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    22 Products For Anyone Just Starting Out On Their Skincare Journey

    No futuristic tools or overpriced goops here — just effective basics.

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    1. InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum partners with hyaluronic acid and plant stem cells to help reduce sun spots, discoloration, redness, hyper-pigmentation, and dark spots without drying you out. Paired with a good moisturizer, InstaNatural serum is a perfect products to get you on an easy ~serum journey~.

    2. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner invigorates and cleanses while also reducing redness, dullness, and breakouts. It will also make you smell like a fresh bouquet of roses, but at less than $10 is much cheaper than the real thing (and more helpful, too!).

    3. Lush's Breath of Fresh Air Toner lives up to its name and keeps your skin feeling rejuvenated and just...fresh! I've been using this product for years and find its rose, aloe, and rosemary formula extremely calming, gentle, and effective.

    4. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is lauded by reviewers with sensitive skin, thanks to its gentle, fragrance-free formula. It also comes in an enormous 19-ounce tub, meaning your fave new moisture source will last basically until the end of time.

    5. Sephora's Brightening Eye Cream utilizes hyaluronic acid to revive under eyes and make those peepers look wide awake. Eye creams usually cost an exorbitant amount of money, so this is a great one to try before you go full Mr. Moneybags.

    6. The Avarelle pimple patch *sticks* it to your breakouts using tea tree oil, calendula oil and cica. It's simple pimple math: go to bed +1 sticker and wake up with -1 whitehead. You can definitely handle that!

    7. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water gently cleanses *and* removes makeup, making your nighttime routine so much faster. A good skincare routine HAS to start with a makeup-free face, and this will absolutely get you there.

    8. bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser gets your skin feeling fully cleansed while still keeping it hydrated. If you're only down for a one step routine, this should be your go-to. I have it and love it for when I want to feel fresh without much fuss.

    9. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser fights acne with vigor but is gentle enough to use twice a day. The medicated formula targets problem areas and dramatically reduces excess surface oil, meaning it's both treating your current acne and actively preventing future acne. A good place to start if you want to see what issues can be resolved just with specialized cleansing.

    10. Nivea Crème delivers some serious, lasting moisture to the face and body, relieving uncomfortable cracking and dryness. If you're searching for an all-in-one solution for dryness emergencies, look no further than this tin.

    11. Clinique's three-step skincare regimen is a classic and comes with a mild facial soap, clarifying lotion, and moisturizing gel. This is a great option for people new to skincare, as it has everything you need to get started and achieve a healthy glow!

    12. Mario Badescu facial sprays are perfect for anyone who wants to waltz into their new life of skincare through a cloud of refreshing mist. The aloe, cucumber, and green tea mist invigorates skin, and the aloe, herbs, and rosewater mist hydrates. Ahhhh, my skin feels better just writing that.

    13. Radha Rosehip Oil multitasks by moisturizing dry skin, reducing the appearance of acne scars, and even assisting in the healthy growth of hair and nails. What CAN'T this glorious oil achieve?

    14. Bye Bye Blemish Acne Treatment Drying Lotion reports for duty ready to take care of any surprise breakouts with just a drop. Just dab a little bit on with a cotton swab, and it'll take care of the rest!

    15. Aztec Secret Face Mask has vacuumed out almost every pore across the universe. Whether you use it for spot treatments or as a whole mask, it will help smooth skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and even take a shot at cystic acne! If you're looking for THE mask to try, this is it.

    16. St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin moisturizer conditions skin and uses safflower seed oil to get you looking bright and fresh-faced. It's also dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic, meaning it *won't* clog your precious pores. Just what you've been searching for!

    17. Eucerin Sensitive Skin Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme calms angry redness using licorice root, even when it's caused by rosacea. Hmmm I was ready to banish licorice from the planet for tasting awful, but now that I know it can help your skin? It can stay.

    18. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Serum delivers high-quality skin care at a shockingly affordable price. Dab a little on before your moisturizer and glow baby glow!

    19. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb blows most other moisturizers out of the ~water~ with it's refreshing gel formula, long-term effect, and all around amazing feel. It's a little expensive for a "beginner" product, but it's the skin equivalent of drinking a ton of H2O before bed to avoid a hangover after a night out — I personally could not recommend it more highly!

    20. Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream employs chamomile, aloe, and soap bark to gently calm your skin like a good friend. You're a real pal, Burt.

    21. Healing Solutions Tea Tree Essential Oil combats rosacea, redness, discoloration, and breakouts one powerful application at a time. Use it as a spot treatment wherever you need to show any kind of irritation who's boss.

    22. Mikacare's rose quartz roller and gua sha set will make you feel like a real pro with just a few massaging rolls said to help reduce puffiness and dark circles, improve circulation, and even skin tone. Try putting these products in the fridge before use for maximum skin-soothing pleasure.

    Best of luck on your skincare journey, everyone!

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