Who knew skincare could be so complicated? Gone are the days of simple face wash and cream. We now have serums and beauty elixirs made from the blood of unicorns. Ok fine maybe they aren’t that extra but some products available are a bit much. My grandmother believes dove soap and cooking with olive oil is the best skincare routine. She may be onto something because she’s 90 years young and maybe has one wrinkle. Most mornings I’m in a rush and by the evenings my exhaustion kicks in right as I put my last son to bed. Bottom line people, I needed a fast, easy and effective skincare routine. I’m here to break down all the products I use. As I type this I do realize I use a lot of products. However, I promise the process takes about 5 minutes tops. I am listing the products in the order I use them. Let’s dive in.
Cleanser: This cleanser is my ride or die. It leaves my skin feeling so clean. It smells fresh and soapy. It’s not referred to as the cult classic for nothing.
Toner: Love this toner. It removes any impurities from my pours. It sets my skin up for the next steps.
Serum: If you add one thing to your skincare routine from this post make it this serum. Vitamin C is so important for your skin and this bad boy brightens your skin, smooths lines and helps protect against all the unpleasant things we find in the environment.
Moisturizer: I’ve been using this one for over a year and it has vitamin C and is extremely brightening.
Eye cream: Hands down my favorite brightening eye cream. I’ve used it for over a year and I have seen a dramatic difference in dark circles.
Sunscreen: Girls, never miss this step. It is SO important. Even on the days where I put on a tinted moistures that has SPF in it I will not skip this step! I love the little shimmer this one gives and it smells like vacation. I’ll put it on and pretend I’m on a beach. Hey, a girl can dream.
Lip Balm: We can’t forget to protect those lips. I have like 10 of these lip balms scattered around my house, purses and car. Absolute favorite.
So I will be a little extra at night. When I’m wearing make-up I double cleanse my face.
Cleansing balm: I like to remove my make-up using a cleansing balm opposed to wipes. Mainly because the wipes usually never worked and I would wake up with mascara under my eyes. I have tried a few others before I found this one. They usually left my eyes burning and blurry. This one is fantastic as I use an almond sized amount and it not only removes all my make up but doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. It’s a tad pricey but it will you a while.
Cleanser: Same as the morning.
Toner: Same as the morning.
Serum: This serum has been referred to as “botox in a bottle” and it lives up to the name. It’s my favorite and I will never stop incorporating this serum into my routine.
Moisturizer: This super rich cream is perfect. Thanks to my 19 year old niece for introducing me to this clean and affordable brand. I have a few things from this brand and I really like them all.
Eye Cream: I need some extra moisture at night and this eye cream fits the bill.
Neck and Décolleté Balm: Yeah I said it. I’m no longer a spring chicken and I’m all about being proactive with skin care. This guy fits the bill.
Now that I laid out what I use daily I’m going to sprinkle on some of my extras.
Eye Patches: Love these to lift and firm. Love these to brighten.
Clay Mask: This one shrinks my pours right up.
Exfoliating/Brightening Mask: For when I need to add some glow into my skin. I’ll use this one.
Sheet Masks: Sheet masks have become a favorite of mine. Zero clean up. This one I love because of how hydrated it makes my skin feel. This one is I use when I want some brightening.
Exfoliator: So I like to feel an exfoliate to know it’s working. This one is more has more grit to it. I use it about 3 times a week.
Overnight peel: I’ll use this 1-2 times a week.
Retinol Serum- I will use this 3 times a week at night.
Headband: I just ordered these cute spa headbands to keep my hair out of my face. I couldn’t resist the price and the cuteness.
There you have it. All my skincare broken down in writing for your reading pleasure. I’ll leave you all with two tips that I live by when it comes to skincare. ONE: drink water, drink as much water as you think you need then add like four glasses. Beautiful skin comes from within. Two: I can’t stress this enough NEVER EVER sleep with make up on. Thanks so much for reading. I’ve linked all my products here in one place.