By the Ethical Consumerista

When it comes to skin care, with so many options out in the market and every other magazine or website having their own take on it, don’t you wish someone would just tell you what you need in your daily routine? Well, that’s exactly what this list is for: to make your life easier. From why you need a toner to why it’s not a good idea to use an exfoliating cleanser every day, we’ve got the answers to all your questions. Needless to say, we stress the importance of highlighting ethical brands made by companies that treat their workers right.

Cleanser

Cleanser: you absolutely need one. Whether you wear makeup all day or just go through the motions of nature every day, you need to remove all the impurities from your face in the morning and night. And since fall is upon us, a non-drying gel cleanser like Avon’s Anew Clean Purifying Gel Cleanser is essential for the drier, colder months. This cleanser is gentle enough not to strip your skin of its natural essential oils and hydration, but effective enough to get rid of impurities and prep your skin for the next steps ahead.

Exfoliator

When it comes to a daily skin routine, you don’t need an exfoliator every day. If you exfoliate daily, you’re actually stripping your skin of its natural essential oils and damaging it by overworking it. Use an exfoliator like Avon’s Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub once or twice a week for the best results. This will unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells without over drying or tearing your skin.

Toner

This is one of those products you think you can go without, but is actually an essential step to prepping your skin to absorb all the good stuff in the serums you’ll be applying later. Different than astringent, toner is the first step in returning some of the moisture you might have lost cleansing your face. And with the fall and winter coming up, you’ll need all the moisture you can get. L’OREAL’s Hydrafresh Toner is 99 percent alcohol free, meaning it’s non-drying, which is highly important when it comes to a toner. It also contains hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) that exfoliates the skin, which helps fight acne.

Mask

While some beauty extremists say you should mask every day for optimal results, you should be fine with doing a sheet mask once a week — twice if it’s been an especially rough one. Masks, like serums, have different uses such as anti-aging, brightening, anti-redness, etc Avon’s Anew Brightening Sheet Mask with White Pearl Essence further hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and looking bright.

Serum

Once you reach the serum stage of your routine, things can get crazy. Like masks, serums have different benefits. Since we’re preparing to transition into colder and drier weather — you guessed it! — we’re focusing on hydration and anti-aging. Once we reach our mid 20’s, the body stops the production of collagen, so it’s all about prevention rather than addressing the issue once it’s already there. L’OREAL’s Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Daily Serum not only has anti-aging ingredients, but it also helps repair visible dull and damaged skin.

Eye Cream

Like your face, your eyes will also show signs of aging, so the earlier you get on the habit of applying an eye cream, the better. Avon’s nutraeffects Ageless Eye Cream helps prevent and reduce fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the natural production of collagen. Remember: when it comes to anti-aging, collagen is everything. Also, this product is parabens free and hypoallergenic.

Day Cream

Ideally, you need different moisturizers for day and night. But if you’re on a budget or unapologetically lazy, one really good one is fine. Being the product with the thickest consistency, the moisturizer is the last step, the one that locks in all the products you applied before it. Similar to the eye cream, Avon’s nutraeffects Ageless Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is perfect during the day given its lighter consistency while jamming anti-aging, collagen stimulating nutrients. It gets bonus points for containing sunscreen.

Night Cream

If you do choose to use two different face creams, one with a richer consistency is key. Since you’ll be washing away the tackiness in the morning, a thicker cream like L’OREAL’s Age Perfect Night Cream will work overnight to smooth out and prevent fine lines. A thicker moisturizer will make sure to lock in all the benefits from the products you applied previously. You won’t see improvement overnight, of course, but a good routine will surely show signs of improvement over time.

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