If you know me, or have read any of my posts, I am a very simple and minimalistic person. Less is more. Quality over quantity. So not only do I have a simple, minimal, 14 item wardrobe. I also have a simple skincare routine.
Truthfully, I could not be bothered to apply a ton of ointments, creams and potions onto my face. I do not want to store an abundance of products around my house. And because I travel, the ability to pack my skincare products easily, is key. Right now, everything I need for my face, fits into one small beauty bag. The first half is skincare, while the other half is makeup (which I discuss here). So, all I need, and all I own for my face, is here. This is it!
Now please remember, that I have taken the time to find out what products work for me, and which ones don’t. Things I like on my skin, and those I don’t. I have tried a variety of skincare brands, product types, and am gradually learning what I love. While getting rid of anything that doesn’t work well, or suit my needs. Leaving me with very few steps, and very few products. But they work for me. And I plan to stick with them.
I recently ran out of skincare supplies (lotions, creams, cleansers), and I decided to start fresh. Try something new. Paula’s Choice is my typical go to skin care brand, which I continue using. Why?
- I never break out with their products
- They are cruelty-free, which is a must for me
- They’re affordable
- Money-back guarantee (which I’ve never used)
- The skincare options and concerns are endless (dryness, acne, sensitive, aging, oily, soothing)
- But most importantly, knowledge.
This skincare brand has been in business, and been doing skin research for decades. Plus, Paula herself has written 20+ best-selling books about skin, make-up, and beauty. One of which, is a small book called 20 Beauty Myths Busted, which was sent to me when I made my first purchase. It was one of the 100 books I read, and it was stocked full of typical skin and beauty concerns. She discussed everything from natural products, ingredients, anti-aging, and marketing. It really made me look at skin care and beauty differently.
If you want more information, here is the website:
You can read skin care articles, how-to tips, as well as an ingredient list of EVERYTHING they use, and why. So, you will always be well informed.
Knowing I would continue to use Paula’s Choice, I decided to email the company and see what specific products they would recommend for me. I sent in a face photo, along with my skin concerns and needs, and here is what they suggested:
A cleanser, exfoliator, a daytime SPF moisturizer, and nighttime retinol. Very simple and easy, so I ordered these products, and have been using them for the past 8 weeks. Please note, I also used a vitamin C serum from LilyAna Naturals. I have heard many good things about vitamin C serums, so figured I would try it. Will I go back and order the vitamin C from Paula’s Choice? Probably. I just wanted to use what I already had.
Simple Skincare Routine
Now 5 products may seem like a lot, but that is all I own, and I use them sparingly. Because as I stated, my skin does not do well with lots of product. And, I have always believed that less is more. For everything. So here is how my simple skincare routine works:
- vitamin C serum
- SPF moisturizer
- nighttime retinol
That is it. Very simple.
It has been said your skin needs 6-8 weeks to adjust, and really take in the benefits of a new product. So, let’s see how my skin has been affected. I have used the cleanser, exfoliator, day cream, retinol lotion, and serum consistently, as directed. Plus I took photos, to see what my skin looked like before using the products, and after. Of course I am not expecting to all of a sudden look like Jessica Alba, but any improvement is something.
This was night time, in the bathroom, with nothing on my face. Please forgive my expressions. I was trying to capture one photo with a smile, and one without. But they both look kind of awkward.
Then 8 weeks later. Same time, same location, and nothing on my face, but the same awkward expressions 😉
Just from the photos, you may not notice a big difference, but I did, which is what matters. My skin feels softer, it’s brighter, with no breakouts, and I only had to use a minimal amount of products. Now I am not sharing this to promote products, but to see for myself, how my skin really looks and feels. I suggest you try this out for yourself as well, with the skincare products you are using. Actually check to see how they are impacting your skin. Determine if your products are meeting your needs, and working the way you want. There are endless skincare products out there, so find the ones you love. Start to narrow down your choices, and create your own simple skincare routine. Get rid of everything that you don’t love, and commit to only a few. Less is more- for your skin, your life, and your wallet.
Would love to hear about what you use, or products you love. And if you haven’t found a simple skincare routine for yourself, or are looking to try new products, here are the links to learn more about the skincare that I love.