The lazy days of summer have begun and that may mean getting lazy about your skin care routine. So here are my helpful shortcuts to achieving an easier skincare routine all summer long.
Use your facial scrub as a cleanser. Gentle facial scrubs should be used 2-3 times per week but many people are inconsistent with their facial scrubs because it adds one extra step. Most facial scrubs are formulated in a cream base, which contain cleansing properties to allow your facial scrub to double as a cleanser during your morning shower. Two benefits, cleansing and exfoliating, in one 30 second step! Try Mint Buffing Beads for the perfect cooling, summer skin pick-me-up!…
Blot, blot, blot. Lazy girls don’t have time to fuss with researching all the latest oil-controlling products (that truthfully, aren’t as miraculous as they claim to be), so the easiest way to control oil production in the summer is to blot your skin with tissue to soak up excess oil on the skin. Fast, easy and effective. You can also dust on a oil-controlling powder after if you’re going for a matte look.
Use an at-home peel if you are overdue for a facial. Monthly facial treatments are a must, especially in the summer to control the damage from the sun, but occasionally we tend to let our skincare maintenance take a backseat to either a busy schedule or just plain laziness. For a quick skin fix, use an at-home peel like Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel— just ten minutes to beautiful, glowing skin! (Be sure to keep your skin protected with sunscreen after an at-home peel by using Daily Protection SPF 30 and Age Defense Moisturizer SPF 30.)
Wash your skin earlier in the evening. It is commonly believed that skin has to be washed right before going to bed; a time when you are most tired and laziness is at its peak. Perform your nighttime routine before or after dinner, around 7:00 or 8:00pm. Early evening is better than never! And do I remind you that you never want to let your skin marinate in makeup while you sleep, not to mention a day’s worth of oil and bacteria build up.
Use mineral powder when reapplying sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen in the summer is a must and especially when outdoors, it is necessary to reapply every two hours. When laziness sets in, reapplying sunscreen is almost always forgotten. The easiest and fastest way to reapply sunscreen is to use SPF-based mineral powders. These popular powders have built-in sunscreens, and with a few quick brush strokes you can protect your skin and keep it safe from damaging rays. I personally use the ColoreScience line and it is available for purchase here.
Give your skin a boost of hydration by leaving your toner damp. Alcohol-free toners are an essential part of a basic skin care routine and should always be used after cleansing. Lazy girls like to keep the steps of their routine to a minimum, so when you’re pressed for time, skip the skin serum and leave your toner damp before applying moisturizer. This will give your skin the essential and sufficient boost of hydration. FYI, applying toner to a Toning Cloth and wiping over the skin should only take 15 seconds, so it’s really not a time-consuming extra step. See our collection of alcohol-free toners.
Before you go to sleep prop an extra pillow under your head to prevent morning under eye puffiness. Tired, puffy eyes are an inevitable fact of life but apply ice compresses, frozen tea bags or whatever remedy you might use to reduce swelling may be just a bit time consuming. Why add on to an already busy morning of skin care and makeup application, when you can think a step ahead and prevent puffiness? By elevating your head with an extra pillow you will encourage drainage to keep swollen eyes at bay. (But a quick dab of Vitamin C Eye Brightener will help do the trick, too.)
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