Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Skincare Routine for Lazy Moms On A Budget

I have a confession. It's a big, disgusting secret. One that I regret deep down into my core.

I used to go to bed at night without washing my face!

I know! It's awful. I'm into beauty and makeup and I am guilty of not taking care of my own skin.

I am getting much better about it now that I am in my 30s. I try to remember to wash my makeup off at night. I know that it is horrible for your skin to sleep in all of those makeup products. They are just not super healthy for your skin. AND I definitely am interested in preventing wrinkles. I know, I should have been more concerned in my 20s. BUT oh well, gotta do all I can now.

Now that I am about to turn 31 (on Friday), I am far more interested in preventing wrinkles and the overall texture of my skin. I really wish I had heeded the advice my mom gave me in my teens--but I didn't and there is no use dwelling on it now. I am taking a mental note to start washing P's face every night just to get her in the routine--like now!

Sometimes I just don't want to take the time at night. I'm tired. I just want to go to bed. The other thing is this-- why is good skincare so damn expensive? Like really, it's expensive! I'm not paying $200 for an eye cream that I will need more of in 4 months! That's extravagant. I can think of so many things that I would rather do with my money. So I have spent the last few years finding out what works for me and doesn't break the bank.

I have adult acne (I have PCOS and my hormones are jacked up), and fine lines on my forehead and under my eyes. I also have hereditary under eye dark circles. These are my main concerns with looking for skincare. I have dry skin and my belief is that it causes my acne somehow. So I am always looking to find cleaners, toners, and moisturizers that won't break me out, will address my fine lines, and won't dry me out either. AND I need as few steps as possible, and I need them on budget. Do you have all that? I know it is a lot! Here's my current routine. It will run you about $123 depending on where you get the items.

I know that seems like a lot, but considering many high end skin care items are more than that for one single product--I will take that for a whole regimen.

1. Cleanser

I have tried so many cleansers from Estee Lauder and other high end brands to Clean and Clear. All of them performed about the same. I couldn't tell a difference. With my dry skin I need a cleanser with microbeads that can gently slough off all of the dead skin at the end of the day. I use a very simple and very cheap cleanser--It's the Kroger store brand Daily Pore Purifying Cleanser. You can find it here. It retails for $3.59. At that price I can use it twice a day and not worry about using too much!

2. Toner

You really do not need to spend a ton of money on a toner. The best and most natural astringent out there is witch hazel. It is usually one of the main ingredients in a good toner anyway. It will help you get rid of those dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth. I get mine at Target for around $3. You can't beat it!

3. Serum

At night I think that it is imperative to use a good anti-wrinkle serum. Especially if you are in your mid to late 20s or beyond. I have tried cheap serums and I just do not get the results that I would hope for. This is the one item that I do feel it is very important to splurge on. My favorite serum is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It is $68 and worth every penny. It doesn't make my face oily or greasy. It does seem to diminish my fine lines and wrinkles as well as my dark circles and puffiness. I love this stuff! You only need a tiny bit each night so it does last you a long time.

 4. Eye Cream

I have tried a few different eye creams, but none of them seemed to combat my under eye circles like the Derma E Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Cream. It is rich and smells good. It reduced my discolorations and puffiness. AND it doesn't break the bank at $15.39.

5. Moisturizer

I have used a million moisturizers over the years. They are all a dime a dozen in my opinion. These days I am looking for something for night time that helps fight wrinkles but that won't cause a heart attack over price. I love the Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream, but even it is bit pricey at about $24 a pop. I think Wal-Mart's Equate version is about the same. I have tried them both and can't tell a different between the two--except for about $12.

Once a week I use a mask. My favorite mask is the Loreal Pure-Clay Expert Detox and Brighten Mask. It's around $10 and it does a great job brightening up the spots from my acne scarring. No need to buy a GlamGlow mask for $70. This one works just fine.

On an average day my nightly routine consists of these steps.

1. removing makeup with makeup remover wipes and eye makeup remover.
2. Cleanser
3. Toner
4. Serum
5. Eye Cream
6. Moisturizer

If I'm in a pinch I will skip the eye cream and go straight for that moisturizer.

For day time my routine looks like this:

1. Cleanser in the shower
2. toner
3. moisturizer (I use this one for day time)

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