These Routines Are The Secret To Amazing Skin

The journey to amazing skin can be a long and confusing one. It's tricky — and often, overwhelming — to achieve that golden mean: clear, dewy, and not too oily or dry. Hey, even for those of us whose jobs consist of testing out various lotions and potions, the struggle is real.
But that doesn't mean you should give up. It's important to figure out which products work best for your skin type and how to use them properly. If you're still on the hunt for those, we're here to give you a jump-start. And we're going to let you in on some very personal parts of our lives: our everyday skin-care routines. This means we'll tell you about the cleansers, serums, creams, and other concoctions that we flat-out know make us look awesome. We're not claiming complexion perfection, but these picks have gotten us pretty darn close.
Click through for a peek into our day-to-day regimens, and feel free to steal some of our suggestions: In fact, we insist you do.
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Megan McIntyre, Beauty Director
"As someone who has struggled with mild acne for what feels like an eternity, keeping breakouts at bay has always been my primary focus. After years of trial and error, I finally hit upon a regimen that not only keeps my skin under control, but also makes it look healthy, satiny-soft, and glowing. Sure, I get the occasional pimple, but for the most part, this mix of super-natural and high-tech skin-care potions is doing absolute wonders for my skin."
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"I've been breaking out pretty heavily as of late, so I've had to switch out my usual gentle cleanser for something a bit more purifying. This solid cleansing stick from Boscia is equal parts innovative and awesome. A quick twist of the stick reveals the solid cleanser, which you apply to a damp (not wet!) face, and then use your fingers to massage in to create a foam. The hero ingredient — charcoal — is like a Hoover for your pores, drawing out all the sludge. Bonus: It's beyond easy to travel with."
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Photo: Via Yüli.
"I used to think of facial mists as a peripheral beauty product — nice and refreshing, but not a necessity. Then, I tried this natural pick from newcomer Yüli, and it rocked my world. A few spritzes of it on my face in the a.m. and p.m., and my skin was softer, smoother, clearer, and more radiant than any treatment, cream, lotion, or potion I have ever tried. It made my acne marks fade faster, my fine lines look less noticeable, and my complexion feel satiny-soft. It's like a spritz on steroids."
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"Besides making my medicine cabinet look infinitely chicer, this herbal concoction makes my skin look pretty damn fine. It's made with vitamins, sea algae, tamanu, and reed extract (among others), and patting it into my freshly spritzed skin gives me a radiant glow, and, on good skin days at least, gives me the kind of complexion that allows you to face the world foundation-free."

Kypris Antioxidant Dew, $67, available at Beau.Tea.Bar.
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"Since I'm a pale, easily fried Irish girl, SPF on the daily is non-negotiable for me. Problem is, most sunscreens clog my already congested pores and lead to breakouts. Not so with this shimmery hydrator. It provides both sunscreen protection and moisture, with the added one-two punch of a dark-spot diminisher and a radiance booster. It's everything my skin needs in one handy tube."
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"I don't know what kind of crazy dark magic this sheet mask was brewed up with, but I'd like to thank the wizards who made it a reality. With a blend of cinnamon, argan oil, and alpine herbs infused within its bio-cellulose fibers, slapping this on my skin and plopping down on my couch gives me the skin equivalent of a four-hour spa sojourn. Except I've never left a spa with my acne spots and red marks so drastically diminished. Like I said, it's some strong magic."
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Photo: Via Mullein & Sparrow.
Night Treatment
"Although it's called a serum, that's a bit of a misnomer: I would describe this potion as a straight-up face oil. And what a face oil it is. Like liquid gold for your visage, this handmade-in-Brooklyn product uses immortelle and a blend of carrot-seed, frankincense, and rosehip-seed oils that slides like velvet over my skin and doesn't clog pores. I wake up with a gorgeous, healthy luminescence that makes it appear as if I got a luxurious 12 hours of sleep — which I did not."
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"As far as this cream is concerned, I am a hysterical, screaming, sobbing fangirl. It's that good. A coworker turned me onto it as a hydrating cream to use at night that wouldn't irritate my easily broken-out visage. I scoffed at his recommendation, but then took it home to try myself. And I haven't gone a night without using it since. The propolis-and-essential-oil blend is somehow the perfect potion for hydrating, healing, and generally just making your skin look way better than it did when you went to bed. And while it seems counterintuitive to smear a heavy balm-cream on acneic skin, somehow this just works. Not only does it not make me break out, it also heals and clears up any blemishes unfortunate enough to be in its path. There's not much this wonder cream can't do."
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Cat Quinn, Deputy Beauty Director
"I might be a beauty editor with unlimited access to products and dermatologists, but let me tell you: I have struggled with my skin. The past few years have been a rocky road of prescription acne products, more than a few embarrassing breakouts, patchy redness, and a near-constant fight between being overly dry and overly oily. As a beauty editor whose work is reflected on her skin, I've battled intense insecurity about this and made up for it by over-applying makeup and sometimes even covering my face with my hands. Which, really, are the two worst things you can do if you're having skin issues — but, if you've felt like I have before, you probably get it.

