Creating a skin care routine is not nearly as hard as actually sticking to one. But we’re going to show you how to simplify your life by making a routine that is easy to stick to, effective, and doesn’t break the bank!
First, you need to decide what skin concerns you would like to address most. Don’t overcomplicate things with long lists of wants – think instead about what you NEED and can’t live with anymore. For example, if you have frequent blemishes, then this is going to be a “need” and a main concern to address. The same goes for anti-aging, dryness, oily skin or anything else that might be a problem area in your life.
Skin care routines can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make them. Just remember that the more complicated and lengthy they get, the least likely you are to stick to them long-term. We’re all busy people, and spending 30 minutes on a daily routine can really be a stretch for the average person. Here are some main steps you’ll want to incorporate into your daily and even weekly routines. Notice that your daytime and nighttime routines will differ, and your nighttime routine has a few extra steps so make sure you allot time for it every night before bed since it’s the most important routine of the 2!
Start with clean skin. Your skin should be freshly cleansed from the night before, and to avoid drying it out, there really is no need to cleanse again in the morning. Simple right?
- Spot Treatments or Serums. If you have a spot treatment for acne, an eye cream, or an anti-aging serum that you want to use, you’ll apply it before you moisturize. This way, the potent active ingredients can fully absorb into your skin and nothing will be standing in the way. Also, let the product dry completely before you move on to the next step! Keep in mind that some spot treatments and serums will only need applied once daily. In those cases, apply them at night instead of in the morning because your skin regenerates when you’re sleeping and plus, it gives the products longer to sit on your skin uninterrupted. To save money and simplify your routine, find a product with multiple skin benefits! 😀
- Moisturize. You can read our article on Moisturizing Your Face for further details, but it really is pretty simple. Just grab your favorite facial lotion and apply it to your entire face, neck and décolleté.
- SPF. If you’re going to be out in the sun, don’t forget to protect your skin from the suns harmful rays! Even if you’re indoors most of the day, you would be surprised at how much the sun penetrates your skin throughout the day when you’re driving, walking into the mall, taking your kids to the park, etc. Also, don’t think that just because it’s the winter you can’t get sunburnt or skin damage… the sun is actually closer to the earth then, making it just as harmful!
- Remove Makeup. First remove any makeup or dirt on your skin before you cleanse so the ingredients can really penetrate your skin. I recommend trying a makeup wipe, in particular, I really like Neutrogena because they’re gentle and not drying.
- Cleanse. You’ll want to find a facial cleanser that fits your needs, which you can read more about that in our Face Wash article. Gently massage the cleanser into your skin using circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Then, rinse your skin with water and pat dry with a soft, clean towel. You should never use the same towel on your face more than once, and you should never use your hand towel that you dry your hands with every day on your face as well, because that can spread bacteria and clog your pores.
- Spot Treatments or Serums. Same as before, just simply repeat this step from your morning routine for the full product benefits!
- Moisturize. You can use your regular daily moisturizer or you can try a night cream. A night cream will be a little thicker and might have more anti-aging properties that are meant to sit on your skin with little interference for greater periods of time. Either way, it’s important to remember to moisturize because you don’t want dry, flaky skin!
There are a few skin care steps that are still very important, but they don’t need done daily. We call these our “Weekly Routine” and they can be incorporated once a week. We suggest doing them at night, after you Cleanse and before you apply Spot Treatments or Serums.
- Exfoliate. You should exfoliate your skin once a week to remove dead skin or product build-up. If you exfoliate too much, you can irritate your skin. If you have acne, you should use extreme caution when exfoliating because if you have a lot of blemishes, scrubbing them with a rough exfoliator will just further inflame them and make them more red. If you have a lot of new whiteheads and swollen pimples, I would skip this step entirely and wait until they are healed until you exfoliate. You might even want to find an exfoliator for sensitive skin with smaller, finer scrubbing particles in it if you suffer from acne.
- Mask. There are so many different masks on the market, from anti-aging to calming, brightening to moisturizing. Switch it up and do a different one each week if you want! Or, you can even apply more than one to your face at a time, targeting each troubled spot. This is called multi-masking and an example would be using a moisturizing mask on your forehead because it’s often dry, but an acne mask on your chin because you have a lot of breakouts in that region! The possibilities are endless and masks really are beneficial because they are highly concentrated in their active ingredients for fast results. Try to look for a brand that is natural and free of harsh chemicals!