.

Sarah should cut toners out of her routine to avoid drought

Instead of cleaning with toner in the morning, Weitz said Sarah should first wash her face with a mild cleanser and dry her face with a towel. Toners often contain alcohol.

“Although Sarah’s toner claims to be alcohol-free, it contains an ingredient called phenoxyethanol which is an ether-alcohol used in skin care products as a preservative,” Weitz said.

“In sensitive skin, this ingredient can be drying and irritating.”

Adding a retinoid would be great for all aging issues

Because one of Sarah’s biggest concerns is aging, Weitz highly recommends adding a retinoid to her nighttime routine.

“Retinoids have several benefits such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting collagen production, and improving overall skin tone and texture,” Weitz said.

“Since retinoids can dry out the skin, I recommend starting slowly, make sure you only use a pea-sized amount for your entire face, and follow the retinoid with a good moisturizer.”

For an extra boost in anti aging products, Sarah can also add eye cream or neck cream. Weitz said she should look for products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients like azelaic acid, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.

Overall, Sarah’s order of routine is okay but she should replace the drying ingredients with moisturizing ingredients and focus on anti-aging products.

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