Your #NoFilterNeeded Routine for Flawless Skin: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the age of Instagram and Snapchat filters, the pursuit of flawless skin has never been more popular. But what if we told you that you can achieve a #NoFilterNeeded look with the right skincare routine? It’s not about hiding imperfections; it’s about nourishing your skin to reveal its natural radiance. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the correct order for applying skincare products and the perfect amount to achieve that coveted flawless glow. 

Step 1: Cleansing 

The foundation of any successful skincare routine is a clean canvas. To enhance your routine, we recommend double cleansing regardless of if you wear makeup. Using an oil cleanser prior to using your regular cleanser will remove dirt, oil, SPF and makeup where the second cleanse will get deeper into the pores. Think of double cleansing as sweeping before you mop! Typically, this is recommended just at night since you’ll have more debris to remove than in the morning. We love Isdin’s Essential Oil Cleanser. Apply an oil cleanser to dry skin with dry hands, massage in, add some water and rinse. Then follow with your daily cleanser. 

Use lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. Apply a nickel-sized amount to your fingertips and massage it onto your face in a circular motion for about 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly and pat your face dry with a clean towel.  

Step 2: Toning (optional) 

If you have very oily or acne prone skin, use a toner like SkinCeuticals LHA Toner to remove excess oil and unclog pores 1x-2x daily. For normal/dry skin types, a hydrating mist like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Mist is best. Toners preps the skin to absorb the subsequent products effectively.  

Step 3: Serum/Targeted Treatment 

Serums are packed with powerful active ingredients that address specific skincare concerns. Depending on your needs, select an appropriate serum (e.g., vitamin C for brightening, hyaluronic acid for hydration, retinol for wrinkles) or all the above for optimal results. Apply the recommended amount of product (listed on the bottle) to your fingertips and gently pat it onto your skin. Allow it to absorb for a minute or two. When using multiple serums, layer thinnest to thickest, water based to oil based. Shop our best selling serums. 

Step 4: Eye Cream 

The skin around your eyes is delicate and prone to fine lines and puffiness. Take a small pea-sized amount of eye cream on your ring finger and gently tap it around your eye contour. Don’t rub or tug at this sensitive area; instead, use a gentle, upward motion. Eye Creams – Shop WestDerm ( 

Step 5: Moisturizer 

Moisturizing is a crucial step to lock in hydration and maintain your skin’s barrier function, regardless of your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturizer! Dispense a dime-sized amount of moisturizer onto your fingertips and apply it evenly to your face and neck. Try our favorite SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 Moisturizer – Shop WestDerm ( for normal/dry skin, or a lightweight, water-based moisturizer for oily skin like SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture – Shop WestDerm ( Shop all our moisturizers 

Step 6: Sunscreen 

The most crucial step in any skincare routine is sunscreen application. UV rays cause premature aging, pigmentation, and skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 and apply a generous amount to your face, neck, and any exposed areas. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re spending time outdoors. 

We love Isdin Eryfotona Actinica because it not only prevents but repairs existing damage. The key is finding a sunscreen you love and will wear every day! 

Exfoliators & Masks 

There are many different types of exfoliating products and masks. How often they are used depends on the type of product, individual skin needs & tolerance, and what else you are using in your routine. As a general rule of thumb, exfoliating cleansers like SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser should be used 3-4x per week, as it has micro-beads and exfoliating acids. A cleanser like SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser is suitable for 2x daily use. A very granular scrub like Alastin ReSURFACE should be used 1-2x a week. Exfoliating serums like Isdin Glicoisdin Moderate are a superior form of exfoliation because they are left on the skin and can address wrinkles and lift pigment. Always check with your skincare professional to guide you. Masks are a nice maintenance once a week. If you have oily, blemish-prone skin try SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Mask once or twice weekly. All skin types could benefit from using a hydrating mask like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque once or twice weekly. 

