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Skincare Guide

Skincare Guide
Cleansers

CLEANSERS

Why You Need It: A good facial cleanser will remove makeup, dirt and oil without stripping your skin of its essential oils. Removing these impurities helps unclog pores and keep your skin clear.

How to Choose: It's important to pick a cleanser that complements your skin type. Purifying gel cleansers work best for oily and combination skin, while creamy cleansers suit dry skin. Sensitive skin types should opt for soothing, irritant-free formulas. If you're prone to acne, look for a face wash that's specially formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

For Best Results: Most dermatologists recommend using a cleanser both morning and evening; however, extremely sensitive skin types may only require an evening cleanse.

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Tools

TOOLS

Why You Need It: Skincare brushes, acne light devices and laser hair-removal tools target specific concerns for quick, effective results—without an expensive trip to the spa. They also help skincare products suffuse the skin for exceptional results.

How to Choose: Skincare brushes provide gentle yet deep cleansing and prepare the skin for absorption of vital nutrients. Acne devices use light therapy to kill bacteria and clear blemished skin. At-home hair-removal tools use laser technology to permanently stop hair growth.

For Best Results: Always read the tool's instructions before use to avoid irritation. Pay special attention to the instructions in relation to your skincare products—these two should work in tandem to promote beautiful skin.

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TONERS

TONERS

Why You Need It: Toners remove excess surface oils and makeup residue that can lead to blemishes while refining pores and improving skin tone. They can also soothe, moisturize and refresh as they restore the skin's natural pH balance.

How to Choose: Mild toners are ideal for acne-prone skin because they dry out blemishes and remove excess oil. Look for a product with salicylic, glycolic or hydroxy acids, which will whisk away impurities, but be careful of an astringent with too much alcohol, since dried-out skin can produce more oil.

For Best Results: After cleansing, apply toner with a cotton pad once or twice daily.

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SERUMS

SERUMS

Why You Need It: A good serum (or treatment concentrate) not only helps minimize the visible signs of aging and restores luminosity to skin, it can boost the effectiveness of your skincare products to promote the overall health of your skin.

How to Choose: Serums are great for everyone because they provide a range of targeted benefits; just get one that fits your age and skin criteria. For aging skin, opt for a wrinkle treatment with collagen-stimulating properties. To combat dry skin, look for an intensive hydrating serum. Choose brightening serums to even out skin tone.

For Best Results: Apply to your face and neck before moisturizing morning and night. Apply any excess to the back of your hands, since that area often ages first.

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MOISTURIZERS

MOISTURIZERS

Why You Need It: Quality moisturizers infuse skin with smoothing hydrators and nourishing vitamins, so you look healthy and radiant year-round. Once properly hydrated, skin becomes the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.

How to Choose: Dry skin types should use richer, more emollient creams to alleviate itchy dryness. Combination and oily skin also require moisturizer, but look for lighter, oil-free products like lotions and gels. Acne-prone skin will benefit from a hydrator with antibacterial properties.

For Best Results: Massage as needed into clean, serum-treated skin in an upward motion. Be sure to update your moisturizer by the seasons: Use thicker creams in the winter and more fluid-based lotions in the summer.

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EYE TREATMENTS

EYE TREATMENTS

Why You Need It: Eye creams and serums are specially formulated to address the needs of the thinner, more delicate skin near the eye area, including repairing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Some also combat puffiness and dark circles caused by fatigue and environmental elements.

How to Choose: Like serums, eye treatments usually target specific concerns. Choose one that addresses your individual needs, be it anti-wrinkle and firming, soothing and brightening, or a combination of these.

For Best Results: Use morning and night. Starting from the inner corner, gently dab a small amount around the orbital area with your ring finger. The product may travel, so be careful not to apply too close to the lash line.

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SUNCARE

SUNCARE

Why You Need It: Sun protection can help your skin look younger longer by shielding you from unavoidable environmental effects. Self-tanners are a great alternative for glowing skin without exposing skin to damaging rays.

How to Choose: Higher SPF numbers offer better protection against UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF if you spend a lot of time outside. As for self-tanners, cream and lotion formulas add hydration and are ideal for dry or sensitive skin. Sprays dry more quickly and may work better for combination or oily skin.

For Best Results: Apply a generous amount of sunscreen about 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply as needed throughout the day. Be sure to use it every day—even if the sun isn't shining, your skin needs UV protection. Self-tanners should be applied evenly to clean, dry skin that's been recently exfoliated.

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EXFOLIATORS & PEELS

EXFOLIATORS & PEELS

Why You Need It: Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and toxins that build up over time, dulling your skin, blocking pores and even causing acne.

How to Choose: A good exfoliant will brighten and smooth skin without irritating it. Gentle scrubs and pads will polish away dead skin and increase blood and lymph circulation. A mild glycolic toner stimulates cell renewal without irritating your skin but requires a washcloth or exfoliating mask to remove the dead skin cells. If you have sensitive skin, opt for a nonabrasive, gel-based peel.

For Best Results: Although frequency varies by product and skin type, two to three times a week, after you wash your face, is usually sufficient.

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