From serums to moisturizers to eye creams and exfoliators, if you listen to the skin care lines looking for a profit, you need to use a bunch of products for best results.
But what if your budget doesn't have room or you're always rushing to get to work on time? Do you really need to use them all? Not necessarily. Especially if you're in your 20's or early to mid 30's. That's not to say that each product doesn't have its place in a full regimen if you have the time and budget to use it, but if not, don't worry.
Here are the three products you should definitely use.
1. Facial Wash
Don't think for a minute that you can use the same bar of soap from head-to-toe, especially if you're using a bar like Dial or Irish Spring. All you'll be left with is dry, itchy skin.
Use a cleanser specifically made for your face and use it every morning and night. No need to go the expensive route for a facial cleanser - the drugstore brands are just fine!
Product Pick: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is a simple, inexpensive yet effective cleanser. (compare prices)
And exfoliator is essential for everyone. Dead skin rests on the surface of your skin and can leave you with patchy, ashy or uneven skin tone.
Twice a week, exfoliate your skin in the shower. No need to go crazy with finding an expensive exfoliator, just pick on you like and stick with it.
Product Pick: Philosophy: The Microdelivery Exfoliation Wash is one of our favorite exfoliators. (compare prices)
Tip: If you're using a skin cleansing system with your facial wash (think Clarisonic), you can skip this step, as you're getting a great exfoliation already. Looking for a system? Skin Authority has a budget-priced tool worth checking out.
You should be using a moisturizer after you wash your face, especially if you have normal to dry skin. Do a little research on consumer reviews and pick one that gets good reviews and fits in to your skin type.
Important Tip: Make sure your daily moisturizer has SPF 15 or higher. If it doesn't, you'll need to use a facial sunscreen over the top.