Visual Reference: 

To give you a better idea of the correct amount to use, here’s a visual guide: 

  • Cleanser: A nickel-sized amount 
  • Toner: Just enough to dampen a cotton pad 
  • Serum: As directed on packaging 
  • Eye Cream: A small pea-sized amount for both eyes 
  • Moisturizer: A dime-sized amount 
  • Sunscreen: A generous application to cover your face and neck 

 Achieving flawless skin is within your reach when you follow a consistent skincare routine and visit your dermatologist or aesthetician regularly. Skincare in conjunction with professional treatments will give the best results. The two work hand in hand, like eating healthy and exercising. Remember that patience is key; results may take time, but your dedication will pay off. Embrace your natural beauty and say goodbye to the need for filters. Your radiant, #NoFilterNeeded skin is waiting to shine! 

The Connection between Self-Care and Dermatology

As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisper, the arrival of September brings more than just a shift in seasons—it marks the start of National Self-Care Month. In a world that often glorifies hustle culture and constant productivity, taking time to care for oneself is essential for maintaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being. While self-care can encompass a wide range of practices, one often overlooked avenue is dermatology care. This National Self-Care Month let’s explore how dermatology care can be a powerful and transformative form of self-care.
Dermatology care involves nurturing and tending to the largest organ of our body: the skin. Our skin plays a vital role in protecting us from external elements, regulating temperature, and providing a sense of touch. Its health isn’t just about appearances; it’s deeply intertwined with our overall well-being.
·      Physical Health and Comfort: Prioritizing dermatology care means addressing skin conditions, maintaining skin health, and preventing potential problems. Regular check-ups with a dermatologist can help identify and treat issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer early on, preventing discomfort and potential complications.
·      Mental and Emotional Well-being: Our skin’s appearance can significantly impact our self-esteem and confidence. Skin conditions or concerns can lead to emotional distress and affect mental health. Dermatology care helps address these concerns, promoting a positive self-image and enhancing self-confidence.
·      Relaxation and Stress Relief: Dermatology treatments often involve soothing massages, gentle exfoliation, and calming skincare routines. These practices can have a therapeutic effect, reducing stress levels and promoting relaxation. Taking the time to care for your skin can serve as a mindful practice, allowing you to be present in the moment and relieve stress.
Dermatology Care as a Form of Self-Care
·      Customized Skincare Regimens: Dermatologists can create personalized skincare routines tailored to your skin type, concerns, and goals. Following a skincare regimen not only nurtures your skin but also provides a dedicated time each day to focus on yourself.
·      Professional Treatments: From facials and chemical peels to laser therapies, dermatologists offer a range of treatments that not only enhance your skin’s appearance but also offer therapeutic benefits. These treatments can leave you feeling rejuvenated and revitalized.
·      Early Detection of Health Issues: Regular dermatology check-ups can lead to the early detection of skin cancers and other health concerns. Prioritizing these appointments is a proactive step toward taking care of your overall health.
·      Confidence Boost: Addressing skin concerns can give you a newfound sense of confidence. When you feel good about your skin, you’re more likely to feel good about yourself in general, positively affecting various aspects of your life.
September, National Self-Care Month, serves as a reminder that taking care of ourselves is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Incorporating dermatology care into your self-care routine can have far-reaching benefits, from promoting physical health and emotional well-being to boosting your self-confidence. As you embrace the spirit of self-care this month, consider how dermatology care can be a powerful and transformative way to nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Remember, investing in yourself is always worth it.

