Is Your Skincare Routine Actually Working? Here Are 5 Things to Know

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Confidence starts with great skin. But contrary to popular belief (and the internet), achieving a flawless complexion doesn’t always require a time-intensive multistep routine. It’s more about having a clear understanding of the products you’re using, from the ingredients to the benefits.

With that in mind, we sent five real women from all over the country to attend the American Academy of Dermatology Conference with SkinCeuticals, one of our all-time-favorite skincare brands, and report back on their learnings. Now, let’s get the obvious out of the way: We know there are plenty of great products on the market. However, as all SkinCeuticals products are backed by science—meaning every item goes through extensive clinical testing to prove its immediate and long-term efficacy—we figured we all could learn a thing or two from the dermatologists and scientists behind the legendary brand.

Ready to step up your skincare repertoire? Today we’re sharing the top five takeaways from the conference.