Top Rules for Your Skincare Ritual: 30 min, 15 min, 5 min, 1 min!

Skincare

You may be like me in that you revel in taking care of your skin, morning and night. You may love the feeling of softly massaging the muscles in your face, relieving tension with the right pressure, the wonderful feeling of hydrated and moisturized skin (curious as to what the difference is between the two? Check out this post). You may love performing these routines to treat your skin just like I do.

Also, you might not.

Maybe, though, if you think you’re one of those people who aren’t all that into their skin routine, maybe it is the case that you want to take better care of your skin but you just don’t have the time or energy. Let’s be honest, in the morning, you sleep in as much as you possibly can, and at night, you’re just ready to go to bed and no skin routine is getting in your way.

It happens to the best of us.

But, you don’t need all that much time to make sure your skin is getting some love. Below, you will find my customized skin care routine for every time constraint I’ve ever faced: 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute. All steps are organized in recommended order of application for optimal efficacy.

The 30 Minute Skincare Routine

  1. Remove makeup with a cotton pad and makeup remover or facial cleansing wipe. Concentrate on gently buffing away mascara, as it won’t come off simply with a facial cleanser. I use Bioderma for this step (which is a available at Shoppers in a package of two bottles for $30).
  2. Cleanse face for two whole minutes with facial cleanser of choice.
  3. Tone. In my 30 minute routine, I tone with two separate products. The first is a mist spray for hydration while the second is a treatment toner for color correction.
  4. Apply serum if you use it.
  5. Massage eyes with a cooling rollerball. Clinique’s All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage is lovely and very much worth it.
  6. Moisturize skin, including neck.
  7. Apply treatment creams, such as wrinkle treatment, eye treatment, and the like.
  8. Apply spot treatment cream last if needed.
  9. Finally, and importantly, lip balm. My favourite at the moment is Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

The 15 Minute Skincare Routine

  1. Remove makeup with a cotton pad and makeup remover or facial cleansing wipe.
  2. Cleanse face with facial cleanser of choice.
  3. Tone.
  4. Moisturize skin, including neck.
  5. Add spot treatment cream if needed.
  6. Lip balm.

The 5 Minute Skincare Routine

  1. Remove makeup with a cotton pad and makeup remover or facial cleansing wipe. While you might not feel like washing your face with a cleanser, don’t skimp on removing your makeup. Sleeping with your makeup on is one of the principal causes of prematurely aging skin, so make time for this step.
  2. Moisturize! Don’t forget that moisturized skin is a key protective action against wrinkle formation. ‘Nuff said.
  3. Spot treatment if needed, because you will regret skimping on this the next day. Trust me.
  4. Lip balm.

The 1 Minute Skincare Routine

  1. Remove makeup
  2. Lip balm

(keep facial wipes and lip balm in a drawer in your bedside table so they’re always close by on those nights you want to crash asap.)

Voila – you have been schooled in the art of facial care, time limit contingent and all. While I, of course, recommend taking the time to spend a full 30 minutes on your skin, I certainly know what it’s like to have only one minute to spare. With that, consider yourself equipped to handle any time constraint. No excuses applicable.

Enjoy your beautiful skin, Little & Luxers, and good night.

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