A skin care routine doesn't have to be difficult or elaborate. You'll need to find products that work for your particular skin type, whether it's oily, dry, normal or combination. When buying products for your face, choose products that are compatible with your skin type. Once you choose the right products, a good skin care routine contains two essential steps: cleansing and moisturizing. Toning is optional: some people swear by it, while others feel it's unnecessary. Anyone with very oily skin may like the extra cleansing a toner provides.
In the morning and evening, cleanse and moisturize your skin. Even acne-prone skin needs a moisturizer. It's especially important to remove all traces of makeup before going to bed, so make sure your cleanser is effective if you wear cosmetics regularly. The right cleanser will make your face feel clean, but not tight or dry.
Wearing sunscreen during the day, particularly during the summer or anytime you'll be outside for extended periods, is essential for blocking damaging sun rays, which are drying and can lead to wrinkles as well as skin cancer. Choose sunscreens that contain a minimum SPF of 25. You can also wear cosmetics with sunscreen included in them, but SPF isn't cumulative--that is, if your moisturizer is SPF 15 and your foundation is SPF 25, your protection level is 25, not 40.