Perfect skin doesn't just happen — it takes effort. In fact, it's a 9-to-5 job. Luckily, there are products that do the heavy lifting for you throughout the day. The trick is knowing what to use and when. We’re here to guide you, so read on and get glowing.
When You Wake Up
Yep, even if you washed your face the night before, you still need to in the morning, too. Cleansing is a must-do to dissolve oils that accumulated overnight on your skin.
Try These Cleansers
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Gentle, frothy face wash that works for both dry and oily skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
Oil-free, anti-wrinkle technology helps to clarify and brighten with glycolic acid & salicylic acid.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
Melts away dirt, oil and makeup. Bonus! It tones and hydrates in one simple step.
2. Apply toner
Toning soothes, repairs and smooths your skin’s surface — attacking blemishes and minimizing redness and inflammation. It balances the pH of your skin and preps it for moisturizing. Note: Look for toners without alcohol, which can dry out your skin.
Try These Toners
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
Great for wrinkles and pigmentation!
Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
Spritz on critical hydration with this blend of skin-repairing aloe and soothing lavender.
Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Toner
Coneflower and licorice root extracts tone and brighten skin for healthy, radiant skin.
3. Apply moisturizer with SPF
Moisturizer with SPF is one of the greatest inventions OF ALL TIME. Not only does proper hydration make skin look healthy, but people who use moisturizer regularly develop wrinkles way slower than people who don't. (Just saying...) And the SPF? Even on the cloudiest day, UV radiation from the sun can cause wrinkles and dark spots. Why not put some on right now?
Try These Moisturizers with SPF
Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15
Great for sensitive, oily skin.
Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Protects against environmental aggressors.
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50
Provides critical protection from daylight exposure.
Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Ultra-light, 100% mineral sunscreen.
Now you’re ready for your makeup!
During the day
If your skin gets dry, oily or blotchy by lunchtime, don't stress. You can still get your glow back with a few multi-faceted products.
Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist
Creates an antioxidant shield of white tea, licorice and Vitamin E to fight damaging free radicals.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater
Formulated with herbal extracts and rosewater to help repair tight, uncomfortable skin.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith's Rosebud Salve Tube
Helps heal chaffed skin and lips!
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths
Get clean skin in one swipe with these one-step facial cleansing cloths.
Before you go to bed
A nighttime skincare routine is key to healthy, glowing skin in the morning — and for years to come. While you're sleeping, your body is working overtime to repair all the damage from the day. Blood rushes to your face and really kicks your products into gear!
You've got to wash off the day before bed! In fact, why not double cleanse at night? The first wash gets rid of all the grime, the second really gets your skin ready for the rest of your night steps by making sure it’s a fresh slate for the next products. (Note: You can definitely use the same products as the morning.)
2. Spot Treatment
These over-the-counter wonders help deal with pesky pimples, dark spots and fine lines. Remember: Let them dry totally before moving on to the next skin step.
Try These Spot Treatments
Mario Badescu Glass Bottle Drying Lotion
Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients to shrink ugly whiteheads while you sleep.
Murad Environmental Shield Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
85% of users saw spots lighten in just 1 week.
Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector
Intensive anti-spot serum helps diminish the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief
Invisible spot treatment for unexpected blemishes.
Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a super high concentration of active ingredients. They’re a great way to target specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles and dull skin.
Try These Serums
First Aid Beauty Fab Skin Lab Retinol Serum
Designed for sensitive skin & beginning retinol users.
Strivectin Advance Retinol Concentrated Serum
To reduce wrinkles & smooth texture!
4. Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Clearly, your eye area requires special attention! Eye creams target wrinkles, get rid of fine lines and remove all your puffiness. (Essentially a dream product.)
Try These Eye Creams
Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Cream
Helps diminish the look of dark circles and under-eye bags.
Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour
Combo of super potent ingredients, including peptides to help replace lost collagen and firm skin's structure.
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
This all-in-one anti-aging treatment delivers a visible "lift" with every use.
Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream
Ultra-rich, anti-aging eye cream that helps counteract the appearance of wrinkles.
5. Moisturizers, Face Oil or Night Cream
Your final step at night is the most important. After all, these products have eight hours to really soak into your skin and make a difference — they'll work their magic all night long.
Here are your options:
Night cream is heavier than the regular moisturizer you should use in the mornings and contains much higher concentrations of ingredients (like ceramide for intense hydration and retinol to fight wrinkles) that will help your skin look great in the AM.
Face oil helps clear pores of excess sebum (the oil secreted by your skin’s sebaceous glands) and can reduce inflammation and irritation. For ultra-dry skin, massage it in, then layer over it with rich moisturizer. (Don’t worry if you have oily skin! Face oil actually helps with inflammation, which is a major reason you get acne in the first place. Swear.)
Try These Moisturizers
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
To fight wrinkles!
Philosophy Ulitmate Miracle Multi-Rejuvanting Retinol + Superfood Oil and Pads
To renew your skin & protect from free radicals!
Murad Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil
Powered by 6 key vitamins that target the signs of aging.