Is More Better? How Much Skincare to Really Use🧴

It’s sometimes hard to gauge how much skincare product to use. You don’t want to use too much or too little. You want that “Goldilocks” amount that’s “just right.” Finding this balance is simple if you understand some general product guidelines.
Most People use too Much Product
We all tend to over-apply our skincare products without even thinking about it. Maybe we subconsciously think the extra product will give us extra-good skin, but it doesn’t work like that. The excess we apply goes to waste, and that’s a sad thought when you love top-of-the-line skincare products as much as we do.
The Right Amount 
If you think of how much skincare product to apply in terms of fruit, it’s pretty easy to keep things straight. Imagine the smallest amount as a pomegranate seed. It’s just enough to tap onto your face. The next amount is the size of a blueberry— enough product to spread in an even, thin layer. A cherry represents the amount of product that can be liberally applied all over your face.
·     Pomegranate Seed Size
Retinols and serums are effective in the tiniest pomegranate-seed amount. You want to use enough product to get the full benefit, but not so much that your skin turns red or dries out. Start small and build up to what your skin can tolerate. The retinol you buy from your dermatologist is stronger than over-the-counter retinol, so a little goes a long way.
·     The Size of a Blueberry
The next category of skincare products requires an amount the size of a blueberry. This includes moisturizers, night creams, and oils. You want enough to cover your face, but not liberally.
·     A Cherry Size
Sunscreen is the one skincare product where more is better. Too little leaves you under-protected. It’s best to apply it liberally. No, it won’t increase the SPF; that’s a myth. But applying a cherry-sized amount will ensure that every inch of your facial skin gets adequate protection, whether the sunscreen is tinted or untinted.
Read the Product Instructions
Most skincare comes with instructions that recommended the amount of product to use for best results. You’ll want to follow the guidelines…eventually. At first, it’s best to start small and work up to the recommended amount once you know how your skin will react.
Experiment to See What Works 
Experimenting will help you figure out what works for you. We each have unique skincare needs that don’t always match up perfectly with the product recommendations. If you use the recommended amount of moisturizer, for example, and your skin still feels tight, add a little more.
Our board-certified dermatologists know just the right amount of skincare product to use. They’re great at explaining it, especially when they can assess your skincare needs in person and give you individualized advice. Feel free to request an appointment with us anytime.

The Facts About Alopecia Areata

What is alopecia areata?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that affects approximately 145 million people around the world. The condition causes the body’s immune system to attack the hair follicles, leading to patchy hair loss on the scalp and occasionally the eyebrows and lower body. The condition is characterized by discrete hair loss patches that often range from a half-inch to two inches in diameter.
Alopecia areata typically affects the hair follicles. In some cases, however, it can also lead to changes in the nails, causing indentations, discoloration, and sometimes nail loss.

How did I get alopecia areata?

A genetic element is involved in alopecia areata; it is believed to be an inherited condition. However, it is also associated with – and exacerbated by – certain medical disorders, so it’s important to have a thorough medical checkup if you experience patchy hair loss anywhere on your body.
Fortunately, most people affected by alopecia areata are otherwise perfectly healthy, though the conditions that activate and de-activate alopecia-related hair loss are not yet fully understood. People with alopecia areata might experience an outbreak that corresponds with high stress, depression, or anxiety.

Can alopecia areata go away without treatment?

Alopecia areata affects everyone differently. Some people experience a bald patch or two in their youth, after which their hair grows back, and they never have another outbreak. Sometimes the hair regrows more sparsely. Some patients have full regrowth after an outbreak, but experience another bout of hair loss months or years later. In rare cases, however, the hair loss progresses to complete baldness. The differences in severity between patients are not understood, and outbreaks are difficult – sometimes impossible – to predict.

Can alopecia areata be cured?

There is no cure for any autoimmune disorder, but highly effective treatments are available. One treatment that has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a type of Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor that disrupts the immune system’s response to hair follicles. To date, the drug has been approved for the treatment of severe alopecia areata.
Additional treatments include the administration of corticosteroids in topical, injectable, or oral tablet form. Corticosteroids act as anti-inflammatory agents that block the immune system’s attack on hair follicles in people with mild symptoms. Many patients also achieve success with Minoxidil.

