Corey L. Hartman, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL.
Morning: In the morning, Dr. Hartman starts with the LaRoche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP+ ($15), followed by the Cyspera Intensive Pigment Corrector, a product you can only get through a provider, to fight hyperpigmentation and promote an even skin tone. "It is as powerful as hydroquinone without any of the side effects, risks, or stigma," Dr. Hartman said. Because his first product is a wash-off treatment, he follows up with the Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($38), which has alpha and beta acids, vitamins C and E, and white-tea extract. Next, for a serum, he uses the Heraux Molecular Anti-Inflammaging Serum ($250).
For eye cream, he calls the Skinbetter EyeMax Eye Cream ($115) "a game changer because it is an eye cream that contains retinol but is not irritating." Then comes a hydrating serum: the SkinMedica HA5 Serum ($105). Dr. Hartman said it's worth the splurge because "with a consistency like no other hyaluronic acid, it delivers the hydration without the stickiness."
Lastly comes SPF by way of the ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica ($60). Dr. Hartman said it's the best sunscreen he's used.
Evening: Dr. Hartman likes to start his evening routine with the Revision Skincare Pumpkin Enzyme Mask ($50), which exfoliates the surface of the skin with micro-exfoliating powders and pumpkin enzymes. He then moisturizes with the Biossance Squalane Probiotic Gel Moisturizer ($52).
Dr. Hartman's nighttime treatment of choice is the Arazlo Tazarotene Lotion, which is prescription. "I attribute 75 percent of my skin's appearance to Tazarotene, which I've used consistently since dermatology residency in 2003," he said. "If I was forced to choose only one product to use daily after SPF, it would be Arazlo all day long."
Neck cream comes last. Dr. Hartman uses the SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair ($126) and said, "Once I turned 40, I realized that I could no longer ignore my neck."