With so many popular skin care routines, how do you know which steps are essential?  Our editors picked the six essential skin care steps that you need for clear skin. 

1. Cleanser

The fist step to any skin care routine is a great cleanser and the main difference is the ingredients within the cleanser. Avoid anything with alcohol. Avoid oils if you have acne.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser—is great for gentle cleaning


A toner is an astringent that cleanses skin, shrinks pores, restore pH balance (your skins natural acid) and refreshes skin. It can also prevent ingrown hairs, which is great for men.

Make sure that your toner does not have alcohol. If you have sensitive skin, make sure your toner is gentle.

Popular brands:

Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Rosewater

3. Moisturizer

Moisturizing is a very important Essential Skin Care Step.

Replenishing and adding nutrients back to your skin is important for your cells.

If you have Acne prone skin, make sure your moisturizer is oil free.

If you have dry skin, use a heavier lotion. Also using a lightweight moisturizer and the morning and a night cream is helpful.

Olay Total Restoration Lotion—for normal to dry skin 

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion—for normal, sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream—for dry, sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)

4. Eye Cream

The eyes are often neglected, but having a great under eye regiment will help prevent wrinkles and under eye bags. There are not that may oil glands around your eyes, so providing extra hydration may help with puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

For puffiness, eye creams with caffine are helpful.

For dark circles look for products that have vitamin c and is eye brightening.

For wrinkles, look for something with retinol.

Here is a recommended drugstore brand: 


Here is a recommended high end brand: 

Dermalogica Age Smart Age Reversal 0.5-ounce Eye Complex

5. Sunscreen

If you are going to be in the sun, make sure you apply sunscreen (even if you are just in you car). This will prevent future skin problems.

6. The last Essential Skin Care step is Exfoliating

 Use an exfoliator or exfoliating mask every couple of days to safely remove debris from your pores.

If you have sensitive skin, choose exfoliators that have natural fruit enzymes.

Cetaphil Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser