"What's a good skincare routine?"

- Liz

When it comes to skincare, there are a few things that you should be doing daily, as well as things you can do just a couple times a week to keep your skin in great shape. The skin on your face is more delicate (and more visible) than the skin on the rest of your body, so it really needs special care. A skincare routine can go as far as you'd like to take it —I'm sure you've seen all the serums and lotions and potions out there—but this guide is gonna fill you in on the absolute basics to get you started.

For every day, you should have a cleanser to wash your face, a moisturizer to hydrate and protect it, and an SPF to minimize sun damage (yes, even if you have a deep skintone!). If you wear makeup, you'll also need a makeup remover to use around your eyes. Ideally you'll want to wash and moisturize twice a day (especially if you're wearing makeup), but if you're just getting started, try once daily to build the habit.

Two to three times a week, you should be exfoliating away dead skin cells to help keep your skin looking smooth, and also free of breakouts. You can use either a scrub (I love this one from Acure) or a product that has 'chemical' exfoliants like Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids in it (try this product from The Ordinary). Exfoliating is really important, because your skin always has a layer of dead cells on top that will not only make it look duller, but also have the potential to clog pores, become flaky, etc.

Once a week I would recommend doing a quick face mask that specifically targets your main skin concerns, whether that's breakouts (clay masks are brilliant for this), dryness (use a hydrating mask), aging, or anything else. You'd be surprised how much giving your skin an intensive boost once a week will improve it's overall health.

That's honestly all there is to it! To put a bow on it, your basic skincare routine should consist of: face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, makeup remover, an exfoliant, and a mask. Keep in mind that for all of these products, you'll need to find options that are best for your skin type, so you'll need to do some additional research online or in stores. If you are overwhelmed or stuck, definitely talk to the beauty professionals working at big beauty stores like Ulta or Sephora...they have a wealth of knowledge that can get you going in the right direction. As you learn more about skincare and start to see changes in your skin, you can add in any other products you want to round out this routine! Just make sure you give any product you try (unless it is irritating or causing breakouts) at least a full 30 days to do it's magic since your skin cells are on a cycle and won't show full benefits until then. Other than that...have fun! Skin care is a great way to feel rejuvenated and start your day with a mega boost of confidence, so get glowing, girl!

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