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The Best Skin Care Systems

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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
The Best Skin Care Systems
The right skin care products can keep your skin soft and clear.

Skin care needs and the products that work best on your face change as you age. The best skin care system for your skin depends upon whether you have oily, normal or dry skin. You should always consider your special skin care needs, including acne care or anti-aging properties, that impact your complexion when selecting a cleanser, moisturizer and other products.

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Acne-Prone Skin

Acne-prone skin requires special care, whether you are a teen or an adult. Most acne skin care systems include a cleanser, a treatment lotion and a moisturizer. They may contain either salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or both. If you have mild to moderate acne, look for a treatment with both key ingredients or with benzoyl peroxide. Depending upon your preferences, you can opt for a mail order system, like Proactiv, suggests, or pick up an acne treatment system like AcneFree or Neutrogena's Complete Acne Therapy System.

Basic Skin Care

Whether you have normal, dry, oily or combination skin, your skin care routine should include a cleanser and moisturizer. Opt for a moisturizer with sunscreen for comprehensive care, recommends the "RealSimple" magazine website. Choose a skin care system or product line designed for your skin type. Choose a gentle foaming cleanser for normal skin and a cream-based one for dry skin, like the gentle cleansers made by Cetaphil, recommends the "InStyle" magazine website. Oily skin may benefit from products with salicylic acid. A light oil-free moisturizer is appropriate for oily and normal skin, but a more emollient-rich one is best for dry skin. Choose hypoallergenic products if your skin is sensitive, recommends

Aging Skin

Anti-aging skin care systems rely upon a variety of ingredients to moisturize, nourish the skin and increase cell turnover. Your anti-aging skin care routine should include, at minimum, a gentle cleanser, a rich night cream, a daily moisturizer with sunblock and an eye cream. Anti-aging serums may provide additional skin treatments, according to If you prefer products from the drugstore, both Olay and L'Oreal offer several anti-aging skin care systems with proven ingredients, like retinoids, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids.

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