TIP #1: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TREATMENT/MOISTURIZER
Always put your treatment/moisturizer on when skin is still damp from cleansing process (wash and tone). This allows the products to absorb deeper and be more effective.
TIP #2: DON'T SKIP WEEKLY EXFOLIATION!
Not only does it brighten your complexion and help your moisturizer absorb better but also stimulates collagen production. Oily skin should exfoliate 1-2 times per week , normal skin 2-3 times per week, and dry skin 3-4 times per week IF USING A MECHANICAL SYSTEM (aka scrub or brush). All skin types can use chemical exfoliation (aka acid or enzyme) nightly IF YOUR SKIN CAN TOLLERATE IT and you are a product appropriate for you.
TRICK #1: MAKE A SKINCARE REGIMEN AND KEEP IT
Make time for your skin care regimen and remember the golden rule "if you don't use it, it wont work!" If you want serious results from your skin care, you must make the commitment to set time aside every morning and evening to WASH, TONE, TREAT, AND MOISTURIZE. Weekly exfoliation is part of the program as well. The products can't work if they are trapped in your medicine cabinet and never see the light of day (or your skin!).
TRICK #2: HOW TO SHOP SKINCARE SMART
Ask the experts. We all have that drawer or shelf with products we bought that sounded good on the tv or in that magazine ad but never really lived up to YOUR expectations. They were too expensive to throw away, you are too busy to return them, and your friends already made the same mistake....so what do you do?
Stop making your purchases based on crafty marketing. Consult with a skin care specialist...and try to find one without an agenda (aka their own brand to push). Any one who truly has your skins best interest at heart will be able to recommend more than just one brand. Actually, anyone who calls themselves experts in skin care SHOULD be able to name products from all areas of the market. This means they are actually trying the stuff and giving you genuine feedback.