Skin care experts say alternating products is the key to clear skin

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You may find it hard to determine which skin-care products to use every day—and tempted to use them all at once to ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck when your skin-care cabinet overflows. In order to keep your skin from being sensitized while also making sure it gets the right amount of morning nourishment, you should. Then, the afternoon. Rather than following routines, doctors recommend taking a “leapfrog” approach.ode of Dear Derm, board-certified dermatologists Alicia Zalka, MD and Mona Gohara, MD, sat down to chat about their skin-care routines. The biggest takeaway from the conversation? Instead of relying on the exact same regimen day after day, they rotate their products to ensure their skin is getting exactly what it needs on a regular basis. Dr. Zalka, for example, uses SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser ($38) one day, and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser ($20) the next. Her skin care routine consists of the Senté Exfoliating Cleanser ($ 46) and Dove Beauty Bar ($ 8).

This, they explain, keeps their complexions clear and smooth without irritating them with active ingredients. It is easier than you think to over-exfoliate your face, since many products contain exfoliating ingredients you won’t even realize are in them. The leapfrogging method is helpful in limiting how many active ingredients you apply daily to your face – which is exactly what you need to do. By overscrubbing your skin, you expose deeper layers of the skin, which can cause inflammation and irritation. As well, it disrupts the process of cellular turnover, an essential part of maintaining your complexion.

This method can help you avoid over-exfoliation as well as address various skin concerns throughout the week. Dr. Zalka uses both vitamins C and retinol during the day, while retinol or peptides are used at night to treat signs of aging.

Learn exactly what each dermatologist looks for in a skincare routine by watching the video above, then give your go-to products a much-needed break and give the leapfrog method a try.

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