There are three basic steps to healthy skin; cleanse, tone then moisturize!  If you are not starting and ending your day with these three basic skincare steps then you’re missing out on your best skin ever!

Cleansing your skin is important because it helps to remove dirt sitting on top of your skin – plainly stated – if you don’t wash your face you are allowing buildup on your skin of what is floating around in our environment – this, unfortunately, can lead to clogged pores, uneven tone, and texture as well as breakouts.  In addition, your moisturizer and other products won’t work as well if they need to get through a layer of dirt.

Toner is important because it picks up anything left behind by your cleanser to leave your skin extra clean!  More importantly, toner helps to balance the pH content of your skin – also known as proper hydrogen – this means your skin is maintaining a healthy balance between acid and alkaline.

Then there’s moisturizer – no matter what climate you live in, no matter how old you are – moisturizer may be the most important of all three.  Without a moisturizer, you can experience dry, tight feeling skin.  In addition, without moisturizer, you can bet on more acne if you have oily skin, because the skin is working overtime to build sebum to compensate for the dryness.  Plus moisturizer just feels really good on the skin!  Many moisturizers are doing double duty these days as tinted-moisturizer and moisturizers with firming effects.  You can’t go wrong!

Knowing which products to use on your skin type is the trick though –  I have an oilier skin so if I use the wrong moisturizer it will cause more breakout than I already need to deal with – instead I look for oil-free products to keep my skin balanced.

Below I’ve curated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers for different skin types!  Start using your three-step skincare in the morning and again in the evening.

Dry Skin

Cleanser: Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash

Toner: Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner

Moisturizer: Oil of Olay Micro-Sculpting Cream

Normal/Combination Skin

Cleanser: CeraVe Renewing SA Face Cleanser

Toner: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

Moisturizer: Oil of Olay Total Effects

Oily Skin

Cleanser: Neutrogena Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Fighting Face Wash

Toner: Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

Moisturizer: Neutrogena Oil-Free Face & Neck Moisturizer 

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