5 Must-Have products for your Facial Routine

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Maintaining a regular facial treatment can be difficult. Whether you’re getting ready for work, parties, or family gatherings, it’s important to understand the mechanics behind facial skincare. For someone who is new to facial skincare, we suggest figuring your skin type first, then take a look at these general products for your specific needs.

Facial Cleanser

Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser

Washing your face is one of the most important things to do starting your day. Invest in facial cleansers that will help your specific needs. Choose a gel cleanser if you have oil-type skin or a foaming face cleanser if you want a lightweight feel. Gel cleansers are for deep cleansing, unclogging pores while removing excess oil and exfoliating qualities. A foaming face is suited for combination skin and can also remove excessive oil. Cleanse your face with lukewarm water and massage your cleanser onto your skin for 30 seconds making sure to cover your whole face, hairline, below your ears, and neck. Rinse off with warm water, then pat with a clean towel.  

Recommendation for all skin types: Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser. One of Cetaphil’s best-selling products clinically proven to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier.

Buy products on their website, Amazon, and Ulta Beauty.

Skin Toner

Skin Nation: The Best Toner Ever

Skin toners are usually placed after your facial cleanser to restore pH level, provide hydration and treat acne symptoms. Skin toners can remove any remaining impurities and residue. Avoid toners with alcohol ingredients like ethanol, SD alcohol 40, and Isopropyl Alcohol. Vitamin E and glycerol are ingredients that treat dry and acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid and tea tree oil are best suited for oily or acne-prone skin. 

Recommendation for all skin types: Skin Nation: The Best Toner Ever. It’s alcohol-free formula is designed to get rid of pores and rehydrate your complexion.

Buy products on their website and on Amazon.

Skin Serum

Ole Henriksen® Truth Serum

Skin serums are applied after cleansing your skin but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients to the skin. Skin serums have small molecules that penetrate the skin deeply. Unlike a face moisturizer, it has a lighter layer but targets acne, blackheads, and other blemishes.

Recommendation: Ole Henriksen® Truth Serum. A Vitamin C serum for all skin types.

 Buy their products on Amazon, Kohl’s, and Sephora.

Face Moisturizer

Moisturizing your face is a must to prevent your skin from drying. It helps maintain your skin’s healthy cells, and to protect them from irritation. Use a certain amount of moisturizer for your skin type. Many of the best moisturizers use vitamins and other beneficial ingredients. Olay’s products are clinically tested with the top 1% ingredients including, Vitamin B3 and glycerin.

Check out the Olay® Regenerist series above. Available at Walmart and Amazon.

Eye Cream

CeraVe® Eye Repair Cream for Dark Circle and Puffiness

Eye Cream is necessary if you suffer from dark circles and puffiness. The best eye creams hydrate and protect the delicate skin around the eye. They also work well to target anti-aging and wrinkling skin. Long-term benefits include improving fine lines and discoloration. Try to find an option with high SPF.

Recommendation for all skin types: CeraVe® Eye Repair Cream for Dark Circle and Puffiness. Their undereye cream is specially formulated to hydrate the skin’s natural barrier.

Buy their products on their website, Amazon and Ulta Beauty.