"But, this year, I decided it was time for a change. I invested in a strict skin-care regimen that focused on hydrating and coddling (and, admittedly, investing major $$ in) my worn-out skin — and kicking down the makeup application by about 15 notches. And, for the first time ever, I've been getting random compliments on my complexion. I never thought I could be the girl who is told by a complete stranger, 'Wow, you have great skin' — but I promise, you can, too. It just starts with loving it first."
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Makeup Remover
"The Korean skin-care trend brought a wave of changes to my routine, but the most important was double-cleansing. I honestly think about 98% of my skin's improvement is due to how much better I clean it now. (I shudder to think of how much makeup was left in my pores before I started doing this.) I love the Bobbi Brown cleanser because it melts away my long-wearing lipstick, mascara, and foundation in one step."
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"I then lather up with this foaming gel cleanser to get rid of every last speck of makeup and grime. The formula is really gentle, but gets the job done if you have oily or acne-prone skin. And it leaves my skin feeling super-soft."

Olay Active Botanicals Refreshing Gel Facial Cleanser, $5.99, available at Target.
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"Dermatologist Karyn Grossman told me that I should focus on protection during the day — and correction at night. So I keep things really simple with a basic moisturizer with SPF. This one is incredibly silky and doesn't feel like sunscreen at all (which helps justify the price tag a bit). The subtle pink tint makes for a gorgeous makeup primer, too."

Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Day Moisturizer SPF 19, $200, available at Neiman Marcus.
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"A few times a day, I take a moment to spray my face with this super-hydrating mist. Since stress really does impact your skin, I also take this moment to enjoy a few deep breaths and re-center my thoughts. Sounds hokey, but it helps, I swear."

Sulwhasoo Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Lifting Mist, $45, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Night Treatment
"Then, at night, after double-cleansing again, I smooth on this exfoliating serum. The alpha-hydroxy acid is a great resurfacer, and has been a game-changer for controlling my breakouts. Plus, it has algae extract to keep my skin from being sucked dry."

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, $48, available at Sephora.
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Night Cream
"Hands-down: This is the hero of my new skin-care regimen. Since first using it a few months ago, my skin looks clearer, smoother, and more balanced. And the fine lines on my forehead have noticeably softened. It costs a pretty penny, but I've already cleaned two jars dry. It is my best friend."

Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Extrema, $385, available at Nordstrom.
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Eye Cream
"Eye cream is so important, but many of the formulas I've tried give me those pesky little bumps — or, worse, leak into my eye and cause such excruciating, stinging pain that I can't sleep. (Fun!) Not this. The clear gel feels like heaven, makes my eyes look brighter and less crepe-y, and has never once caused irritation. Admittedly, it makes me feel a bit like a rich old lady using it — and you can't really put a price on that."

La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel, $145, available at Nordstrom.
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Night Oil
"Finally, I rub a few drops of this botanical-based oil between my palms and gently tap it over my face. It adds a final kick of hydration, and the antioxidants in the serum help protect and repair my skin from any damage."

Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital Daily Replenishing Oil, $49, available at Lancôme.
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"Then, a couple times a week, I purge my pores with this clarifying mask. If you haven't tried it, you should. The pinky-white liquid turns into a straight-up foam party on your face and has really helped in stopping breakouts. Plus, it's just so fun to use."

Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask, $54, available at Sephora.
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"A few times a week, I love to decompress with this cooling, hydrating, brightening mask. I always fly with it, too — and always terrify my seatmates."

Giorgio Armani Luminessence Mask, $175, available at Giorgio Armani Beauty.
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"If dry patches are the problem, I dab on a bit of this moisturizing balm. Model Lindsay Ellingson swears by it (and have you seen her skin?). I love it most for red, scaly areas around my eyes and lips, which typically creep up in the winter."

Earth tu Face Skin Stick, $34, available at Earth tu Face.
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"Cysts are far less of a problem these days, but if one comes up, I immediately begin treating it with this slippery liquid. It's the closest thing I've found to a cortisone shot, and doesn't create the patchy dryness typical of many spot treatments."

Renée Rouleau Anti Cyst Treatment, $42.50, available at Renée Rouleau.
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Megan Cahn, Senior Beauty Editor
"My skin is a bit of a chicken-or-egg situation: I have always had pretty good skin (though I'll probably be struck down with a zit tomorrow for saying that), and I have always taken good care of my skin. Even before I had beauty-editor access to all things cosmetic, I had a regimented routine and tried to never go to sleep without washing my face and taking off my makeup. I still do the same, just with A LOT more products. Serums, oils, and toners have all been introduced into my routine in the last few years, and I am always trying out new ones. Admittedly, since I do not have many skin issues it’s often hard to tell if a new product is working; much easier to tell when it is not. I do have sensitive skin, so if something causes any irritation, that's when it gets the boot. My biggest skin issue is dryness, so I’m always looking for anything hydrating. Here’s what I am using at the moment; it will probably be something totally different (other than the La Mer) next month, though."
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Night Cleanser
"I got really interested in the new wave of cleansing powders on the market after my skin guru Mary Schook sung their praises. Made of natural enzymes, they are super-gentle and great for my sensitive skin. Admittedly, the powder form makes it not quite as easy as your average cleanser, so I just use it when I’m in the mood to take my time. Plus, it’s great for traveling as it won’t spill and can be stashed in your carry-on."
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Night Cleanser
"Okay, so I like to use a lot of different cleansers. In the winter months, when my skin is even more dry than usual, I swap my nightly face wash for an oil cleanser. It not only cleanses, but also gets rid of any remaining eye makeup I couldn’t get with my makeup remover and leaves my skin super-soft."

bareMinerals Mineralixirs Facial Cleansing Oil, $21, available at bareMinerals.
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"I use this to exfoliate my face two times a week in the shower in the morning — or if I ever, god forbid, sleep in my makeup or just use a cleansing wipe the night before — to make sure all the gunk is gone the next day."

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish, $32, available at Sephora.
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"After getting a facial from the famed French, NYC-based aesthetician Isabelle Bellis, I followed her advice and began spraying my face with this thermal water after washing it to combat anything bad that might be in the tap water, soften the skin, and prepare it for the products that lie ahead. I don’t actually know if this makes any difference, but I like the ritual of it (I feel so French!) and it is quite refreshing. We’ll see if that holds up this winter, though."
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"More water products for my dry skin. I apply this after I tone (with usually whatever toner I can get my hands on that doesn’t contain alcohol) to reap the hydrating power of Hungarian water — the beauty secret of the Queen Elizabeth of Hungary."

Belif Hungarian Water Essence, $42, available at Sephora.
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"During the winter months, my obsession with oils goes into high gear. After my serum, I apply a little bit of this marula oil and it moisturizes while imparting a nice, dewy glow without leaving behind any greasy residue. Sometimes I’ll put it directly on the skin, and sometimes I mix it in with my moisturizer, depending on my mood."

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $72, available at Drunk Elephant.
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"This cream is light and simple; perfect for the day. It checks off all the boxes as I get older: anti-aging, firming, hydrating — and I like the packaging and pump top."

