If you’re looking to simplify your skin care routine, or just beginning one, there are certain must-have products you should have in your arsenal. A cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen will ensure a youthful appearance and healthy skin. Those with oily or combination skin should look for a foaming cleanser and oil-free lotions and sunscreens.

If your skin is dry, try a creamy cleanser, thicker moisturizer and sunscreen. Willing to take it a step further? You’ll thank yourself down the road if you add an eye cream, which is specially designed for the delicate skin around the eyes, often the first area to show signs of aging.

Once an antiquated product, toners are now gentle and ensure no traces of makeup are still on the skin at the end of the day. Thoroughly cleansed skin is better prepared to regenerate at night and stay clear and blemish-free.

If you want to venture beyond the beginner stage, check out serums. These specially designed formulas are supercharged with active ingredients to target specific skin care concerns. Retinol and hyaluronic acid are the most popular ingredients that can help keep skin clear, prevent signs of aging and hydrate even the driest of skin. For those making their first foray into skin care, product lines such as Neutrogena and Simple Skincare from the drugstore aisles are gentle and easy to navigate. Kiehl’s and Mario Badescu, found at department and specialty stores, offer personalized recommendations and are budget friendly.


Hair Today

Warm weather calls for a change in hair routine. Lighter hair color and summer-friendly cuts are on the docket, and there are loads of new products to revitalize our bathroom shelves. Alterna recently launched its Caviar anti-aging product line with the flagship product Caviar CC Cream for Hair. This multitasking styling product works on hair in 10 different ways, leaving strands healthy and shiny. Building on its Advanced Haircare line, L’Oreal Paris just launched its Advanced Hairstyle line with a focus on performance. Five formulas offer what any hair style needs: Hold (“Lock It”), volume (“Boost It”), smoothness (“Sleek It”), curl (“Curve It”) and texture (“TXT It”). Also from the drugstore, Suave’s new Moroccan Infusion dry shampoo is a best-of-breed at a bargain basement price.


Waterproof Wear

Waterproof mascara can be polarizing. Some beauty experts suggest the formulas can cause breakage and be unhealthy for long, lush lashes. However, some occasions require budge-proof properties – for instance, weddings or formal events. Drugstore aisles offer budget options that won’t harm lashes for those big event days. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Waterproof Mascara is a fan favorite for dramatic, long-lasting lashes.

For those in the “anti-waterproof” camp, Lancome Hypnôse Doll Lashes has great staying power and is still easy to remove. For everyday use, Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara from Maybelline contains ceramide R and vitamin E to rebuild and plump lashes.

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