With all the skin care products and routines constantly being fed to us, it’s hard to tell where to begin—and, let’s be real, when to stop trying new stuff.
We decided to consult a dermatologist in hopes of getting some clarity.
We entered the clinic half expecting to leave with a list of dermatologist-recommended products to add to our shopping list, but after an enlightening chat with Dr. Mary Ann Amon of Derma 360, we learned that it takes more than a slew of beauty products and a multistep routine to achieve the complexion of our dreams.
In fact, most of us probably skip the crucial first step to building a personal skin care routine: “It’s best to see a dermatologist before starting your own skin care regimen,” says Amon, who has 20 years of professional experience.
These days, all things beauty and skin care have entered the mainstream. However, freestyling and experimenting isn’t always the best for your skin. Amon notes: “Young people these days have access to beauty bloggers and influencers who inspire them to build their own skin care regimen. I think consulting a dermatologist first will help them avoid being misled by all the information they consume.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum are “late bloomers” or those who start taking skin care seriously once signs of aging start to show.
“The older generation, generally speaking, isn’t as savvy and most of them are shy about taking care of their skin for fear of being called vain,” Amon shares. Before they reach for the most raved-about antiaging miracle product, she suggests they consult a professional.
“It’s never too early or too late to go see a dermatologist,” she adds. “At Derma 360, we recommend the proper skin care regimen that’s customized for you. More than just assessing your skin’s condition, we learn about your diet, your lifestyle, et cetera. Our approach is holistic and very professional.”
Derma 360 was established in 2008 by a group of internationally trained and accredited dermatologists. Their services range from basic and premium facials to laser treatments for facial skin rejuvenation, acne scar removal and even body contouring.
What sets them apart, according to Amon, is: “Our recommendations are highly customized and we really assess your specific concerns. We don’t believe in hard sell and we’re not the type of clinic that recommends products or treatments you don’t really need.”
But for those who aren’t quite ready to take the leap into consulting a professional, Amon shares her skin care philosophy: “Keep it basic, keep it clean, keep it simple.”
And if you’re looking to streamline your skin care products, she says: “Stick to the basics: cleanse, tone, moisturize and put on sunblock every day.”
Derma 360 is located at Joya Lofts and Towers, Rockwell Center (Story/Photos by: Jannine Sy)