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream, $158, available at Caudalie.
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"No matter how many creams I try, my heart will always go back to La Mer. If I could have a lifetime supply of anything, this would be it. It makes my skin feel soft and moisturized, and I feel like a queen every time I put it on."
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Maria Del Russo, Beauty Editor
"After dealing with hormonal acne since the day I hit puberty, I finally threw in the towel and handled my skin issues with meds. After that, I really started paying attention to my skin and how it reacted to certain products. The regimen I have now is completely stripped-down and basic — it's actually the lightest list of all my fellow editors. Anything more will cause my face to freak out. Why go and make things so complicated? With a mix of natural and active ingredients, I've found my skin-care sweet spot."
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"I've recently started exfoliating in the morning as a substitute to my regular cleanser — and I think that 99% of that has to do with this blue tube. I use Dr. Lancer's Polish in the shower in the morning, and when I step out my skin looks instantly brighter. Plus, an a.m. exfoliation session means my makeup sits better on my face."
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"Big ups to our Beauty News Editor Taylor for tossing this bottle to me. For anyone who says face spritzes are useless, I give you Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist from Herbivore. It's made with rose and coconut to keep your face glowing and hydrated. I leave it in the fridge, so that after I rinse my face with warm water post-cleansing it instantly takes the redness out of my face."
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"I know — someone with a history of acne voluntarily spreading oil on their face sounds like someone fit for the loony bin. But Little Barn Apothecary's face oil is made with lavender, a natural antiseptic, and frankincense, which promotes cell turnover, so it's actually clutch for my skin. Plus, it smells incredible. I press it into my face and neck after my spritz, and stay moisturized all day."
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Makeup Remover
"I never thought I'd be one to sing the gospel of coconut oil, but this stuff is the best makeup remover of all time. I press it into my eyes to remove my eye makeup, and then spread a thin layer around my face to get everything off there, too. It's also insanely useful to always have coconut oil on you. I was able to use this stuff in a pinch when I was in Paris last month, and my friend and I had no cooking oil. Win-win."

Vita Coco Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $30.99, available at Amazon.
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Night Cleanser
"The same derm who cleared my skin with doxy suggested this cleanser to me. (Pro tip: Find a dermatologist who knows their stuff. I don't know how this little bottle does it, but it manages to keep my skin clear, luminous, and supple. It's made with salicylic acid and papaya enzymes, which help mildly exfoliate and brighten your skin. Every time I use it, my face looks instantly refreshed."

Revision Papaya Enzyme Cleanser, $30, available at SkinMedix.
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"I first used this mask on flight from L.A. to NYC, and was completely blown away by how incredible it made my skin look. It improves facial contour and adds a brightness to your skin that looks like you spent the day before at the spa. Now one of my favorite things to do at night is to pop this on before my night cream and bliss out in front of the TV with a glass of wine. Hey — I'm doing it for my skin, people."
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Night Cream
"If you haven't noticed, the theme of my skin care regimen is hydration. And there is no night cream more hydrating than Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask. You wake up in the morning feeling like you downed a gallon of water before bed. And (added bonus) it has an incredibly soothing scent, so it helps me drift off to bed."
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Lexy Lebsack, West Coast Beauty Editor
"I would classify my skin as dry to very dry, which can make it look incredibly dull and lifeless, and, thanks to my fair complexion, prone to dark spots from both the sun and clogged pores (yay!). Luckily, my skin is the exact opposite of sensitive; peels, acids, scrubs, you name it and my skin can take it like a champ. This means I enjoy trying anything and everything that crosses my desk without any worry about irritation or breakouts. I’m pretty lucky that I’ve never battled with acne, but trust me, textbook dry skin comes with it’s own issues. Namely, milia (hard, white bumps that are nearly impossible to remove at home), and congestion (like whiteheads). Luckily, thanks to a regime of daily chemical and physical exfoliation, protection, and hydration, I am able to limit clogged pores and keep my skin hydrated and glowing."
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"It’s shocking how many people believe the myth that it’s okay to skip face wash in the morning. Don't do it! Regardless of how great your evening products are, there’s no chance they FULLY soaked in while you slept, which means you must wash the residue off your skin in the morning. I like Indie Lee’s gel cleanser for day because it gets the skin super clean, giving you a fresh canvas to start with in the morning. In the evening, I do a double cleanse, starting with an oil face wash to gently break up my makeup, then follow with a gel cleaner to rinse it away. Shu Uemura’s high-performance balancing cleansing oil advanced formula is the best for this, and it lasts for months!"