7 Common Reasons for Hair Loss in Women

It is normal for women to lose about 100 hair strands every day. If you are losing more hair than usual or notice bald spots, it is time to meet a dermatologist.
Contrary to popular belief, home remedies may not completely arrest hair fall. Hair fall may be due to various reasons. It takes a certified dermatologist to get to the root cause of hair fall and recommend an effective treatment plan.
Common Causes of Hair Loss in Women?
1)  Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. In this condition, the immune system attacks the hair follicles and other healthy cells. People with alopecia areata experience hair loss in patches. Some women experience complete hair loss and hair loss throughout the body.
Corticosteroid injections and anti-inflammatory drugs are used to treat the disease. The medications work by suppressing the immune system.
2)  Nutritional Deficiencies
A diet that is low in protein, zinc, Vitamin B3, and iron can cause hair fall. To treat a nutritional deficiency, your doctor may recommend a blood test. After an accurate diagnosis of the issue, health supplements like Nutrafol Women would be recommended.
3)  Birth Control
Changing to a new brand of hormonal birth control pills can induce hair loss. Some women experience hair loss even months after they stop taking pills.
Contraceptive pills with a low androgen index may control hormone-induced hair loss. Other forms of contraception such as implants, and skin patches cause hair fall too.
4)  Genetics
Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) or Androgenetic alopecia is a common genetic condition that causes hair fall in women. Hair thins around the crown and on the sides. Hair follicles shrink, and the new hair is thinner and finer.
FPHL is more common in women over the age of 40 but can occur even during teenage. Dermatologists use more than one method of treatment to obtain optimal results.
5)  Postpartum Hair Loss
Most often, postpartum hair fall is normal. The dermatologist will perform the essential tests and suggest a breastfeeding-friendly treatment plan. Additional factors contributing to hair loss can be identified too through these tests.
One of the trusted recommendations from dermatologists is Nutrafol Postpartum. The product targets the major reasons behind thinning hair and fills the nutrition gap. Since it is made of natural ingredients, there are no major side effects to it.
6)  Lifestyle Habits
Common lifestyle practices can induce hair fall in women. Some of them are,
  • Wearing tight ponytails and braids can scar the hair follicles permanently (traction alopecia).
  •  Overuse of heat styling products (thermal damage) and overbleaching.
  •  Chemical procedures for straightening the hair strands can damage the follicles.
  • Over-washing of hair deprives the scalp of natural oils and makes it prone to damage.
  • Under-washing of hair leads to product build-up and hair fall.
7)  Stress
Hair fall is related to physical and emotional stress. High-stress levels cause telogen effluvium. During this condition, the growth phase of the hair follicles slows down, and more hair follicles are moved into the resting phase.
The condition is temporary and reversible. Stress, when combined with sudden weight loss and poor diet, can aggravate telogen effluvium.
How to React to Excessive Hair Fall?
Do not panic! Hair fall can be controlled using different treatment options. It is best to talk to a dermatologist, go through a few tests to confirm the diagnosis, and proceed with the treatment.
If you want to learn more about hair loss and its various causes, talk to our hair loss specialists. We curate customized treatment plans to help you deal with hair loss and improve your hair health.

