Skincare 101: The only products you need to get good skin


Fancy devices are nice, but you don’t need them to take care of your skin.

Dermatologists recommend starting with a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen every morning.

The skin care industry is steadily climbing toward $6 billion, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. Let’s face it, some new device or treatment seems to launch onto the market daily, making it hard to figure out where you should actually focus your time, energy and money.

And there’s now a spectrum of how people approach their skin care routine these days: On one end you have the 10-step skin care regimen that is followed religiously and on the other you have someone who swipes a makeup wipe across their face at night before falling into bed.

No matter where you fall on that spectrum (neither example is necessarily ideal) there’s always room to learn and get back to the basics. To cut through the noise, I asked two dermatologists about how you should actually take care of your skin in this age of beauty influencers, products galore and general skincare confusion.

“Skin care is simpler than the beauty industry is trying to make it. The reality is the industry needs to keep creating a need to get consumers to buy more products,” Caren Campbell, a dermatologist tells CNET.

“Skin care for most people is basic — a sunscreen, antioxidant and retinoid are my holy trinity,” Campbell said.

Below are the basics of what you should know and what is worth your time when it comes to coming up with a skin care regimen that is effective (and that you’ll actually do!). And no, you don’t have to have a 10-step regimen to get better skin in 2020.

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