Cleanse, tone, moisturize. Put on serum and sunscreen. Use a sheet mask. Don’t forget to exfoliate. And have you heard of essences? Even pre-serums are a thing now!
With a new skincare product popping up every year, our beauty routines are getting longer and longer. But, what if you don’t have 20 minutes every morning to follow 10+ steps, and want to strip down your skincare routine to the essentials, without compromising on results?
Turn to these 3 oldies but goodies. These 3 essential skincare products 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 our faces. But that’s super important. Because, who wants dirt on their face? Plus, cleansers enhance the effectiveness of your other skincare products.
How? Well, all the grime creates a sort of barrier that makes it incredibly hard for antioxidants, AHAs, and all other skincare goodies to penetrate the skin. If you want them to work their best, you must cleanse your face. It’s NOT optional, not even after a late night of partying.
- Banila Co. Clean It Zero ($18.15): a solid balm that turns into an oil on the skin, it quickly dissolves even the most stubborn of waterproof makeup, while leaving your skin soft and smooth.
- Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.99): perfect for combo and oily skin, it cleanses and removes makeup quickly and easily.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser ($17.00): ideal for dry skin, the creamy formula takes off dirt and makeup while moistuzing skin, too.
2. Antioxidants Rich Serum
Antioxidants are your skin’s BFF. They promote collagen production, fight free radicals, and can even help treat sun damage, by neutralizing those few UV rays that can get past your sunscreen. All things that keep wrinkles and sun spots away from your skin that little bit longer.
Although every brand has its darling, there isn’t an antixodiant that’s better than the rest. A combiation of them works best. My fave is vitamin C + vitamin E + ferulic acid (CEF). Lots of studies show they can enhance one another’s effectiveness and boost sun protection.
- Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster ($48.00): in addition to CEF, it contains hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate skin, and peptides to help fight premature aging. Not that we would expect anything less from Paula.
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($162.00): I know, it’s pricey as hell, but it works. That’s why lots of brands have recreated the iconic formula, so we now have plenty of dupes to choose from. But, the original is still worth a try, if you can afford the splash.
- Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum ($18.85): A cheaper dupe for Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, it does the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
The last, but most important, one is sunscreen. It’s obvious why. It prevents all kinds of sun damage, including fine lines and wrinkles, darks spots, and skin cancer. You can buy, and religiously use, all the fanciest skincare products in the world, but, if you stubbornly insist on skipping sunscreen, you’re sabotaging them and throwing your money and time away.
All my fave sunscreens have zinc oxide. I love this white mineral so much because it creates a shield on the skin that reflects UV rays away from it. They never have a chance to damage it. Plus, zinc oxide is very gentle, and doesn’t irritate skin.
But, it can leave a white cast. My skin is already whiteish, so this doesn’t bother me at all. If it bothers you, simply choose a tinted formula. There aren’t many out there, but it’s worth the effort of looking for them.
- Kate Sommerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen ($30.00): this has a lightweight texture that makes it ideal for oily and combo skin. And, it contains antioxidants to fight premature aging, too. But it ‘s not tinted, so it tends to leave a white cast.
- MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($30.00): this one leaves a white cast on the skin, but is water-resistant for 80 minutes, and contains antioxidants, too. All in all, well worth a try.
- Sunumbra Sunkids SPF40 ($28.70): don’t let the name fool you: the whole family can use this. This one’s tinted, so no white cast, and chockfull of natural extracts with antioxidant and sun protective properties that enhance the effectiveness of the sunscreen.
Are you using these 3 skincare essentials daily? Do you have others you would like to add to the list?