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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Basic Skincare Routine for a Busy Life


Let's face it, we don't all have hours to go through the perfect skincare routine in the morning. I try to do my strict "cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize, protect" regime daily, but find myself struggling to muster up the time or the effort. If you're like me and strive for complexion perfection, yet lack the discipline to do everything possible to achieve said goal, read on for some cheats and helpful hints!

You don't HAVE to follow a complicated routine to better your skin, but you do have to wash your face! Like, seriously. "But I didn't wear makeup today and I'm really tired"...NO! Your face is exposed to all sorts of dirt, oil, and bacteria throughout the day. There really is no excuse. If you find yourself strapped for time, you can use a facial cleansing wipe, but remember to rinse afterwards to prevent any preservatives from drying your skin out. If you want to eliminate toning your face after washing it, try a cleanser that is pH balanced, like iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. Whatever you do, don't use a wash cloth. Wash cloths are the worst! They usually irritate the skin with their rough texture...and don't even get me started on their "cleanliness". Even if they come straight from your washer/cabinet/whatever, they are FULL of bacteria after the first few minutes of being in your bathroom. After they get wet? FORGET ABOUT IT. Lose the wash cloth. I personally use the Foreo Luna Mini because it's super hygienic, washes my face in a minute, and it softens my skin with minimal effort on my part.

Speaking of hygienic and bacteria, the best thing you can do for your skin, besides washing it daily, is to change your pillow case regularly. Now I'm not talking about once a month... I'm talking about once a week, AT LEAST. Take it from me, I struggled with adult acne for quite some time before I even made the connection that: Clean Pillow Case = Less Bacteria on Face = Less Acne. And when you have less blemishes to treat, you ultimately have more time to focus on important things like, "What should I wear today?" or "I'm totally stopping for coffee this morning".

Another thing that can prevent you from having to spend a ton of time on your face: Drinking Water. When you stay hydrated, your skin thanks you. Water ultimately plumps your skin up, which means the wrinkles fill in, giving you an ageless appearance. In addition to this, adequate water intake can also lead to a "glowing" appearance and less blemishes. As I've mentioned before, less blemishes equals less time trying to perfect! We're not talking about a glass or two a day. I mean REALLY staying hydrated. Drinking water hydrates your skin, clears your complexion, helps your brain function, and keeps you overall energized and healthy. It's recommended that you drink half an ounce to an ounce per pound that you weigh. (i.e. if you weigh 150 lbs, you'll need 75 to 150 oz of water. If you live in a hot climate and exercise frequently, you'll need closer to 150 oz, whereas if you are in a colder climate and tend to be more sedentary, 75 oz would suffice). 

Now if you do find the time to treat your face to some post-wash products, be sure that your products are easily accessible! The average woman has about a drawer and a half full of all kinds of skincare products, but how many do they actually use? Clear the clutter and line up your skincare products in the order that you (should) use them. At least then, if you're feeling productive, you can utilize both the time and the products that you have wisely. One thing I will tell you not to skip is sunscreen. I don't care if it's going to be cloudy all day... USE. YOUR. SUNSCREEN. Your skin will thank you by staying youthful and healthy as your 20th birthday starts having its 10, 20 and 30 year anniversaries!

In general, you should be giving your face the full pampering that it deserves. (What with it being your biggest organ and all...) But if you have to skimp, just remember these tips to increase your results while minimizing your efforts. 

Until Next Time!

Kimberly

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