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Wellness 101: Where to Start with Skincare

An introductory guide to the best-in-class products for skincare. Photography Andrew Day
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Le Labo Charcoal Face Mask ($45)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have heard of Le Labo’s expansion into hair, body, and skincare. Ever since the news broke, we’ve been obsessively slathering on the Face Mask, a detoxifying charcoal mask formulated to clear skin without drying it. Apply to clean skin, chill for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water. The best part? It won’t break your bank, or break you out. Purchase here

Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation ($42)

With all the Face-Tuning and foundation-globbering that goes on behind the scenes on Instagram, it’s hard to remember that most influencers have pores, too. When we first tried The Influencer, we couldn’t help but think that it delivered that same “I just got verified” radiance in a bottle. The satin-matte formula controls oil and keeps skin hydrated without seeping into pores or turning chalky, thanks to its formula of Canadian willowherb, northern truffle extract, and bisabolol. Purchase here

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Advanced Face Serum ($73)

This serum’s unique blend of Reishi and coprinus mushrooms with probiotic-fermented chaga gently enhances the skin’s barrier for an overall healthier-looking complexion, making it a dream product for sensitive skin. Purchase here

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34)

Before this Drunk Elephant sunscreen hit the market, I rarely wore a daily SPF moisturizer; I couldn’t find anything that didn’t break me out or melt off my primer and foundation. Thankfully, we’ve entered a time when beauty brands actually care about making sunscreen that can be worn daily and withstand our skincare demands, and this sunscreen is the crème de la crème. It’s packed with potent antioxidants and a guarantee to improve skin texture without chemical screens or silicones. Purchase here

Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream ($195)

I was sold on this face cream the minute I learned it was packed with essential oils of rose, magnolia, and geranium, hibiscus flower and alpine rose extract, and shea and camelina oils. This cream repairs texture by plumping skin and combatting dullness. Trust us: with regular use, your self-care routine will experience a major glow-up. Purchase here.

Set Designer Rick Masney  Photo Assistant Daniel Johnson  Production Coordinator Nick Bologna (Kramer + Kramer)  Location Adelante Studios

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