Does your bathroom counter or vanity, look like a cluttered mess?
Mine definitely used to, that is until I found a simple yet effective skincare routine. As an adult, we are so busy shuffling from one thing to another that we find ourselves with little time to devote to a healthy skin care routine. I must admit that even at the age of 25, I never really paid attention to my skin. I have semi-dry skin so the concern in regards to taking care of my skin just never came up.
However, one day I was looking in the mirror and found myself questioning a few blemishes and oh my gosh is that a wrinkle?!? Let me share with you my trick to having happier skin with this basic skincare routine.
Every time I find myself in the skin care isle I see product after product promising to take care of this problem or that problem in regards to skin. It easily becomes so overwhelming because I am stuck at the point of picking the budget-friendly product while still choosing a product that will actually help my skin and not make it worse.
After hours and hours of scouring the internet for answers on how exactly to take care of my skin, I finally figured out that the routine really does not have to be that difficult or complex. It is totally possible to have a simple skin care routine and it really is as simple as cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. That’s it!
Simple Skin Care Routine – Step One
Cleansing Your Skin
A basic cleanser is really all you need. I know it sounds like a given right? But this is actually one of the most crucial aspects of a simple skin-care routine, because even if we feel as though we didn’t do anything to get “dirty”, our skin is definitely still in need of a good cleanse.
I mean, we take a shower even if we haven’t left the house right? It is both refreshing and invigorating. Shouldn’t we give the same attention to our faces? I am sure I do not need to point out that in between cleanings our face builds up with dirt, oils, dead skin cells, etc.
Picking a cleanser to take care of this is key. Skin care aisles at the store are packed with cleaners for every skin type, but you really only need a simple face wash. Cut out all of the extra features unless it actually pertains to your skin type like salicylic acid for acne prone skin or scent-free for sensitive skin.
Personally, I go with just a basic face cleansing bar from Neutrogena and use my handy dandy exfoliating brush. A simple cleanser paired with an exfoliating brush knocks out the build up on your skin while not over-drying the skin. The exfoliating brush helps get rid of the build-up of dead skin cells as well, leaving your skin smooth and ready to soak up your moisturizer which we will cover in step 3.
Simple Skin Care Routine – Step Two
Toner? Isn’t that for printers?
Yes and no. In recent years the popularity of using a toner to help with skin care has been on the rise. Toner cleans all of the leftover dirt, makeup, oil, etc. from your skin making it easier for your moisturizer to soak in, which we will discuss in step 3. Using a toner is especially important for those with acne-prone skin, who wear makeup, or have oily skin or large pores.
There are so many toners in that dreadful face care isle though, so which one should I pick?
What is micellar water?
Can I just use an astringent instead?
Finding a good toning solution for your skin is another essential for a Simple Skin Care Routine.
Toners are great for toning/evening out your skin tone, tightening pores, and getting rid of dirt and other forms of build up. This is great but sometimes it can be too harsh for certain skin types. It can cause over-drying of the skin or breakouts. In that instance, micellar water is a better option because micellar water is basically made up of oil molecules. These molecules break down oil build-up, makeup products, and draws out impurities while being gentle on the skin.
Toners are typically water-based and Astringents are alcohol-based. Primarily the goal of astringents is to kill bacteria that leads to breakouts for those with acne prone skin, it also presents the risk of over-drying your skin which leads to irritation, flaky skin, and roughness.
My preference is an all natural toner that is less chemical-based but still tightens my skin and pores without the risk of irritating my sensitive skin. When I feel a break out coming on, I use an astringent such as witch hazel or a toner specifically made for acne and only use it on the areas I am having an issue with to sort of spot-treatment.
Tight and even skin tone leads to easier make-up application, brighter/clearer skin, and it keeps your pores clean as well.
Simple Skin Care Routine – Step Three
Finding the best moisturizer for your skin can be somewhat tricky. Everyone has their own preference for how it should feel. Is it too heavy? Too oily? Does it provide enough moisture to the skin? The most important factor is that your moisturizer should soothe your skin as well as protect your skin from the sun.
Now, this would be a time I encourage you to find a moisturizer that you like best. For me, I generally lean towards a water-based moisturizer during the day and I use a collagen night cream to help with wrinkles at night. This aspect is entirely personal so I will leave it at that.
Cleanse, tone, and moisturize! That is really all it takes to establish a Simple Skin Care Routine. Who knew? It certainly does not always feel that way but it really is that simple.
What are your tips for a “go to” Simple Skin Care Routine? Let me know in the comments below!
**As a side note, I am not saying there aren’t other ways to amp up your skin care routine because there absolutely are. This is just a simple guide to get one in the works of establishing a skincare routine. I know for lost souls such as myself when it comes to the skincare world, I had no idea where to start despite being actively involved in watching other beauty bloggers. I also want to make it known that I was not paid for this posting nor do I have any affiliation with any products in the images or mentioned in the article. **
Simple Skin Care Routine