Dan Thompson: Beauty Busted


Skin Care 101

What Products are a Necessary Part of Our Skin Care Programs

@jakewilton09 contacted me to ask:  “What is a good moisturizer?”

While it seems to be a fairly simple question, the answer is a little more complex than just naming a brand of skin care to use. There are a lot of variables to consider when deciding on a skin care program:

Skin type

Skin dysfunctions



Geographical location

Time commitment

ingredient formula

It is always best to seek the advice of either a cosmetic dermatologist or a paramedical aesthetician if you are unsure of your most specific needs.

There are, however, some basic principles to remember regardless of the variables:

1. Cleansing – a cleanser is the most important part of a skin care program. Cleansers should always be soap free and pH balanced between 6 and 6.5. The cleanser should be used every evening and should never make the skin feel tight or dry.

2. Toners are unnecessary – toners are mostly water (90%) and offer no real benefit to the skin. They feel great and are pleasant to use but for the cost, they really do not enhance the overall benefits of skin care products.

3. Moisturizer – a well made moisturizer can be used day and night. There is no need for separate products. 

4. Extras are not required – additional items like serums, eye creams, neck creams and the like are all superfluous products designed to help you spend extra money. There is no research showing the eye area requires a different type of cream than the rest of the face.

5. Sunscreen – a good sunscreen is vital to the overall health of the skin. 

6. Well formulated skincare should always be free from potential irritants (fragrance, dyes, drying alcohols, irritating plant extracts) and occlusive ingredients (mineral oil and petroleum based ingredients).