If I only have time for one product, what should it be?

Dear Dr. Irwin, Your website is the best one out there and I have used it for my research prior to a Thermage treatment I'm having done next week. I am one of these women who have always been low maintenance and I hate putting on a bunch of products several times a day. I don't wear makeup unless it's a party but I do use metrocreme for rosacea now aggravated by hot flashes. My question for you is this: Is there a beauty regimen in which I only use one product that will moisturize, de-wrinkle, firm up and shield from sun damage. I know I'm asking for a miracle creme, but I know myself well, and I know I will not buy a handful of products, because they will sit around until I toss them out. I've spent hundreds of dollars on products, and would rather just buy one really good thing for maintenance. What do you say?

Thank you for that wonderful compliment!!  I would say that if you only had one product to use and you are over 40, use Renova or Refissa (if you’re really dry).  Retinoids are still the absolute gold standard with 20 years of data that they reduce wrinkles, improve collagen, and help prevent skin cancers.   They must be used at night and a sunscreen used every morning. Most people with rosacea do fine with retinoids – an occasional person will flare.  

 I know that’s 2 products but I think you can do it!  If you really have to choose just one, choose the sunscreen every morning.   Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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