9 months ago

Overwhelmed With Choices

Hello! I am overwhelmed with all the choices of skincare products. Can anyone suggest just ONE skincare line that has been successful in addressing all/most of the steps needed in a skincare routine (cleanse, tone, treat, hydrate and protect)? Looking through many of your routines, I’m going to guess I’m out of luck but it never hurts to ask. I am very overwhelmed!!

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Understandable that you're overwhelmed! I would first settle on a simple, non-irritating cleanser, moisturizer and SPF, as they are the most important and the only things you need. Find ones that agree with your skin and that you enjoy and will use daily before you add any treatments.

If you think you'll want want to use actives and serums eventually, CeraVe is a good place to start. All you need is the Hydrating Cleanser and the A.M. and P.M. moisturizers to start. Day: Rinse with water followed by A.M. moisturizer. At night: CeraVe hydrating cleanser followed by their P.M. moisturizer (which can also be used in the day). The SPF in the A.M. cream and the niacinamide in the P.M. cream will gently address dark spots and aging. If your skin is feeling good with these products, then you can add their resurfacing retinol at night 1x per week onto dry skin and slowly. Increase to nightly as tolerated for stronger anti-aging and dark spot treatment.

You can add or exchange products from the brand or others according to your skin type and preferences i.e.--a tinted sunscreen, a cleansing balm to remove makeup or mineral sunscreen, an eye cream, an exfoliating cleanser, a hyaluronic acid serum. But make sure to introduce the retinol and other actives cautiously, slowly and one by one to avoid irritation. So in Sum...


Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

(Cerave Retinol Resurfacing Serum optional)

Cerave P.M. Moisturizer


Cerave A.M. Moisturizer or CeraVe Tinted Mineral Sunscreen

(Moisturizer and cleanser optional)

If Need/Want:

CeraVe Skin Renewing Eye Cream (A.M. and/or P.M.)

Cerave Cleansing Balm (P.M. as needed to wash off makeup and mineral sunscreen)

CeraVe SA Cleanser (P.M. 1-2 times per week exfoliation)

Hyaluronic Acid Serum (A.M. and/or P.M.)

You can mix and match with other skincare lines instead or later. I personally go for Vanicream or Korean products for the basics--cleansers, moisturizer, SPF--and the Inkey list, the Ordinary and Korean products for treatments.

If you don't want to mess with serums, Olay moisturizers are a good option. For example you could use their Retinol cream at night and Vitamin C cream in the day or their Retinol at night and their Microsculpting cream or Peptide cream in the day. And then find a good SPF and gentle cleanser elsewhere.


You are awesome! Thanks so much!!


You are awesome! Thanks so much!!


You are awesome! Thanks so much!!


This brand is not vegan nor cruelty free. I understand that you are looking for easy at this point. But maybe in the future have a look at some nice to animals products.

If you are looking for a productline + nice to animals:

In Holland we have the productline of dermatologist Jetske Ultee. It’s not cheap but nice products with really good skincare ingredients And vegan & cruelty free.

where are you from?


I just found that the US brand Ceramedx has similar products to CeraVe, and it is cruelty free.


The Ordinary and the Inkey List are also cruelty free.


Also I forgot that E.L.F. is an affordable, cruelty free brand with a gentle cleanser, moisturizers and sunscreen. It also looks like they have a Hyaluronic acid serum with Niacinamide in it.


As Meridith said: start with the basics first, and add actives later if you want to try some. There are a lot of options for serums and such, but I would choose 1 or 2 priorities or concerns to focus on.

In choosing products, I would look at two additional things: what is easily available to you, and what are the textures you enjoy. I'm also a fan of CeraVe for the basics (I use a moisturiser with SPF).

For actives I would recommend The Ordinary. They are affordable and have a wide range. I have two serums for each routine (2 in the AM and 2 in the PM).

Use the skincare routine builder to help you select actives that will help you with your concerns! Good luck!