The Root of Hair Thinning & Hair Loss

Do you know the medical term for a hair doctor? If you said ‘dermatologist,’ you’re right! Most people don’t realize that dermatologists are trained beyond skincare and can also help with conditions like hair loss. It may sound strange, but it’s true—a dermatologist is a skin, nail, and hair doctor. Our board-certified dermatologists can diagnose the cause of your hair loss. They can also prescribe the products you need to improve your hair’s follicle growth cycle for better hair.
How Much Hair Loss is Normal
You have more than 100,000 hairs on your head. They constantly cycle between growing and falling out. Losing between 50-100 hairs each day is part of the normal hair growth cycle. If more than this falls out, your hair is thinning, and it’s time to see your dermatologist.
Signs of Thinning Hair in —Women 
One of the first things a woman will notice when her hair’s thinning is that her part line seems wider than usual. Women might also see more scalp and less hair than before around the hairline that frames their face. This happens when follicles die. This means her scalp produces fewer hairs per square inch than usual. If this is happening, you need a dermatologist’s help to avoid further hair loss.
Men Should Look For These Signs
The beginning of typical male-patterned baldness is a sure sign of hair loss. This starts above the temples and circles around the head, leaving only a strip of hair along the bottom. Men might also notice a receding hairline. Both of these signal disruption of the normal hair follicle cycle.
Causes of Hair Loss
The most common cause of hair loss is the aging process. It’s natural for some follicles to stop producing hair. But hormonal changes experienced in pregnancy and menopause can cause your hair to thin while you’re relatively young. In addition, some people’s hair falls out prematurely because of a medical condition they have or medication they’re taking. Whatever the cause, if your hair loss is distressing to you, there are products your dermatologist can recommend to improve the situation.
Products For Fuller Hair
The solution to thinning hair is medical-grade products. Our West Dermatology Skincare Shop offers quality brands like Nutrafol. Some of these work from the inside, others work from the outside. Both are effective: the best one for you is the one your dermatologist prescribes for your specific hair-loss condition.
Hair Growth Serum
You can apply topical products directly to your scalp for ingredients that keep your hair follicle life cycle growing normally. Our dermatologists recommend Nutrafol Hair Growth Serum. This leave-in product contains a blend of antioxidants and minerals to support hair growth. You can massage it into your scalp twice a day.
Products That Work Internally
We also carry products at West Dermatology that help support your hair growth from the inside out. These supplements come in capsule form and are taken orally. They include the following quality products from Nutrafol:
Schedule An Appointment 
Hair loss doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of growing older, pregnancy, menopause, or illness. Our board-certified dermatologists can help you find the products you need to keep the fullest head of hair possible, despite your specific challenges. Reach out today to schedule an appointment and get on the path to better hair health.

Embracing Healthy Hair: Why Skincare Isn’t Just for Your Face

August is a month dedicated to raising awareness about hair loss, reminding us of the importance of caring for our hair as we do for our skin. While we diligently follow skincare routines to maintain radiant and youthful complexions, we often overlook the fact that our hair also requires the same level of attention and care. In this blog post, we’ll explore the crucial connection between skincare and haircare, understanding why they go hand-in-hand and how to nurture your locks for healthier, fuller, and more resilient hair. 

  1. The Skin-Hair Connection 

You might be wondering, “What does skincare have to do with hair?” The answer lies in understanding the similarities between the two. Just as the skin is an organ, so is your scalp. It is essential to treat your scalp with the same care you would offer to your facial skin. A healthy scalp is the foundation for strong, vibrant hair. Neglecting your scalp can lead to various hair issues, including hair loss, dandruff, and dullness. 

  1. Choosing the Right Products 

Just as you carefully select skincare products based on your skin type, haircare products should also be chosen wisely. Identify your hair type and specific concerns, such as dryness, oiliness, or hair loss. Use shampoos, conditioners, and treatments formulated to address these issues while nourishing your hair and scalp. Avoid products containing harsh chemicals, sulfates, and parabens, as they can strip your hair of its natural oils and exacerbate problems. 

  1. Consistent Cleansing and Exfoliation 

Cleansing your face is a daily ritual, and the same principle applies to your hair. Regularly washing your hair with a gentle shampoo eliminates excess oils, dirt, and pollutants, providing a clean canvas for optimal hair growth. Additionally, just as exfoliating your skin aids in removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover, exfoliating your scalp helps unclog hair follicles, allowing new hair to grow unhindered. 

  1. Moisturization is Key 

Keeping your skin hydrated is essential for maintaining its elasticity and suppleness. Similarly, moisturizing your hair is crucial to prevent dryness, frizz, and breakage. Apply a nourishing conditioner after each shampoo, focusing on the ends where hair tends to be most damaged. Regular deep conditioning treatments can revitalize your hair, making it more manageable and less prone to damage. 

