Skincare products essentials

Skincare Essentials: The Products You Actually Need


Taking care of your skin can be confusing and overwhelming, especially with so many different products and routines on the market. But as a medical doctor who has had the opportunity to learn about skincare during a dermatology rotation, I am here to simplify things for you. In this post, I will explain the skincare products that you actually need to maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin.



1. SPF Cream

The first and most important product you need is SPF cream. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial for preventing premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. There are two types of rays to be aware of: UV-A and UV-B. Both can cause skin damage, but UV-A rays can still penetrate your skin even when the sun is not shining, so it’s important to wear SPF cream every day, regardless of the weather or time of year. Choose a broad-spectrum formula with a minimum of SPF30, but preferably SPF50, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours.


2) Moisturizer

The second essential product is moisturizer. Hydrating your skin can prevent dryness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and keep your skin looking healthy. Use moisturizer at least twice a day, especially after cleansing your skin. Depending on your skin type and the weather conditions, you may need a heavier or lighter moisturizer. Some moisturizers even include SPF, but remember to reapply throughout the day.



3) Retinoid

Retinoids are another crucial product for anti-aging. They increase cell turnover and collagen production, leading to smoother and brighter skin. Retinol is available in over-the-counter products, while the stronger version, retinoid, requires a prescription. Use cautiously and gradually to avoid skin irritation, and limit usage to 2-3 times a week. Consult with a doctor before using the stronger version.

4) Cleanser

Cleansing your skin is important for removing dirt, oil, and makeup. Even if you don’t wear makeup, pollution, sweat, and oil can still clog your pores and lead to acne. Choose a cleanser that suits your skin type, and don’t forget to double cleanse when wearing makeup.



5) Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects your skin from environmental damage, reduces the production of excess melanin, and stimulates collagen production. These properties help to brighten your skin, even out your skin tone, and keep your skin firm, smooth, and elastic.



6) Lip balm with SPF 

Lastly, don’t forget to protect your lips with lip balm containing SPF. Lips are vulnerable to sun damage, dryness, and chapping. Reapply throughout the day, especially after eating or drinking.


Incorporating these essential skincare products into your daily routine can help to maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin. However, if you have specific skin concerns, it’s important to seek professional advice from a dermatologist. Remember, skincare is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so tailor your routine to your specific needs and concerns. Stay tuned for my next post, where I will show you how to use these products in a day and evening skincare routine. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more skincare tips and advice.


Hi there! I am Dr. Kim Detollenaere, aesthetic doctor and owner of 'Doctor Contour' aesthetic guide and clinic. I have been a content creator for several years, next to my busy medical life. Get to know more about me on Instagram, Youtube or check out the 'About me' page on this blog for more info!

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