Skincare can oftentimes be a mystery. We are bombarded with claims about different products that promise to fix this and that. It seems as though every beauty brand has some version of a magical potion that will make all your troubles go away. It definitely gets overwhelming.

However, once you break it down and begin to understand what each product does and why it’s different than those that seem like they do the same thing, it does begin to come together a little easier.

A consistent skincare routine may seem like a hassle, but the results are worth it. We’re often told that we don’t need to start taking care of our skin until we start to see issues, but that’s not the case.

Preventative care will help stop your skin from maturing as fast, and skin concerns that you think are permanent can actually be taken care of with the proper skincare regime.

My routine has developed over the years as I’ve discovered and tried dozens of products. I remember my first attempt at skincare… St. Ives Apricot Scrub. In other words, gravel in a cleanser. Seriously, avoid that stuff. Your skin will thank you.

Throughout my exploration, I’ve come across products that I had absolutely no idea what they did. All I thought I needed was a good face scrub and a cream.

Turns out, there’s a lot more to keeping the skin healthy.

When I would walk into Sephora and peruse the skincare section, my anxiety would kick in. There were so many weirdly shaped bottles and names of products that were completely foreign to me.

I started watching YouTube videos about skincare, and slowly, I started learning the importance of developing a skincare routine. The products I had skipped over before because I didn’t understand their purpose were starting to line my bathroom shelves.

And my skin… wow! My face was literally glowing. I was able to find what worked for me and created a system that made such a difference in the overall health of my skin.

Are you ready to take the plunge?

I know it sounds daunting, but taking care of your skin can truly change your life.

The first step is to educate yourself. A good place to start is learning about types of products that you may have heard of but don’t know exactly what they do.

Working in the beauty business has exposed me to many products and skincare concerns. I love learning about skin and how to take care of it and then sharing it with others. These five lesser known skincare products are the ones I get the most questions about.

Take a look and see if you have heard of or know anything about any of these. You may learn a thing or two.


Toners are often written off as pointless. Not so! They can make a HUGE difference in your skin’s health.

Most importantly, they finish the cleansing process. When you wash your skin, there is definitely a chance that you’ll miss certain areas or leave a little bit of cleanser behind. By using a toner, you can clean up any leftover residue or wipe aways bits of oil and dirt that may have been skipped over.

Certain toners can help hydrate your skin. Those of us with dry skin are usually told to avoid toning. Often, this is because people mistake an astringent as a toner. Astringents have alcohol in them, whereas toners should not. Dry skin can benefit from a toner that contains hydrating ingredients.

Did you know that you can also use a toner to refresh your skin? Does your skin start to get that tired, dull look throughout the day? Pour some of your favorite toner into a spray bottle and spritz yourself throughout the day to keep your skin looking awake.

When using a toner, you’ll want to apply immediately after cleansing. This will take care of anything left on your skin and give your skin that boost it needs!

Here are a couple of my favorite toners:

Origins United State of Toner

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner


Serums are created specifically to target a variety of skincare concerns. They aren’t meant to replace moisturizers, even the ones that help to hydrate the skin. They are thinner than a typical cream, which allows them to penetrate further into the skin.

They usually have more active ingredients which enables them to do more work than other skincare products.

Depending on their purpose, you can use serums in a variety of ways. By adding them to a moisturizer, you can increase the potency of your cream. Spot treatment is another way to utilize a serum. And then just applying them to your face after toning will usually provide the most visible results.

There are multiple reasons to use a serum. Those with anti-aging properties can target those pesky lines and wrinkles. Others will help smooth skin texture, giving your face an even appearance. Hydrating serums can give your skin an extra helping of the moisture that it’s craving. There are also some serums that can help with dark spots on the skin.

If you have a specific concern plaguing you, definitely consider choosing a serum. Moisturizers designed to help with skin issues are great, but a serum will give you more obvious and faster results..

Serums should be applied after toning but before moisturuzing. By choosing a moisturizer that compliments your serum, they can better work together to deliver the results you desire.

Here are two of my favorite serums:

Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA

Lancome Advanced Youth Activating Serum

Face Oils

Facial oils are so amazing for any skin type. Many people with oily skin tend to avoid oils, but I promise it isn’t going to add to that annoying shine that sneaks up on you throughout the day.

Did you know the main reason for oily skin is dehydration? Your skin is trying to hydrate itself, and if you help it get that moisture it so desperately needs, you’re going to see less oil. Sounds crazy, but it’s true.

It’s great to use oils after applying a moisturizer. This seals the deal, as it locks in the cream and provides the ultimate final touch to your skincare routine.

They’re also a great way of replenishing and rejuvenating the skin. Many oils will encourage a beautiful glow from within. Lack of sleep or age can cause dullness in the skin. An oil can bring back your skin’s peppy and awake look.

You can also add oils to your foundation to give it a natural, dewy finish.

Here are a couple of my favorite face oils:

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil

Eye Cream

Eye cream may seem like it shouldn’t be included on this list. However, a lot of people choose to use their face cream as a double whammy, applying it to their eye area as well as their face.

This is a big no no. The skin around the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the skin on the face. Using a facial moisturizer on the eye area can actually over hydrate and cause puffiness or even irritation.

An eye cream is made specifically for that part of the face. Face creams sometimes contain fragrances that can irritate the eyes. Majority of eye creams will be suited to specifically treat that area.

It’s also easy to think that you should skip out on the eye cream when you aren’t showing any visible signs of aging. However, if you begin taking care of the eye area before things start happening, it’s going to help prevent the creases and the crow’s feet from appearing as soon.

The eye area is super sensitive and even just using a basic eye cream will hold off signs of aging.

Here are two of my favorite eye creams:

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

Clinique All About Eyes


What’s the number one cause of skin aging? The sun. That’s why it’s so important to not only protect your body from those rays but your face as well.

A lot of people think they’ll be fine with the SPF in their foundation. While many foundations do contain this important ingredient, it’s usually a lower amount than the recommended 30 or higher.

Do you and your skin a favor and apply a sunscreen before putting on your makeup. The extra protection will help prevent your skin from aging as fast.

There are many sunscreen texture options available now. If you’re planning on applying makeup on top, make sure you pick a matte-finish sunscreen to avoid that extra shine.

Here are a couple of the best sunscreens available:

Lancome Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Super Fluid UV Defense Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen

So there you go! Mystery skincare products explained. Take a look at what you’re using now and maybe think about which of these you would benefit from the most.

I honestly didn’t think that these products would make that much of a difference, but I’ve proved that theory wrong. I’m loving my skin, and it’s really fun trying out products from different brands to see which ones work best for me.

Slowly but surely, I’m building a skincare regime that fits my needs and leaves my face healthy and glowing.

We would love to hear what you think about the idea of adding some of these to your routine. Better yet, what are your favorite products that fall into any of these categories? Let us know in the comments!