  1. Protection from Environmental Factors 

Your skin can be damaged by the sun’s harmful UV rays, leading to premature aging and other issues. Likewise, prolonged exposure to the sun can damage your hair, causing dryness and color fading. Wear a hat or use hair products with UV protection to shield your locks from harmful rays. 

  1. A Balanced Diet for Healthy Hair 

Just as a balanced diet is crucial for glowing skin, it also plays a significant role in maintaining strong and luscious hair. Consume foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. These nutrients nourish hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth. 

  1. Stress Management and Hair Health 

Stress can wreak havoc on both your skin and hair. Chronic stress can lead to hair loss and exacerbate existing hair issues. Engage in relaxation techniques, exercise regularly, and prioritize self-care to reduce stress levels and promote overall well-being, benefiting your hair in the process. 

As we commemorate Hair Loss Awareness Month, let us remember that our hair deserves the same care and attention as our skin. By embracing a holistic approach to haircare, encompassing cleansing, moisturization, protection, and a balanced lifestyle, we can foster healthy, resilient hair that shines with vitality. So, let’s celebrate the connection between skincare and haircare and embark on a journey to nurture our locks with the same dedication we lavish on our skin. After all, embracing healthy hair contributes to our overall confidence and well-being. 

How to Prevent Common Skin Problems This Summer


Summer brings with it plenty of sunshine, outdoor activities, and a chance to relax and unwind. However, it also presents its own set of challenges when it comes to skincare. The hot weather, increased sun exposure, and humidity can lead to various skin problems. In this blog post, we will discuss some essential tips to help you prevent common skin problems and keep your skin healthy and glowing all summer long.
  • Protect Yourself from the Sun: One of the most critical steps in maintaining healthy skin during summer is sun protection. Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Here’s how you can protect yourself: Apply sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’ve been swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Avoid direct sun exposure during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’re out during this time, seek shade under an umbrella, tree, or wear protective clothing.
  • Wear protective clothing: Opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to shield your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining healthy skin throughout the summer. The hot weather and increased perspiration can cause dehydration, which can lead to dry, dull skin. Follow these tips to stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water: Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. You can also include hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and citrus fruits in your diet.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol: Both caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, so it’s essential to consume them in moderation.
  • Cleanse and Moisturize: A consistent skincare routine is essential for combating common skin problems. Follow these steps for effective cleansing and moisturizing: Gentle cleansing: Cleanse your face twice a day using a mild, pH-balanced cleanser to remove dirt, sweat, and excess oil without stripping away natural moisture.
  • Moisturize adequately: Use a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which helps retain moisture without feeling heavy on the skin.
  • Avoid Excessive Exfoliation: While exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, overdoing it can irritate and damage your skin, especially during the summer. Stick to gentle exfoliation once or twice a week to maintain a healthy complexion without compromising your skin’s natural barrier.
  • Be Mindful of Chlorine and Saltwater Exposure: Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but chlorine and saltwater can be harsh on your skin. To minimize the negative effects: Rinse after swimming: Rinse off with fresh water immediately after swimming to remove chlorine or saltwater residue.
  • Moisturize after rinsing: Apply a moisturizer to replenish lost moisture and help restore your skin’s balance.
  • Pay Attention to Your Diet: A healthy diet plays a significant role in the appearance and health of your skin. Incorporate these skin-friendly foods into your summer meals: Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables: Berries, leafy greens, and citrus fruits are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help protect your skin from damage.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Include foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds in your diet as they promote healthy skin and reduce inflammation.
By following these simple yet effective tips, you can enjoy the summer season without compromising the health and beauty of your skin. Remember to protect yourself from the sun, stay hydrated, follow a consistent skincare routine, and maintain a healthy diet. With proper care and attention, you can prevent common skin problems and enjoy a radiant complexion throughout the summer.

