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3-Step Skin-Care Kits That Will Seriously Simplify Your Beauty Routine

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The fewer decisions you're faced with daily, the more self-control (as in drive, extra stamina, and even brainpower) you possess and the less stressed you feel. "Choice can become burdensome and ultimately counterproductive when you're bombarded with options," researchers say of a study on decision-making and mental fatigue. That explains why a regular beauty regimen can be so calming. When you adopt a skin-care system, you don't have to think about much more than just luxuriating. Try these trifectas.

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Clear and Healthy

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Clinique 3-Step Skincare System has been a go-to for generations of women. Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ keep skin clean and perfectly hydrated. ($47, sephora.com)

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Radiant and Firm

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You'll exfoliate first, then follow with purifying and collagen-boosting steps (which is important at any age) when you use the Lancer Method 3-Step kit. It includes a simple Polish, Cleanse, and Nourish routine that brightens and plumps up fine lines. ($255, lancerskincare.com)

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Smooth and Youthful

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Give your skin an age-defying reboot with the Rodan + Fields Redefine Regimen kit. Use the Daily Cleansing Mask and Pore Minimizing Toner, then simply moisturize: The Triple Defense Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is for morning and the Overnight Restorative Cream goes on at bedtime. ($196, amazon.com)

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Bright and Even

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Each step in the Ole Henriksen Power Bright™ 3-Step Professional Brightening System is designed to give you glowing, even-toned skin using a polishing sugar mask, a cleanser, and a 25% vitamin C concentrate. ($55, sephora.com)

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Lifted and Hydrated

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The Kate Somerville 3 Steps to Glow kit addresses all skin needs: it has an exfoliating treatment with papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes, a "Liquid Lift" anti-aging treatment, and a nourishing moisturizer. ($195, katesomerville.com)

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Refreshed and Blemish-Free

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La Roche-Posay has a cult following for its Effaclar products for acne-prone skin. The line's Dermatological 3-Step Acne System has a cleanser, clarifying solution, and acne treatment formulated to reduce breakouts. (Which, BTW, might be caused by these foods.) ($30, target.com)

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Nourished and Fresh

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The Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual set combines Josie Maran's popular Argan oil with a moisturizer and cleansing oil. (FYI: argan oil isn't suitable for everyone.) The moisturizer contains SPF 47, which saves you the extra step of applying sunscreen. ($36, amazon.com)

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Young and Fit

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The 123FRÉ Set is anti-aging treatment that's specifically formulated for skin that sweats—making this the perfect three-step kit to toss in your gym bag. It includes an SPF 30 moisturizer (to slather on pre-workout), a pH-balancing facial cleanser, and a reviving anti-aging serum, all formulated with a unique blend of Argan oil and Argan leaf water extract to combat workout-induced skin damage. ($115, freskincare.com)

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Clean and Renewed

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When you simplify your skin-care routine, you need products with a lot of oomph, and the REN Pure Glow Trio delivers. With a rose-infused cleanser, glycol lactic mask, vitamin C 1-minute facial, you're set. ($54, net-a-porter.com)

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