Not loving the skin you’re in—but don’t know how to create a simple
and effective skin care regimen? Start by understanding the basic
components of daily skin care. For a more robust routine, check out our
advanced skin care recommendations, including products that are
top-rated by our customers.
Basic skin care routine
Whether you struggle with your skin or are blessed with a flawless
complexion, you should follow the same basic skin care steps every day.
Washing your face is most important at night, after a day’s worth of
dirt, sweat and makeup have built up. No matter what skin type you have,
choose a gentle cleanser—the idea is to remove impurities, not strip
your skin. Pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel. Wash your face in
the morning if needed. Listen to your skin—it’ll let you know.
Don’t skip this often-overlooked skin care step! Not only does toner
remove any remaining impurities, it also helps rebalance the pH of your
skin, which can change when you cleanse it. Restoring the normal 4.5 to
5.5 pH range can help skin protect itself from environmental elements
and improve absorption of moisturizers and treatment products. With a
cotton ball, use upward strokes to gently sweep toner over your face—no
need to pat it dry.
Moisturizing morning and night creates a protective barrier between your
skin and outside elements like dirt and germs. If you live in a climate
with seasonal weather changes, you might want to choose a slightly
richer formulation for winter and a lighter one for summer. Using clean
hands, dot moisturizer on your face, then use upward strokes to gently
massage it into your skin. In the evening, apply a moisturizer without
SPF. For eyes, choose a product specially formulated for the delicate
skin around the eyes and gently pat—don’t rub—the cream into your skin.
Even in the winter and on cloudy days, it’s important to protect your
skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. Speed up and simplify
your skin care routine by choosing an SPF 15 moisturizer that combines
hydration and sun protection in one step. Bump it up to SPF 30 in the
summer. Apply—and reapply—a separate sunscreen if you will be in the sun
for a long time.
Advanced skin care routine
Once you have the skin care basics down, you can add more advanced
steps to your regimen—starting with our customers’ top-rated favorites
Your skin repairs itself while you sleep, and nighttime remedies like these can help.
- Customer favorites: Simple Nourishing 24 Hour Day/Night Cream and Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream get high marks from customers for their ability to hydrate and soften skin without causing dreaded breakouts.
Don’t want to let time have its way with your face? Make sure you stock your skin care arsenal with anti-aging treatments.
- Customer favorites: L’Oreal Youth Code Serum and Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Anti Wrinkle Firming Night Cream
both made our list because they consistently give customers glowing,
visibly younger-looking skin—without the department store price tag.
Use a gentle facial exfoliator twice a week to reveal healthy new skin.
- Customer favorites: Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub and Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub are two products customers swear by for their ability to reduce blackheads and acne as well as leave skin feeling clean.
Pamper and purify your skin once a week with a facial mask.