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Genna Apfel

Growing up at an early age, you may have found yourself stealing your older sister or maybe even your mother’s makeup when playing dress up. This would result in smeared lipstick, pink rosy cheeks in one spot, and blotches of un-even makeup all over your skin. However, as you get older, you may find yourself dealing with dry skin, acne, or dark spots on your face.

We as girls (sorry, boys) tend to be a little bit more careful when applying our makeup as we grow up. Whether you’re going for a natural, classy look or a dramatic smoky eye to give your eyes a little bit of pop, a lot of people don’t realize that putting makeup on is a process, and it all starts with taking care of your skin. So before you go to grab your foundation and eyeliner, check to see if you have a good face wash or healthy moisturizers for a spotless complexion.

Neutrogena and Clean and Clear are two of the best drug-store beauty brands that you definitely can’t go wrong with. If you’re looking for a good face wash that will remove your makeup, dirt, and oil, try Neutrogena: Oil Free Acne Wash. According to an article by Julyne Derrick titled, “ Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type,” this Neutrogena face wash was voted “Allure Magazine 2010 Reader Choice Awards winner.” You can also try dermatologist recommended brand, “Cetaphill.” This face wash is creamy and leaves a smooth sensation on your face. It isn’t loaded with as much chemicals and fragrances, compared to other cleansers. So, if you have sensitive skin, this cleanser would be a better alternative.

Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser, a face wash that is perfect for day and night time, removes your makeup along with the oil and dirt in your pores. Lastly, the 4 in 1 Self-Foaming Cleanser by Biore cleans, tones, stimulates, and detoxifies leaving your face with a tingly cool feeling.

Clearly, a good cleanser doesn’t have to always be expensive. So before you pick up your old face wash, try a new one in your local drug store because you may be surprised of how much you’ll love it!

The second step to healthy skin is a good moisturizer. Before buying a good face cream, check to see if there is an SPF in it because you want a product that will protect your skin from the sunlight at all times. Try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with SPF 15. This is a lightweight cream that will improve dull, rough, uneven skin so your face looks newer and younger. Another popular cream is Eucerin Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30.

If you are looking to spend money on a face cream that’s a little more than your budget, but for something that is worthwhile, try the brand Clarins. There are all different moisturizers for day and night time, as well as for all types of the skin. These moisturizers can be found in your local mall in the beauty department.

It is important to wash your face in the morning and especially before you go to bed. Leaving on makeup can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Try one of these face washes and moisturizers and you will be looking and feeling fabulous in no time!

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