My daily skincare routine

Wow- two posts in one day, a record for me! This post is for Miranda who requested an outline of my daily skin care routine. My routine is fairly simple and it changes depending on the season and if I had (or planning) a facial peel or other treatment (microneedling and Resurfx are my go-to maintenance treatments).

The products are in the order of application unless otherwise stated. In general, you should apply thinner (serums) products first and use moisturizers last. The exception are medicated products – which should be applied first (except Retin-A can be put over other products to decrease intensity).


Early AM (pre-workout)

Splash warm water on your face 

Pat dry to get rid of the moisture 

Then apply Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator serum OR Elta AM Moisturizer


Morning (post-workout)

Splash water on your face while showering 

Apply the following to my entire face:

Finacea foam (for rosacea prevention)

Neocutis Journee Bio-restorative Day Cream with Broad spectrum SPF 30 (workday) OR EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 (weekend). 

If my face is feeling dry I will add Neocutis Biocream after the Finacea. If my complexion needs a little smoothing I’ll add a little Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation.

My morning routine involves 2-3 products. I wait a few minutes between applying the products. In general you want to put on medicated products or serums first.



Wash face with Perfect Cleanser or Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

Then apply Finacea foam, Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream, and Neocutis Biocream.

2-3 days per week I use Skinceuticals retinol (0.5 or 1.0%) OR Perfect A (prescription strength Retin-A with Vitamin C). I apply retinol under the moisturizer because it is not as strong. I apply the Perfect A over the moisturizer to decrease intensity.

For body cream, I use Cetaphil (in the tub with a green lid). For hands, I use Cetaphil or Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Formula. I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser as body cleanser, only cleaning the areas that get smelly.


This routine changes occasionally when I am trying a new product or after a treatment (then I only use Cetaphil cleanser and biocream or even vaseline).

If you have seen my purple product sheet in the office – be assured I have tested/used all the products. Hopefully this is helpful, thanks for the idea Miranda!

4 thoughts on “My daily skincare routine

  1. Hi Dr. Moore, I was looking on your blog to see if you have any foundation recommendation and I found this post. It seems that Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation is no longer being sold. Do you have an alternative recommendation for something with a little more coverage for a night out? I am starting to use EltaMD UV Physica for light daily tinted coverage. Thanks!

    1. Darn! They always discontinue my favorite products. Lately I have been using Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder over my Elta MD or my Journee tinted spf. You can layer for more or less coverage. I buy my Smashbox at Sephora. It can be spendy but lasts over a year (I usually end up throwing it away because it is expired ~18 months).

  2. This is perfect. I am so glad I found your blog. I will follow your tips and routine!

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