Written by Ali Waychoff, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD
Ali is a Cosmetic Coordinator at Juvly Aesthetics in downtown Cincinnati. In her free time, you can find her writing, petting every dog she sees, or catching a plane to her next destination hot spot. Since graduating from the University of Cincinnati with degrees in Nursing and Magazine Journalism, Ali feels strongly about helping others and letting her voice be heard, whether it’s through a fashion post or news article.
Listen, I get it. The world of skincare can be confusing. With so many choices for cosmetic lines and up-and-coming medical-grade products, plus celebrities promoting different products and routines every day, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and become stuck in a skincare spider web of “I have no idea what to put on my face.”
That’s not to say every product you come into contact with is lousy — it just means you need to dig deeper into this skincare game and find out what your skin needs.
But because skincare should be fun, I did the work for you. There are five key products everyone should include in their daily skincare routine that will keep your face and conscience glowing.
1- Facial Cleanser
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Cleansing the skin of any debris it came into contact with throughout the day is the number one way to prevent the formation of unwanted pimples. Since cleanser is the foundation of keeping clean skin, it’s important to have a brand that works well for your skin type — whether you’re oily or dry, there’s a product for everyone! While we know the smell-good ones are inviting, these fragrance-infused cleansers could be causing your breakouts. Be sure to snag the one that suits your skin type and is fragrance-free.
If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser to use morning and night, the Facial Cleanser by SkinMedica might just be your new favorite. Suitable for all skin types, this facial cleanser aids in the removal of debris and makeup and keeps the skin feeling refreshed.
Looking for something a little gentler? The Obagi Gentle Cleanser has you covered! This cleanser serves up a skin refresher while ridding the skin of impurities built up during the day, and encourages a more even complexion.
2- Retinol / Serum
Not so basic, but completely necessary. Retinol is one of the main forms of Vitamin A — an essential vitamin needed for new cell growth and anti-aging — and it can be used in a daily routine to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol also brightens dark circles, reduces dullness, and will have you saying “Good riddance” to pesky breakouts!
Do you feel like you’ve tried every retinol-infused serum on the market, but can’t find the one that works for you? SENTE Bio Complete Serum might be just what you’re looking for! Made with a combination of HSA (Heparan Sulfate Analog) and retinoids, this serum will leave your skin looking firmer and smoother.
With a formula that combines Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and retinoids, it’s no wonder how Skinbetter AlphaRet got its name. This little miracle bottle will have your skin feeling and looking younger with little-to-no irritation.
3- Eye Cream
The skin around the eyes is fragile, prone to dryness, and quicker to show signs of aging and fatigue, and that’s why incorporating an eye cream is important. Eye creams help to hydrate and prevent the formation of under-eyes of lines that say you only had a few hours of sleep last night.
For normal to dry skin types, TNS Eye Repair by SkinMedica will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and fill in dark circles. Can your eye cream do that?
Skinbetter Eye is formulated to recharge, brighten, and firm up the skin around the eyes. If reducing under eye bags and dark circles weren’t enough, this eye cream is also made with a neuro-calming peptide that reduces the appearance of crow’s feet.
Everyone’s skin craves a good moisturizer, right? But, finding the right one seems to be the hardest part of a skincare routine. There are so many that claim to do better than the next, and finding the one that’s perfect for you can be costly and tiring.
First thing’s first, though – figure out if you have oily or dry skin. Next, figure out what you’re looking for from a moisturizer. Are you wanting to target redness, dullness, itchiness, or dryness? With all the moisturizer on the market, you’re bound to find the product that’s perfect for you.
Obagi C-RX Exfoliating Day Lotion exfoliates to reveal a smoother complexion while hydrating the skin with its lightweight consistency.
Out with the old and in with the new. A moisturizer that repairs damaged skin as well as improving the new skin is all we could ever want! Thanks to SENTE Dermal Repair Cream, we’re able to have our cake and eat it, too.
All the other products aside, this one is the most important for preventing any kind of sun damage — well, duh. If none of the other products existed, this would be the one you should still wear every single day to prevent the skin from being exposed to UV rays which can cause your skin to burn, become dry, flaky, or take on an uneven tone.
Since we all already know that protecting our skin from the sun’s UV rays is priority numero uno, using a sunscreen that is going to repair the old skin and protect the new only seems logical, right? Total Defense and Repair from SkinMedica makes that possible!
Obagi Matte sunscreen is so light and sheer that you’ll forget you have any on! Its lightweight feel and two hour protection will have you protected anywhere you go.
Wow! We covered a lot of steps that should be in a morning routine other than brushing out bed head and teeth, right? Trust me, your skin will thank you later!
If you’re a pro and think you have that handled, let’s test your patience a little. Try adding in a toner to correct PH balance, an exfoliator at least twice a week to shed the dead skin and brighten, and a dash of vitamin C to help brighten, speed up cell turnover rate, and produce collagen. To top it all off, use a scrub mask three times a week to scrub off any debris.
Sounds like a pretty good challenge if you ask me — are you up for it?