New York City dermatologist Ellen Marmur's nightly ritual includes a high-tech device. She turns to her own MMSphere before bed to help her unwind. The LED tool emits different colors of light to help lessen inflammation, decrease bacteria, and even bring on relaxing vibes. How's that for commitment?
But no matter your maintenance level, there's one thing we can all take away from these complexion confessions: Your skin-care routine should vary from morning to night. When you wake up, focus on protecting your skin from the pollution, sun, and various light waves that will inevitably be coming your way. In the evening, switch gears and apply regenerating ingredients, or what dermatologist Mona Gohara calls the "worker bees." She says, "At night is when your skin naturally regenerates itself. That's when you put [on] the actives, not the protectors." So consider incorporating a retinoid formula that prompts cell turnover and aids in smoothing the surface. And if you have time to throw on a sheet mask while binge-watching Schitt’s Creek before bed, well, that's just a bonus.
Ahead, find the morning and evening skin-care routines of 13 top dermatologists — plus, treatments they do every now and then to keep their complexions in prime shape.
"I believe sweat is nature's best facial cleanser, so after my morning work out I just rinse [with water] in the shower," says Marmur of her morning cleansing regimen. "With my skin still damp, I put on two pumps of [my own] MMSkincare MMRevive Serum, then tinted SPF."
On workdays, Marmur will use Chanel's Vitalumière foundation, and on days off, she slathers on EltaMD's UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted. "For activities like tennis, [I use] EltaMD's UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+. "Then [I put on] my N95 mask, sunglasses, and I'm out!"
Marmur's "super skin secret" is sleep. "[Before bed,] I always use Neutrogena Gentle Oil-Free Makeup Remover or Beautycounter Instant Eye Makeup Remover, then remove the residue with a damp cloth," she says. "I love using my MMSkincare MMSphere 2.0 home LED therapy to relax and boost dopamine, aka the sleep hormone."
When it's very cold, Marmur applies what she calls a 'rescue cream' — Aquaphor Healing Ointment or an Aveeno body lotion — to her face and neck. "And if I notice milia or blackheads, I exfoliate [in the office] with a Jessner's Peel, then hydrate with MMSkincare MMRevive Face Mask," she says.