Simple Skincare

Discovering the right regimen does not have to be complicated. With so many cleansers, serums, and skincare tips, you may ask yourself how to build the right kind of skincare routine. Skincare by Sydney makes exploring the massive world of skincare painless.


Vitamin C
Eye Cream
Tinted SPF


Eye Cream




Chemical Peel




The idea of toner is to balance the skin's pH.  Prepping your skin makes the products you use afterwards more effective as well.

Many toners are medicated (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and its naturally occurring form, willowbark). These ingredients help with breakouts as well as skin hyperpigmentation, skin brightening, and minimizing pore size.

Everyone benefits from glycolic acid and/or lactic acid.  A toner is a great way to add these AHAs and BHAs.

Sometimes salicylic acid is too much for some skin types but is a wonderful treatment for oily, acne-prone skin.

- Toning pads are an option for toners that are pre-packed. All of the information above applies to them. I really like these for efficiency reasons, but they typically also come with a higher price. I like the UrbanSkinRx brand because they have glycolic, lactic, AND salicylic acid.

-Many toners have witch hazel, a natural anti-inflammatory, and forms of alcohol. Drugstore options are cheaper because the form of alcohol is higher up on the ingredient list. Denatured alcohol is the most common example. It's not always necessary to avoid it, but it can dry out skin so you with dryer skin are warned! Of course, there are alcohol-free options at all price ranges as well.

- Micellar water is sometimes advertised as a toner, but it truly is not. It's marketed as a no-rinse cleanser and make-up remover, but is recommended AFTER cleansing. Particularly for those with sensitive skin or teenagers that aren't going to wash their face with water and cleanser!

- You can apply toners with or without a cotton pad. You can also apply with hands only.

- Toners are made to be applied twice daily BUT listen to your skin. It depends on your skin type, the ingredients in toner, other products you're using.

For twice daily toning I have found a non-medicated toner, like Obagi Nu-Derm works for most skin types.

Glycolic Acid Toners

My favorite medicated toner is Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence because it is hydrating and offers glycolic acid! It costs $49.00

Mario Bedescu Glycolic Acid Toner is great for pretty much everyone and costs $18.00

- If a toner seems too strong and drying even after applying moisturizer, then apply it to your breakouts only or you can alternate medicated with non medicated toners or even apply once daily.


Did you know? There are not that many ingredients in skincare.

The marketing and different mixtures = the expansive skincare market.

When I create a #customskincare routine, I’m grouping ingredients in the right concentration and vehicle (serum v moisturizer) for YOU, your skin and goals.

I don’t get excited about a product until I turn it around and check out the active ingredients👏🏼

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Today’s goal: make everyone you encounter feel seen, worthy, and respected💗
Repeat, and make it a daily habit.

The @rakfoundation is a nonprofit with the goal of making kindness the norm, and the belief that kindness can be taught. They offer resources and classroom curriculum too!

I’m really thankful @thriveglobal brought this official day to my attention. For some positivity, check out the full article… there’s a quote from yours truly:

⤷ I can’t go without thanking you for the kindness you show me here. There have been many timely messages throughout the last year that served as pick-me-ups on hard days.

You remind me that KINDNESS is CONTAGIOUS.

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Cupid Stupid Self Care Giveaway

To enter
💋You must be single to win but you don’t have to be single to tag!
💋Tag your single friends
💋Share to your story
Winner will be announced in my story Friday morning 2/12

4 Rael sheet mask
Patchology Green tea eye gel pads
Hydrating lip gel
Hydrogel eyepatch
MD solar Sciences hydrating sheer lip balm with spf 30
Cute Mug
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Back to basics!

I love delving into the details of products and ingredients, but if you’re new here this is where to focus!

These are the steps of a medical grade skincare routine ❤️ to
- improve breakouts and sun damage
- prevent and protect from future breakouts and sun damage

The GREAT news is skincare is #efficient!

I offer several ways to help match the right products for your skin.

▫️one-on-one consults through

2 are less formal and sign up on linktree in bio!

▫️group consults #skincareschool (1 hour)

▫️FACE Time Quick Consults (15 min)

I’m always here for you as a guide to the overwhelming skincare world. The best part of working with a Dermatology PA is I will tell you when you also need to make an appointment to discuss prescriptions at your local Derm office. (That’s as far as the medical advice goes 👍🏼)

A #comprehensiveskincare routine is the secret to lasting success and clear, healthy skin.

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“I’m officially 29 weeks pregnant and I never DREAMED my skin would look this amazing. I used to cake on makeup to cover up the redness and active breakouts, now all I use is a little MD Solar Sciences BB cream/ sunscreen. I recently posted a photo to my IG/ Facebook and was flooded with friends and family commenting on my beautiful skin! I never could have imagined my skin would actually GLOW. I’ve seen such an improvement with the little changes we made a few weeks ago. This is even while my diet has been a wreck- dairy and peanut butter which typically inflame my acne.”

All on a pregnancy safe routine. Products and ingredients in a comprehensive skincare routine compliment each other and get RESULTS!

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Who loves learning about skincare? 🤚🏼
Who has specific questions about their skin❓
I'm excited to announce #skincareschool for those of you that want to learn more about that particular set of concerns but don’t want a one-on-one consult.


How it works:
▫️Sign up for a class you want (use the link tree link in my IG bio) $50

▫️Send any questions in advance through link

▫️Sign on with me and the rest of the class (people with similar skin concerns)

▫️I give an overview, go over questions giving you a chance to learn from people just like you and answer questions. Q&A time throughout.

▫️I’ll email a skincare routine template to you prior to class. The goal is for everyone to leave with a completed daily and weekly skincare routine ❤️ (so ask away!)

(for the introverts or shy ones, you don’t have to turn on video or sound. You can ask questions in chat box.)

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FEATURE There’s more to aloe vera than just burn treatment! I joined 2 dermatologists to discuss this ingredient on the BeachBody Blog! Full post is below, but here are 5 main reasons to get excited if you see it in an ingredient list:

Soothes Skin
Moisturizes (it’s a humectant!)
Helps reduce signs of aging
Lessens redness
Nourishes hair and scalp

Full article:

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1.Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion
2.Pixi Glow Tonic (liquidor toning pads)
3.CeraVe AM

4.Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser (benzoyl peroxide)
OR Neutrogena Grapefruit Scrub (salicylic acid)
2.(Pixi toning pads)*
5.Differin Gel (start 2-3 nights weekly; apply a thin layer; english pea sized amount)
6.CeraVe PM or CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

*skip toning step if skin too dry

Pro Tip:
✨ Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask is also a mask when left on longer (directions on bottle)

✨Neutrogena Grapefruit Scrub serves as an exfoliator (not pictured)

If skin is too dry:
Skip toning step
Use a gentle cleanser, like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleanser, TWICE DAILY
Thicker PM moisturizer: CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

#skincarebysydney #acne #breakouts #dermatology #physicianassistant #skin #skincare #skinhealth #skincareproducts #healthyskin #dermatologyphysicianassistant #teenagebreakouts


I am giving away a Microdermabrasion treatment to one lucky winner!

How to enter
🍾Tag Three Friends
🥂 Follow @sydneygivens_ and @spanovus
💆🏻‍♀️ Share to your story

Enter by Dec 31st at midnight.
✨Winner will be announced New Years Day!!

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The opinions and content on or Skincare by Sydney are stated by a Dermatology Physician Assistant and are from a medical background, but are not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
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