Does Your Skin-Care Routine Need An Upgrade?

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
"Less is more" is a great philosophy for some areas of life — like junk food, tanning, and consuming alcohol. When it comes to your skin-care regimen, however, that's not always the case. Washing with the cleanser you inherited from your older brother and using a moisturizer your mother didn't like is better than nothing at all, but let's be honest, you could be doing a whole lot more.

Yes, everyone knows someone with a grandmother who has perfect skin when all she's done is wash her face with water once a week and wear a big hat in the summer. That's a combination of good genes and luck most of us don't have. The truth is, it takes investments of time and money, plus a lot of trial and error, to figure out which skin-care regimen is best for you.

First, find out your skin type — some people even have more than one. You may be, for example, both oily and acne-prone, or both dry and sensitive — it's best to consult with a dermatologist to find out. Next, it's important to learn what that kind of skin needs, and this is where we come in. We asked Macrene Alexiades, MD, PhD, the CEO and founder of anti-aging skin-care line Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives, to break down the ideal skin-care regimen for every type.

Read on to get the lowdown, plus product recommendations for both budget shoppers and big spenders.