Today I wanted to share with you my day to day skin routine that have been proven tried and true. I try to keep it simple and use as little products as possible. To me less is more, and I try to go by this mantra in pretty much everything I do.
My skin routine can be described in three simple steps: exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize. Now there are some one offs for those heavy makeup days and when those little blemishes arrive, but more about that later, so let’s get to it!
My go to scrub for exfoliation is St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I have been using it for years and it has been very reliable. I like to exfoliate in the evening, to get rid of the dirt, oil and everything else that might have stuck to my face throughout the day. A quick wash with my scrub before bed time, and my skin is nice and ready for the day to come.
I cleanse my face in the morning with my trusty Vitamin E soap bar from Whole Foods. This soap is sold in Whole Foods stores exclusively, but you can find it on Amazon.com by clicking on the link above. It is an easy routine and this soap has been doing wonders for my face. It simultaneously cleans away the oils, but leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. After I pat my face dry, I spritz some
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner. This toner is light, fresh and absorbs in a matter of seconds.
My moisturizing routine varies depending on the time of year. In the summer time I keep it very light with Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisture moisturizer in SPF 15. I try to keep it light, as my skin gets oily due to heat and I want to prevent any possible pore clogging or any unnecessary extra product on my skin. In all fairness, I would have to say that Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer is a bit heavy for me, so I am considering going back to Garnier Skin Renew Daily Moisture or something else that I might discover come next summer.
Winter time, it is a bit of a different story. For winter I use my trusty Garnier BB Instand Fairness Moisturizer in Medium, because it does two things at once. It moisturizes as well as gives me that even skin tone that allows me to forego a layer of foundation. It is a time saver during those early winter mornings when I have 30 minutes to get ready for work.
Now let’s talk about those one offs. There are days or rather nights, where I come home with a pound of make up on my face. Those are the days that call for my trusty Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser and Make Up Remover. I favor it for two reasons, again because it is a two in one! Not only does it remove my make up, but it moisturizes all in one shot. For eye makeup removal I go with Mario Badescu Eye Make Up Remover Gel. It is absolutely amazing for taking off eye makeup, and will take off those stubborn water proof products with ease. What I really admire about this product is the fact that it does not pull on my face or skin around my eyes when I proceed to take off the makeup, which will hopefully benefit me later on in life.
The next one off is – pimples – yes even thirty something year olds get them! There are times when I will have a blemish or even two. No sweat as I have a fix for that too. My trusty blemish combat tool is once again a Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I just dab it on the problem area and leave it to dry over night. I will be honest, in the morning the blemish is not completely gone, but it is more manageable and easier to cover up. I will repeat the process until the blemish is completely gone.
Last, but never the least in my “One Offs” section, are Facial Towelettes. I do not have a specific brand that I use, but I would attest that Neutrogena, Garnier or Ponds are all great. I keep a pack in my night table as well as one in the bathroom. For those nights where I am feeling extra lazy and do not feel like going through the entire ritual of face washing, I can grab a towelette, wipe my face and move on. This does not happen often as it is not a great way of keeping your skin clean, however once in a while I do forgive myself this tiny indiscretion, but I am right back on the wagon the following day.
I hope these tips will prove helpful to you and contribute to your skin routine. Do you have a different approach to your skin care? I am looking forward to your ideas and thoughts!