Is beauty really only skin deep? We all know the answer to that question should be a resounding NO! Let’s be honest though. Looking in the mirror first thing in the morning, or at night before bed, can be a bit depressing. Fear not: It’s never too late to propel your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.

1. Start with a clean slate

Begin your skincare routine with a quick wash to remove dead skin cells, makeup, and daily pollution. Keep in mind, oily skin does not need a moisturizing cleanser. On the flip side, dry skins yearns for hydration, whereas combination and sensitive skin need individualized care. Be sure to start and end your day with fresh clean skin.

2. Tone it up

Toners, by design, help to balance skin and tighten pores. Astringents work best with oily complexions while a hydrating toner is best for dry skin. As an added bonus, your toner will catch any dirt or make-up your cleanser leaves behind.

3. Refresh with the right serum

Serums are power packed and formulated to rejuvenate any skin type. Anti-aging serums are particularly popular in the fight against wrinkles and brown spots. Depending on the season, the right serum may allow you to skip your moisturizer.

4. Moisturize to replenish skin

Reinforce the strength of your natural skin barrier by quenching it with quality moisturizers. Alleviate dry flaky skin and smooth out rough spots to restore your youthful glow. Moisturizers also provide the perfect palette for flawless makeup application.

5. Guard against sun damage

Perhaps the most essential step in maintaining a youthful glow is protecting your skin from damage in the first place. Choosing a daily product (serum or moisturizer) with at least SPF 30 can reduce the effects of the sun’s rays.

Today’s beauty products offer so many options for your skincare routine. If mornings are rushed, steps 1 and 2 can be combined by finding the right toning cleanser for your skin type. Simplify even further by applying a serum that both nourishes and provides SPF protection. You will shorten the time you spend in front of the mirror and still enhance your skin’s beauty from the inside out.