A Personalized Skin-Care Routine for Every Skin Type
Cleanser. Toner. Serum. Moisturizer. Sunscreen. Those are just a few of the products you may have in your routine. The approach to skin-care is not one-size-fits-all. Selecting products for your routine is an individual experience. To help simplify things, we’ve created sample skin-care routines for every skin type. Read on for our recommendations..
Pro Tip: Don't know what your skin type is? Read this article before creating your skin-care routine. This will ensure you get the best results."
If You Have Dry Skin...
If you have dry skin, choosing hydrating, moisturizing products is the way to go when building a daily skin-care routine. Avoid drying alcohols, astringents and other ingredients that can be irritating like fragrance and silicone. Look for products that pack in ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
STEP 1: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
This ceramide-rich cleanser rids your skin of impuritiesaccumulated throughout the day and leaves your face feeling fresh and clean. It’s non-comedogenic and approved by the National Eczema Society, making it a soothing and non-irritating choice.
STEP 2: Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner
Drying, astringent toners aren’t all that’s out there anymore, so don’t be intimidated by this step if you have dry skin. We recommend the Mario Badesco Aloe Vera Toner to get you started. Aloe vera has both soothing and hydrating properties that will give you an extra burst of moisture after you cleanse. Pour some on a cotton round and swipe it circular motions on your face until it comes up clean.
It may have a hefty price tag, but this serum is worth every penny. The product targets radiance, tone, elasticity, smoothness and firmness while also making skin feel softer and look brighter. The star ingredient in this formula is bifidus prebiotic, an anti-ager.
With rose water and hyaluronic acid, Garnier’s SkinActive Water Rose Cream has long-term benefits that will have your skin feeling replenished and re-hydrated. The moisturizer’s rose smell is almost as delightful as its non-greasy texture. Plus, it’s great for morning and night.
Oh, sunscreen — we can’t get enough of it. It’s extremely important to apply (and re-apply) sunscreen every day, no matter your skin type or the weather. We love this pick by La Roche-Posay. It’s lightweight and works flawlessly underneath makeup.
If You Have Oily Skin…
Oil-free products are non-negotiable if you have an oily complexion. You’ll want to opt for lightweight formulas like gel moisturizers rather than heavy creams.
STEP 1: SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Gel
This gel-based face wash exfoliates, cleanses and soothes all at once. It removes long-wear and waterproof makeup, dirt and dead surface skin cells that can clog pores. Gentle exfoliation is essential for every skin type, but can be especially beneficial in keeping pores clear for oily- and acne-prone individuals.
With salicylic, glycolic acid and lactic acid, this toner helps control oil production, clarify pores and mattify skin but gentle enough to not strip skin of essential oils and nutrients. Iit leaves skin feeling refreshed, firm and clean.
We love that this product is good for your skin and the planet. It’s packaged in completely recyclable materials and is gluten- and cruelty-free. Aside from Josie Maran’s good-for-you approach, we love the products’ formulation, especially for those with oily skin. The argan oil base is hydrating (even though you may be producing plenty of oil, hydration is still important) and stimulates the production of lactic acid and cell turnover. It helps to refine skin texture and fine lines and boost moisture retention. If you ask us, this is a must-have for oily skin or otherwise.
This gel-based moisturizer is light and airy, so it won’t add fuel to your oil production. It’s infused with probiotics that help balance your skin and strengthen its barrier. Biossance Squalane and Probiotic Gel also addresses pore size, which is a main concern for oily-prone skin types. It’s especially great if you suffer from rosacea or moderate redness. Soothing properties like squalane are great for calming irritation.
If You Have Combination Skin…
For those with combination skin, trying to put together an effective skin-care routine can start to resemble a puzzle. With dry and oily patches, finding products that aren’t too harsh or heavy but are still effective is no easy feat. And while everyone’s magic line-up will differ, we recommend looking for non-irritating and gentle formulas. For daily skin-care, everything should be relatively lightweight, yet have highly concentrated, potent ingredients.
This cleanser is gentle, making it a great pick for combination skin. It washes away impurities without over-drying or irritating the skin. It’s important to pick a middle-ground cleanser if you have combination skin because a scrub or oil-control product may only further exacerbate dry areas.
A soon-to-be holy grail for those with an oily T-zone, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores toner is a mattifier that will help your skin stay balanced throughout the day. Because it has oil-controlling properties, we suggest concentrating the product on the areas where you’re the most prone to getting shiny.
STEP 3: Atolla Serum
Personalized skin care is all the rage right now and a new brand called Atolla has taken things to the next level. After you take a self-administered skin test, the company creates a serum that addresses your skin specifically. In a week’s time, a personalized serum is delivered to your door. The most interesting part? You take the skin-care test every month and the serum will change based on your unique concerns.
Super lightweight with highly potent, this cream is perfect for combination skin. Manuka honey and red ginseng root work to strengthen the skin’s barrier and improve texture and radiance. Overall, the cream helps create a smoother complexion.