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Apothecary Skin Care

Step 1: Clean

If you don’t hew to the conventional face-washing routine of one round in the morning and another at night, it’s actually fine. A once-a-day cleaning done in the evening will suffice for most people, says Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City.

Bare Minimum: It doesn’t take much to remove the day’s buildup of dirt and naturally occurring oils, bacteria, and yeast, Fusco says. You don’t even need to go to the sink. For lazy nights, “towelettes do a good job, and they don’t require water—you can leave them by your bedside.”

 

Step 2: Moisturize

Moisturizer is only good when you remember to use it— ideally, every day.

Extra Credit: Eye cream isn’t essential, but depending on the formula, it can help firm skin and smooth fine lines. Just be careful with the application— don’t daub it any higher than the bone under your eye, Fusco says. Otherwise, it might migrate upwards and leave your eyes red and irritated.

 

Source:  Martha Stewart Living. September, 2011.

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