Layering Skincare: Is More Really More? How to Get the Most Out of Multiple Skincare Products

There is something luxurious and romantic about skincare. A skincare ritual offers an opportunity to prioritize our own needs and well-being. By making time to care for our skin, we are acknowledging our self-worth and demonstrating that we value ourselves. This simple act can help to cultivate a positive self-image and a healthy relationship with our bodies.
However, are DIY, multi-step skincare systems delivering real results, or are we overloading our skin with competing products?
First, let’s take a look at what layering skincare products involves.

What is Product Layering?

The key concept behind layering skincare is that each product should be applied in a specific order to allow optimal absorption and interaction with the skin. The order of application is generally based on the product’s consistency, with lighter products applied first and heavier products applied last.
  1. Start with a clean canvas: Before layering any skincare products, it is crucial to cleanse your face thoroughly. This step removes dirt, oil, and impurities, allowing the subsequent products to penetrate the skin.
  2. Follow the thinnest to thickest rule: When layering skincare, it is recommended to start with the thinnest, most water-like products and work your way up to the thickest, which allows each product to absorb properly without any interference.
  3. Incorporate serums: Serums are highly concentrated formulas that target specific skincare concerns. They are highly concentrated with ingredients that can absorb deeply into the skin. Apply serums after toner and before moisturizer to address concerns such as hydration, brightening, or anti-aging.
  4. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize: Moisturizers are essential for providing hydration and sealing in all the previous layers of skincare. Choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type and concerns. Apply it after serums and eye cream to retain moisture and create a protective barrier.
  5. Protect with sunscreen: The final step in your skincare routine should be applying sunscreen, especially during the daytime. Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UV rays and helps prevent premature aging and skin damage.
Seems logical, right?
Well… there might be a few other factors to consider.

The Challenges of Product Layering

While skincare product layering can offer numerous benefits, its effectiveness may vary depending on individual skin types, concerns, and product compatibility.

Overwhelming Complexity

One of the primary drawbacks of a multi-step skincare routine is its complexity. With numerous products and steps involved, remembering and performing the routine consistently can be challenging, making it difficult to maintain over an extended period.

Potential for Skin Reactivity

The abundance of products used in a complex routine increases the likelihood of inflammatory responses. Each product contains various active ingredients, and the combination of these can sometimes lead to adverse reactions such as redness, irritation, or even breakouts. For individuals with sensitive or reactive skin, this can be particularly problematic.

Overloading the Skin

By layering multiple products, a multi-step routine can overwhelm the skin. An overabundance of ingredients can inhibit the skin’s ability to absorb and benefit from the active ingredients in each product. Instead of providing desired results, this overload may lead to product buildup, clogged pores, and ineffective skincare.


Undoubtedly, a multi-step skincare routine demands a significant time commitment. Moreover, the pressure to follow such an extensive routine can cause unnecessary stress, further impacting overall well-being.

Financial Burden

Another factor to consider is the financial burden associated with a multi-step skincare routine. With a multitude of products involved, the cost can quickly add up. High-end brands and specialty products often come with a hefty price tag, making this routine inaccessible to many individuals.
It is important to conduct thorough research and consult with skin care professionals to determine the most suitable routine for your skin.

How Do I Layer Products Effectively?

Skin is complex. The primary reason we turn to product layering is that there might not be a single product that effectively addresses multiple unique issues. However, the strategy can fall apart when the different product ingredients interfere with one another. Here’s how to make sure your routine is effective.

