Skincare Products You Don't Need (And Some That You Do)

Amir Karam MD Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

The amount of skincare products that are out there can be overwhelming. Serums, oils, moisturizers, creams, masks…it’s never ending. Do you have a countertop full of products? Too many skincare products don’t just fill up your space, they can make keeping up with a consistent routine far more difficult.

You don’t actually need all skincare products to achieve beautiful, bright, glowing skin. You can skip the expensive masks and fussy details if you have the (few) right products you need, and your skincare routine is consistent, every single day.

Actually, it’s more important to have skincare products that are simple and easily usable than it is to have a ton of products available. At the same time, without the vital ingredients needed for beautiful, healthy skin, your skincare products are sorely lacking. Find out more about Dr. Karam’s skincare tips on “The Good Stuff And The Bad Stuff” in his video about the most vital anti-aging skincare ingredients and skincare secrets.

So what are the skincare products do you really need? It comes down to a combination of simplicity and ingredients.

Vital ingredients in skincare products to achieve beautiful, glowing skin

Look for skincare products that include the following anti-aging ingredients. Each one of these is an absolute necessity to achieving beautiful skin, as they each address a specific aspect of your skin, helping to reverse or prevent damage and signs of age.

To achieve and maintain a healthy glow, use products with these ingredients:

  • Retinol
  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Lipids
  • Vitamin C
  • Peptides
  • Niacinimide
  • Growth factors
  • Non-hydroquinone lighteners

What is achieved with each of these ingredients? Individually, they provide unique benefits to result in beautiful, luminous, and healthy skin: 


  • Reduces pigmentation
  • Stimulates the production of collagen
  • Increases cell turnover and regeneration


  • Vital hydration components
  • Softens the skin
  • Improves skin texture
  • Achieves more supple skin
  • Hyaluronic acid absorbs and retains water to lock moisture into the skin
  • Lipids balance and even out dry or oily skin


  • Helps to stimulate the production of collagen
  • Decreases pigmentation concerns
  • Achieves brighter, more luminous skin
  • Renews the skin for a youthful glow
  • Antioxidant activity protects and renews the skin


  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Slows the loss of elastin for more youthful, resilient skin
  • Stimulates growth factors and strengthens the skin matrix


  • Provides stronger skin surface immunity
  • Protects the skin environmental stressors
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Helps increase and build keratin
  • Improves the firm, tight quality of the skin
  • Achieves healthier, stronger skin


  • Boosts the production of collagen
  • Helps to achieve supple, firm, youthful skin
  • Improves extracellular matrix proteins (a network of molecules and proteins that give structure to cells and tissues)


  • Lightens and brightens the skin to achieve a glowing, radiant appearance
  • Reduces pigmentation concerns

What skincare products have all the vital ingredients needed?

This is where the skincare routine can become complicated. How can you find skincare products with the necessary ingredients without getting overly complicated? While you can always buy individual products that have the right ingredients, you’ll want to have a skincare routine that is simple and easy enough to do every day. Consistency is key!

Everything you need is in the three simple products of the TRIFECTA

The TRIFECTA is my own skincare line, consisting of three highly advanced, effective products. Realizing there simply wasn’t a good skincare line that existed that included everything the skin needs (without being far too complex for practicality), I spent years researching and formulating the Karam TRIFECTA. The easy-to-use, cutting-edge TRIFECTA line includes a cleansing product, a vitamin C product, and an all-in-one. Together, they include every vital ingredient your skin requires to be beautiful, healthy, youthful and radiant. 

What is included in the TRIFECTA?

The KaramMD trio of products includes the following:


Cleanses, softens and smooths the skin. Rinse helps to prevent UV damage and boosts cell regeneration, leaving the skin hydrated.


Brightens and lightens the skin to achieve a luminous, radiant glow. Provides anti-inflammatory benefits, neutralizes free radicals, and prevents collagen breakdown. This vitamin C-based serum helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and tightens and tones the skin. 


Refreshes the skin, keeping it firmer, healthier, intensely hydrated, and radiant. Illuminate boosts cell turnover and improves skin elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. This all-in-one anti-aging cream is also effective as a standalone product. 

The creator of the TRIFECTA, Dr. Amir Karam

Dr. Amir Karam is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has decades of experience helping patients achieve beautiful, youthful facial contours and radiant skin. Due to his consistently stunning results and caring, personable manner, Dr. Karam is known as one of the top doctors in the field of aesthetic medicine. He is passionate and dedicated to helping his clients enhance their inner beauty and achieve their ideal version of their authentic selves.

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