There are a few things in life that just don’t faze me that much. I go months in between hair colorings, I rarely have my nails manicured, and most days my hair is worn up in a top knot. When it comes to my skincare routine though, I live by a few unwavering rules:
- Never go to bed with makeup on
- Always moisturize – day and night
- Apply a face mask at least once a week
- Don’t forget to exfoliate
These rules may seem high maintenance to some, but I find that getting in to a quality skincare routine doesn’t require that much time or extra effort. Invest in products that work for your skin and pamper yourself before skin issues pop up.
Let’s get real, we’re all a little vain and care about our appearance to some capacity. I’m just going to go ahead and assume that you can relate to the fact that life and schedules are busy and leave little time for everyday self-indulgence. I’m all about quick and minimal routines, so let me share with you my super simple skincare routine for the everyday.
E V E R Y D A Y S K I N C A R E R O U T I N E
cleanse – tone – treat – moisturize
CLEANSE // After using a cotton pad moistened with coconut oil to remove makeup I massage the lavender & french clay complexion soap onto my face to pull toxins from my pores and remove any last traces of makeup. Since using this soap, I’ve had fewer breakouts leaving my complextion clear and healthy. If your skin is on the dry side I recommend using this gel cleanser, which also does wonders at purifying your pores.
TONE // Alcohol based toners are way too drying for my skin. I’ve also tried pure rose water, but it didn’t seem to be enough to keep oil at bay. This witch hazel and rose petal toner is the perfect middle ground between the two. Once my face has been cleansed and dried, I swipe a little of this toner over my face with a cotton ball. Fyi, it also works great for soothing razor burn.
TREAT // Typically I save the treatments until the evening. My good friend Charlotte recently shared with me the beauty company Arbonne and I recently purchased this serum and eye cream. These are investment pieces for sure, but worth every penny. Since starting to use the serum I have noticed a softening in my forehead wrinkles and the eye cream has really made my eyes look less tired. As far as routine goes in the evening I apply a layer of serum and pat eye cream around my eyes, and then let them sit in for a minute to absorb before applying moisturizer.
MOISTURIZE // Okay call me high maintenance on this one, but I’m a true believer in using two different types of moisturizer – one that’s quickly absorbable (and won’t make you look greasy) in the morning and one that is deeply moisturizing and healing at night. I stumbled upon this daytime moisturizer while browsing the beauty website Follain and decided to pick up a bottle due to it also protecting against environmental stressors like wind and air pollutants. It’s super lightweight and even helps my makeup go on smoother. At night I opt for this deeply hydrating balm to wake up with smooth and glowing skin.
Let’s back up a minute and refer back that list of rules at the top, I can’t forget to exfoliate and apply a mask a few times a week. Here are some speciality skincare items I use throughout the week to keep my skin clear and healthy.
FACE SCRUB // This face scrub has been my go-to face scrub for a few years now. It’s not super abrasive, contains french green clay to clean pores, and has lemon peel granules to help brighten skin. Use 2-3x a week.
FACE MASK // I keep this mud mask in my shower to apply while I’m shaving my legs. It purifies pores while also helping to reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. I like to apply the mask after using the face scrub, I find that by doing it this way it absorbs better and leaves my skin softer. Use 2-3x a week.
EXTRACTOR // This extraction tool has been a game changer for me. My skin is very prone to breakouts when my hormones fluctuate and I’ve been getting lots of white heads on my chin (sorry any teens who may be reading this, acne does not magically stop when you become and adult). A few days a week after taking a shower to open up my pores I use the this magical tool to extract oil out of my chin, nose, and forehead pores. It keeps the oil from building up and helps prevents zits.
So there you have it, my beautiful friends, my simple skincare routine for the everyday. Quick, easy, and relatively low-maintenance.
LET’S TALK BEAUTY…
Do you have a favorite skincare product? What’s your routine like?
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