10 Skincare Commandments for 2020

The new year is nearly upon us, so get ready to hear and read “new year, new you,” every 2.5 seconds. No matter how cliche the adage may be, after a holiday season full of late nights, sweet treats, and bold makeup looks (check out some of our fave looks from Morphe here), our skin could use a serious reset. While we’re not trying to become a “new us” (we’re pretty content with the “old us”!), we’re all about setting actionable goals and leaving our pesky little skin issues in 2019. With this in mind, we caught up with Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to pick his brain (but never our skin!) on the best skincare habits we can adopt this year. Read on for his tips, tricks, and product recommendations, then head to your local Simon center to stock up. 

What are your ten skincare commandments of 2020?
10. Get an annual skin cancer screening.
9. Stick to a skincare regimen rather than changing products every few weeks.
8. Don’t forget to exercise, which has been shown to slow skin aging.
7. Don’t be fooled by fad beauty treatments that sound too good to be true.
6. Wear an antioxidant serum in the morning.
5. Keep your showers short, 10 minutes or less.
4. Don’t overscrub.
3. Don’t pick your pimples.
2. Wash your face before bed.
1. Wear sunscreen every day.

What are your most favorite new skincare products?
Solara Suncare Clean Freak
This all-natural sunscreen offers completely sheer mineral protection in a light, non-greasy formula. It uses natural scents and is completely free of artificial fragrances.

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SOLARA Clean Freak Sunscreen, available at Neiman Marcus.

The Neutrogena Bright Boost Illuminating Serum just launched and it’s great. It delivers NeoGlucosamine, which is a building block for hyaluronic acid, to help plump the skin. It also contains turmeric which soothes inflammation and brightens the skin.

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NEUTROGENA Bright Boost Illuminating Serum, available at Ulta.

L’Oreal Glycolic Acid Serum
This serum delivers 10% glycolic acid to the skin in a non-irritating formula to help brighten and even skin tone, and improve radiance.

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L’OREAL PARIS Revitalift 10% Pure Glycolic Acid, available at Walgreens.

Sisley Velvet Sleeping Mask
This sleep mask is designed to be applied right before bed to moisturize and repair the skin while you sleep. Rich in natural ingredients like shea butter and saffron flower extract, the mask soothes inflamed skin and restores hydration.

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SISLEY Velvet Sleeping Mask, available at Nordstrom.

Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules
These single use oil capsules are loaded with omega fatty acids to maintain a healthy skin barrier while removing oil. The unique capsules make cleansing oils more portable than they ever have been before. Individual capsules can be brought with you to the gym or even on the airplane.

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EVE LOM Cleansing Oil Capsules, available at Sephora.

Any ingredients that you think will gain popularity in 2020?
Natural ingredients will continue to be popular. Bakuchiol oil is a botanical ingredient thought to work through the same receptors as retinol. It can help improve skin tone and texture without the irritation that retinol causes. CBD oil is perhaps the hottest ingredient in the skincare market now — it contains natural oils that soothe and protect the skin along with the CBD itself which is thought to have skin calming benefits.

Most underrated skincare ingredient?
Sunscreen is the most underrated ingredient. Studies have shown that after one year of using nothing else, sunscreen by itself was associated with improvement in cosmetic signs of skin aging like uneven skin tone, dark spots, and lines and wrinkles.

What’s one easy tip that our readers can apply to their lives to improve their complexion?
Wash your face before bed to remove any dirt, oil, makeup, and pollution that accumulated on the skin during the day.

What are your thoughts on the clean beauty movement? Do you have any favorite clean products?
Clean beauty products can be just as effective as traditional products. They tend to be more expensive than traditional products because of the higher cost of the ingredients themselves. They’re a great option for people looking for clean products, but are not necessary, as traditional products are safe and effective.

We hear a lot about 10-step skincare regimens — is that really necessary? If we have 15 minutes for our routine, what would you recommend?
Prevent in the morning and repair in the evening. In the morning, layer your sunscreen over an antioxidant serum to protect the skin from daily exposure to environmental damage. In the evening, apply a night cream to hydrate and a collagen-stimulating product like retinol to repair the skin from the day’s damage.

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