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Here’s a pro tip: for fantastic results with makeup, skin needs to be pampered. Cosmetics will go on and stay on a million times better on clear skin, and the “less is more” approach will take more effect. True, there are a LOT of cosmetics out there to help conceal, but once you start using a good skincare routine, less time and money will have to be devoted to hiding! So what products are out there that you should be using? Though everyone’s needs are different depending on skin type, here is a list of five basic things as well as products for the more advanced skin pro.
1) Philosophy’s Purity facial cleanser. This is one of the gentlest cleansers on the market right now. Philosophy makes a wide range of products, mostly focused on skin – cleansers, lotions, perfumes, lip gloss, peels, and powder, to name a few. Several products on this list will be Philosophy, but that’s a-okay, because Philosophy rules. Purity is a milky white creamy cleanser that is so gentle, it can be used over the eyes to remove eye makeup. It leaves skin feeling outrageously smooth and soft, and unlike many cleansers, skin doesn’t feel tight and dry once washed off. Purity, among many other fantastic products, can be purchased at philosophy.com, or at your neighborhood Sephora or Ulta.

2) Clinique’s Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion. Boy, this stuff is money. At roughly $15 a pop, the price may seem a little steep considering the size of the tube, but once you try it out you realize that a dab’ll truly do ya. This magic lotion clears up problem areas on the face – fast. From a cankerous pimple to a light dusting of annoying bumps, this gel/lotion is good for all skin types. Visit your local Clinique gals to pick up a tube and for a lesson on clear skin.

3) Josie Maran 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil Light. Wait – oil directly on the face? You betcha. Just remember, a dab’ll do ya. (This saying works in virtually all makeup application tips, if you’re using quality products!) Produced from Moroccon women’s co-ops (woo helping the world become a better place alert!), this oil is fast absorbing and actually light enough to be worn under makeup. Because it’s oil, it’ll make your face back off on the sebum production a bit, so the face will no longer be an oil spill and instead a soft and matte work of art. You’re welcome. Find it at josiemarancosmetics.com.

4) Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Purifying Peel One-Minute Purifying Enzyme Peel. Long name that had to be copied from Sephora’s website out of sheer laziness, stupid easy directions. Quick contest - guess how long you need to leave it on the face? Winner gets some seriously brightened skin. Designed for the facial skin, it also does some work on roughened winter hands, as well. Slather a little on your hands, and those puppies will feel like a baby’s bottom in no time. One minute, to be precise. Since it takes so little time, it can be a fast addition to a weekly routine. It could be used every day initially, but after a bit skin will be so delightfully taken care of, usage can be reduced to every other day or even once a week. Directly from Sephora’s website: “This unique blend contains lactic and salicylic acids, combined with natural enzymes and a fruit acid complex, to deeply exfoliate the skin and support natural cell turnover. The result is enhanced brightness, clarity, and firmness; and reduced pores, lines, and wrinkles.” (Sephora.com) Could not have been said better.

5) Philosophy’s Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream Moisturizer. Side note, whoever comes up with Philosophy’s product names must be paid per word. Back to reality – it bites. Smog, sun exposure, free radicals (not the government-protesting kind, either), and pollution can really get the best of you. This gel-cream moisturizer dip (as it comes in a shallow jar) can be dabbed on to the face to diffuse energizing oxygen for a quick science lesson as well as a slap in the face to toxins everywhere and a cooling caress to the face while antioxidants do their magic to reduce signs of stress. Breathe easy, lovelies.