A Step-by-Step Guide to Great Skin Care

Brought to You by Our Partners at Clinique.

Have you ever gone so overboard with your skin care that it totally backfired on you? One day you’re using three different sheet masks, the next day you’re trying a powerful enzyme scrub and pore strip or two, and a day later you’re suddenly breaking out. Yikes.

To figure out how to clear the clutter—and clear up your skin, we talked to the experts at Clinique, one of the first skin care brands developed by a dermatologist. Here’s how to find skin care bliss.

Step 1: Figure out your skin type.

Quit the impulse buys and wondering what works best for you. When you use products specially formulated for your skin type, you’ll see clearer, smoother, healthier-looking skin immediately.

Clinique founding dermatologist, Dr. Norman Orentreich, identified four skin types when formulating the 3-Step System: Very Dry to Dry (Skin Type 1), Dry Combination (Skin Type 2), Combination Oily (Skin Type 3), and Oily (Skin Type 4).

 

 

Step 2: Start double cleansing.

Would you take a shower with your clothes on? Of course not. Think of makeup (and even sunscreen) as clothes on your face. If it’s not properly removed before using a cleanser, it acts like a barrier, preventing your skin from getting the deep clean it needs. Start by first removing all of your makeup with an oil-based makeup remover, which is ideal for dissolving even the most tenacious eye makeup and long wearing foundation. Try Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes, for quick and easy removal, no cotton ball, scrubbing or rinsing required.

With makeup out of the way, your cleanser can really get down to business tackling dirt and grime. And when you use a face wash suited to your skin type, it can better tackle your skin concerns, like dryness or greasiness. Try Liquid Facial Soap, which is non-stripping, non-drying and won’t leave behind any residue.

 

Step 3: Exfoliate regularly, but gently.

Healthy skin naturally renews itself every 28-30 days. But sometimes it could use a little help keeping up with that pace. Daily exfoliation helps to increase cell turnover rate and reveal newer, glowier skin. “It’s better to exfoliate twice a day using a mild or moderate exfoliation than to exfoliate once a week with an extremely harsh process,” says Clinique guiding dermatologist Dr. David Orentreich. Liquid exfoliators like Clarifying Lotion gently sweep away dead surface cells that make skin look dull, rough and flakey without any irritation or drying.

 

Step 4: Quench your skin’s thirst.

All skin types need hydration—even oily skins, which can actually over produce sebum when it gets dehydrated in an effort to create moisture for itself.  Oily skin types should look for an oil-free moisturizer like Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which helps control oil and provide the lightweight hydration your skin needs without any greasy residue. On the drier side? Try Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which replenishes moisture and strengthens your skin so that it’s better able to retain moisture long term.

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