Skin care basics [step by step guide in 2021]

The Skin care basics are the largest organ in our body, and it needs to be cared for. There are many products on the market that claim to solve all your problems. However, not all of them work or are safe to use long term. Here are some basic tips that will help you get started with a simple

Skin care basics

skin care routine.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and yet there are more myths about it than just about any other part of our anatomy. There’s more than one way to keep skin healthy and beautiful: a sensible skincare routine, sunscreen and appropriate use of cosmetics will go a long way toward keeping your special “35+” (40? 50? 60?) skin looking as young as you feel on the inside!

There’s an easy three-step plan for great face, neck, and décolleté skincare: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Make sure you’re using fragrance-free products that match your skin type. Pick up a tube or bottle of each product — we recommend calling ahead for help finding the right products for you, just ask us!

1.      Cleanse:

Use a soap-free cleanser, or a soap with as little additive as possible.

A good cleanser should rinse off without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

-Some sources suggest using a mild acid, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid, as this helps to unclog pores and prevent the formation of blackheads and spots.

For those with very sensitive skin it is possible to use a cleansing oil or balm either on its own or followed by a cream cleanser. This type of product works by emulsifying dirt and grime which then turns into a milky solution when exposed to water.

1.      Tone:

You don’t have to spend $$ on toners with fancy ingredients if your skin is normal or dry; try an inexpensive cotton pad soaked in witch hazel (but not if you’re oily!) to remove any excess dirt and oil your cleanser left behind. If you have sensitive/combination skin that breaks out easily, choose toners with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (we like Murad Vitalic Toner, $13.50 for 6 oz.). If you have dry skin, look for toners with glycerin instead (try Olay Quench Ultra Hydrating Toner; $12.99/6 oz.).

1.      Moisturize :

To keep your skin plump and glowing (and never greasy!), use a moisturizer containing SPF 30 or greater during the day — we recommend Olay Regenerist Cream Complexion Renewal ($25.49 in-store); if you’re looking for evening moisturization, try our Olay ProX Wrinkle Smoothing Cream ($26.99). At night, slather on thickly any product that works great on hands or elbows! We love Ole Henriksen Firming Treatment ($38.50).

*Don’t forget your neck and décolleté! *This area of the skin has fewer oil glands than other parts and is thinner, so it can show signs of aging more quickly than the rest of your face. Use a heavier moisturizer on these areas — we love Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($23.99)!

Still, have questions? Don’t be afraid to ask — we’ve been helping women take great care of their skin for more years than some of our customers have even been alive! If you’re new to skincare or want a refresher, call us at (847) 832-5586. We’ll be happy to help!


The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult your health care provider before undergoing any treatment. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to our full disclaimer.

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