My “Less is More” Skincare Routine
I used to relish in my long nightly skincare routine before bed. It was my ritual, how I’d wind down and prep myself for the evening. It was relaxing, soothing and stress-relieving. My morning routine was the same, peaceful, relaxing and setting me up for the start of a new day.
Then I had a kid.
Mornings leave me very little time to for some fancy skincare routine, and by nighttime, I’m tired. I still love my nightly skincare routine, but I want it to be quick, effective and easy so I can get in bed and go to sleep earlier or read a book! It’s funny how priorities change over the years, isn’t it?
Over the past few months I’ve introduced several new things in my ongoing attempt to get healthy, radiant and glowing skin—more of which I’m sharing in a post later this month. I’m a firm believer that our skin needs different things at different times, and switching up your routine here and there can be good for you, just don’t switch it up every other week or month.
What I’ve found lately is that mine has needed gentle, healing support—so, that’s what I’m giving it!
Here’s my simplified, healing and gentle skincare routine for both morning and night:
Rinse instead of wash
This is new to me, but I can’t believe how much it’s helped. Instead of washing my face in the morning, I simply rinse it with warm water. It helps wake me up, but doesn’t immediately strip my skin of all the good oils. I pat it dry and move onto the next step.
I spritz this balancing mist all over my face. I find that it helps balance oil production throughout the day and helps absorb my moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated. Another good option is to mix witch hazel with a few drops of tea tree (oily/breakout prone skin) or frankincense (all skin types) essential oils in a spray bottle and spritz that on your face.
A few weeks ago, I shared my recipes for face serums, and my “Clear” serum has been acting as my moisturizer for the past month. I drop about 3-5 drops onto clean fingers and massage into my skin while my face is still a little bit damp from the mist. I do it this way so it spreads around my face easier without me having to pull too hard. Can’t be giving myself any more wrinkles!
If you’re not into DIYing or don’t want to invest in the essential oils, one of my other favorite moisturizers is the Countermatch Adaptive moisturizer. It adapts to your skin and is really lightweight! I absolutely love it! Rob uses it everyday as well and he has dry skin.
If you’re looking for an oil, the No.1 Brightening face oil is great for all skin types and you can get a free travel size one with purchases of $125 or more this month (details at the bottom of this post). If you have oily skin, the No.3 balancing oil would be perfect for you!
Last, but not least—my favorite Rejuvenating Eye Cream. This stuff is so amazing! It helps with fine lines and puffiness and has caffeine to help make your eyes look more awake in the morning.
I’ve been using my amethyst roller every other morning (simply because I don’t remember to do it every morning) to help with puffiness and lymphatic drainage. I keep it in the fridge and it always feels so good to roll on my face in the morning. It’s great to do at night as well!
I’m big on the double cleansing method over here, and if you’re not doing it yet, you should start today. First step is to remove your makeup, FULLY. I used to just wash my face and assume the makeup was coming off, but then I’d dry it and there would still be makeup on the towel—so gross! Just think about how much dirt and grime I was leaving on my skin?!
I typically use these makeup removing wipes or this cleansing balm. If I have a heavier makeup day, I’ll actually do both, just to insure that all my makeup is removed before I wash my face. Probably that’s overkill, but if you have breakouts, you know that sometimes a little extra step is worth it to not breakout.
Wash your Face
For the past month or two, I’ve been washing my face with manuka honey. I actually tried this a few years ago, but I’m happy I tried it again because it’s seriously done wonders for my skin. Raw honey in general is really great for your skin. It’s antibacterial, soothing and calming which means it helps fight bacteria, calm inflammation and keep your complexion looking pretty wonderful! Manuka is a specific type of honey that’s been praised for it’s high amounts of healing properties, even more so than regular ole raw honey. It’s more expensive, but you don’t need much and a little tub ($30) should last you several months.
If you don’t want to buy manuka, raw honey is still great, just make sure you’re getting RAW and not the honey that comes in the bear (that stuff is no bueno!). If you can find it, creamed raw honey is best as standard raw honey tends to crystallize and can be rough on your skin and cause more damage than good.
And, if you have no interest in my hippie ways, I highly recommend this nourishing cream cleanser. It’s safe, effective and gentle and great for just about every skin type out there!
Next, I spritz again with the same balancing mist! This helps everything else absorb and leaves skin feeling balanced.
I add a little more moisture at night than I do in the morning. I put a small amount of aloe vera gel on my fingers and massage that in. Aloe is really soothing and great for acne/breakouts/scarring! Then, while my face is still slightly damp, I use my homemade serum again! I’m working on a new recipe that includes some ingredients to combat hyperpigmentation, but for now, my “Clear” recipe is doing wonders!
Most nights, that’s it, but every other night, I use the Resurfacing Peel which is seriously magical. I always wake up and can’t believe how nice and bright my skin looks after using it. Definitely worth adding to your beauty cabinet.
I use the same eye cream again at night too! Just put it on your ring fingers and dab gently under your eyes and around your orbital one (that hole shaped bone where your eyeball sits).
Less is More
Okay, so if you have a really simple skincare routine, this might not seem like that much less, but for me, it is—especially the morning routine!
I’m finding that using less products and doing less manual exfoliating and scrubbing, the better off my skin looks. It’s a good reminder that our bodies know exactly how to heal themselves, we just need to get out of the way a bit! But, of course, using the right products for our skin type can do wonders in healing and preserving our youthful glow!
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If you’re not sure what else to get for your skin type, fill out my skin type questionnaire and I’ll get back to you with suggestions!
I’d love to hear your morning and nightly skincare routines? Do you use a lot of products or just a few? What are your favorites?!