Sandra Lee is a board-certified dermatologist and acne expert with over 3.5 million Instagram followers clamoring to see her latest pimple popping video—hence the nickname Dr. Pimple Popper. She’s truly seen it all when it comes to skin issues, so it only makes sense that she would create her own skincare line called SLMD and star in a TLC show. In this episode of #GoToBedWithMe, Dr. Lee shows off her nightly skincare routine and drops major wisdom on keeping your skin clear and healthy.
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“We are trained to be the experts at all conditions of the skin, the hair, and the nails, and so, we know a lot about these products that are out there… and know about the ingredients and what they do, but we definitely, certainly, have levels of how much we care about it,” says Lee. “I am definitely always aware of what I’m putting on my skin, but I am not crazy about it.”
Lee describes her skin as dry and sensitive, so she likes to keep her routine basic and simple. The first step is makeup removal. “I’ve used this for years since I’ve been a teenager. It’s Bi-Facil by Lancome,” she says a she pours some on a padded cotton round. “I’m very sensitive so I like to just dab and let it soak up, and remove my eye makeup.” She then teaches for her brand’s SLMD Cleansing Wipes. “These are my favorite wipes and also I dab at my face. I try to get off the excess makeup and I don’t rub because I’m more prone to getting rashes or irritation, and when you do that, you get more wrinkles,” she adds. Then there’s one more round of cleansing: “I use a hydrating facial cleanser and I alternate it with a salicylic acid cleanser because my two issues is that I’m really dry and it’s because I’m darker complected, I’m prone to brown spots. So I like to use my SLMD Salicylic Acid Cleanser and switch it out every other day with just a hydrating facial cleanser,” Lee notes. “The trick is with salicylic acid cleansers is you can actually leave it on your face for a couple minutes if you wanted to, and really that can help to increase the penetration.”
After her skin is clean but still damp, she moisturizes: “I like my SLMD Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Hyaluronic acid, you’ve probably seen it in a lot of products these days. Well, hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic, meaning that it draws in water. When you put it on your skin, it’s really gonna seal in that moisture and minimize what we call trans-epidermal water loss, and I’m more prone to that than others because I have dry skin,” she says. “I actually actually have eczema, which is, means that my barrier on my skin is not as good as other people’s, so I tend to lose moisture more easily, so I really need extra moisturizer.”
Lee herself gets a hormonal breakout every once in a while—but she can luckily inject her own face with a little cortisol to calm the inflammation. For the rest of us struggling with breakouts, her advice is this:
Watch the rest of Lee’s nightly skincare routine, including her best acne-fighting advice.
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