Lately I’ve been fascinated by the lengthy skin care routines that are now popular. Most are inspired by the red-hot Korean Beauty Skin Care Routine and are generally 10 products and 10 steps. But, just the other day I scanned one that was a full 15 steps!
By the end of the demonstration– I was exhausted and adding up the total cost – broke.
My thought was, “wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could spend all that time every day just on my face?”
But, like you, sometimes I’m so busy I’m tempted to just chuck the whole thing – especially at night when exhaustion hits, the to-do list is not finished, and my pillow looks so inviting. But, as a skin care expert, I know the overall cost of neglecting your skin.
So, this article is not about how to add more to your daily skin care routine but how to respond to the demands of your day and make great skin care choices. Effective skin care is one you’ll follow. We all have different kinds of days so I have some ideas on how to “face” each one of them.
I call these,
- The Everyday
- The Minimalist
- The Me Day
Everyday skin care that matches your lifestyle
We have a detailed article on the best way to look for the properties of effective products and how-tos for getting the most out of the 5 best steps for skin care: cleanse, tone, treat, target, and moisturize.
But, here we have some ideas to make life easier and the products both in our skin care line and in your cabinet or pantry that bring ease and confidence to your daily skin care routine.
We recommend 5 steps done twice a day for glowing, hydrated skin. Our steps are not rocket science or complicated. Instead they are simple, quick, and effective.
The Best Daily 5-Step Skin Care Routine
Step 1: Cleansing
Your skin encounters all kinds of impurities-from the environment and what you put on it. Cleansing your face before make-up or at bed time gives your skin a chance to breathe. A good routine begins with our Calm Facial Bar and a little warm water. It’s a multi-tasker when used in the shower for time crunched days. Calm Facial Bar coupled every couple of days with a gentle double-duty exfoliating cleanser like Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash make daily cleansing easy, quick, and effective.
Step 2: Tone
Even the best cleansers can leave a residue. A toner removes anything left on your skin while providing antiseptics and additional vitamins or antioxidants. One of the best qualities of our Calm Facial Bar is its ability to cleanse and tone in one step. But, you can also add a natural alcohol-free witch hazel for additional toning.
Step 3: Treat
We all have different challenges such as dry skin, acne, fine lines, or oily skin. Perhaps you have a specialized treatment specific for your skin. While treating your face, don’t forget the rest of your skin. Hand creams, pure virgin Marula Oil, and body lotions pamper and moisturize your skin while you let your facial treatments do their work.
Step 4: Target
We love serums for targeted areas. And one of the best areas to target are our eyes. Look for ingredients that brighten delicate skin. Our Awaken Revitalizing Serum is blended to gently revive with biopeptides, caffeine, and probiotics.
Step 5: Moisturize
The purpose of moisturizers is to lock-in hydration. For day, look for the best one formulated for your skin type. Our Pure Moisture provides deep long-lasting moisture for all skin types and is especially good to revitalize mature skin. For an extra hydration boost while you sleep use a restorative night cream.
Additionally, for daytime we recommend adding a 15 SPF or higher sunscreen before heading out into the sun. There are makeup brands that offer great coverage and protection. We give you some things to consider in our Joys and Mistakes blog. Add the right sunscreen –your future skin will thank you.
Skin care minimalist strategies for “those” days
For everyday – our 5-steps are easy, fast, and effective. But, we know there are times – especially at the end of the day when you think – “it won’t hurt to just go to bed…”
To that we say, “don’t do it!”
Try to keep to the 5-step routine that works for you but…
on “those” days –and we all have them ---without fail do at least these 2:
Cleanse and Moisturize.
Schedule a home spa day to pamper your skin and your soul
We all need to indulge in more self-care. These “me” days have all the steps of our everyday skin care day. But these 5 steps are done with the gifts of time and luxury.
The key is to add more—more products, more moisturizing, more targeted treatments and more relaxation. Here are some of our favorite ideas pulled from past articles and blogs.
After cleansing and toning, give yourself a home facial. We have a fun how-to for making your own natural face masks such as a Red Rose and Strawberry Nourishing Mask or Matcha Antioxidant Mask. These make enough for a friend or daughter (or significant other) to join you.
Eyes are a great area for focus. Close your eyes and enjoy a little upcycled luxury. We explain why the chamomile tea you’ve already enjoyed makes a great addition to your skin care. Refrigerate used bags and place over eyes for a refreshing and effective brightening effect.
Haven’t got these facial or eye brightening ingredients? Raid your pantry or refrigerator for mashed avocado, cucumber slices, or honey. Whatever you use, make sure they are fresh, handled properly, and target the result your skin needs. Make your choices easy, fun, and effective! And, take the time to relax and enjoy.
Bye for now!
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