Skin Solutions: A Dermatologist recommends her best anti-aging skincare products

Recently I started a new skincare series called Skin Solutions where each month I share my space with Pretoria-based dermatologist, Dr Tarryn Jacobs.

This month she is sharing more about the best anti-aging skincare products that she herself uses and recommends. These are the skincare solutions you need to know about!

Read on to find out more about Tarryn’s own skin care concerns. Please note that these products may be different to the ones you need but the brands are certainly ones Tarryn can vouch for!

A Dermatologist shares her Best Anti-Aging Skincare Products

My own skincare concerns…

“I had mild acne since my teens until very recent adult years when I started training as a dermatologist and started my own treatment. I truly can sympathise with my patients as I understand just how annoying and downright embarrassing it is to suffer from adult acne, even if it is mild!

As a result of not applying sunscreen in my youth and early twenties, I have pigmentation and sun spots that have improved with treatment, but these are still present. Of course, being in my thirties I also want to optimise my skincare routine to prevent premature skin aging.”

My morning skincare routine

I use a gel cleanser in the morning such as Neostrata Restore facial cleanser. This contains polyhydroxy acids which lightly exfoliates without causing irritation or drying out my skin.

I follow this with one of my favourite antioxidants, Skinceuticals Phloretin CF. This is a great formulation of vitamin c, phloretin and ferulic acid. It also helps to protect against pigmentation, which my skin type is prone too. I also like that it does not feel sticky or greasy on my skin.

After a few minutes, I also use a second serum to treat and prevent pigmentation called SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense. The active ingredients contained include tranexamic acid, kojic acid and niacinamide, all of which targets pigmentation and brightens the skin.

For eye cream, I am currently using with Isdinceutics K-Ox Eyes with contains vitamin K and improves the appearance of my under eye circles!

My day moisturiser is a mattifying moisturiser as my skin tends to be oily. I apply Avene Cleanance Mat moisturiser.

Then comes the most important step!

Currently, Heliocare 360 Mineral is my sunscreen of choice. I am very careful to protect my skin all year round from premature aging, pigmentation and skin cancer. I prefer the use of physical sunscreens and this one has visible light and infrared spectrum coverage. It also has an added antioxidant.

For makeup, I use Colorescience Natural Finish Pressed Foundation, a mineral based makeup with added SPF.


My night skincare routine

I remove my make up with Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water in the evenings. I follow this with the same cleanser I use in the morning.

Depending on how my skin feels I either use a prescription retinoid, Tretinoin or a retinol product called Neostrata Retinol + NAG complex. I apply a pea sized amount to my whole face 2-3 times a week. My skin is tolerant of retinoids so I am able to use a small amount on the eye area without any flaking or irritation.

This I follow with either a hydrating moisturiser like La Roche Posay Effaclur H which contains ceramides or a hyaluronic acid serum that I use as a moisturiser namely Skinceutcals HA intensifier.


What is your philosophy on skincare?

Incorporate active ingredients in your skincare regime, but not all at once! Well formulated products are important but don’t be fooled into thinking that a higher price tag signifies a more effective product.

My skincare routine is based on science, but I also love the ritual of it!


What in office procedures have you done?

I do medical microneedling, which is a good option for inducing collagen production. It is low risk and has minimal downtime. Once a month I do a medical grade chemical peel for exfoliation and brightening up my skin.

I recently started with injectables namely Botulinum Toxin to treat the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet. It is a great preventative agent as well as a treatment!



Thanks for sharing some insights into your own skincare routine Dr Tarryn Jacobs!


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WIN Skinceuticals products worth over R3500!

Dr Tarryn Jacobs has kindly partnered with Becoming you to sponsor two of her favourite winter skin saviours from Skinceuticals…

One lucky Becoming you reader will WIN two Skinceuticals products worth R3540 

The hamper consists of Meta B cell renewal (R1885) and HA intensifier (R1655)

SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 is a multi-corrective moisturiser that targets visible concerns associated with the early signs of skin ageing including dullness, discolouration, dryness, fine lines, and loss of natural elasticity. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skins.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier is a new age multi-corrective serum that helps to improve skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. Suitable for dry, dehydrated skin with early or mature ageing concerns.

To enter follow @becomingyou and @drtarrynjacobs on Instagram and complete the form below.

For an extra entry share this post on social media or tag 3 friends in the Instagram post featuring the two Skinceuticals products currently on @drtarrynjacobs Instagram feed.

The Giveaway closes on the 4th of July at 11pm. The winner will be announced on the 5th of July.


Dr Tarryn Jacobs

Dr Tarryn Jacobs is a Pretoria based specialist Dermatologist practising at NoviSkin. Her clinical interests include complex medical dermatology, skin cancer (melanoma), and skin aging. Dr Jacobs is passionate about the education and promotion of skin health in her local and social media communities.

  1. this is a very interesting article and there is so much to learn
    why are none of the doctors at Noviskin registered with the HPCSA?

    1. Hi there thank you for your feedback and glad that it was useful ! All the Dermatologists are registered with the HPCSA. In order for any doctor to work in South Africa , they need to be registered with the HPCSA.

    2. Also if you go to the HPCSA website you can search for any health care practitioner . It works best using the MP number as I see that it is not picking up any results using the names of anyone .

  2. This information is interesting , and extremely helpful because I swear I wasn’t knowledgeable about this at all.
    My skin is dry . Some times I have read spots and no matter what I try my skin never looks as good as I’d like. Like if I try a moisturizer my skin gets too oily , and if I don’t my skin is too dry / flakey. Is there a cause of this ?

    1. Thanks so much and I’m glad you found it helpful ! There are a number of different causes of dry skin and a few really good ingredients to combat this . I did a recent post on my Instagram that mentioned this. It may be worth getting the red spots checked out as it could be a lot of things.

  3. I am at my wits end with my skin. Need help. I am 70 years old and am slowly coming off my hormone tablet. I use skin care products, works for a while, then skin starts getting sensitive and have to change brand. Been like this many years. Now with hot flushes and hormonal changes, everything irritates my skin and I am desperate.

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