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April 8, 2021

5 Easy Tips For Smooth, Ageless Skin – According To A Leading Dermatologist

Prepare for radiant skin + five proven dermatologist-created skincare brands that deliver.


Want skin that illuminates a room? Developing a good skincare routine is key. A good one shores up your skin, which is essentially a protective barrier, keeping it from looking dull, unhealthy, and worst of all, accelerating aging.


Ageless skin
Ageless skin can be yours by following these five easy dermatologist-suggested tips.


“If you want your skin to perform you need to take care of it,” says Julie Russak, M.D., FAAD, owner of Russak Dermatology Clinic in New York City. “To maintain that protective barrier you want to make sure that all of the proteins and components of the barrier are healthy, that your body can produce them, and that you also don’t strip them with your skincare. Otherwise, the skin becomes very dry, irritated, inflamed, and it can’t do its job.”


Follow these top skincare rules from Dr. Russak to get a jump start on boosting your complexion, and then snag some of the derm-backed brands that follow to help reveal your skin’s radiance. You’ll thank us later.


1. Find a Face Wash


Your choice should differ slightly from day to night says Dr. Russak. In the mornings, opt for a mild one with the goal of just removing the impurities from the skin. In the evenings “it is very important to use a stronger face wash to make sure that you remove all the dirt that settles on your skin throughout the day,” says Dr. Russak. This way, your skin can fully absorb the products that you’re using.


2. Use Vitamin C


Vitamin C, which Dr. Russak recommends using in the morning, serves two skin functions: One is as a strong antioxidant to protect skin from damage from outside elements. The other is as a co-factor for collagen production, meaning “it actually boosts and improves your collagen production,” which keeps the skin from looking aged, she says. 


3. Say Yes to Sunscreen


According to Dr. Russak, “sunscreen is one of the most important things because it provides your skin protection from environmental and UV damage.”  Exposure to UV rays is linked to everything from hyperpigmentation and fine lines to melanoma and basal cell skin cancers. Pick one with at least an SPF 30.  


4. Reap the Rewards of Retinol


Another must on Dr. Russak’s list: retinol, which she advises using as early as possible to boost the skin’s regenerative potential. Here’s why: this anti-aging molecule accelerates skin cell renewal while tackling pretty much any skin issue, including wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, dark circles and the list goes on.


5. Get Some Z’s


Poor sleep doesn’t just leave you feeling tired, but science shows that just one night of missed slumber can cause issues including swollen eyes, dark undereye circles and wrinkles and fine lines—all of which can lead to a dull-looking complexion. Plus, “our skin regenerates only at night and only during the deep REM sleep,” says Dr. Russak, “so healthy sleep is extremely important for beautiful skin.”


Yes, revered dermatologists are behind some of the most proven skincare brands that deliver all of the above, along with visible results. Here are five doctor-developed lines worth experiencing…


Rose MD Skincare


Named after its creator Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and the medical director of Ingleton Dermatology in New York City, Rose MD Skincare takes its cue from Ingleton’s native Jamaica. Infused with the island’s natural fruit extracts including sugarcane, lemon, orange, bilberry, and sugar maple, her superfruit blend addresses common beauty concerns (think anti-aging, blemishes, and brightening) without irritating parabens, synthetic dyes, or fragrances. The result: five products that offer a more radiant complexion. 


Dr. Oracle
Dr. Oracle is a world-renown Korea-based skincare collection created by a team of revered dermatologists.


Dr. Oracle


The brainchild of several dermatologists, including Ro Young Woo, this Seoul Korea-based K-beauty brand is home to a myriad of popular comprehensive lines, including Antibac, EPL and ReAgen. Basically, it’s your one-stop-shop for everything skincare. The 21 Stay line, in particular, boasts products like the A-Thera Cleansing Foam, A-Thera Toner, and B-Hydro Emulsion—all of which contain silica-rich bamboo which is linked to collagen stimulation and in turn, your skin’s brilliance.




