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    34 Basic Beauty Products To Try If Your Skincare Routine Is Virtually Nonexistent

    Easy-to-use products to help ease you into a skincare routine.

    1. A bottle of Garnier micellar water, a multipurpose liquid for any beauty newbies. It's a fantastic toner, gentle makeup remover (though you may need something tougher for waterproof mascara), cleanser (no rinsing necessary), on-the-go skin hydrator and refresher, and makeup brush cleanser. No matter how you use it, you'll love that it works for just about every skin type.

    A pair of hands that are half submerged in water holding a bottle of the micellar water.

    2. A CeraVe foaming cleanser to remove dirt, oils, makeup, and other nasties from your skin without drying or stripping your face.

    Before and after of reviewer who used the cleanser showing that it evened their skin tone, improved texture, and made their skin glow

    3. A vitamin C cleanser that'll wash away dry, flaking skin while penetrating deeply to leave behind hydrating oils. Vitamin C may help increase your skin's hydration by nourishing and reinforcing the skin's moisture-retaining barrier, so this is an easy way to take advantage of vitamin C's benefits without bothering with confusing serums and toners.

    4. A gel-cream moisturizer because it hydrates and nourishes even the most sensitive skin. If you're someone who struggles with combination skin, ditch the myriad moisturizers that aren't working and try this! It's the only one you'll need — I promise.

    The purple pump bottle

    5. A foolproof coconut lip mask if you're looking for all-day hydration in just a few simple swipes. It's infused with coconut oil and vitamin E to keep your pout looking plump and nourished.

    The lip balm tubes laid out

    6. A soothing multipurpose oil blend so you can lock in moisture instead of using approximately 50 million products that say they hydrate your skin...and then don't. Its gentle formula won't irritate rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, but it will help you say goodbye to dry skin and frizzy hair.

    7. A CeraVe hydrating cleanser for folks with dry skin who don't want to faff around with a million different products.

    A before photo of a reviewer with lots of acne and acne scars around her chin and cheeks, and an after photo of the same reviewer with clear skin and basically no breakouts or scars

    8. An exfoliating water gel to loosen the dead skin on your face, because finding a chemical exfoliant that works can be tricky. Good thing we've done the hard work for you! Seriously, you'll be able to see little "beads" of dirt, debris, and dead skin go down the drain.

    9. A vitamin C serum that'll help protect your delicate skin from environmental damage while reducing dark spots (curse you, acne scars!).

    Infographic listing the benefits of the serum including that it brightens, protects, and fades dark spots

    10. A No7 water concentrate because it drenches your skin with moisture yet doesn't feel heavy or suffocating. You can also consider your skin protected from pollution particles thanks to its Pollution Shield Technology.

    Model applying the clear product to their cheek with a dropper

    11. An easy-to-use spot corrector if you're looking to target post-breakout scarring. This cream is infused with cica, white willow bark extract, and hyaluronic acid to help with skin cell turnover and hydration.

    Hand squeezing the product onto a finger

    12. A multi-tasking face oil so you can tell your angry, irritated skin to chill the heck out. It's made with jojoba oil (helps with moisture retention), vitamin E (repairs the skin), tea tree oil (anti-inflammatory ingredient that soothes swelling and redness), and argan oil (even skin tone).

    Before and after showing the oil helped get rid of user's red, irritated cheek breakouts

    13. A konjac body sponge for gently exfoliating your skin to help clear pesky breakouts, blackheads, and excess oil from your body.

    Comparison of the dry sponge versus a wet sponge showing the sponge expands in water

    14. An adorable lip scrub to slough off dry, dead flakes like a snake shedding its skin. Exfoliating will also help your lips better absorb moisturizers!

    Tub of light green pistachio macaron lip scrub

    15. A Geologie subscription that'll customize your routine to fit *your* skin's personalized needs. What's the difference between retinol and niacinamide? Who cares — that's why you ordered Geologie!

