The single most important part of my beauty routine has always been consistent cleaning.
There’s nothing worse than coming home from a night out after having a few drinks, falling asleep and waking up the next morning with a face full of makeup. Not only does it feel gross, but it’s exceptionally bad for your skin. Just like we wouldn’t want to eat off a plate caked full of old food, we shouldn’t want to apply makeup to a face full of residue and clogged pores.
There are a million different recommendations about different cleansing routines. From all natural to acne fighting and pore refining, I’ve literally heard it all. But I haven’t tried it all, because what I’ve done has always worked and I’ve never had complaints about my skin other than the occasional break out that we all experience from time to time.
The point is, your cleansing routine doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes we find ourselves trying out so many different products, thinking that nothing is working, only to find out that it’s because we need to simplify.
In order to keep your skin in its best condition, you really only need 2 things: a cleanser and a moisturizer.
AM – When I wake up, I’m most concerned with getting the extra oil build up off of my face after a night’s sleep. My morning routine is pretty simple: A dime-sized drop of cleanser, some water and my hands – A quick rinse and dry, then a dime-sized drop of moisturizer.
PM – The end of the day is when I take cleansing most seriously. There’s nothing worse than being half asleep on the couch watching TV, realizing it’s time for bed and remembering you haven’t washed your face. As sucky as that feeling is though, it’s so important not to skip nighttime cleansing. I use a dime-sized drop of cleanser and my Clarisonic to make sure every last pore is cleared of any makeup from the day. Then just like the morning, a quick rinse and dry, then a dime-sized drop of moisturizer.
If I’m away for the weekend or somewhere for a night, I don’t worry about bringing my Clarisonic with me. Instead, after washing with my hands, I follow with a make-up wipe and then rinse. You’d be surprised how much make-up is easily missed with just a hand wash!
(A note about my moisturizer – When I first picked this up, I did so because of a recommendation from a friend. I wasn’t concerned about the collagen elastin part, I just wanted a moisturizer that did its job. After using it for almost 3 years now, I don’t think I will ever switch to anything else! It’s so gentle on my skin and makes me feel so refreshed every time I use it. My husband, who suffers from dry skin in the winter, is also obsessed!)
What products do you use and how does your routine differ? I’m always open to trying new things!