Dr. Zenovia understands that implementing a skincare routine can be intimidating for any gender! There are so many products marketed that it can be hard to determine what's truly necessary and effective. For Dr. Zenovia, the key to skincare is quality over the number of products applied. “It is more important to choose products from trustworthy brands that have developed topicals based on real science- where you can see results from clinical before & after's,” Dr. Zenovia shares.“Ingredients and ingredient quality are the most important factors! I, therefore, recommend reading the back of product labels before making a purchase. If you are still unsure of a product’s efficacy after reading a label, consult a board-certified dermatologist.”
As an evidence-based physician, Dr. Zenovia leans on where the research is and what is tried and true. Here are the No BS topicals Dr. Zenovia recommends every man incorporate into their morning and evening skincare routines.
Morning No BS Skincare Topicals
A morning skincare routine is incomplete without SPF! “Sunscreen may not be the sexiest product, but you have to use it for sun protection,” shares Dr. Zenovia. A broad-spectrum SPF of 30+ should be applied as the last step in your morning regimen before going out the door. If you work in an office, it’s not necessary to re-apply, but if you plan on working or spending time outdoors, Dr. Zenovia recommends re-applying every 2-3 hours.
An effective sunscreen prevents wrinkles, fine lines, and photodamage. Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30 provides transparent nano zinc oxide broad-spectrum mineral protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It also contains clinical-grade Vitamin C Ester that visibly helps minimize the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. Dr. Zenovia’s Vitamin C is produced in an argon gas chamber so that it won’t oxidize when applied to the skin. Mindful chemistry was of the utmost importance when formulating our products.
Nighttime No BS Skincare Topicals
In addition to cleansing and moisturizing the skin, an evening skincare routine should include applying treatment products based on your current skin concerns. Treatments should be applied after the skin is cleansed. If you are dealing with hormonal breakouts, apply a spot treatment to any flare-ups. Dr. Zenovia’s 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment is clinically formulated to specifically target and clear stubborn hormonal acne, while medical-grade bakuchiol and aloe vera work together to help soothe acne-prone, sensitive skin.
If you have dark spots, dull skin, or ingrown hairs apply a brightening toner with Vitamin C to help condition and visibly even the skin’s texture and tone. Apply 2-3 drops of the toner on a cotton pad and gently rub the product onto the face and neck. Give the skin about 30 seconds to absorb these treatments before moving onto the next step.
To combat clogged pores and breakouts, incorporate a glycolic acid exfoliant 2-3 days each week to promote the skin’s cellular renewal process and accelerate the removal of dead skin cells to reveal your healthy, live epidermal tissue. Dr. Zenovia’s 10% Glycolic Acne Control Peel Pads are saturated with glycolic and salicylic acids to visibly target acne and post-acne scars.
Note from Dr. Zenovia: Adding targeted treatments to your evening skincare routine are the cherries on top to treat any skin issue. If you are new to using active ingredients, slowly incorporate them into your skincare routine. If irritation or sensitivity occurs, reduce application to once a week.
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