It’s quite easy to forgo a good skincare routine when we’re busy, but the stress of a busy lifestyle will have a negative effect on our skin.
Spots, dry skin, dark circles, lack-lustre skin, wrinkles… These can be (for the most part) prevented or delayed by looking after the largest organ – your skin!
I hear the same excuses – I’m too busy, I’m too tired. I’m going to prove to you that you can have a good skincare routine even with the busiest of schedules.
Remove make-up with an oil cleanser NOT face wipes
If you’ve read my other skincare posts then you know that I am not a fan of make-up removing wipes (unless it’s to clean up a make-up mistake). You just end up rubbing and pulling your eyes (way to go for premature ageing) and not removing all the grime on your face (do you want acne and blackheads?)
I recommend using an oil cleanser that’s safe to use on your eyes. This will dissolve make-up and dirt and it is great as the first step in a double cleanse, which means following with a cream, foam or gel face wash to achieve a deeper cleanse. I don’t wear heavy face make-up, but I do love my dark and bright eye shadows, bold winged liner and mascara (every single day – don’t judge me). Oil cleansers are the best at removing my eye make-up.
Use a low maintenance face mask
Face masks feel great but you often have to sit around for 15-20 mins before washing it off. I love using “low maintenance” face masks when I’m strapped for time (or really can’t be arsed) but my skin is crying out for extra attention.
I love the Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Glow Mask. After washing your face in the morning, apply this face mask and wait for a minute before washing it off. Then splash your face with cold water and follow with toner and moisturiser. Beautiful radiant skin in a minute!
I also absolutely adore Shisheido Waso Sleeping Mask. After cleansing my skin at night, I apply the cooling green jelly on my skin and leave it on overnight. It slowly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave a weird residue. Perfect for dehydrated and dry skin.
Apply SPF and primer first and then do your eye make-up
Wearing sunscreen every day is an absolute must if you want to protect your skin and your health. Prevention is always better than cure. To save time, apply your moisturiser and SPF first and then do your eye make-up and brows whilst you wait for the face products to be absorbed. Doing your eye make-up first is great because it’s MUCH easier to clean up if there is any eye shadow “fall out” or you do a mistake.
It’s great if your foundation contains an SPF and PA rating, but you will never apply enough for adequate protection. You will look ridiculous if you apply that much foundation! That’s why it is so important to apply a sunscreen under your make-up.
My favourite face sunscreens are from REN (mineral sunscreen) and Hawaiian Tropic (chemical sunscreen). They are not thick and heavy like many sunscreens can be.
So, I hope you found this post helpful and that I’ve proved to you that the “I’m busy” excuse is not good enough!
If you have any questions then get in touch in the comments or find me on Instagram and Twitter @themayanirvana
Until next time,