    A styled shot of Geologie's face mash, eye cream, and night cream against a white background

    16. A cruelty-free and vegan AHA and BHA toner because it's a 7-in-1 tonic that will do it all without introducing a lot of difficulty to your beauty routine. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydoxy acids (BHAs) gently exfoliate and remove dead, dull skin so your complexion is bright, even, and smooth.

    The bottle

    17. A multi-use skincare oil if you gave up on lightening your acne scars ages ago. This should do the trick, plus it may help get rid of stretch marks and treat an uneven skin tone. Reviewers say it absorbs into the skin fast so you won't feel greasy.

    A before photo of a reviewer's scar, which is red and a little raised, and an after photo of the same reviewer's scar, which is now the same color as their skin and barely noticeable

    18. A box of pore-tightening, skin-lifting face masks so you can get the results of multiple products with just one face mask. It'll truly terrify you because 1. it makes you look like a zombie when it sits on your face, and 2. it's so darn effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

    reviewer with some visible wrinkles and dry looking skin, then the same reviewer with skin looking much more moisturized and plumped up

    19. A pack of soothing and depuffing cucumber eye masks for fooling everyone into thinking you got eight restful hours of sleep.

    The cucumber eye mask

    20. A bottle of squalane oil to hydrate parched skin and lock in moisture to keep your epidermis feeling soft, smooth, and plump. It may also help even your complexion, reducing redness and irritation.

    Hand pumping the clear oil from the bottle

    21. A Nivea sunscreen that'll protect your skin without feeling like it's clogging your pores. A good sunscreen is a skincare must and is an easy last step (or only step!) before you head outside.

    22. A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful suction head because watching it slurp up blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup is so oddly satisfying. Plus, it's a lot easier to use than those painful blackhead-removing strips.

    23. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream if you're looking for an effective solution to illuminate your hereditary dark circles (thnx Mom!).

    24. An easy-to-use acne patch so you can de-gunk those pimples that always seem to pop up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.

    25. A multi-use dark spot corrector for stubborn acne scars, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. Reviewers say its magical skin-brightening abilities even work on their bikini area and their underarms.

    Before and after showing the cream helped get rid of most of user's angry cheek acne and dramatically brightened their scarring

    26. A set of 16 sheet masks to pamper your skin and help you ease back into your skincare routine if you've given up during quarantine.

    A photo of all 16 face masks

    27. A clarifying face mask that'll detox your pores in just five minutes. Could it be any easier? Activated charcoal, zinc oxide, and sulfur mud absorb all the gunk in your pores while regulating oil production so your skin looks glowy, not greasy.

    28. A rich moisturizer because you don't need a thousand different moisturizers — you just need this one. It's made with hydrating squalane oil, vitamin E, and algae extract so you can kiss dry patches goodbye.

    Hand holding the tub

    29. A hyaluronic acid serum if you're looking for a simple, surefire way to inject your face with intense hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture from its surroundings. The result = plumper, softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

    30. A refreshing Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray so you can start your skincare stash with something you basically can't use incorrectly. It revives and hydrates your skin anytime, anywhere, whether that's after a grueling workout or three hours on the couch.

    31. Balm Dotcom, a hydrating lip balm for those days when you have the energy to apply lip balm before bed and that's it, that's your skincare routine (and that's fine!). This one's made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

    Model wearing berry-tinted lip balm

    32. CeraVe's face and body moisturizer to enjoy 24 hours of head-to-toe hydration with like 10 seconds of effort required on your part. It contains three ceramides, which are lipids that help the skin retain its moisture, plus hyaluronic acid, another ingredient known for keeping skin plump and hydrated.

    33. An alcohol-free Thayers toning mist you'll look forward to using because it's so freaking quick. It's anti-inflammatory, meaning you may be able to kiss your redness goodbye. Plus, it's an astringent meaning it helps tighten your pores and dries up excess oils.

    Spray bottle of witch hazel with aloe vera

    34. A cruelty-free brightening facial scrub because consistently exfoliating is just good skincare 101. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    Before and after showing the scrub evened reviewer's skin tone and helped get rid of breakouts on their cheek and chin

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