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Grooming Essentials for Women: Skin and Hair Care Products

There are hair care and skin care products galore for women. Which ones do you need to look your best?

Must-Have Skin Care Products for Women

In addition to a good facial cleanser, Persia suggests stocking your bathroom with the following skin care products:

  • Moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Exfoliator, which removes dead skin cells and can leave your skin smoother, softer, and brighter. (For an inexpensive exfoliator, mix 1 tablespoon of sugar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and lightly scrub your face. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth.)
  • Mask (A mud pack mask, for example, tightens skin and soften lines. A clay mask gives pores a deep cleaning. And a honey mask can moisturize dry skin.)
  • Eye gel
  • Razor and shave gel
  • Body oil (Keep it in the shower and smooth over skin before drying off.)
  • Body scrub
  • Body wash and sponge
  • Tweezer
  • Deodorant

Joyce Carboni, founder and director of Skinsational Spa in San Diego, says that an eye cream is an important skin care essential. “The skin around your eyes is very delicate and thin, which allows for age to show easily,” she tells WebMD. “Ideally, you want to start using an eye cream in your 20s. Choose one with antioxidants (such as vitamin C or Idebenone) to boost collagen production and soothing ingredients (such as calendula) to reduce puffiness.” An eye gel can also reduce morning puffiness. Persia suggests trying Preparation H for this purpose, saying that models swear by it.

Sunscreen is the most important step in your daily skin care routine, says Carboni, explaining that sun exposure can cause both short- and long-term damage, such as dark spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Make sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out into the sun and, if you can, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (when the sun's rays are the strongest).  Remember that even if you are indoors all day, your skin is still exposed to the sun during the time that you spend driving in your car.  

Manley would add blemish gel, an antiaging nighttime moisturizer, and lip balm to the list of skin care essentials. She also advises not to forget your hands. Stock up on good hand lotion (use one that also has SPF) and a cuticle cream. For a well-groomed look, use nail polish -- even if it’s only a clear color -- and nail polish remover to replace the old polish as soon as it becomes chipped.

For your cosmetics bag, Persia, who is also a licensed aesthetician and make-up artist, recommends:

  • Under-eye concealer
  • Foundation
  • Pressed powder (use transparent for all-day shine control)
  • Blush/bronzer
  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler
  • Lipstick/lip gloss/lip liner

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