Great skin is not simply a matter of your DNA. Your daily habits and how you take care of your skin, in fact, have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. If you are overwhelmed with all the choices of serums, oils, toners, sheet masks, sleeping masks, exfoliants, and many more, stick to these three main steps. 

Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing 


Cleansing is the first step in everyone’s skincare routine and it’s so important! It removes dirt, pollutants, makeup, and excess sebum. The other benefit of cleansing is that when your skin is clean it can absorb 40 to 60 percent more nutrients from products like serums and moisturizers. This is why I recommend thoroughly cleansing at night, removing makeup before bed is not optional!!! Then you don’t have to cleanse in the morning if you don’t want to - just rinse your skin with cold or lukewarm water. 


Toner is actually a crucial step in your skincare routine. We know cleansing your skin clears away the environmental debris and makeup of the day, but this also can disrupt the pH of the skin. Toning after cleansing restores the skin to a state where your serums and moisturizer can be efficiently absorbed. Toner helps skin look fresher, smoother, and more hydrated. There are now plenty of targeted toners on the market that address different skin concerns - brightening toners for pigmentation, or calming toners for redness and sensitivity. High-quality toners act as carriers for the water and active ingredients in your skincare routine.


The final step in your simple skincare regime is moisturizers. Moisturizers hydrate the skin using a few different ingredients. Occlusives (which prevent water loss), humectants (which attract water to cells), and emollients (which smooth skin cells and allow water to penetrate). When skin cells are hydrated, they are able to repair themselves and turn over with greater frequency. This, in turn, can reduce or even prevent hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Don’t forget to wear an SPF before you go about your daily activities!

By Naz Shahbazi


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