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Making sense of the five essential steps to a properly cleansed and protected face.

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Washing your face and figuring out which products are best for you doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, cleansing your skin can be a calming process you look forward to. This guide helps you figure out what to consider when choosing products for your skin type, each essential step of the way.

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What Does Face Toner Do? We Asked the Experts

Maya Allen

DSH: “What is the point of toner, and which step does it fit into a routine? Some toners are focused on hydrating the skin, while others serve as exfoliators. There’s admittingly a lot to consider because there are so many different types of toners out there. But a foray into the toner life doesn’t have to be complicated. This piece breaks down where toners may fit into your ideal skin routine based on your #skincaregoals.”

Over-Exfoliation Explained: Here’s How to Avoid This Common Skin Care Mistake

Adam Hurly

DSH: “In the pursuit of glowy skin and instant skincare results, it’s easy to become obsessed with exfoliating. From scrubs to chemical exfoliants, there are a ton of different methods to remove dead skin cells. No matter which choice you make, the key is learning how to not over-exfoliate—and knowing what to do if that happens.”

Sunscreen Is an Important Part of Your Skin-Care Routine, Even at Home

Asia Milia Ware
Teen Vogue

DSH: “Should we be wearing sunscreen? This succinct read answers the question: Yes. And the experts explain why and when. I have found the best way to incorporate sunscreen into your skincare routine is to also find one that serves as a moisturizing face lotion you can reapply throughout the day.”

BONUS READ: How to Wash Your Face for Clearer, Healthier Skin

Sarah JacobyJenn Sinrich

DSH: “There are always new methods you can add to enhance your skincare routine, such as applying a moisturizer to damp skin to help keep more moisture in. But these tips also help to make your routine more enjoyable and effective. Here are techniques to consider during the process of washing your face.”

Darian Symoné Harvin

Darian Symoné Harvin is a reporter and news curation editor covering beauty at the intersection of politics and pop culture. She writes the newsletter BEAUTY IRL, and writes for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Allure, and Teen Vogue. Darian grew up in Buffalo, New York, and lives in Los Angeles.