Daily facial cleansing routine is essential to keeping your skin fresh and sparkling. We don’t have to over-complicate the matter, though, ladies, or bust the bank on pricey products. It’s just a matter of getting a few key tools and steps down to maintain glowing skin. Here, Ariel Ostad, MD,  a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center gives us the low-down. For starters, make sure to clean your face at least twice daily, and always after a workout. Most importantly, avoid what Dr. Ostad calls the most common skincare mistake, of forgetting to apply sunscreen. Dab it on every day, no matter the season.

Tools For Your Daily Face Cleansing Routine

Soft facial-cleansing cotton pads are recommended when cleaning your face, says Dr. Ostad, who adds that you might also consider trying a Clarisonic brush. (You can nab a one-speed Clarisonic Mia for $119; Clarisonic.com)

Morning Cleanse

Wash your face when you wake up in the morning, before applying any makeup. Then slather on a layer of sunscreen (yes, every day, no matter the season). You don’t have to go for expensive soaps and products. Easily found at drug stores, Dr. Ostad recommends Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer with SPF 50. In general, look for any sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF, says Dr. Ostad, containing the ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Special Cleanse

Always pack facial soap and a few cleansing cotton pads in your gym bag and be sure to get in a good scrub after your sweat session.

Evening Cleanse

Before climbing into bed, wash your face again. This time, after washing, apply a moisturizer containing no SPF but with the ingredient retinol. You can look for the Cetaphil moisturizer facial lotion without SPF. As for products containing the over-the-counter ingredient retinol, the tried and true of the wrinkle cream aisle, consider La Roche-Posay Laboratoire Dermatologique’s Redermic ($56; www.LaRoche-Posay.us). You can also ask your doctor about more concentrated retinoid prescriptions, such as Differin Gel, Epiduo Gel, Retin-A, or Renova which studies have shown can treat existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. (These, however, will cost you more, around $150 for six months of product).

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