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser, $32, available at Indie Lee.
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"As I mentioned before, my skin is incredibly dry, so I have always been terrified of toners. But, SK-II Essence is far from it, even though it looks a bit like an astringent. After I wash my face in the morning, I pat a dime size amount over my face and let it soak in. It feels like water but gives skin a glow you immediately notice when you stop using it."
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"I spend my childhood with a constant tan, thanks to growing up in Arizona, so it took me a long time to become fully committed to daily SPF. Luckily, working in beauty I have become absolutely fanatical about it and wear SPF every single day. On days spend inside, I go for Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, it has enough SPF (20) for a day in the office and has the most amazing texture. It melts into skin and hydrates in such a great, long-lasting way."
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"On days when I am outside or running around all day I wear La Roche Anthelios. I switch between the different lightweight formulas (I buy whatever is on sale!) because they all soak in quickly and feel great. You can't go wrong with any of their SPFs and they don't cost an arm and a leg."

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral, $33.50, available at La Roche-Posay.
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Eye Cream
"My skin can take anything I throw at it, but my eyes are the opposite. Most eye creams make them puffy and irritated, so I stick to tried and true formulas. This LRP formula soaks in immediately, doesn’t irritate, and makes the eye calm and hydrated."

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes, $33.99, available at La Roche-Posay.
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Eye Cream
"In the winter, I go a bit heavier and opt for Murad’s Renewing eye cream. It’s rich and thick but also super gentle, and one of the only rich creams I’ve tried that doesn’t irritate my eyes."

Murad Renewing Eye Cream, $80, available at Murad.
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Night Treatment
"Two or three nights a week I pop on a mask, and the other nights I rotate physical and chemical exfoliation. The former comes by way Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, which sounds intense but it’s actually just a light enzyme powder that you mix with water, then use like soap. It’s frothy and gentle and just helps to rinse away dead skin."

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, $60, available at Sephora.
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Night Treatment
"Three nights a week, I use an OTC retinol. My favorite one, and the formula I am using now, is Shani Darden Retinol Reform. It doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin, and you wake up with this insane glow. I’m addicted."

reSURFACE by Shani Darden Retinol Reform, $94, available at Ron Robinson.
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Night Moisturizer
"As the last step, I smooth on a rich cream. My favorite is Dr. Lancer’s The Method Nourish because it’s rich and hydrated but doesn’t clog my pores."

Lancer The Method Nourish, $125, available at Sephora.
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"Through the years, I have found that spot treatments meant to leave on the skin (such as those packed with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur) just make matters worse for my complexion. My skin reacts better to a pad or wash that gives a lighter application of acids. I’m in love with these Cane + Austin pads because they treat blemishes, white heads, milia, blackheads, you name it, by gently exfoliating, which helps to break up the layer of skin that’s causing the clogged pores, all while killing germs. I use at the first sign of congestion or a pimple, only where I need it to help clear the pores."

Cane + Austin Miracle Pad, $78, available at SpaceNK.
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"I have to warn you: I am mask-obsessed. It’s one of my all-time favorite beauty rituals, and one of the things that, time and time again, has proved to be the most beneficial for my dry skin. I’ll spare you a list and just break down my top three. Renée Rouleau’s Triple Berry is great for brightening and exfoliating, you just slap it on and it makes the skin radiant and soft in about 15 minutes. I’ve gone through jars of this stuff!"
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"I use La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask when my skin is feeling of blah, I’m not sure how it works, but it leaves my skin tingly and really fresh-looking."

La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask ,$165, available at Nordstrom.
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"When I want something gentle, I go for Själ Kashmir Saphir. It feels great and leaves the skin toned and soft."

Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask, $150, available at Dermstore.
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Taylor Bryant, Beauty News Editor
"Before getting into beauty over the last year or so, I used to suffer from what one might call 'lazy-girl beauty syndrome.' I picked up the first on-sale cleanser I saw, I opted for any moisturizer that wasn't too heavy, and a toner wasn’t even a part of my vocabulary. Hence my effed-up skin. Since trying out and reading up on the importance of caring for my visage, I realized just how important it is to find products that cater to your particular needs. And I've since become a girl obsessed with trying out and finding the right products for my oily-prone skin.

