After years of regularly sampling new beauty products and switching up my skincare regimen on a whim, I slowly started to want something more. Better, cleaner products with ingredients I could understand. Less products for a quick-yet-effective routine I could count on every day. Especially as a new and working mom, I immediately found myself with only a few minutes to get ready each morning before running out the door. So I simplified my skincare strategy. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution since we all have different skin, but these 3 steps helped me get back to basics, identify products I truly need (and truly love), and keep my skin in the best condition.
EVALUATE WHAT YOU NEED
There’s a beauty product for everything. Hone in on the problems you actually have. My main concern? Dry skin. So I sought out the best products to keep my skin moisturized and glowing, and I eliminated other products focused on pores, dark spots, wrinkles, etc. taking up unnecessary space on my bathroom counter.
ELIMINATE EXTRA STEPS
Because my skin leans toward dry, I don’t need to wash it twice a day. So I wash my face only at night, and in the morning I swipe on an alcohol-free toner for a fresh base before applying moisturizer and a quick bit of makeup. I also love the idea of serums and know many people swear by them, but for now I have been skipping that step — until someone convinces me otherwise!
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
At night, I have four steps: Cleanse, tone, moisturize, and apply eye cream. I currently use four products: Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera and Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser, Repairative Moisturizer, and Restorative Eye Cream. In the morning, I apply toner with a cotton ball, reapply moisturizer and eye cream, and then makeup.
These days I am in and out of the bathroom in minutes, my countertop is less cluttered, and I know I’m achieving clean, fresh, and hydrated skin in a flash. Feels good!