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Skin doctor shares the products she uses on her face every day

Skin Doctor Shares the EXACT Products She Uses on Her Face Every Day — And Why You Should Stop Trying to Look ‘Younger’

  • Skin doctor Dr. Imaan Joshi has revealed the exact skincare routine she swears by
  • The 49-year-old has a ‘less is more’ ‘wash and wear’ approach to skincare
  • Although she is a minimalist, she says it is important to invest well in care

A skin and cosmetic doctor has revealed what products she uses on her skin and why she prefers a “less is more” approach to an elaborate morning and evening routine.

dr. Imaan Joshi, 49, cleanses only once a day, uses a handful of serums in the morning and applies hyaluronic acid and retinol before bed.

The doctor, who only started actively using skincare at age 42, told FEMAIL she prefers “washing and wearing” over achieving healthy skin.

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dr. Imaan Joshi, pictured, has revealed exactly how she treats her skin morning and night

“You don’t need 10 steps or anything to get the job done if you use targeted personalized stuff for you and stop following fads and trends,” she said.

‘Most of my patients are busy with a hectic life. Keeping it simple makes them more likely to stick to their routines rather than skipping it altogether because it’s too hard.”

She also says that taking care of your skin isn’t about “looking younger,” it’s about looking healthier.

“I think my skin looks better, but the goal is never to look younger. I’m not trying to continue as a younger, that’s an unintended consequence when it happens, not the goal,” she said.

In addition to her five-minute daily routines, the doctor also likes monthly laser and chemical peels and some sort of “anti-wrinkle” treatment every three or four months. She also likes to do micro-needling or deep hydration twice a year.

And while the treatments, creams, and clinic visits “all add up,” Dr. Joshi that it’s important to be transparent about it.

Addressing skin problems can cost up to $10,000 in the first year, followed by $2,000 or $3,000 each year after that.

dr.  Joshi said her routine is 'very simple', she also only cleans once a day

dr. Joshi said her routine is ‘very simple’, she also only cleans once a day

“There’s nothing worse than knowing someone doesn’t have the budget to continue and that’s money they could have spent on something else. I think that’s unfair,” she said.

“When it comes to large sums of money, I think it’s ethical to give people the truth, set realistic expectations, and give them room to decide whether they want to start at all.

“If you don’t do this, the disasters we see and hear on a regular basis with cosmetic cowboys exposing etc. and that’s terrible.”

Morning routine

In the morning, Dr. Joshi likes her routine by rinsing her face with water.

Then she uses a vitamin B3 and vitamin C serum and some hyaluronic acid serum before she tops it all off with SPF 50+ sunscreen.

For the serums, Dr. Joshi her own brand, Skin Essentials, while using the Aspect Sun CC cream as SPF.

She adds that every step of the process is optional, except wearing sunscreen, which is “non-negotiable.”

Sunscreen and avoiding the sun is the best and cheapest anti-aging tool out there. It allowed me to put everything off until my 40s.

She also uses sunscreen every day and says it's the most important part of her routine

She also uses sunscreen every day and says it’s the most important part of her routine

Evening routine

The first thing Dr. Joshi does is cleanse, she uses CeraVe Oil Foaming Cleanser two nights a week and her own lactic acid cleanser the other two nights.

She says she doesn’t double cleanse because she doesn’t wear makeup and has sensitive skin.

After cleansing, Dr. Joshi’s hyaluronic acid serum before adding a composite retinol to her face, neck, décolleté and hands.

She then tops it off with a moisturizer — her own brand — but says something like CeraVe or Cetaphil is fine.

dr. Joshi said the best time to “start skincare” is as a child – avoiding the sun and using good SPF 50+ products.


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