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13 Products That'll Help You Start Your Skincare Routine

Because it's hard to know where to even start with this stuff.

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Okay, skincare is kind of scary and intimidating and not quite as fun as playing with makeup.

It's really hard to know how to build up a skincare routine. It's a lot like baking; the ingredients are important but so is the order in which you apply them, and how you apply them. I'm by no means an expert and I'm still working on building up my own personal ideal skincare routine, but here is a non-exhaustive list of stuff that'll hopefully help get you started.

Obviously you don't need to buy all of these products and follow all of these steps immediately (or ever, I'm not your boss). But your skin is an organ, and it'll appreciate any little positive thing you do, just like your body will appreciate the occasional pizza-free evening.

1. If you wear makeup, the first thing you'll need is a decent makeup remover, like the Garnier Micellar Water.

2. If you don't like micellar water, try the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover.

3. Next, you need a decent cleanser, like this Elemis balm cleanser.

4. A milky cleanser is necessary for your mornings and can work in the evenings too, if balms are a bit too much effort. This one from REN is great.

5. After cleansing, your next step should be toning and Pixi's Glow Tonic is a cult product for a reason.

6. The next step is to apply a second, more nourishing toner, such as the La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray.

7. Next, you'll need an eye cream, and this one from Boots is under two quid and works a treat.

8. You should add a serum at this stage of your night time routine, and I'm currently on my third bloody bottle of Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

9. If retinols don't sit well with you, try cold-pressed rosehip oil, like this one from The Organic Pharmacy.

10. After this, you need to moisturise, and I love this Argan du Maroc moisturiser.

11. For mornings, get yourself a moisturiser with SPF in it, like the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser.

12. Add a detoxifying mask treatment to your routine, like the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask.

13. And finally, treat yourself to a regular sheet mask, like these Tonymoly ones.