The Perfect Skin Care Routine

Our all-time favorite products (plus one new superstar) make up the ultimate good-skin game plan.


Best Sunscreen


La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 ClearSkin Dry Touch Sunscreen
Those with pimple-prone skin (who loathe sunscreen) will cheer for this light formula. Water resistant and oil-free, it absorbs grease for a matte finish. “This was the first sunscreen that didn’t make me break out,” reported a tester.

To buy: $20;

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Best Day Cream


Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Part of what makes this cream so soothing is manuka honey, an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. The formula, which is 99 percent natural, also has ginseng root to rev up cell turnover. Said one tester: “My tired skin looked noticeably brighter.”

To buy: $60;

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Best Serum


SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic
A desert-island pick for many derms and beauty experts, this antioxidant blend helps guard against damage from free radicals, which can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. While it is a splurge, it’s your one-and-done antiaging product; plus, the bottle lasts for months.

To buy: $145;

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Best Night Cream


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Night
This drugstore hero turns back the clock while you sleep. The winning combo: hydrating hyaluronic acid plus a fastacting form of retinol that softens fine lines and diminishes brown spots.

To buy: $21;

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Best Cleanser


CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
This super-gentle cream is just right for cleaning sensitive skin (even skin susceptible to eczema or rosacea). Packed with hydrating ceramides, it dissolves oil and makeup without stripping skin of its natural protective barrier.

To buy: $13;

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Best Eye Cream


Clarins Total Eye Concentrate
Dark circles, puffiness, crow’s-feet, crepey lids—whatever your eye issue, this cream will help. Containing plant extracts that target each concern, it “feels luxurious,” according to one Real Simple tester, “but doesn’t cause your makeup to pill.”

To buy: $84;

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