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Preparation Season : Skincare Regimen

Preparation Season

Skincare Regimen


Ever flip through a magazine and think to yourself if only I had skin like that? Well, it’s time to stop thinking and start having! Good skin isn’t reserved for the celebrities of the world who have stylists, dermatologists, nutritionists, and a whole lineup of other professionals at their disposal to make them look their best. The perfect skincare routine is accessible to everyone. And, yes, that means you, too!

Follow Cru Love’s super simple, three-step regimen tailored to your individual skin type to achieve a blemish-free, healthy glow that will have you fit for the cover of a magazine!

Step 1 | Cleanse 

Use a cleanser with lukewarm water to give your face a thorough wash twice daily. By doing so, you’re banishing all the makeup, sweat, and nasty bacteria that builds up over time.

Normal Skin:

You have the most highly-coveted skin type because you are able to experiment with so many different products without risk of irritation. So, ditch the basic bar of soap and try out something that will make you shine.

Budget: Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser, $6
Splurge: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream Cleanser, $23

Dry Skin:

It’s important to keep it gentle. Avoid anything harsh so that you don’t accidentally dry your skin out further. Hint: If the label says it has over 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, it’s not the right pick for you.

Budget: Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, $6
Splurge: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, $30

Oily Skin:

This step is crucial. You’ll want a strong cleanser that includes anywhere from 0.5 to 2% salicylic acid. This unclogs your pores, stopping annoying acne in its tracks.

Budget: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne and Redness Facial Cleanser, $9
Splurge: Tatcha the Deep Cleanse, $55

Optional: You’re also the perfect candidate for using a toner in addition to a cleanser (toners can be too strong for other skin types). If you want to go the extra mile with your routine, try Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner ($10) or ProActive Original Acne Treatment ($30) post-cleanse.

Combination Skin:

Having combination skin can feel like the worst of both worlds. Fortunately, you have options! Either combine two products (one for that oily T-Zone and one for everywhere else) or try a cleanser designed for combination skin specifically.

Budget: Tea Tree Oil + Purpose Cleansing Bar, $17 total, OR Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, $8
Splurge: Klavuu Pearl Pearlsation Divine Cleansing Oil, $29


Step 2 | Exfoliate

Cru Love Blog Skincare Regimen Exfoliate

Grab a loofah, sponge, washcloth, or some other kind of scrubber to gently wash away dead, flaky skin cells that prevent proper hydration. Exfoliating is all about out with the old and in with the new!

Normal Skin:

It’s okay to exfoliate somewhat regularly, but try not to overdo it. Consider this step your own personal spa time – an indulgence that happens here and there, but not necessarily daily.

Budget: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Scrub Nourish & Soften, $13, OR have fun with it and try a DIY recipe. Most use ingredients like honey, coconut oil, and sugar – items you probably already have in your cupboard and will leave you smelling like the perfect little sugar cookie.
Splurge: Neo-Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser – For Normal to Oily Skin, $38

Dry Skin:

This step is an absolute must for those with dry skin. Do it after every cleanse to get rid of the dead skin cells that are keeping moisture from getting in.  

Budget: E.L.F. Gentle Peeling Exfoliant, $10
Splurge: Shiseido Waso Soft + Cushy Polisher, $32

Oily Skin:

Having oily skin means that you tend to have a buildup of dead skin cells coupled with a thickened pore lining. That’s a bad combo. Shrink up those pores by exfoliating after every cleanse.

Budget: St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub, $4
Splurge: Neo-Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser – For Normal to Oily Skin, $38

Combination Skin:

Exfoliating is important, but you don’t want to over-exfoliate either. Instead of doing this daily or twice daily like those with other skin types, try just a few times a week.

Budget: Olay Micropolishing Cleansing Infusions Facial Cleanser with Crushed Ginger, $8
Splurge: Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask, $39


Step 3 | Moisturize

Cru Love Blog Skincare Regimen Moisturize

It’s time to say hello to hydration! Moisturizing is a cure-all of sorts, as it keeps skin looking younger, helps mask imperfections, and aids in the fight against oiliness and dryness alike.

Normal Skin

Since your skin isn’t sensitive and doesn’t need special treatment, don’t be afraid of fragrances and essential oils.

Budget: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $9
Splurge: Drunk Elephant’s Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, $68 

Dry Skin

People with dry skin need extra help from their moisturizers. Break out the big guns by placing a hot towel on your face for a few seconds to open up those pores, and then massage on a vitamin-rich moisturizer.

Budget: Simple Replenishing Rich Facial Moisturizer, $10
Splurge: Murad Multi-Vitamin Infusion Oil, $72

Oily Skin

This may come as a surprise, but moisturizing isn’t a step you can skip if you have oily skin. You simply need a lightweight, gel-based moisturizer that will be absorbed quickly.

Budget: Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream, $9
Splurge: Bliss Drench and Quench Cream-to-Water Face Moisturizer, $38

Combination Skin

Since you’re prone to moisture in your T-Zone, you don’t want anything heavy. Try something very lightweight, preferably with SPF. You might think SPF is reserved for when you sport that cute little swimsuit at the beach, but as far as your skin is concerned, it’s equally perfect for a day at the office or lounging around the house.

Budget: YourGoodSkin SPF 30 Anti-Oxidant Day Cream, $13
Splurge: Supergoop 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40, $38

Optional | Tanning

Cru Love Blog Skincare Regimen Tanning

Regardless of your skin type, there are some things you can do to make your skin appear more radiant. Eating well and drinking plenty of water, washing off makeup before bedtime, and getting enough sleep are just a few of them. But, what if you want a sun-kissed, beach babe look year-round?

That’s easy – a good old-fashioned self-tanner. Incorporate this into your routine for a sunny glow fit for the tropics!

Budget: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, $10
Splurge: Tan-Luxe Wonder Oil, $68




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