A proper daily skin routine is the most important way to achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful and younger looking skin.  If you want to do it right you have to be vigilant about each step/product.  Start your before makeup skin prep by washing your face with a skin cleanser then to prep your skin for makeup apply a toner, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and undereye cream. Wow right? With so many steps and so many different products for each step, it’s overwhelming thinking about where to even start. But lucky for you, we’ve done the research and put together an awesome list of the best award-winning products to use each step of the way. So read below and find out how these seven products work and why they belong on your skin.

1. Cleanser

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser This daily cleanser is strong enough to remove oil, dirt, and makeup, but gentle enough to use on sensitive skin (such as skin with rosacea, acne, atopic dermatitis and eczema) and help maintain your skin’s moisture. It leaves skin feeling clean and soft and unlike other gentle sensitive skin cleansers doesn’t leave behind any dirt or residue.

This product is oil-free and hypoallergenic; is non-comedogenic (this basically means it breaks down excess oils and opens clogged pores WITHOUT stripping your skin of the natural moisture and nutrients it needs). skin prep


2. Toner 

Cecilia Wong Rejuvenating Chamomile Toner Mist This toner mist supplies the skin with added moisture and contains probiotics which get rid of bacteria as soon as you spray it on and also help stop acne before it develops. You can use this face mist before putting your makeup on or even after to give your face that extra moisture. This mist is ideal for dull, rough, clogged skin. You’ll see less blemishes and clogged pores and a more firm and bright complexion.

This product is alcohol-free; contains probiotics; is 100% blended with pure oils, organic herbs  and botanicals.

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3. Serum

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum This face serum restores damaged skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and makes the skin tone and texture more even. It’s formula is light and non-greasy, unlike other serums that can make your skin feel heavy. It contains an amino-peptide complex that basically tells your skin to produce more collagen, helping improve your skin’s elasticity while maintaining softness and smoothness. It can be used under makeup or alone as a moisturizer.

This product is fragrance and dye free.

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4. Sunscreen

Prevage Triple Defense Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 We have all heard about the dangers of UV light from the sun. Exposure to UV’s damages the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin and the result is skin that is saggy and wrinkled. Prevage Triple Defense Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 contains triple the SPF of the dermatologist recommended SPF 15. It contains antioxidants that help shield skin from smoke, pollution, and other harmful toxins found in the air.

This product contains idebenone ester and thiotaine which are the best at protecting skin from environmental damage; contains soy proteins to help skin’s moisture.
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5. Moisturizer

Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Anti-Aging Cream helps block harmful UV lights and promotes angiogenesis (the formation of small blood vessels that can carry more nutrients to skin cells.) This cream contains raspberry stem cells which help improve skin firmness and moisture. Quite possibly the best anti-aging moisturizer out there!

This product is free of harmful parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

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6. Eye Cream

Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 PA++ This eye cream from Murad has anti-agiing properties as well as protection from UV rays. It hydrates the eye area to improve smoothness by using shorea stenoptera butter and avocado oil. The Essential-C Eye Cream has patented diffusers that help get rid of puffy and dark undereyes.

This product contains retinol; is free of sulfates and phthalates.

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7. Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish This backdrop for foundation contains vitamins A and E, green tea and grape seed extract. It makes fine lines and pores less visible and makes skin look smooth and velvety, hiding imperfections. You can see just how well it works in photographs, it gives your face an “edited” look.

This product is oil-free; contains antioxidants that help smooth skin.
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