Let’s face it (no pun intended,) sometimes life can get too busy for complicated skin care routines. Most of the time you can’t be sure how long you’ll have to get ready for the day. Korean face masks and new skin care fads may be exciting to try, but there’s no guarantee you’ll have the time. Between work, family, and hobbies most people are lucky to squeeze in a half an hour for daily facial care.
However, the truth is you don’t need hours to implement a rejuvenating daily regimen. We’ve compiled a list of essentials for skin care routines that require 30, 15, and even just 5 minutes a day.
CLEANSING + MOISTURIZING
You wake up late. You can’t find your keys. Your car won’t start. We’ve all been there. However, if you’re able to take just 5 minutes to cleanse and moisturize your face, the health and cosmetic benefits will be considerable.
It is important to clean before you get started with any skin care measures. Applying substances without first cleansing the skin can trap existing dirt and oils inside your pores. That can make any skin problems you’re having worse! Start things off by using a nice facial cleanser like the SkinCeuticals Purifying Gel.
This purifying gel is free of paraben, sulfates, soap, fragrances, dyes and alcohol. That means you’ll get a thoroughly clean face the natural way.
Our bodies are composed of up to 60% water. It’s the lubrication system that helps everything operating properly. Keeping our faces hydrated helps every other step of our skin care regimen. Not to mention when we’re hydrated we just feel better all around. Moisturizing your face in the morning will help you tackle the day looking healthy and beautiful.
There is no short answer as to which is the best skin moisturizer, but the SkinCeuticals Hydra Balm is a great choice, featuring emollients that hydrate even deeper than most.
CLEANSING + MOISTURIZING + EXFOLIATING + PROTECTING
Some mornings you have a little bit more time, but not enough for an elaborate Korean face mask. That’s the time to add just a couple of minutes to EXFOLIATE and PROTECT.
When skin cells die our body sheds them naturally, but sometimes it doesn’t always fall off. That’s why we get calluses and rough patches on certain areas of our bodies. Dead skin can build up and needs a little extra attention to be removed. For a daily exfoliation measure we recommend using the SkinCeuticals Micro-exfoliating scrub.
It uses diatomaceous (big word for natural) beads to help scrub away the dead skin that may have built-up.
Having fun in the sun is great, but it’s important to remember that prolonged exposure to sunlight is the number one cause of skin cancer and other dangerous skin problems. Applying a sunscreen or protective balm before you go out into the world gives you have an extra layer of protection which could mean the difference between youthful, beautiful skin and medical problems. Protect your skin and prevent damage before it can occur (it’s so much easier :))
A popular option is EltaMD UV Daily Suncreen.
It’s easy to apply, infused with anti-oxidants, and protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
CLEANSING + EXFOLIATING + REPAIRING + MOISTURIZING + PROTECTING
Weather damage, sun damage, dehydration…our faces can encounter a lot of dangers throughout the day. When we get a cut, we put a bandage on it to help it heal. Why would it be any different for sun damage? It’s good to take some time to help our body naturally repair itself. While everyone has different skin care repair needs, a popular option is SkinCeuticals Lytera 2.0.
Lytera 2.0 works wonders for people who deal with skin discoloration and dark spots.
Taking small steps to care for your face can make a big difference in your skin’s health (even better is that most products have multiple uses to save you more time.)
So take a moment (or a couple) in the morning with your skin care routine to clean, exfoliate, repair, moisturize and protect your face. The results will be fabulous.
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