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Knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them is incredibly important when selecting the best skincare routine for you. The information below is designed to help you select a Paula's Choice Essential or Advanced skincare routine or to custom-select products based on what works best for you and your specific skin concerns, step by step!
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The following table provides key details about how each type of product works, when it should be applied, and what results you can expect. Keep in mind that if you have multiple skincare concerns, you may need to add more than one treatment or targeted treatment product. You may be able to just add one targeted treatment product to your routine, or you might need to alternate its use with the other products. With a more advanced routine, some experimentation is needed to discover which method and frequency of application works best. We promise we'll help you make sense of this and cut through the confusion!
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This simple, step-by-step routine covers the basic types of products everyone should use and the order in which to use them every day. These steps apply regardless of your skin type.
Learn why exfoliation is so important and which exfoliant to use.
Learn about moisturizers, anti-aging, and antiwrinkle products.
The Advanced Routine is one most people concerned with signs of aging or breakouts will need. It includes targeted treatments that build on the foundation of the Essential Routine to treat your personal skincare concerns, such as acne, red marks, wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, or rosacea.
For example, if your sole concern is dry skin, you'll do fine by following the Essential Routine. But if you have dry skin and wrinkles or oily skin and wrinkles and breakouts you will want to follow the Advanced Routine for best results.
The Advanced Routine includes a gentle toner as the second step, morning and evening. If you've never used a well-formulated toner before, prepare to be amazed by the results! Learn why toner is such an important step in a comprehensive skincare routine.
The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice.
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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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