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3 MUST-BUY ITEMS TO START A SKINCARE ROUTINE

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Has it been a while since you’ve taken care of your skin? Maybe you never have and you’re ready to start? Thankfully, it’s never too late to begin nurturing your skin. Nor is it complicated. Here are a few items to try that will help get you started.

Cleanser

Every good skincare routine begins with this simple product. After all, it’s essential to wash off the sweat, dirt, and makeup that might be on your face. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want a harsh cleanser that will strip all the oil from your skin – that will throw it off balance and cause it to produce even more oil. Try something gentle like Thrive Face Wash.

Moisturizer

Skip the toner (those just strip the oil from your skin, which causes it to produce more oil) and head straight for a moisturizer. It’s best to apply these when the skin is still damp from washing, in order to lock in that extra moisture. Look for a product that works for your skin type – if you have oily skin, for instance, you won’t need a heavy moisturizer. And don’t be afraid to use products that contain oil. Many people actually find them to be healing for the skin. You just have to be willing to try a few brands until you find something that works for your skin. Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream is a great place to start.

Sunscreen

Yes, this should be part of your skincare routine. It’s incredibly important to protect the skin against sun damage. This is an investment in your long term health, as well as being a practice that keeps you looking fresh and healthy. Pick a high SPF if your skin tends to burn easily and/or if you’re in direct sunlight on a regular basis. Otherwise, you can choose something in the lower range for everyday wear. Try Glossier’s Invisible Shield – it’s great for those who hate the feel of sunscreen (which, let’s face it, is most of us!).

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