"While I’m adding and subtracting products from my regimen on the regular (and will probably continue to do so for a long time coming), these are the one’s I swear by. For the time being, at least."
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Morning Cleanser
"Not gonna lie, I started using this product because I ran out of the Cetaphil cleanser that I'd been using since around college and was way too cheap to go out and buy more. This one had just been sent to me (and my boss raved about it here) so I figured I'd give it a whirl. And I'm really glad I did. The charcoal combined with the cajeput help to really purge my oily-prone skin of dirt and the aloe provides enough moisture that my skin doesn't feel completely parched afterward."
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Morning Serum
"I'm not entirely sure what an essence is or does exactly but I do know since using this one from Missha, my skin has never been clearer. As I outline here: it's not a toner, not yet a serum. I douse a little onto my palms in the morning and pat it onto my skin. It's light enough that I don't feel like my face is suffocating and moisturizing enough that I don't have to follow it up with an oil. It also has brightening effects (read: helps get rid of dark spots, not lighten your skin) which has helped even out my complexion."

Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence, $49, available at SokoGlam.
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Morning Moisturizer
"I'm a real SPF enthusiast, but all of the a.m. moisturizers that I come across either don't have sunscreen incorporated in them already (which means I have to add an additional step to my morning moisturizing routine) or the SPF level is like 5 which isn't helping anyone. I came across this SPF primer from Chantecaille this summer, and it's been a godsend. I apply it right after I pat in my essence and it leaves my skin hydrated, protected, and smooth."

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Primer, $90, available at Barneys.
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"I spray this on right before I leave my apartment in the morning (I also keep another bottle on my desk at work). I store mine in the refrigerator because I read somewhere that it's helpful — how helpful? Not sure, but it does help as an extra a.m. wake-up call."
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Makeup Remover
"This cleanser is probably my favorite part of wearing makeup. It goes on as a solid and melts onto your face flawlessly. Not only that, it's pretty damn good at removing any trace of makeup. Also, it smells like sorbet which is never a bad thing in my book."

Banila Co Clean It Zero Classic, $16, available at SokoGlam.
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Night Cleanser
"When I'm wearing makeup, I follow-up my cleansing situation with this stick from Su-M37. That's right it's a cleanser in stick form and it's just as cool as it looks. I basically wrote an opus to it here. All you really need to know is it's a best selling product in Korea, includes real-life rose petals in it, and is a traveling savior."

Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, $28, available at SokoGlam.
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Night Toner
"I'd started gradually weaning myself off of using a toner as a part of my nightly routine. Mostly because I never came across one I particularly loved or felt like I needed. Until I came across this one from Pixi. It's touted as a holy grail for good reason. It's alcohol-free and helps to both cleanse and exfoliate your skin."
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Night Serum
"This is my go-to serum whenever my skin needs a little pick-me-up. I pat it on right after toning and always wake up feeling like my skin got a full 9 hours of sleep even if I'm running on 5. During the colder month's I also alternate between Sunday Riley's Luna and Korres' Sleeping Oil which are a bit heavier."
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"I like to think of myself as something of a mask maven. I use one 2-3 times a week but Aztec's Indian Clay is one I come back to time and time again. This one will always be my main boo for its ability to deep-clean my visage but some other recent faves include: Glam Glow's Brightening Treatment, Herbivore's Blue Tansy, and any and all sheet masks (particularly in the winter time)."
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"Rather than try to dry out your blemishes with tea tree oil and things of that nature (which I've found often leave me with hard-to-rid dark spots), this spot treatment uses a blend of essential oils to, essentially, suffocate your pesky pimple. Whenever I feel a spot popping up I pop this on for a couple of days and it's gone in no time."

