Basic Skin Care Tips

Infographic: How To Find Your Skin Type

Follow these simple steps to determine which type of skin you have and learn which types of products are right for you.

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20 Beauty Myths

Can drinking more water really cure dry skin? Does a tingling sensation actually mean a product is working? Can you really ever outgrow acne? Find out the truth (and lies!) behind beauty's biggest myths straight from Paula and the Paula's Choice Research Team.

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5-Minute Skin Care

No matter how pressed for time we are, great skin care shouldn't be something that's neglected, even when each minute counts. Believe it or not, even if you have less than five minutes, beautiful skin is possible by following these simple steps morning and evening.

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Alcohol in Skin Care: The Facts

It's tempting to think alcohol-based moisturizers, serums and toners aren't really that bad for skin, and there is no shortage of debate on the topic. We're here to stage an intervention with the sobering truth revealed by the latest research: alcohol is one skin-damaging ingredient you should avoid!

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Beauty Problem-Solving Products

If you’re frustrated by tricky skin concerns such as dark spots, eczema, or back acne—just to name a few—we’ve got the research-proven solutions to help you treat them. Click through to get the problem-free skin you’ve always wanted.

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Do I Need a Toner?

The Paula's Choice Research Team is often asked about toners. Most of the time, people just want to know what a toner does, if they need to use one, and if so, which ones are the best for their skin type? If you're confused about toners, too, this article will help you find out about the truly amazing benefits a well-formulated toner can provide for your skin.

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Face Oils for Healthier Skin?

Face oils are all the rage now—but what can they really do for skin (and how do you know if they’re right for you)? Find out what you can expect from these oils and how to add one to your routine!

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Are facials necessary, and if so, what exactly do they do? We provide all the details, including critical pros and cons you need to know before you make an appointment!

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Fragrance & Skin-Care Products

As nice as it is to have a product with a wonderful aroma, it just doesn't make for good skin care. Whether the fragrance in the product is natural or synthetic, it is almost always a problem for skin.

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How Paula’s Choice Advanced Skincare Routines Work

Whether your goal is to treat multiple, stubborn skincare concerns or you want to take a proactive approach to slowing the signs of aging, we’ll explain how to build your perfect advanced routine. It’s easier than you think!

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How Paula’s Choice Essential Skincare Routines Work

When it comes to building a skincare routine, getting the basics right is critical to getting the results you’re after. We’ll explain how our essential skincare routines work + how to build your own (and what results you can expect).

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How Resist Anti-Aging Works

Wondering whether you should be using products from the expanded Resist collection or from one of our other lines? You're not alone! We'll explain who Resist products are for, how you can incorporate them in to your routine, and why every Paula's Choice skin care collection is anti-aging. Wonder no more, all your Resist-related questions will be answered!

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How Sebaceous Filaments Work

Sebaceous filaments are often confused with blackheads. So what exactly are they and how can you make them less noticeable? Find out here…

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How The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here is Different

As skincare research has evolved, so have our conclusions and recommendations about what does and doesn’t work for skin. Check out what makes The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here different from any other beauty book you’ll read!

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How to Exfoliate Skin

Even if you cleanse, tone, apply a sunscreen in the morning and a moisturizer at night, there's still one thing missing that could make all the difference in the world to get you the skin you want: an AHA or BHA exfoliant!

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How to Prevent Aging On Your Neck & Chest

Just like your hands can give away your age, your neck, chest, and décolleté can do the same. Learn what you can do to keep this part of your skin looking healthy and young.

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How to Put Together a Skin-Care Routine

Once you know your skin type and concerns, you need to know what types of products work together and the order in which to use them. Here's how it all comes together, step-by-step!

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How to Understand Cosmetic Ingredient Lists

Understanding a cosmetic ingredient list can be challenging—even for people who have been in the industry for years! We’ve compiled expert tips to help you translate the ingredient labels on your products from start to finish—so you can take the best possible care of your skin!

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Is Mineral Oil Bad for Skin?

Is mineral oil the "Boo Radley" of the cosmetics industry? Find out why the spooky tales about cosmetic mineral oil aren't true (and what makes it such a fab skin-care ingredient)!

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Jar Packaging

Cosmetic companies sell lots of skin-care products packaged in jars, and many consumers love this type of packaging. But did you know jar packaging is the wrong choice because it cannot keep most state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients stable once opened? It's true! Find out what kind of packaging to look for when shopping for the best skin-care products.

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Mixing & Matching Skin-Care Products

Sales pressure and misleading information have likely made you believe that you must use products from the same brand to see results. Not only is it perfectly OK to mix and match products from different brands, but sometimes doing so is essential if you want to get the best results possible!

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Seasonal Skin Care

Whether you end up with dry, itchy skin in the winter or an overly oily appearance in the summer, there are ways to keep combat "seasonal" changes in your skin. Follow our guide to keep your skin beautiful and healthy when weather takes a toll.

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Skin Care for Women of Color

It might surprise you to learn that darker skin tones do not require special skin-care products. Why not? Because skin color is not a skin type!

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Skin Care Results & Expectations

When it comes to your skin-care routine, it's easy to get frustrated or confused when you're surrounded by products that don't seem to work. You might feel that way because you can't tell if the product is really working, or maybe using it just made matters worse. Given the variables, it's easy to see why so many are often confused and frustrated. Let's get this sorted out!

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Skin Irritation: Your Worst Enemy

You can be irritating your skin and not even know it because irritation, more often than not, doesn't show up on the surface of skin. Even though you can't see it, irritation is taking place beneath the skin's surface, causing damage, mutating skin cells, destroying collagen, and making large pores and oily skin worse.

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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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