I’m often asked what products I would recommend for people who are skincare newbies, so I decided to put together my ultimate skincare “starter pack” for beginners. Here are my absolute must-haves and the order in which you should use them:
1. MAKEUP REMOVER:
Bioderma Micellar Water
Pour it on a cotton pad (these square ones are my favorite) to soak off mascara, then swipe all over face to remove makeup. Much better for your skin than traditional makeup wipes, which leave behind a chemical film.
Most experts will tell you that the cleanser you use is the least important aspect of your skincare routine, and also the product you should spend the least amount of money on. I prefer to stick with cream cleansers vs foams or gels (which tend to strip the skin.) Cetaphil—or anything you buy at the drugstore—works just fine.
Thayer’s Natural Witch Hazel
Even if you think you’ve removed all of your makeup, you probably haven’t. A quick sweep of this toner will guarantee there’s not a single thing left on your face.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads
You guys know I’m obsessed with these—they’re one of my “hero” beauty products for a reason. I consider them to be worth every penny and then some. I PROMISE. Everyone I recommend them to tells me that they notice a difference in their skin after using them ONE TIME. I like to use mine twice a week at night, after I cleanse but before I apply my creams and serums.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
This helps restore moisture and keeps your skin looking plump and healthy. Hyaluronic acid products are typically expensive, but The Ordinary’s version is jaw-droppingly affordable—and it actually works. (If you’re looking for other options, check out my list of the best anti-aging serums here.)
6. NIGHT CREAM:
First Aid Beauty Ultra-Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream
This is one of my favorite super rich, super luxe feeling night creams. (Matt is obsessed with it too—it’s the only moisturizer he’ll use.) The texture reminds me of some of my more expensive products, but it’s way more reasonably priced.
7. EYE CREAM:
IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream
This is a great affordable eye cream option that actually works and isn’t irritating. It even has a peachy tint that helps conceal undereye bags. You can use it in the morning before your makeup, and at night before you go to sleep.