3 steps skin care Back to Basics — 3-step skin care systems

Cleanse, tone, moisturize: Nothing will put you on your way to visibly soft, clear skin more quickly than those 3 basic steps. Make them a regular part of your morning and bedtime routines (right along with brushing your teeth) and you'll be amazed at the results.

Choosing the right care for your skin type
While many skin care lines offer three skin type options — Dry, Normal and Oily — we think many people fall somewhere in between, while others with allergy-prone complexions need special care. That's why in addition to the three above-mentioned skin types, Aubrey offers skin care lines for Combination Dry, Combination Oily and Sensitive skin. If you're not sure where your skin type falls, see our Skin Care Matrix, then click on each particular skin type for a description.

1. CLEANSE. Contrary to popular belief, a cleanser does not need to suds in order to work effectively. Oil actually helps break up and dissolve dirt deposits, so a light cream-based cleanser is a great choice for all skin types — even oily or combination oily skin. Splash some water on your face, then apply cleanser by gently working it onto your skin in a circular motion with fingers or a soft washcloth. Wipe cleanser off with a cotton pad or washcloth, then rinse face thoroughly with cool water.

2. TONE. While some claim a toner is one step you can skip, it is an important part of any regimen because it prepares your skin for optimum absorption of a moisturizer. A good toner will remove any traces of makeup, dirt and cleanser residue still left on your skin and refresh and tighten pores. Toners for dry and combination dry skin should leave skin lightly hydrated, while formulas for oily or combination oily skin help remove excess oils that can clog your pores.

3. MOISTURIZE. A moisturizer formulated for your particular skin type is essential. Remember: even the oiliest skin needs hydration to prevent signs of aging and look and feel its best. Apply a dime-size amount all over your face and neck, a bit more if your skin tends to be dry. If you'll be spending time outdoors (even sun exposure while walking to and from your car can be harmful), you'll want to apply a sunscreen under your moisturizer. Or try a gentle SPF moisturizer like Natural Sun Saving Face SPF 15 during the day. Drinking plenty of good quality water (eight glasses a day is recommended) is a great way to fight dull, dehydrated skin from the inside out.

After your basic 3-step regimen, the next best thing you can do for your skin is to use a deep-cleansing mask once or twice a week. A good facial mask provides gentle exfoliation to help break up oil deposits that can cause breakouts and blackheads. But more importantly, it clears away dead skin cells and debris to reveal healthy new skin underneath.

There are two main types of exfoliants: manual and enzyme-based. Manual exfoliants like jojoba meal, oatmeal and almond meal provide a mild scrubbing action that helps remove dirt and dead skin, while enzymatic exfoliants like papaya and blue green algae work by gently dissolving dead skin cells and debris without irritating the skin.

How to Use a Deep-Cleansing Mask
You can easily determine which Aubrey mask is best for you by figuring out where your skin falls on our Skin Care Matrix, then trying out the mask for that particular skin type.

After cleansing, apply mask to lightly damp skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Then splash some water on your face and work mask lightly over skin with fingers or a washcloth in a gentle scrubbing motion. Rise face thoroughly with cool water. Important: Be sure to finish off with a good toner to wipe away any mask residue and keep pores clear and healthy.