Must. Wash. Face. Zzzz. If this sounds like you after a day of chasing kids, it may be time to save face (yours). "Cleansing is the absolute most important thing," says Nerida Joy, founder of Nerida Joy Skincare in Beverly Hills, CA -- especially in summer, when skin gets gunked up with sweat and sunblock. "But it doesn't have to be complicated."
Joy favors non-foaming washes, such as CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($11.40). Use a cloth, or grab the Neutrogena Wave Duo Power Cleanser ($12.99) for a two-speed massage (mmm!).
Sloughing off dead skin cells (weekly or so) reveals smooth skin underneath. Try C the Difference Exfoliating and Soothing Mud Mask ($14.99) from Yes To Carrots, with avocado oil.
Ah, but with what? "There are so many kinds, and it doesn't matter so much," says Joy. Look for alpha hydroxy acids and reti-nol in the ingredients, she says, as these are proven anti-agers.