7 products you didn't know you needed in your skin care routine
There are some products that everyone knows should be part of their skin care routine — a cleanser and moisturizer make up the foundation of almost all skin care regimens. However, once you go beyond the simple cleanse and moisturize steps of this two-step process, there is a whole new world of advanced skin care steps to take advantage of. If you’re ready to take your skin care routine to the next level and need some pointers, we’ve made a list of seven products that will take you to glowing, healthy-looking skin as soon as you incorporate them into your routine.
1. Micellar Cleansing Water
If you associate cleanser with standing over the sink rinsing suds off your face, think again. Micellar water is a rinse-free cleanser that works to lift dirt, makeup and impurities off your face with micelle technology. There’s no harsh rubbing necessary; simply saturate two cotton pads with the formula and swipe across your face. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is formulated to work for all skin types; there’s even a mattifying solution perfect for oily skin.
Toner can be a bit of a mystery product and if you’re not sure when and why to use it, you’re definitely not alone. Toner should be used after cleansing and can help remove any residual grease or film on your skin. It can also help restore your skin’s natural pH-level, which can become imbalanced. If you use toner, try to avoid alcohol-based ones that can be drying. Look for a water-based refreshing toner to feel extra clean after washing your face.
Serums are usually chock full of antioxidants and can work wonders when it comes to your anti-aging efforts. Look out for serums containing Vitamin C, Vitamin E or retinol to help with the appearance of fine lines. Use after cleansing and before moisturizing to get the maximum effect of the serum on the surface of your skin.
4. Sleeping Cream
If you’re looking for a supercharged way to get moisture and plump up the appearance of your skin with minimal effort, you should start to invest in a good sleeping cream. Sleeping creams, such as Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream, intensely hydrates like a mask, but applies like a cream. Infused with Lavender Essential Oil, Hyaluronic and Hydroxy Acids, it renews your skin so you look refreshed once you wake up.
5. BB Cream
BB cream has so many skin benefits it’s kind of hard to not fall in love with it. Infused with antioxidants and skin-perfecting ingredients, BB cream can help renew, brighten, hydrate, protect and even-out skin tone. It can be used on its own or used as the base underneath foundation for a perfect looking complexion. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream will give you a glowing complexion and is suitable for all skin types.
6. Eye Cream/Gel
Our eyes can often reveal a sleepless night or the onset of aging via fine lines or crow’s feet. If you like to keep your eye area refreshed and hydrated, but have been using just moisturizer, you may want to take things to the next level and invest in an eye cream, gel or serum specifically formulated for the skin in this extremely delicate area. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller with Vitamin C, mint and caffeine will perk up your eyes even if you didn’t catch your full 8 hours of sleep. Keep it on hand to always look fresh.
7. Sheet Masks
If masking isn’t a part of your regular routine, get ready for your whole skin care regimen to change. Masking helps your skin stay moisturized, can help the rest of your hard skin care work take effect, and is simply a fun way to turn your home into a DIY spa. Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks are simple to use — just cleanse and smooth the sheet over your face — and are formulated to help nourish your skin.