Your Guide to Skin Care Essentials
Overwhelmed by the beauty aisle at the drugstore? Looking for a simple, easy-to-follow skin care regimen that fits your hectic schedule?
Look no further. Here, our editors cut through the clutter and break down the top six skin care products that should be in every woman's medicine cabinet. (Plus, they'll tell you how to use 'em.)
Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your particular skin type. Milky, cream cleansers are best for dry skin, while gel formulas work with oily complexions. Tip for oily gals: Use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing to remove excess oils.
Sensitive skin tip: Avoid scrubs with scratchy grains. Look for exfoliators made with natural fruit enzymes—they dissolve dead skin cells sans irritating microbeads.
How often should you exfoliate? Depends on your skin type. Do it once or twice a week if you have normal or dry skin and three to four times a week if you have oily or combination skin.
Bedtime calls for a thicker, richer formula. Night creams should contain collagen, elastin, and essential lipids to help refresh your face while you sleep. Gently apply a dime-size dab to your skin and use an upward, circular motion to lightly massage the cream into your face.
Skin care extra: Spray on a facial toner (rose water works wonders) and follow immediately with moisturizer for extra hydration.
Purchase serums according to your specific need, whether it’s for anti-aging, brightening, or even acne. As for application, slosh on the product before the moisturizer—a little goes a long way. Feel free to layer if you want to focus on more than one skin concern.
Look for a gel formula (with caffeine, preferably) if you have oily skin and/or puffiness. The lighter consistency won’t turn greasy but still prevents surface dryness. Dry skin gals should stick to balmy textures. For dark circles try a cream with vitamin K.
Gently pat your cream, day and night, along the ocular bone—around the outer edge of your eye—before applying your moisturizer.
Like serums, masks can target specific skin needs whether they're lack of hydration, dullness, blemishes, or anti-aging. Quick tip for sensitive skin: Test a skin patch (inside of elbow) with your desired mask 24 hours prior to putting it on your face to avoid any unexpected reactions.