It can be overwhelming to choose!

With so many skincare products on the market, it can be overwhelming determining which products you need. Kristen Saylor, esthetician, breaks down the 8 essential products everyone should have in their routine, no matter their skin type.

Both men and women benefit from good skin care.

Products for Daily Use


A gentle cleanser removes dirt, makeup, and sweat that have accumulated on skin throughout the day without irritating the skin or stripping it of its natural oils. Makeup wipes are not cleansing enough and should always be followed with a face wash. Try: Nelly Devuyst (ND) Hydrocell Cleansing Milk.


Using a toner will remove any leftover dirt that may have been missed while cleansing, improve skin tone, and re-balance the pH of your skin. Try: ND Soothing Lotion.


Serums are treatments that are concentrated with nutrients to target various skin challenges such as fine lines, pigmentation, sensitivity, etc. For pigmentation concerns, Saylor recommends a vitamin C serum like ND VitaLift-C Serum. For those with sensitive skin, try ND Sensitive Skin Serum.

Eye Cream

Most people first notice signs of aging around their eyes because that skin is thin and easily becomes dehydrated. An eye cream will pack in the hydration and will help prevent signs of aging. Try: ND Eye Contour Cream


Moisturizers hydrate skin and lock in the nutrients from other products. All skin types need moisturizers, even oily skin!

The moisturizer you choose will depend on the type of skin you have: oily, dry, or combination skin. Those with oily skin should go with a lighter weight moisturizer while dry skin requires a thicker moisturizer. Try: ND Hydrocell Plus Cream for oily skin or ND Dry Skin Cream for dry skin.

Moisturizers often contain sunscreen for daily use.


Sunscreen is one of the best ways to prevent aging and should be worn rain or shine, even in the colder months. Try: ND Mineral Sunscreen

Products to Use on a Weekly Basis


Exfoliate once or twice a week to slough off dead skin cells that block the layer of skin underneath from reaping the benefits of your products. There are two methods of exfoliating: physical exfoliation with a scrub or facial brush and chemical exfoliation using an enzyme peel, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).

AHAs are for antiaging and those wanting to target fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, BHAs are for oily or acne prone skin. Enzymes are a plant-derived, non-acid exfoliant that won’t cause peeling. Try: ND 3 Minute Gommage, an enzyme exfoliant. 

A clay mask is great for oily skin

Face Mask

Apply a mask once a week to target specific skin care concerns. For example, a clay or charcoal mask is great for those with oily skin, blackheads, and acne. Hydrating gel masks are great for those who have dry skin. Try ND Purifying Mask for acne-prone skin or ND Lifecell Mask for dry skin. 

For more information

If you are interested in any of the products mentioned or would like to book an appointment with Kristen Saylor, call Modern Salon and Spa Birkdale at 704.339.0909.

Images courtesy of Modern Salon/Shutterstock
Moisturizer and clay mask photos courtesy of
Morgan Pink

Morgan Pink is a Team Leader and Marketing Associate at Modern Salon and Spa. She loves working in the beauty industry because promoting self-care and empowering women to feel their best are two of her passions. Morgan is a Huntersville resident, avid reader, animal lover, and coffee and wine enthusiast. 

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