Skincare products line the aisles at popular cosmetic chains such as Sephora or Ulta. Tiny bottles with big promises can be intimidating, and many may not know where to start to establish a skincare routine.
Here is a detailed layout of an extensive skincare routine with products that can be found at stores ranging from Nordstrom to CVS.
1. Begin by removing your makeup. Go for an oil-based remover or balm to get every bit of dirt off.
Option 1: Garnier Micellar Water ($4.99)
Option 2: Clinique Cleansing Balm ($30.00)
2. Massage a gentle cleanser all over your face with your hands and some water. You could also opt for a smooth washcloth or a specialty face-cleaning brush.
Option 1: CeraVe Facial Cleanser ($14.99)
Option 2: Purity Cleanser ($24.00)
Brush Option 1: Vanity Planet Brush ($29.99)
Brush Option 2: LUNA ($199.00)
3. Toners balance the pH of your skin, and while many leave them out of their skincare routines, they can be very refreshing.
Option 1: Mario Badescu Facial Spray ($7.00)
Option 2: Fresh Rose Toner ($40.00)
4. Masking and exfoliating can help the skin feel smooth and renewed, and doing them once or twice a week can keep your face looking healthy. There are mask treatments for everything from dullness to enlarged pores to acne, so take your pick.
Option 1: TONYMOLY Sheet Mask ($3.95)
Option 2: GLAMGLOW Mud Mask ($59.00)
5. Serums and spot treatments can be very effective in targeting problem areas, but more is definitely less.
Option 1: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17.00)
Option 2: Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum ($80.00)
6. The eyes have the thinnest skin on our faces. It’s the first skin to prune up and see the effects of aging, and it also is one of the most noticeable features on the face. A thin eye cream to properly moisturize the skin and/or protect it from the sun is an essential step. DO NOT use facial moisturizer/body lotion on your eyes. It’s too thick for the thin skin on your eyes to handle.
Option 1: Clinique All About Eyes ($33.00)
Option 2: Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream ($32.00)
7. Apply a moisturizer evenly across the face, avoiding the eyes. Choose a thicker moisturizer at night and thinner one during the day. Moisturizer is a great way to incorporate SPF into your skincare.
Option 1: Clinique Moisturizing Lotion ($28.00)
Option 2: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($34.00)
8. Especially at night, a thick lip balm or lip treatment can keep away dryness or cracking.
Option 1: Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12.00)
Option 2: LANEIGE Lip Mask ($20.00)
In the end, the most fundamental steps to any skincare routine are cleansing and moisturizing. Any additional products are used depending on the person, and a dermatologist should be consulted for significant concerns. Everybody’s skin requires different types of care, so listen to your body and do exactly that- no more, no less.