No matter the gender, age, or skin type, everyone should have a daily routine. We all want to feel confident and beautiful. The first step is taking care of your skin by using the right products for your skin type. There are many products on the market that can be used for different purposes and every person will need to find what works best for them. However, there are some things most people will need no matter what kind of skin they have. These items may not always be necessary but can help you take care of your skin even more!

This article will explore what products everyone should have in their skincare routine, as well as how often they should be used.  If you’re looking for a way to take care of your skin on a budget, this is the article for you!

The products that make up your routine will depend on what your skin needs at any given time, but there are a few products that should be staples no matter what. These are cleansers, exfoliants, moisturizers, toners, and sunscreens. 


The first step in any effective skincare program is cleansing. Gentle face cleansers are the way to go, especially if you want to apply more active chemicals later. Too many individuals cleanse too much, too frequently, or with a strong cleanser, causing their skin barrier to be broken down.

To remove dirt, makeup, excess oil, dead skin cells, and environmental pollutants that naturally accumulate on your face during the day, you’ll need a cleanser. Some of the most popular cleansers are:

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant
  • SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser Foam
  • YourGoodSkin Refreshing Face Wash


An exfoliant is a product that removes the top layer of your skin to enhance the texture. It appears to be more serious than it really is. However, removing a layer of dead skin not only exposes younger, more beautiful skin but also improves the absorption of your other skincare products. It will also make it easier to apply your makeup evenly and smoothly. Exfoliating should not be done every day, but rather once or twice a week.

Physical and chemical exfoliants are the two most common forms of exfoliants. Physical exfoliants employ particles or granules, as well as equipment like cleaning brushes, to remove dead skin cells. Face scrubs are ideal for oily and dry skin types since they buff away dry areas and modify skin texture drastically.

Those with acne-prone skin should use chemical picks. Chemical exfoliants break the connections between dead skin cells, allowing them to be removed, and use chemicals like salicylic acid and retinoids to do so. A chemical exfoliator unclogs the pore by going deep into it. Popular chemical exfoliants in the market today are:

  • The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator
  • Zo Skin Health Exfoliating Polish
  • Origins Ginzing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser
  • Neutrogena Bright Boost
  • Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Facial Scrub


Toners are water-based products used to moisturize the face after cleaning and have a variety of effects on the skin depending on the chemicals they contain.

After washing, apply a toner before applying any serums or moisturizers. It also helps to remove the second layer of skin that the exfoliator was unable to remove. Toner is sometimes dismissed as unneeded, yet it is an essential element in a complete skincare regimen. It not only removes any last traces of oil or makeup from your face, but it also prepares your cleaned skin for whatever treatments you plan to use next. Toners that get good reviews in the beauty magazines include:

  • Fresh, Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner
  • The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
  • Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
  • Innisfree Balancing Toner with Green Tea
  • Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer


Moisturizer hydrates your skin while also assisting in the strengthening of your skin barrier leaving it smooth and silky. This is important because dryness can lead to all sorts of problems including wrinkles!

Choose a milder moisturizer for daytime usage that will absorb rapidly and won’t create pilling under makeup. Try a thicker product, such as a cream, if your skin is drier. Here are some of the best moisturizers in the market today:

  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
  • L’Oreal Paris Skin Expert Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Cream


Sunscreen is a great way to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays and wearing it every day can help prevent premature aging. It will also give you healthier-looking eyes by helping reduce wrinkles around them as well! You might want to check out these popular sunscreens:

  • Tizo 2 Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40
  • Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion
  • Raw Elements Face + Body SPF 30
  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
  • Black Girl Sunscreen

With so many products out there, it can be hard to know what are the best ones for your skincare routine. We’ll help you figure that out by asking a few questions and recommending some of our favorites! Call us today if you want to take charge of your beauty regimen with minimal effort.

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