There are some products that everyone knows should be part of their skin care routine — a cleanser and moisturizer make up the foundation of almost all skin care regimens. However once you go beyond the simple cleanse and moisturize steps of this two-step process, there is a whole new world of advanced skin care steps to take advantage of. If you’re ready to take your skin care routine to the next level and need some pointers, we’ve made a list of seven products that will take you to glowing, healthy-looking skin as soon as you incorporate them into your routine.
1. Cleansing Oil
If you associate oil with greasy skin, then think again. Using an oil cleanser is a great way to clean your skin and maintain the skin’s balance. Oil cleansers are effective because they are filled with oil particles that attract and break down make up, sebum, oil, sweat and dirt on your face without interfering with your skin’s barrier. In this process oil attracts other oils and breaks them down by dissolving them. Your skin will look and feel clean and hydrated when cleansing with oil. If your skin is naturally oily, use a cleansing oil that contains antioxidants to help cleanse your pores. For dry skin we highly recommend oils such as coconut or avocado oil, which help leave your skin feeling hydrated and clean.
Toner can be a bit of a mystery product and if you’re not sure when and why to use it, you’re definitely not alone. Toner should be used after cleansing and can help remove any residual grease or film on your skin. It can also help restore your skin’s natural pH-level, which can become imbalanced. If you use toner, try to avoid alcohol-based ones that can be drying. Look for a water-based refreshing toner to feel extra clean after washing your face.
Serums are usually chock full of antioxidants and can work wonders when it comes to your anti-aging efforts. Look out for serums containing Vitamin C, Vitamin E or retinol to help with the appearance of fine lines. Use after cleansing and before moisturizing to get the maximum effect of the serum on the surface of your skin.
4. Sleeping Cream
If you’re looking for a supercharged way to get moisture and plump up the appearance of your skin with minimal effort, you should start to invest in a good sleeping cream. Sleeping creams, such as Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream, intensely hydrates like a mask, but applies like a cream. Infused with Lavender Essential Oil, Hyaluronic and Hydroxy Acids, it renews your skin so you look refreshed once you wake up.
5. BB Cream
BB cream has so many skin benefits it’s kind of hard to not fall in love with it. Infused with antioxidants and skin-perfecting ingredients, BB cream can help renew, brighten, hydrate, protect and even-out skin tone. It can be used on its own or used as the base underneath foundation for a perfect looking complexion. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream will give you a glowing complexion and is suitable for all skin types.
6. Eye Cream/Gel
Our eyes can often reveal a sleepless night or the onset of aging via fine lines or crow’s feet. If you like to keep your eye area refreshed and hydrated, but have been using just moisturizer, you may want to take things to the next level and invest in an eye cream, gel or serum specifically formulated for the skin in this extremely delicate area. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Rollerwith Vitamin C, mint and caffeine will perk up your eyes even if you didn’t catch your full 8 hours of sleep. Keep it on hand to always look fresh.
7. Charcoal Cleanser
Yes charcoal evokes the opposite image of clean, but in skin care it is actually your secret weapon if you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts. You can find it in a number of cleansers, masks and scrubs. The charcoal acts like a magnet for impurities and the cleanser purifies pores giving you radiant looking skin. You won’t regret having charcoal in your skin care routine once you see how it makes it glow!
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