Spring! It’s not just a time to clean house, but also a time to shed dull, dry winter skin.

People often ask me how they should exfoliate, with what, and how often. The answer is simple. You should always exfoliate (but never overexfoliate) and you should pick the appropriate products for your skin type. Here’s our spoil me rotten cheat sheet for choosing the right skincare products for you:

Cleansers

Unless you have very sensitive skin, you should have at least two cleansers at your disposal: a gentle everyday cleanser and one with a little more oomph, in that it contains some good acids such as lactic, glycolic and/or salicylic.

For normal skin, I recommend cleansing every night with a gentle cleanser. Then, every other night, add a second cleanse (a.k.a. double cleansing) with your more active cleanser. If you have oily skin, you can double cleanse up to four times a week, or just do a single cleanse every night with your more powerful cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, you should only double cleanse if you have a lot of dead skin buildup.

I’m not so adamant about cleansing in the morning unless you really must. Many people just wipe their faces with a toner or splash with cool water.

Scrubs

A good scrub is one that does not contain sharp particles that do more harm than good. Scrubs aid in product penetration, so they are necessary in your skincare routine. I like to mix scrubs into our gentle or more active cleansers to lift debris off of the skin. If you’re doing this at home, scrub once or twice a week based on your skin type. Make sure that you don’t just focus on your face; your body needs love too! Invest in a Clarisonic that has an adaptor to exfoliate all of those nooks and crannies that you can’t ordinarily reach! You can also go online to find a recipe to make your own homemade face and body scrubs. There are hundreds of amazing recipes out there! One important thing to remember about scrubs is that the exfoliation process gets your skin all excited and revved up to accept the treatments or serums you put on afterward. So don’t skip this step!

Toners

To tone or not to tone: the jury is out. Some people swear buy it. Toners come in so many different forms: refreshing, antibacterial, skin-softening, pH-balancing, extra-cleansing, pore minimizers, the list goes on. I usually recommend toners to people who have oily and acneic skin. They help strip the skin of excess oil, bacteria and dead skin. If you fit into this category, go ahead and tone every night or do it in the morning in place of cleansing.

Masks

I love a good mask, especially one designed to help a certain skin situation. I look for sulphur and clay in acne masks because these ingredients aid in drawing oil and debris from clogged pores. I love aloe, zinc and cucumber for soothing, and vitamin C and enzymes for skin-brightening. Once a month, I recommend using a peeling mask that contains extra-strength enzymes such as pumpkin or papaya. There are even masks designed to tighten your skin, which are excellent to use before a big night out or a special event! I’m obsessed with hydrating masks that are soft enough to massage into the skin.

Moisturizer

You absolutely pay for what you get when you use a moisturizer. If you don’t cleanse and scrub thoroughly, moisturizers will just sit on top of your skin and join the rest of the buildup. Look for something that fits your skin type and age. For younger, normal skin types, go for a basic, nourishing moisturizer. For anti-aging, look for products chock full of peptides. Once again, don’t forget that if you don’t cleanse your skin thoroughly, expensive moisturizers cannot do their job! And don’t forget to apply all of the above to your neck and décolleté.

Eye Cream

I am a believer! After using a kick-butt eye cream for the last year, I notice a huge difference in the texture of my skin. One thing to note: I don’t recommend any eye creams that have caffeine in them. These are designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines. But you don’t want just a reducer, you want something that acts on a deeper level to rebuild the skin.