This 5-Minute Daily Skincare Routine Is All You Need

Sure, mornings are hectic—but you wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth just because you were in a hurry, right? The same can be said for a skincare routine. We’re not talking about going full-on facial here or a 10-step skincare regimen. We’re talking about creating a streamlined routine that touches on all the essentials for clear, healthy skin! Need a few tips on how to make this happen even with the busiest of schedules? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered.

Wash your face in the mornings. Depending on your skin type, cleansing in the morning has plenty of benefits—especially if you deal with acne or excess oil production. Use a gentle cleanser to wipe away any impurities or oil buildup that took place overnight if you experience frequent breakouts. Have dry skin? An oil-based or gel-balm type cleanser with hydrating ingredients that leaves your skin feeling moist is your best bet. Do you wash your skin at night? A simple splash of warm water on the skin might be enough for you depending on the health of your skin.

Many people like to avoid (or are scared to use) exfoliators, but we’re here to tell you they’re a quick and essential step. Even though you cleanse your skin, there may still be dead skin cells and plenty of residues left behind from environmental buildup or even from your cleanser. Use an exfoliator to remove any residues and dead skin to ensure pores are clean. Exfoliating also helps prevent acne, even skin tone and boost radiance.

In any skincare routine, moisturizing is a must; there’s no avoiding this step. Hydrated skin is glowing skin, and you don’t want dull or aged looking skin, do you? Just like you wouldn’t go a day without drinking water, you shouldn’t go a day without hydrating your skin. Use a moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, without clogging your pores. Find a moisturizer that will feed your skin with natural moisturizing actives to generate water from within and create a moisture barrier on the surface to prevent water loss. For added benefit (and to cut out any unnecessary repetitive ingredients), use a moisturizer rich with bioactives that can act also as a serum, which is just what you need when you’re busy and on-the-go! To protect against sun damage, follow up with a sunscreen.

To manage oily or dry skin throughout the day, pack some of your favorite cleansing wipes or hydrating sprays into your bag. Feeling a bit shiny during the afternoon? Wipe away oil buildup with an oil-absorbing wipe or paper. If you experience dehydrated skin, a refreshing spritz does wonder at livening up your skin cells. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you’re out in the sun for long periods of time!

During an evening routine, your steps are very similar to the morning routine—you always want to wipe away the day’s impurities and dirt with a cleansing formula, followed by a moisturizer. For a little extra love, add on a serum, eye cream and an overnight treatment mask. While you’re sleeping to rejuvenate your body and mind, your skin’s also hard at work in repairing itself. Treating the skin with rich antioxidants and anti-aging nutrients like peptides will help with the natural repair process and cellular turnover for rejuvenated, fresher-looking skin.

While this is a simple skincare routine, are you thinking that it’s still a bit too overwhelming to start? When you want to get your day and evening skincare routine down to less than a minute, you need an effective product that multi-tasks and streamlines the entire process and we’ve got you covered.

No matter what age you are, start a skincare routine! Whether you’re in your 20s and do skincare as a preventative measure or you’re in your 30s and beyond and want to start combating signs of aging, it’s always a great time to pay attention to your skin.

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