By Samantha Yu
With all the beauty products available today – creams, serums, lotions, cleaners, foams, scrubs, masks, treatments, oils, and more – the idea of finding what’s really necessary can seem daunting. There are items for anti-aging, anti-redness, anti-acne, brightening, anti-wrinkle, whitening, oily skin, combination skin, dry skin… how are you supposed to know what’s good for you? The truth of the matter is that it’s mostly trial and error. You need to actually test the products out on your skin to see which feels the best and has the most positive results. To help you narrow down your search, we’re running through the most basic elements that are crucial to any skincare routine.
1. Cleanser Whether you’re using a bar of soap, liquid, cream, or foam, your cleanser should remove dirt, germs, excess oils, and leftover products that have been sitting on your skin. Make sure you find a cleanser that isn’t too harsh and doesn’t dry you out.
2. Exfoliator Good exfoliators will remove any dead skin that tends to dull your complexion. Find an exfoliator or scrub that has small beads and won’t tear your skin. You only need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.
3. Toner Toners have been decreasing in popularity as they are thought to strip the skin much more than necessary. A toner is meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup, and dirt but if you’ve found a good cleanser, this extra step shouldn’t be necessary. On the other hand, if you are able to find a good toner that isn’t too drying, that extra step can’t hurt.
4. Moisturizer Hydrating your skin with a moisturizer is as important as hydrating your body with water. Moisturizing will prevent your skin from drying, flaking, and peeling. You never want your skin to be too tight from lack of moisture. Try and find a moisturizer that has SPF in it and wear this daily. Sunscreen helps prevent wrinkles, spots, and sun damage. You don’t need to use a moisturizer with sunscreen at night so finding two creams can also be a good option.
1. Eye Cream The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. Certain eye creams are meant to help decrease the appearance of dark circles and strengthen the skin around the area. Some experts, though, argue that a good moisturizer is all you need.
2. Masks Masks are meant to deep clean your skin, tighten your pores, and brighten and exfoliate your face. They are typically used only 1 to 2 times a week. There are also many different types of masks, each using a different type of ingredient – yogurt, mud, clay etc. – and each serving a different purpose – exfoliating, anti-acne, brightening etc. Find the best one for you requires taking the time to understand your skin and its needs.
Clockwise from top left:
Bobbi’s Skincare Basics $99 / Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Set $26.50 / Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit $15.99 /Yes To Carrots 4-Piece Skincare Starter Kit $19.99 / Origins Skincare Must-Haves $55