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Create a Custom Skincare Routine

Updated: May 8, 2023

Essential to everyone's skincare routine are the following five components:



3.Vitamin C



I order these components this way:


Cleanse, retinoid, moisturizer OR cleanse, moisturizer, retinoid.


Cleanse (or don't, this depends on preferences), vitamin C, moisturizer, sunscreen.

This simple routine can help with skin tone, collagen production, pigmentation, fine lines and texture. If you feel that you have a skin condition that warrants additional help I have created custom routines for various concerns that keep simplicity in mind by adding just one or two appropriate ingredients for each skin concern.

From here we may add additional components (as many people have multiple skin concerns) but keeping it relatively simple can be incredibly effective!

Check below for a helpful list of my current recommendations.

*Penn Smith Skincare is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program. Many links are affiliate links, meaning I am compensated when you shop through these at no extra fee to you.

Here are the CORE category recommendations:


1. Vanicream (good all round)

2. Aveeno cleanser (rosacea/dry/sensitive)

3. Paula's Choice (oily skin/acne)

4. Le Mieux brightening cleanser (pigment)

Retinoid Choices/recommendations

1. CeraVe Retinol Serum

2. OLAY Regenerist MAX Retinol (awesome)

3. La Roche Posay Adapalene (acne skin)

Vitamin C options

1. Dermalure L-ascorbic acid (amazing!!)

(best all round)

2. Mad Hippie (sodium ascorbyl phosphate for acne skin)

3. Bioelements Vitamin C (10% SAP)

Moisturizer Recommendations:

1. Dermaquest essential Moisturizer (buttery blue light blocking moisturizer)

2. La Roche Posay Toleriane Moisturizer with Niacinamide (great around)


1. Neova Silc Sheer SPF 40

2. Dermaquest Sheer Zinc

(comes in 3 colors-this is the lightest (it's a light/medium). Sunkissed is medium and Tan is sheer tan/deep.

3. CeraVe Tinted SPF 30 (this is an NC 20-23)

ADD ON RECOMMENDATIONS (choose only what applies to YOU):


Paula's Choice Azelaic Acid

NIACINAMIDE:Paula's Choice 10% (can mix this with your moisturizer also!)

Cos De Baha Toner


Paula's Choice toner


Skinsmart Cleanser spray


Queen 7-1 Serum (still a fave of mine)

Paula's Choice clinical discoloration repair serum with Tranexemic Acid

Naturium Tranexamic acid 5% serum


Glycolic acid leave on Paula's Choice

Youth To the People Glycolic and Lactic (I have loved this forever)


Isntree TW Real Bifida serum (amazing long time favorite for my dry skin)

Check back because I will be adding additional routines!


Please join my private Facebook Group for lots of discussion, including threads about daily routines!

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Disclaimer: This post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content provided on this blog is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or skin related diagnosis or treatment options. Information on this website should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare/skin professional. The statements made about specific products throughout this website are not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. It is important that you check labels to determine if a product is right for you. Before starting any treatment at home consult a health care or skin care professional to determine if it’s right for you.

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09 may 2021

What an amazing resource - so helpful!!! Thanks very much, and Happy Mother's Day! (That's the day I'm posting this)

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09 may 2021

Thank you! Love these simple ones. Please add routine for (Asian) pigmented and acne prone (hormonal) skin for 40 and above. ❤❤

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09 may 2021

Gracias por tus recomendaciones. ❤

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09 may 2021

Thank you, it's very helpful although most of the products you recommend don't exist in France...

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Sara Adams
Sara Adams
09 may 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to create these lists for us, they help so much!!

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