Skin Care Basics: Make Your Face Look Awesome

At some point in your life you have to start taking care of your skin — but the truth is, no matter how much of a pain it is, you'll be glad you did. Click through to find out the basics of making your skin look good!

I'm about to tell you something that would make most skin care professionals (and a lot of normal people) cringe: I don't wash off my makeup before bed. No kidding. Well, not until recently, anyway. And here are the skin problems I've dealt with most of my life: acne, redness, uneven skin tone, blackheads all over my nose... the list goes on. You know why? Because for most of my life, I haven't taken care of my skin.

Now I'm 27, so it's time to get it together. I'm tired of being an adult with acne. My makeup sits on top of my skin instead of blending. I'm starting to see the lines around my eyes. Don't get me wrong -- I have no problem with aging, and I hope that I will always be able to just be the age that I am. But now is the time that I need to be more careful about taking care of my skin because it can't repair itself as easily as before.

I know I'm not alone, here. So how do you make sense of the skincare aisle at CVS? There seem to be so many products that skincare companies tell you you need to have beautiful skin. But what products will actually benefit you? How do you take care of your skin?

I've put this post together with cost in mind, but I'll be honest: you get what you pay for with skin care and beauty products, so if you can afford higher-quality products, buy them. Also, not all skin types need the same skin care regimen. This is a very basic skincare regimen for those who are getting started in taking care of their skin.

Onwards!

Wash your face (simple, right?)

First of all, don't do what I've always done. Remove your makeup and wash your face before bed. Your skin is the most active at night, and you can't take advantage of that if you leave your makeup on! Grab yourself some facial wipes to remove the makeup, like Neutrogena's Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes, then wash your face with a soap-free cleanser, like Cetaphil, to get the dirt and oil.

And if you can, wash your face in the morning, too — all night your skin has been purging itself of toxins & bacteria. Wash it off!

Grab something separate for eye makeup

You need to remove your eye makeup, too, but those face wipes are too harsh for your sensitive eyes. Pick up some eye makeup remover (I swear by Almay's Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads) to get your eyeliner & mascara off. Your lashes will thank you!

Apply products in the correct order

Use a serum first, before any other product, after you wash your face. Serums are concentrated formulas which work deep down in your skin, and they are usually either anti-aging or skin tone correcting. Whatever you think your anti-aging moisturizer does, an anti-aging serum will do more! But make sure it goes directly on your clean skin before your moisturizer. Try Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum.

Moisturizer comes next after serum, and that includes you with the oily skin. All skin needs moisture! Be sure to wait a few minutes for your skin to soak up the serum you just applied before you apply moisturizer. If you have dry skin, feel free to grab something thick and creamy; oily-skinned gals can go for something lighter and thinner. A good moisturizer is especially important at night because your skin cells are most active at night, soaking up all of goodness that you slather on before bed!

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Eye cream, or gel if you have puffy eyes, will keep your eyes moisturized. The reason that you need a separate moisturizer for your eyes (as opposed to just using regular moisturizer) is because the skin around our eyes is very fragile, and regular moisturizer is too heavy. You may be tempted to skip this step, but your under-eye concealer will look so much smoother and won't settle into the lines around your eyes if you keep the skin around your eyes moisturized! Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro is one of my favorites because it has a moisturizing cream for under your eyes and a lifting gel for above your eyes.

 If your moisturizer doesn't have sunscreen in it, now is the time to apply your SPF. Give your moisturizer a few minutes to soak in, then start slathering on the sunscreen. You should be using a tablespoon for your face, neck, and decolletage. You want your SPF to sit on top of your skin so that it can protect it instead of working it into the skin like moisturizer; after rubbing it in a little bit, try patting & rolling with your fingers.

Exfoliate occasionally

Use an exfoliating cleanser once or twice a week (depending on your skin type) to remove dead skin cells, as they can make your skin look dull and drab. Don't use it daily, though, or you'll be scrubbing your healthy skin, causing redness and irritation! Try Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub, which is a gentle, cooling exfoliant.

If you're not used to a skin care regimen, this will probably feel extreme, but your skin will glow if you take care of it! Makeup will be easier to apply, or you may even feel like you don't need as much makeup. You'll look younger and more fresh on a daily basis!

Do you take care of your skin? What are your favorite skincare products?

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