The Tipping List
Follow these basic steps for healthy, beautiful skin
Perusing the beauty counters at your local department or drug store can be very overwhelming, and leave you begging for help. Fret not: skin care can be simple, and as easy as one, two, three.
Step One: Cleanse. Washing your face is more important than you think, and although those with drier skin can skip it in the morning (to help the skin retain natural oils), anyone with oily or blemish-prone skin should wash morning and night. But more isn’t necessarily better: If you have oily skin, washing too much can actually stimulate your skin to produce even more sebum to compensate, leaving you more prone to breakouts. As a general rule of thumb, the dryer your skin, the creamier your cleanser should be. And if you’re on the greasy side, opt for a gel or foam. One to try: Philosophy Purity Made Simple. $10, sephora.com
Step One-and-a-half: Tone. Toner gets mixed reviews with some beauty gurus extolling its virtues and others calling it a waste of time. To tone or not to tone is really up to you, but if you’re willing to add another step to your routine, look at it as an extra rinse that removes any lingering dirt, makeup or cleanser. Food for thought: If you have dry or more mature skin, avoid toners that contain alcohol. One to try: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner. $33, nordstrom.com
Step two: Treat. Think of serums as supplements for your skin. Whether you have one pesky issue or multiple problems, odds are there’s a serum designed to address your concerns. From acne and wrinkles to sun spots and sagging, there are serums that can fit into just about any budget-yes, even at the drug store. One to try: Olay Total Effects 7 Signs Serum. $18.99, cvs.com
Step three: Moisturize. Your skin gets thirsty, too, and now that summer is upon us, it’s more important than ever to moisturize. Oily and acne-prone skins should look for an oil-free formulation, and everyone-regardless of skin color-should opt for a daytime moisturizer that incorporates SPF. This also prevents age spots and discoloration, which make skin appear aged, keeping you looking younger longer! One to try: Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Lotion. $43, Lancome-usa.com