I got a Facebook message recently… 

“I just want to know… what are some things I can do to get amazing skin?” 

That question didn’t surprise me. It’s one that I get asked just about every day! 

Even though women spend an estimated $426 billion a year on beauty products, many people still don’t know if they’re doing the “right” things for their skin, or not. 

The confusion is completely understandable. There are so many products, systems and formulas out there, most people get completely overwhelmed. 

The good news is that healthy, glowing skin is simpler to create than you might think. 

I’ll lay out five easy steps. And I’ll give you some helpful product favorites (both professional and OTC drug-stores finds!) from my colleagues at Catalyst Medical Center: Kate Sedlaczek, Abbie Boyle, Trisha DeSautel, Lindsy Sheeley, Janna Ness, and Karen Williams.
** Items in red may be purchased at Catalyst Medical Center! ** 

Step 1. Cleanse 

Cleanse your skin each morning and evening. But steer clear of most bar soaps — they strip the skin’s natural oils and lipids and can leave you dry and irritated. 

Use a gentle liquid or cream cleanser that’s specifically designed for the delicate skin on your face. 

Favorite professional cleansers: iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, Aquanil, Vichy 3-in-1. 

Favorite OTC cleansers: Cetaphil, Cerave Foaming Cleanser, Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
Step 2. Exfoliate 

Good exfoliation removes dead cells from the skin’s surface, brightening and smoothing skin texture, preventing breakouts and giving your skin a healthy glow. 

Choose a gentle exfoliant– not a harsh crushed-apricot-shell paste! 

Most people exfoliate one to two times per week. 

At least once in your life, treat yourself to a professional microdermabrasion. Your skin will be left baby soft and you’ll walk out feeling refreshed. 

Favorite professional exfoliators: Vivier Vitamin C Scrub, Theraderm NuPeel, Revision Finishing Touch,Clarisonic Cleansing Brush 

Favorite OTC exfoliators: AmLactin, Burt’s Bees Citrus Scrub, Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Scrub 

Step 3. Moisturize 

A good moisturizer will hold water in your skin, keeping it soft, fresh and smooth. 

Favorite professional moisturizers: Neocutis BioCream or BioGel, Obagi Hydrate 

Favorite OTC moisturizers: Cetaphil, Coconut oil, Dr. Hauscka Rose Cream, Garnier Gel Moisturizer 

Step 4. Sunscreen 

Most people don’t bother wearing sunscreen every day. But it’s absolutely essential. 

Choose a sunscreen that includes full-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. I prefer ones that have zinc and titanium ingredients, which are great physical blockers of the harmful rays. 

Favorite professional sunscreens: TiZO, SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30, Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45, Obagi SPF 50, Neocutis Journee 

Favorite OTC sunscreens: Aveeno Positively Radiant, and anything else that comes with zinc oxide. 

Step 5. Rejuvenate 

While aging is inevitable, there are products that can help prevent and correct skin troubles. Talk to your dermatologist to explore all of your options. 

Favorite professional corrective products: SkinMedica TNS Serum, iS Clinical ProHeal, iS Clinical White Lightning, SkinMedica Lytera, Obagi system and tretinoin (prescription) 

Favorite OTC products: Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect, RoC Retinol

Step 6. Happiness 

OK, I know I said there were only 5 steps… but that wasn’t 100% true. 

The truth is, caring for your skin starts from the inside out. 

Deep sleep, good nutrition and proper hydration are just as important as cleansing and moisturizing. 

A positive attitude is essential, too. 

Moving through life with a spirit of appreciation and gratitude has innumerable health benefits ? including lowering your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can interfere with your sleep and metabolism. Better sleep and better metabolism = better skin! 

As this gorgeous photo gallery proves… happiness is the ultimate beauty secret. 

My favorite mood booster: Dancing with my son, outdoors if possible! 

Caring for your skin isn’t “vain.” 

Your skin is an organ– just like your liver, your brain or your heart. 

It deserves daily attention, care and respect. 

But skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. 

A simple daily routine of cleansing, moisturizing, wearing sunscreen– and wearing a beautiful smile– can go a very long way! 

~ Dr. Sue