10 Daily Skin Care Essentials



We started out discussing how fundamental a cleanser is to any top-notch daily skin-care routine, so to wrap up the list, let's return to its all important sidekick: moisturizer. Even if you're on the oilier end of the spectrum, you probably still need a good moisturizer, although a lighter one is usually best. One good trick is to look for one that says "noncomedogenic" on the label. (Don't let that tricky-to-say word worry you; according to the Mayo Clinic, it just means the product isn't likely to clog your pores.) Creams and ointments often work better than lotions for people with dry skin.

It's best to slap on some moisturizer right after you bathe -- this locks in all the water your skin was able to soak up in the shower. Just gently pat yourself dry and smooth on the moisturizer. It'll have you looking healthier in no time, with soft, hydrated skin.

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Morning vs. Evening Showers: Discuss

Morning vs. Evening Showers: Discuss

HowStuffWorks looks at the debate between morning and evening showers.