Cleaning and moisturizing your face are the cornerstones of good skin care. Here's a simple routine to help you always put your best face forward.

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To complete this How-To you will need:

A non-comedogenic facial cleanser
A sink or basin
Warm water
Hand soap
Hair clips or a headband
A towel
A natural, alcohol-free toner
Cotton balls or pad
And a non-comedogenic moisturizer

Step 1: Choose cleanser

Choose a non-comedogenic, or non-pore-blocking, facial cleanser appropriate for your skin: dry or sensitive skin needs something gentle, fragrance-free, and dye-free; oily skin will likely benefit from a product containing salicylic acid, which helps clear out clogged pores.

Tip: Avoid ingredients such as acids, botanicals, and irritating preservatives such as ethanol and propylene glycol.

Step 2: Wash hands

Wash your hands with soap and water to rid them of dirt and grease.

Tip: Be sure to pull your hair back so it does not get in the way.

Step 3: Wet face

Wet your face by splashing it with warm water.

Step 4: Apply cleanser

Following the product instructions, put an amount of cleanser into your hands and work it into a lather. Apply it gently to your face with your fingertips using small circular motions.

Tip: Don't forget to wash your hairline, eyebrows, and beneath your jaw.

Step 5: Rinse off

Rinse the cleanser off by splashing your face with warm water.

Step 6: Dry face

Pat your face dry with a clean towel.


Step 7: Apply toner

Apply a natural, alcohol-free toner, such as one based on rose water or witch hazel, with a cotton ball or pad.

Step 8: Apply moisturizer

Apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 15 and is appropriate for your skin type: sensitive skin needs something dye- and fragrance-free; dry skin needs a rich product, and oily skin needs an oil- and fragrance-free product that contains exfoliating agents, like salicylic or fruit acids.