Things that are important: A good skincare routine. Things that are hard to remember: The order in which one goes about said skincare routine. And for the record, the order does matter. It makes a difference in how effective each step is, so to help clear things up, we’ve laid it all out for you and your soon-to-be flawless skin.

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Remove makeup and cleanse

First things first: Ditch the makeup. (We like Pond's Cold Cream.) Once you’re foundation-free, use a gentle, cleansing face wash. Cream and foam formulas are typically best.

We like: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser; Kiehl’s Calendula Foaming Face Wash

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Exfoliate

Exfoliating every day might irritate the skin, but it’s an important step to add one to three times per week to slough off dry and dull skin.

We like: St. Ives Even & Bright Scrub; Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant

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Tone

Toners sometimes get a bad rap for being super-drying, but as long as you pick one sans alcohol, it’ll regulate your skin’s oil production and pH level and ready it to absorb serums and moisturizers.

We like: Caudalie Moisturizing Toner; Murad Essential-C Toner

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Apply Serum

Let?s talk science: Serums are essentially super-condensed nutrients, meant to tighten, brighten and even out skin. All good in our book.

We like: Burt?s Bees Repairing Serum; Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

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Apply eye cream

Real talk: The skin around your eyes is crazy sensitive and deserves special treatment. Specifically, treatment with a cream that aims to smooth fine lines by stimulating collagen production with ingredients like caffeine.

We like: Clinique All About Eyes; Clarins Total Eye Concentrate

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Moisturize

Last but certainly not least: your moisturizer, which should hydrate your skin without leaving it greasy. Of utmost importance when picking one? SPF. Seriously, guys, just say no to leathery skin.

We like: Yes to Cucumbers Daily Moisturizer; Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Day Cream

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