I am a 47 year old who has dry skin and wants to treat dark spots. A dermatologist told me I should use a gentler cleanser and a high SPF moisturizer.

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Jana and her skin care products. Jana / Insider

  • Jana is a 47-year-old with dry skin who wants to treat her dark spots.

  • A dermatologist suggested that she change the order of her skincare routine and add a moisturizer with stronger SPF.

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Jana is a 47-year-old with dry skin who volunteered to have her skincare routine reviewed by a dermatologist.

She told Insider she wants a routine that will help reverse skin damage caused by not wearing SPF and treating signs of aging, such as dark spots.

Dr. Sherwin Parikh, a dermatologist at the Tribeca Skin Center in NYC, said Jana should opt for a more moisturizing moisturizer with SPF, add an eye cream to her routine and invest in a night cream.

Jana needs a gentle cleanser for her mature skin

Jana washes her face with Cetaphil cleanser in the morning and then uses The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid 2%. After exfoliation, she puts Cetaphil’s vitamin C serum on top to moisturize and finishes it with Clinique “even better” moisturizer 20% SPF.

At night, Jana takes off her makeup with an oil-based remover and sprays water on her face to cleanse. She applies a retin-A product – a type A vitamin – three days a week after cleansing. So to hydrate, Jana puts on jojoba oil. Four evenings a week she uses Cosrx AHA / BHA clarifying treatment toner after the oil. Finally, use Jana Kiehl’s Midnight Collection Concentrate Oil.

Parikh said Jana should change her cleansing cream to something gentle and more suitable for mature skin. If her cleanser leaves her skin dry, rather than soft, she should look for a new one.

“I think CeraVe cleanser is better than Cetaphil wash for mature skin,” Parikh said.

Her skincare routine is in the wrong order

Parikh said the order in which Jana uses her skin care products does not allow the ingredients to penetrate.

He told Insider that Jana should apply her toner after cleansing and put her moisturizer on top. Instead of just using oils to moisturize, she should add a moisturizer like Glossier’s Priming Rich moisturizer or Derma-E Regenerative night cream and then apply her oils.

She should use a stronger moisturizer with a higher level SPF

Jana needs to protect her skin from the sun to help reverse sun damage and dark spots. Because she uses retin-A several times a week, her skin is also more sensitive to sunlight. Parikh proposes to raise her SPF level.

“Clinique moisturizer with SPF 20 should be replaced with a stronger one, such as their City Block SPF 50, especially in the summer for better coverage against photo-aging,” Parikh said. “It will provide superior protection.”

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