As a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon—someone who specializes in procedures around the eyes, forehead and midface—Chaneve Jeanniton, M.D. knows a little something about the skin and the face. Her line, epi.logic takes this knowledge and channels it into a skincare line brimming with ingredients such as retinol, the antioxidant-rich Vitamin C and niacinamide, which help offer the skin a glowing boost. 


Macrene Actives 


Sage. Mint. Rosemary. Thyme. Bay leaf. Dill. Fennel. Glancing at these herbs, you might think you’re looking at your farmer’s market list. The truth: These are a few of the organically farmed ingredients found in this 10-year-old brand developed by dermatologist and scientist Macrene Alexiades, M.D. Ph.D. FAAD. An earth-friendly bonus: in addition to being a clean line—silicone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and fragrance-free—Alexiades uses glass containers, biodegradable inks, and recycled packaging. That, and the fact that it helps lead to luminous skin, makes us love it even more.


Ava MD


Created by Ava Shamban, M.D., Ava MD is a compact line with just five products: a scrub, serum, cream, face wash, and cleansing pads, that take care of all of your skincare needs. Most products including one of the line’s best sellers, Warming Green Tea Scrub, contains green tea which is a known antioxidant that not only protects the skin from inflammation but offers it hydration. And we all know that hydrated skin gives off a coveted glow. FYI: Dr. Shamban is also behind The Box – Dermatologist Curated Skincare by Dr. Ava – a hero assortment of full-size, supercharged products she personally selects. 

Rozalynn S. Frazier is an award-winning, multimedia journalist, and certified personal trainer living in New York City. She has created content for SELF, Health, Essence, Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Money, Reebok, Livestrong, and others.



Great article!
It is good to know i am following those exact guide lines for radiant skin!!
but always looking to educate myself ...knowledge is power and great skincare regimen and healthy lifestyle is essential. Will continue to read more on the brands mentioned.

Such a great read! These are the golden rules that I have educated my clients on. Sleep is so important. I don’t think there’s a skincare product out there that keeps you from looking like a zombie when sleep is an issue. I look forward to trying some of the brands listed.


Wow so much great information in here. I will definitely be sure to continue implementing all of these tips!

Great tips for beginners to advanced. Great to be reminded of the core steps of a routine and reassess every few months.

I’ve been curious about what’s an absolute must when it comes to my skin care routine. This article couldn’t have answered more perfectly! Thanks so much for the helpful info. I need some vitamin C ASAP.

Great article!! Good tips. I always recommend my clients to be sure to cleanse in the evening exta careful to get makeup off if worn. So important to go to sleep with clean skin. And sunscreen is a must!! Its not enough if its in your makeup...I always recommend a good sunscreen. Such great information. Thank you and I will be sure to check out some of these product lines.

Wow, a Warming Green Tea Scrub sounds right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it out.

Tell me something has Jamaican roots, and you'll get my full attention. I'm curious about Rose MD Skincare since I haven't heard of it before. Dr. Oracle's Acerola-C ampoule is already in my routine, and I ADORE Macrene Actives with a passion that's a little scary. I have an empty jar of Dr. Macrene's High Performance Face Cream on my desk that I refuse to throw out (or wash) because it still holds the scent of her luminous product. Serious fangirl moment here. Thank you for the enable, Rozalynn.


Great article Rozalynn. Everyone knows the power of getting more zzz's but I would have liked info on how to do that. Some of us have insomnia or anxiety and I have used sleep inducing teas, meditation, classical music, exercise and anything else to help and I still maybe average 5-6 hours a night. Lately I have been using the Naternal Rest CBD/CBN Tincture which is new to Beautytap and it works wonders right before bed with a delicious hint of vanilla and lavender. I learned how to take it sublingually (under the tongue) versus just swallowing it to absorb... Read more


Less is more. Such important tips here. I am a big fan of Dr. Ava’s and Dr. Macrene’s lines. Have used them for years. They are both top notch and part of my arsenal. Been hearing so many great things about epi.logic and Rose MD. Trying those next! Thanks Roz...