Start Small

It’s important to note that while many skincare layering guidelines suggest using as many as 10 individual products, starting with a two or three-step routine might give you a better idea of which products yield the best results. Let’s say you start with a cleanser, exfoliating product, toner, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, oil, and sunscreen. If you achieve sub-optimal outcomes, you won’t be able to identify which products are working and which aren’t.
Determine your core issues when building your skincare system. Do you want to control acneCombat drynessControl oilHydrate? Do you have a dermatological issue that requires a prescription?
The foundational elements in any skincare routine are:
  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
You can build a routine over a few weeks, which will help you recognize any changes to your skin’s appearance and texture.

Use Compatible Products

While exfoliants, toners, antioxidant serums, and retinol frequently appear in skincare routines, using products with incompatible ingredients can negate the effectiveness of the products and cause irritation. The best way to ensure your products aren’t working at cross purposes is to use a skincare system containing products specifically designed to support each other.

Dry Skin

Adding hydration back to your skin has never been easier. WestDerm offers a comprehensive system that works to soothe and repair dry and reactive skin. You’ll find everything you need in this bundle, from a soothing cleanser to hydrating serums to a replenishing cream to a powerful yet gentle sunscreen.

Acne-Prone Skin

If you are susceptible to breakouts, finding a system that targets acne while being gentle enough for sensitive or reactive skin is critical. Combining proven anti-acne ingredients, WestDerm’s system helps unclog pores, minimize large pores and scarring, and promote healthy, clear skin.

Damaged/Aging Skin

Pollution, harsh environmental conditions, and sunlight combine to cause gradual skin aging every day, which poses a serious threat to youthful, healthy skin. These elements can cause fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and discoloration on the skin, but SkinCeuticals antioxidants and sunscreens offer potent, targeted protection.
To discover the best solution for your unique issues, consult a board-certified dermatologist for a comprehensive evaluation.

How to Pick the Best Sunscreen ☀️💪

As summer temperatures rise and you spend more time outside, you’ll probably want to keep a tube of sunscreen or one of the newer sunscreen powders in your gym bag or glove compartment. If you pop into any makeup counter, drugstore, or grocery store, you’re likely to see at least a half-dozen sunscreen brands. While the ubiquity of sunscreen makes it easy to stay sun-safe, the variety of options makes it hard to choose!
That’s why we’re going over the sunscreen basics and listing some of our favorite formulas. With this handy email, you can figure out what works best for you and avoid getting burned.
First things first: There are two main types of sunscreen. Physical sunscreens deflect sunlight with the active ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The old versions used to feel thick and sometimes leave a white cast on the skin. Newer versions of microniadized zinc and titanium feel great, are not thick and do not leave a white sheen on your skin.
Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, use chemicals like avobenzone and oxybenzone to absorb UV rays and make them less harmful. These formulas blend invisibly into skin. The drawback is that the chemicals in sunscreen may be absorbed in minute quantities when applied in large amounts every 2 hours. This has recently gotten some bad press but there’s no conclusive proof that they’re harmful. Still, pregnant women, young children, and cautious types may want to go for physical sunscreen.
If you already know which type of sunscreen you prefer, you may be wondering: Which brand is the best? We’re glad you asked!
> For your face and body, try ISDIN- Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50, a fast-absorbing sunscreen that feels smooth on the skin it absorbs quickly, layers well under makeup, doesn’t smell like SPF, is made with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, as well as an ingredient that helps repair previous sun damage.
> We also love ISDIN’s Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50 for your face, or Total Defense and Repair from SkinMedica.
> For your lips, EltaMD’s UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 neutralizes free radicals with antioxidants and offers both physical and chemical sun protection.
> For on-the-go, grab an ISDIN Mineral Brush, your solution to reapplying SPF at 2 p.m. without messing up your mascara.
> For when you’re exercising or going swimming, make sure you reapply even a “waterproof” sunscreen every two hours
Whichever sunscreen you choose, remember to use it in conjunction with other sun-safety measures, like wearing protective clothing and scheduling an annual skin check with a board-certified dermatologist. As always, get in touch with us if you have any questions. We hope you get outside and enjoy healthy, comfortable skin all summer long!