We talk serums, cleansers and oils like they’re our ABCs, but even beauty editors scrunch their face in confusion when an anti-aging-hybrid-eye cream-moisturizer comes across their desk.
The truth is, while exciting, the world of skin care is a little bit intimidating for beauty beginners. The vast amount of product is overwhelming, and don’t even get us started on the vernacular! It’s these reasons alone that many surrender to soap, and that makes us sad. Yes, there’s an encyclopedia of knowledge to learn from, but it doesn’t have to feel like school again.
Like kitchen chemists, perfecting your own skin care regimen is a true blend of art and science, and some spend years tailoring their ideal recipe. So whether you’re a seasoned skin pro or a total face novice, we decided it was time to reel back to the basics. We broke the domain of skin care down into a broad overview of seven steps—the what-you-should-know before you even begin. Granted, you probably won’t include everything in your personal system, and there’s so much more to learn. Keep these categories in mind when studying for your next skin shopping trip.