This Is Exactly How to Marie Kondo Your Skincare Routine, By Skin Type

Trust me, I know it's difficult to whittle your stock of skincare products down to just the essentials. I have more jars, bottles, and tubes in my bathroom than most. But, just like with your closet, it's important to clean out and update your beauty regime every few months. The extra storage is great, sure, but more than that, knowing the few products that actually work for your skin type is paramount in curating an effective lineup. And the added room in your medicine cabinet (and on your shelves, under your bed, and in every drawer, as the case may be) doesn't suck either. "I have patients who arrive at their initial consultation with a large bag full of products they either use never, sporadically, or all at once. Because of that, they can't tell which one is the problem and those that are actually working for them," explains Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a top dermatologist in NYC. We are inundated with so much information about different skincare ingredients, regimens, and treatments that it is difficult to distinguish which ones are best for our individual skin type. That, and using too many products at once can cancel out the effects and exacerbate your skin. 

So, in the interest of maintaining skin health with the least amount of products, we've decided to Marie Kondo our skincare routines and help you do the same. We reached out to two of our favorite skincare gurus for their expert advice. From there, we'll figure out which products bring us joy and thank those that don't before setting them free. Below, find the most important formulas for each skin type and recommended products for each. Use it as a guide as you work through your own routine. Before you keep scrolling, though, know there are two skincare products pretty much every dermatologist and esthetician will recommend you use, no matter your skin type: toner and SPF. "After cleansing," celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says, "you have a 60-second window to seal in moisture with a toner." She continues, "Everyone should apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every single day." See more of their thoughts below.