Last night, as I was heading to bed, and I thought, “Maybe I should wash my face? Nah, I’m too tired, and I want to sleep.” It’s not like washing my face at night really takes that much time-maybe 5 minutes tops. But for some reason, sleep tends to win over washing my face, especially after a long, exhausting day of being a mom.
At the same time, I want good skin. But I don’t want to follow an elaborate or expensive skincare routine; I want the process to be affordable, and quick and easy, especially after a long day. And I know that it is SO good to remove make-up, dirt, gunk, and oils and let my skin breathe at night, since that’s when your skin cells regenerate.
I’m definitely no expert, but I’m sharing what I’ve learned and some of the things that have been working for me. So after doing some research, and trial and error, here are some affordable, quick and easy tips that I’ve come up with and have been applying lately to get beautiful, healthy looking skin.
1. Drink water.
Staying hydrated gives your skin that healthy, vibrant glow. It’s recommended to drink about half your body weight in ounces everyday. While that may be a bit much if you’re just starting out, you can start with less and work your way up. What works for me is having a large water bottle jug. I just fill it up once, and make it my goal to drink it all by the end of the day. Just know that you will have to pee a lot. I use a 75 ounce jug from Amazon.
2. Wash your face.
Ideally, you should wash your face in the evening and in the morning. But if you’re only going to wash your face once a day, its better to do it in the evening. Especially if you are wearing make-up, wash it off at night. A quick an easy way to clean your face or remove your makeup is to have makeup removing wipes in your living room and on your bedside table. That way you can get your face clean while watching TV, or while laying in bed. You can just rinse your face with warm water after. How great is that?!
Some good options include the Neutrogena wipes, or if you want more natural wipes, a good option is Burt’s Bees wipes. A good face wash that I use and that is good for all skin types is the Cetaphil Daily Skin Wash- you can get it at any local drugstore.
Cream cleansers are also a good option for combination or oily skin. Or you can use coconut oil as a cleanser- just apply it all over your face before getting it wet, and rinse with warm water.
Basically you want to use the type of cleanser that will work best with your skin type. So figure out what your skin type is, and find a cleanser that doesn’t make your face feel too dry or oily after you use it.
To make things easier on yourself, and increase the likely hood that you will wash your face, have your skincare products, and face towels laid out next to your sink in your bathroom. Having things ready will make it easier for you to quickly run through your morning or evening skin care routine.
This step should be done 2-3 times a week. Our skin builds up dry and dead skin cells. This mixes with the oils on your face and can give your face those tiny bumps called microcomodones. These give your skin a dull and bumpy appearance. They can only be cleared up by exfoliating with a glycolic acid. Exfoliating just with a scrub removes the dry and dead skin cells. The glycolic acid clears up the bumpiness.
Both the scrub and acid should not be used more than 2-3 times a week because its like a mini face peel. It removes the top layer of dead skin, to expose the smooth skin underneath. Your skin may feel a little more dry after you do the scrub or use the glycolic acid so make sure to use extra moisturizer after. The glycolic acid that I’ve been using lately is called: Arcona, The Solution, PM Repair. I apply it overnight.
As far as a scrub, I just use white sugar as my face scrub. I keep a little jar of white sugar next to my bathroom sink that I just dip my fingers in when I need to add some scrub while washing my face. Or you can make a moisturizing face scrub by combining sugar, coconut oil, and some essential oil if you want.
Just be careful to scrub gently, to avoid damaging the delicate skin on your face. Don’t forget to cleanse and scrub your neck and collar bone, decolletage area. Due to the delicate, thin skin, this area shows aging quickly and needs tender love and care too.
The type of moisturizer you will use depends on your skin type. I have combinations skin, where it is oily in my t-zone- my forehead, nose, and chin area- and I have dry spots on my cheeks, which get almost eczema-like dry patches in the winter months.
You can use a moisturizer, serum, eye cream, face oil or a combination of these. Again, you want to find the type of moisturizer that fits your skin type that doesn’t leave your skin feeling to dry or oily after you use it.
If you want to get really fancy you can have a night cream and day cream. The skincare experts also recommend using a day moisturizer with SPF in it to protect your skin from the sun. I just use a tinted moisturizer with SPF in it for when I go out, or if I want to even out my skin tone, over my regular moisturizer.
For the past year I’ve been using the Artistry Nourishing Gel Cream as my moisturizer, and it’s been great for my combination skin. The dry patches on my cheeks are nothing like they used to be! I also recently started using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Serum under my moisturizer for the winter and I love it! It’s been great for adding extra moisture to dry, winter skin.
5. Spot Treat Breakouts
Let’s be real, we all get break outs on occasion. Especially if you’ve skipped washing your face at night for a few days, or have been eating a lot of greasy, heavy food, and not drinking water, or if you’re on your period- sometimes breakouts are hormonal.
What I’ve been using over the years is the Clean&Clear spot treatment. I just dab a bit on the pimple, usually before bed, and go to sleep. When I wake up in the morning, the pimple is almost gone.
Another option is to try pimple stickers. My sis-in-law introduced me to them. I haven’t tried them yet, but they seem like they would work even better overnight, since they won’t get rubbed off if you put your face in your pillow, or snuggle up in your blanket.
If you’re really looking to up your skincare game, or if you want to give your skin some extra love, you can try mixing in these other steps into your skincare routine on occasion.
- Face mask. There are SO many different face masks out there! You can stop by Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, or your local drugstore, and pick a couple different masks-if you’ve never tried them before. The one I’ve been using lately is the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Mask. It makes my skin feel so hydrated and baby soft. Or you can always make your own face mask. It can be as simple as mashed avocado, or some raw honey.
- Eye cream. An eye cream is great for keeping father time from intensifying the crows feet wrinkles around your eyes. I think one of the keys for that is keeping the area around your eyes very hydrated. This is why most eye creams are very rich and hydrating. Just like with the masks, there are so many anti-aging eye creams out there. I currently use the Artistry Youth Xtend Enriching Eye Cream.
- Blackhead strips. These are great for removing blackheads. I ordered the Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips from Amazon, and this combo pack comes with the nose strips, and forehead/chin/any other face area strips. These blackhead strips do a pretty good job of removing blackheads- just make sure to leave them on for at least 15-20 minutes, so they really harden. Its always satisfyingly gross to look at how many blackheads came out on the strip when you pull it off.
- Toner. I’m not sure how I feel about toners. Sometimes I question what it is they do exactly. From what I’ve read, its supposed to balance something out in your skin, and remove any last traces of makeup you may have. And prepare your skin to be moisturized. I have the Thayer’s Toner, and I apply it with a cotton ball before my moisturizer on occasion.
- Lip Scrub. If you want your lips to look kissably soft and moisturized, make sure you scrub them for a few minutes also while you do your sugar face scrub. I like to apply a thick layer of Vaseline on my lips overnight after the scrub- They feel great in the morning!
- Vitamins. Vitamin C, D, A and K are some of the best vitamins for your skin. If you take a daily multivitamin- you should be good to go.
- Eat Clean. This one is a biggie, but I know it’s hard to stick to clean eating. I like my Ruffles Cheddar potato chips. Eating lot’s of vegetables, fruits, and good protein and staying away from sugar and greasy foods will do wonders for your skin. So if you really want to up your skincare game- give this one a try.
Well there you have it!
Now let me know if you have any tips or products that you love! I really like trying new face care stuff- it’s sort of my weakness.