Cleanse, tone, moisturize.
Put on serum and sunscreen.
Use a sheet mask.
Don’t forget to exfoliate.
And have you heard of essences?
Geez, your skincare routine is getting longer every day! Can’t brands stop releasing a new “innovative” product every 5 minutes?!
But, wait. Do you really need to spend 20 minutes every morning to put 10+ products on your face not to compromise on results?
Nope. While skin can benefit from the extra product of two, there are just 3 products it truly needs on a daily basis.
These 3 oldies but goodies form the base of any good skincare routine. Everything’s else just a welcome addition:Cleanser, antioxidant serum, sunscreen: the 3 essential daily skincare products you need for flawless, radiant skin.Click To Tweet
I know, cleansers are hardly exciting. All they do is remove dirt from your face. But that happens to be the foundation of a good skincare routine.
Because, who wants dirt on their face? Plus, what’s the point of applying your precious serums or moisturizers if they comfortably sit on a thick layer of dirt and grime and can’t get through to the skin?
- Banila Co. Clean It Zero ($16.00): a solid balm that turns into an oil on the skin, it quickly dissolves even the most stubborn of waterproof makeup. Available at Sokoglam.
- Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.99): perfect for combo and oily skin, it cleanses and removes makeup quickly and easily. Available at Ulta.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser ($18.00): ideal for dry skin, the creamy formula takes off dirt and makeup while moistuzing skin. Available at Nordstrom.
2. Antioxidants Rich Serum
Antioxidants are your skin’s BFF. They promote collagen production, fight free radicals, and can even help treat sun damage. All things that keep wrinkles and sun spots away from your skin.
Every brand has its darling, but the truth is there’s no super antioxidant that’s better than all the rest. Just like your body doesn’t only need kale, your skin doesn’t only need vitamin C.
A combiation of antioxidants is the way to go. My fave is vitamin C + vitamin E + ferulic acid (CEF). Studies show they enhance one another’s effectiveness and boost sun protection.
- Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster ($49.00): CEF + hyaluronic acid + peptides. Available at Skinstore.
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($162.00): the original CEF serum. Available at Skinstore.
- Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80.00): CEF + sodium hyaluronate + antioxidants. Available at Sephora.
The last, but by no means least, is sunscreen. It prevents all kinds of sun damage, including fine lines and wrinkles, darks spots, and skin cancer.
You can use all the best skincare products in the world, but, if you stubbornly insist on skipping sunscreen, you’re sabotaging your efforts and throwing your money away.
All my fave sunscreens have zinc oxide. This white mineral provides broad spectrum protection without irritate skin.
The only “problem”? It can leave a white cast behind. If that bothers you, opt for a tinted formula.
- Kate Sommerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen ($48.00): titanium dioxide + zinc oxide + antioxidant. Available at Sephora.
- MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($30.00): titanium dioxide + zinc oxide + antioxidants + water-resistant. Available at Sephora.
- Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 50 Sunscreen + WetForce For Sensitive Skin & Children ($42.00): titanium dioxide + zinc oxide + fragrance-free. Available at Sephora.
Are you using these 3 skincare essentials daily? Do you have others you would like to add to the list? Share your experience in the comments below.