The Basics of Skincare: A Dermatologist’s Guide

Healthy Skin Routines in Beverly Hills, MI

The Beverly Hills Skin Care Institute in Beverly Hills, MI, is home to Dr. Indira Misra-Higgins. Our doctor says you should know skincare basics and follow them morning and evening. Our doctor is passing her patients a dermatologist's guide to caring for their skin. Test a small area of your skin to determine if you are allergic to a new product before using it.

Basics of Keeping Glowing Skin

Using multiple skin products every morning and evening is fine. However, the order in which you use them makes all the difference.

Morning Routine


  • Skin cleanser/oil-based/water-based
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen

Toner or Astringents

Toners replenish the skin by hydrating the cells and removing dead cells and dirt after using a cleanser. Astringents are alcohol-based to help remove excess oil.

Antioxidant Serum

An antioxidant serum protects your skin cells from free radical damage.  

Spot Treatment, Sun Spots, Aging Spots

This treatment is a two-step process: the first is to remove the inflammatory process, and the second is to use a spot-drying treatment. 

Eye Cream

This cream helps to remove fine lines, swelling, and darkness under the eyes. A good cream will firm and smooth your skin and brighten your eyes. 

Lighter Facial Oil

Light facial oil is applied before a moisturizer to help eliminate dehydration, dryness, and flakiness. 


This face cream smooths and softens your skin. Be sure you get the right moisturizer; for example, 

  • Dry Skin - Use a cream or balm.
  • Dry/Oily Skin - Use a thicker cream
  • Oily Skin - Use fluids or gels

Heavier Facial Oil

Oils that take time to absorb are great for dry skin types, and you can apply these after your moisturizer.


Use a sunscreen with a high SPF of over 30 as the last step in your morning skin routine.  

Lower your risk for skin cancer by using sunscreen. Block UVA and UVB light, causing aging.

Foundation/Base Makeup

Base layer makeup forms a smooth and even complexion. 

Evening Routine

Remove makeup and dirt residue. Treat dark spots and blemishes at night. 

Oil-Based Makeup Remover

Dissolves natural oils and removes them. 

Water-Based Cleansers

These cleansers react with makeup and dirt, allowing all to be rinsed away.

Exfoliator/Clay Mask

This product removes dead skin cells, while a clay mask absorbs excess oil, unclogs pores, and removes remaining dirt.

Hydrating Mist or Toner

Hydrating is the last step in the nighttime routine. 

Acid Treatment

This step ensures a brighter and even more complexion.

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Hyaluronic Acid

Michigan's Leading Dermatologist for Skin Routines

Please call Dr. Misra-Higgins at the Beverly Hills Skin Care Institute at (248) 723-5802 in Beverly Hills, MI, for problematic skin or excellent skincare tips.

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