Dr. Kundu Shares Her Daily Skincare Routine

Roopal V. Kundu, MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, shared her daily skincare routine with us. Find out what she recommends:

“My routine is not very complicated. I’m very simple.”
– Dr. Kundu


1. “In the morning I wash my face with water.”

2. “I put a moisturizer with SPF on my face, my neck, my ears, my hands, my nails. I’m a firm believer in that – for anti-aging potential as much as cancer prevention. I recommend a daily moisturizer with SPF. If there’s SPF is in your moisturizer it’s a two-in-one process.”


1. “If I don’t have makeup on I’ll just wash my face with water. If I do have makeup on, I’ll wash with a cleanser or a makeup wash.”

2. “When it comes to anti-aging or cosmetic things you can get over the counter, I recommend retinol or prescription retinoids. Use at nighttime as a part of your bedtime routine, at least initially. I don’t necessarily use those things myself, but that’s what I recommend.”

3. “Alpha hydroxy acids and glycolic acids are great, really mild exfoliants that can be used once or twice a week. They lift off some of the dead layers of skin, which gives the skin a glow.”

4. “Another thing — and I don’t necessarily recommend this, per se, but many of my patients use them and I don’t have a major problem with it: Clarisonic systems, or any of those mild exfoliating brushes. My biggest thing is I don’t like people using them everyday, I prefer them to be used weekly.”