If you’re like most people in this world, there just never seems to be enough time to take care of ourselves.
You’re not alone.
Not to worry, because if there’s anything I’ve learned to educate clients about, it’s how to keep your skin care routine simple so it not only saves you time, but money too!
Let’s face it, everywhere we turn on TV, magazines, social media, etc is bombarded with people telling you what to use on your skin.
That’s great to a point because too much information means we end up buying stuff just because we are told to! Not because we actually need it or will help with our specific skin’s needs.
We end up with a medicine cabinet full of products that we barely even touch, which means money wasted, because I guarantee that most of those products are too old to even use. This is actually dangerous, because expired or old product can cause more harm to your skin than good.
Today, I’m going to share with you three ways for you to simplify your skin care so you don’t spend hours in the bathroom and get to save your hard-earned money for fun things, like vacations or nights out with your friends or significant other.
Truth About Skincare Experts
You need to stop listening, reading and watching all those so-called skin experts tell you what to buy for your skin. Most of the time, these people are sharing what they’ve learned, not what’s going to help you. If you don’t know what your current skin is, I highly suggest seeing an esthetician or skin expert, who can assess your skin and offer you guidance as to what specific products you will need to start using.
Estheticians get a bad rap for over-selling or pushing products, but what do you think the celebrity endorsements in magazines or beauty experts on social media are doing? A good esthetician will simplify your routine & only offer you products that meet your specific skin’s needs. Basically, she will customize your entire skin care routine, so over time, you won’t need to spend money on other products.
If you aren’t able to find a good esthetician, find a trusted source at a beauty store who isn’t just trying to sell you something, but actually LISTENS to your specific needs. You probably need to talk to a few first to get a feel for who is good and who isn’t. You get the picture!
What Products Do You Really Need?
Once you have this, you are ready for the next step! What products do you actually need?This is a fun one, because I love to tell people that all you need are 4 products and that’s it.
I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but three products in the morning and three at night are all you need, especially if you’re a busy person.
All you need to get started is a good cleanser that feels good and doesn’t strip your skin or make it feel tight and/or itchy. Dry and sensitive skins work best with creamy cleansers. Combination and normal skin work best with foaming or gel-based cleansers. Oily and acne skin need gel-based. Beware of acne cleansers, most are too harsh for the skin & can actually dry out the oil or irritate the skin, making your acne worse.
Next, you’ll need a good serum to target your skin’s specific needs. Again, read labels and ask an expert for a good serum. Serums are your worker bees – they MUST get into the skin in order to repair the cells. Most serums you buy over the counter or in beauty stores are just glorified moisturizers. Without a proper delivery system, they can’t get into the skin! Our skin is a detox organ, it allows very little in (even though most experts say that it does).
Lastly, you’ll need two moisturizers, one for the morning with SPF and one for the evening without SPF. Your morning moisturizer should have both moisturizer and SPF. Look for ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide which are better for the skin & aren’t chemical based. Chemicals can irritate the skin or cause skin sensitivity, so avoid these if you have sensitive skin, acne or rosacea as it will worsen these conditions.
Your night moisturizer should be free of SPF and tends to be a bit heavier. Even if you’re oily, you still need a moisturizer at night. Acne moisturizers are great, but avoid ingredients such as Salicylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide, these do NOT belong in a moisturizer because they strip the skin of oil & moisture. The goal with your moisturizer is to keep the oil-to-moisture balance on the skin so your skin’s barrier remains intact.
Once you find the right line of products that work for your skin’s specific need, all you need to do is be consistent both morning and night.
Not only will using these 4 simple products save you time, but you won’t be spending a ton of money on products that will just end up collecting dust in your bathroom medicine cabinet.
Remember to seek out a trusted professional, who has a passion for skin and experience. These professionals will be able to guide you and help customize your routine and be a trusted source of knowledge & education for your skin through the seasons, years, and life changes you will go through.
The last item to do is find a consistent routine that fits in with your busy schedule.
When my kids were babies, I would keep my skin care products in their bathroom and wash my face & do my night routine while they were playing with toys in the bathtub. I have 3 kids and once they were in bed, would be so exhausted that I’d plop down on the couch and dread getting up to wash my face. Doing it earlier helped me stay consistent to my routine and my skin always looked great!
What about your schedule?
Can you do your night routine after getting home from work or a night out with friends? Try it before sitting down by the TV or with a great book, because once you’re sitting down, it’s way too hard to get up & the excuses start. Prevent those negative excuses and do it first. Your skin will thank you.
Have fun with this one and do what works for YOU!
Skin care should be fun and is a great way to remember that by doing your routine both morning and night, you are taking 1 step a day to help you look and feel good. When you feel good on the inside, you look good on the outside.
Here’s to beautiful, healthy skin!