Osmia Organics
Spot Treatment, $22, available at Osmia Organics.
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Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Editorial Assistant
"I'd classify my skin as oily-combination which basically means my T-zone is a greasy mess but my skin still tends to get flaky (especially around my chin). In middle and high school I had horrible cystic acne and millions of black and white heads (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little but seriously, my skin always felt bumpy). I went on Retin-A my senior year of high school and it changed my life. Yes, it peeled like crazy but it really cleared out all the nasties out of my skin.

"Ever since then I've been obsessed with maintaining my skin. It's by no means perfect, (read: I'm still break out and I suffer from redness) but I've found products that help keep my skin feeling balanced and comfy."
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Makeup Remover
"I massage this into my dry skin, working a few pumps of product over my eyes (where I wear mostly waterproof makeup) and let it soak in for a few seconds before wetting my hands and cleansing. When mixed with water, this oil emulsifies and turns into a light milky consistency. It washes away all my makeup in one step and leaves the skin feeling hydrated. After I've rinsed off the oil, I'll usually follow up with another cleanser to make sure all the makeup residue is off my face."

Jurlique Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $38, available at Sephora.
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"My number-one pet peeve when it comes to cleansers is when they make my skin feel tight. I love this stuff because of the way it makes my skin feel: smooth and clean, but not at all dry. It gently removes any oil and dirt that might be on my face when I wake up in the morning and doesn't leave any residue on the skin. You can use it with a cotton pad and leave it on the skin but I like to wash it off after I've worked it into my skin for a few seconds."

Eminence Rice Milk 3-In-1 Cleansing Water, $42, available at Dermstore.
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"This is one of those face sprays that just feels amazing on the skin. It's made with aloe vera juice and coconut and papaya fruit extracts so it's hydrating but incredibly refreshing. I use this as a toner before my going in with my serum and moisturizer or throughout the day if I need a little pick-me-up."

Orico Streetwise Coco Spritz, $37, available at Orico London.
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"I'm in that stage of life where my skin just can't tolerate those drying acne products. So when I was introduced to this acne serum by Arithmetic I thought I'd give it a shot. Benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil work in tandem with jojoba oil and shea butter to keep breakouts a bay without drying me out. Actually, it's so hydrating that sometimes when I'm pressed for time I'll just use this and skip my day-time moisturizer."

Acne Control Complex, $30, available at Arithmetic.
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"This is a great day-time moisturizer for fall and winter. It's more moisturizing than a lot of the day creams I've tried but light enough to work well under makeup. Plus, it giving me some sun protection which is a must — even in the winter!"

Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer, $48, available at Murad.
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"This is hands-down the best mud mask I have ever used. You know how almost any clay-based mask will dry and pull oils out of your pores? Well this one does that on another level. After you've slicked this onto your visage and let it dry, you'll start to notice little dots where the product is pulling all the oil and gunk out of your skin. As you sit with the mask on, the little dots will get bigger and bigger as the mask works its magic. After 10 to 15 minutes, wash the mask off and you'll notice seriously minimized pores and a smoother complexion."

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Night Cleanser
"I use this cleanser at night since it does leave a slight residue on the skin. It's great for winter because it's hydrating and doesn't strip the skin at all. Sometimes, if I'm wearing minimal, non-waterproof makeup I'll just cleanse with this and without using a heavy-duty makeup remover."

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser, $58, available at Tata Harper.
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Night Cleanser
"This dry exfoliator turns into a creamy lather with a few drops of water, and it makes my skin look amazing afterwards. It's truly polishing."
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Night Treatment
"I've already written a lengthy love letter to this product, but I'll give you the short version: this oil is the oil for people who don't like oils. It feels luxurious when applied and then absorbs in seconds. I have pretty oily skin and this fella doesn't make me feel like a grease ball but thoroughly hydrates my skin throughout the night. I'm obsessed."

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, $36, available at Trilogy.
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"I've been using this as a spot treatment since I was 18 (I'm 21 now) since tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic. I used to use more expensive tea tree oils but when I realized that this one does the trick for a fraction of the price I was sold. I usually dab a small amount of the liquid over any fully formed or emerging pimples and then let it do its thing. Just be careful to spot test this on your jawline or neck before trying it since tea tree oil can irritate some skin types if applied in too heavy a layer."

Trader Joe's
Tea Tree Oil, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's stores.
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