As if sticking to a strict skincare regimen is complicated enough, finding everything you need that feels like a never-ending process of trial and error. Not to mention how expensive it can be purchasing a sea of moisturizers, toners, masks and cleansers — many of which will make your skin flake or freak out! We decided to do the hard work for you (because that’s our job!) and we’ve narrowed down the five essentials you (er, your face) shouldn’t live without. Here’s what ya need!
Ever cleanse your skin and dry it off on your freshly washed towel only to find your foundation residue all over it? It could be that your cleanser just isn’t cutting it. Finding one that’s gentle, but that also delivers a deep, deep clean is essential, as this is a product you use every single day! Otherwise, you’re essentially still going to bed with makeup on. And we all know how big of a no-no that is …
A moisturizer is meant to, well, moisturize! If you’re applying a hydrating cream and your skin still feels dry, it’s time to swap it out for one that works (especially come fall and winter). When shopping for the perfect moisturizer, look for ultra-hydrating ingredients like fatty acids, essential oils, hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
Save $26.50: Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel Cream Dry Skin
Splurge $65: Decléor Floral 24-HR-Hydration-Activating Rich Cream
Retinol, or vitamin A is basically the superhero of all skincare products. It targets issues ranging from acne to aging and just about everything in between! With regular nighttime use, it can improve fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, blemishes and minimize the appearance of pores for porcelain-like skin. And who doesn’t want that? Just be sure to check in with your dermatologist before adding it to your regular skincare regimen as it can cause some dryness.
Save $17.99: L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream
Splurge $70: SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0
Long days (and even longer nights) equate to slacking off in the skincare department — and by “slacking off” we mean your routine consists of a wet towelette … and maybe some mouthwash. Do your skin a favor and pick up an overnight mask, so no matter what you were up to the night before, you’ll wake up with radiant skin.
This one is a no-brainer. It’s not your makeup that you can’t leave the house without, it’s your sunblock! No matter the season, no matter the weather, no matter the anything, SPF is a must in every beauty arsenal.
Save $10.99: L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face Lotion 50+
Splurge $39.99: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50
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