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The need for a simple yet effective beauty routine happened for me after my divorce five years ago. Like most single moms, I had a lot to juggle. Kids, work, dog, house, errands, life… Mornings, especially, were busy and hectic.
When you’re mom, the most important part of your daily routine is taking care of everyone else – and that doesn’t leave a lot of time to take care of your own needs. However, back then I realized that now more than ever I had to take care of myself because if I didn’t, everything else would suffer, including the people who I was trying to take care of.
During this hectic time in my life I created an easy and effective skin care regimen that only takes minutes out of my day. This simple routine ensures that my skin looks and feels its best, regardless of any stresses I have to endure and the work I have to do each day.
For a successful morning skin care routine you need just that: a routine.
A consistent morning routine should include:
Cleansing, moisturizing and protecting with SPF. Twice a week I also add exfoliation to my routine to remove buildup and old skin. Although I always wake up early and I have had days where I needed to leave for work at 6 a.m., I never skip my skin care.
1. Cleansing: The goal of cleansing is to remove dirt, germs, excess oils, dead cells, make up without irritating the skin or drawing away needed moisture. Many of us think if we don’t wear make up our face is clean enough. However, cleansing in both mornings and evenings is necessary. Skipping cleansing is like not brushing your teeth. Yuck!
I usually shower at night so my skin care in the morning happens at the sink. I like to use a mild cleanser such as the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Both cleansers remove dirt, oil and makeup as ceramides and hyaluronic acid moisturize, soften, and help repair the skin barrier. You see, skin naturally contains ceramides. Over time, ceramides become depleted, leading to dry and irritated skin. CeraVe helps replenish the vital ceramides healthy skin needs.
Only CeraVe delivers ceramides through a patented, controlled-release technology that penetrates the skin’s surface, to help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and lock in moisture all day.
Moisturizing: Even if you happen to have oily skin, moisturizing is an essential step you just can’t skip. I choose a moisturizer that will leave my skin feeling fresh and supple, not heavy or oily. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 applies easily. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and protects my face from sun damage, while never feeling thick or greasy. It works well under makeup and makes me feel good to know my skin is protected from the sun.
I moisturize my entire body with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. It’s a thick cream but absorbs really fast. This cream is especially great on heels and elbows. It also use it as a night-time facial moisturizer. I like that CeraVe products are non-irritating and fragrance-free. Most are also non-comedogenic.
Protection: Sunscreen with zinc oxide is the best part of a successful beauty routine and is the most effective product you can use for anti-aging. No matter what wrinkle cream you are using, if you aren’t using a great sun protection, you’re left with a skin negative.
For the times when I need a high SPF, I use CeraVe Sunscreen with SPF 50. It’s lightweight, water-resistant and applies smoothly without the sticky feeling. Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are my essentials for when I am mowing the lawn and doing yard work
Good skin care doesn’t have to be a complex process. I know a lady who uses 16 different skin care products each morning. 16! Wow! Who has time and money for all this? I think it’s more important that you implement a daily routine you know you can uphold. Incorporating a cleanser and moisturizer is a great place to start.