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Having a basic skincare routine is one of the cornerstones of good grooming. When your skin is healthy, you’ll experience less breakouts, irritation, and redness. Following a series of skin care steps can also protect your skin from sun damage and fight off early signs of aging. But skincare can be overwhelming or confusing if you’re not familiar with what products to use and skin care steps to take. 

So, here are some tips we gathered to simplify the process for you!

Choose the Right Facial Wash for Your Skin Type and Use Two Types of Facial Cleansers Alternately

Using two kinds of cleansers can address your skin’s different needs.

Washing your face twice a day is an integral part of your skincare routine. Whether you're choosing the best facial foam or cleanser, you need to pick a formula that works for your skin type.

If you have oily and acne-prone skin, try Master All-Day Active Clay Wash, which is formulated with activated charcoal to help reduce pimples, control oil, and even out your skin tone. Use this every night to deeply cleanse your face, unclog your pores, and prevent pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

If you have dry skin, go for Master Deep Cleanser Brightening Plus to clean your pores effectively without drying out your skin. And if you have well-balanced skin, try the Master Facial Scrub Brightening Plus, which is infused with papaya extracts to renew your skin.

In the morning, use a different cleanser to brighten your skin and make it look more energized, like POND’S Men Energy Charge Brightening + Anti-Dullness Facial Foam. Infused with coffee bean extracts and cooling menthol, it preps your skin and makes you look more awake — perfect if you have a full day of online meetings!

Now, while you think it might be strange to have two types of cleansers, dermatologists and skin experts say that alternating two different formulas can address your skin’s different needs. A deep cleanse every night followed by a brightening formulation during the day can level up your skincare game.

Moisturize Every Night

After giving your skin a deep cleanse every night, apply a moisturize. And remember, this step is necessary even if you have oily skin. External factors like dirt, pollution, and UV rays can damage your skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture. When this happens, your skin starts to produce even more oil to compensate for the moisture loss. If you don’t like the heavy feeling of a moisturizer, try using a gel type instead of cream so that it gets absorbed by your skin faster.

Wear Sunscreen Every Morning

Sunscreen prevents premature skin aging caused by UVA and UVB rays.

While moisturizing is your last step every night, applying sunscreen should be your final step every morning. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), regular daily use of sunscreen with at least SPF 15 is proven to decrease your risk of skin cancer by 40%. Sunscreen also prevents premature skin aging caused by UVA and UVB rays, including sagging and dark spots.

Even if you’re just at home, wearing sunscreen is important to protect yourself from rays coming in through the window and from the blue light emitted by your devices. The SCF believes that the best sunscreen is the one that you’re most likely to use as long as it provides safe and effective protection and is broad spectrum with SPF 15 or higher. So, find one that’s suitable for you and remember to apply every day.

And those are the basic skin care steps you need to follow! Your skincare routine doesn’t need to be long or complicated. It’s all about using effective products that cater to your skin’s needs.