Let's talk about how to achieve a good skincare routine in 5 minutes. We're all pretty busy and it's not always easy to find time for a 30 min skincare routine.
I've put together 5 steps that I feel are essential in your skincare routine.
Step 1 - A cleanser that will not strip your natural oils from your skin. This means it can be either water-based or oil-based. If your skin feels clean and supple, it's probably a good cleanser for your skin type.
Step 2 - Apply moisturizer on a damp skin. This step helps seal in moisture right after you cleanse your face. Moisturizer used in this step must be light weight, hydrating, and contain a few occlusives to "lock" in moisture. If you use an essence or toner, ensure that it contains a few occlusives to "lock" in moisture as well.
3. Leave on "active." This is your treatment step. This includes everything from AHAs, BHAs, acne treatments, retinoids and niacinamide.
4. This step is optional. For oily and combination skin types, applying moisturizer again after actives may feel too heavy. If so, skip this step. For all other skin types, if you find that you still need more hydration, use a moisturizer. Your moisturizer for this step can be heavier than the one you used in step 2. This step is very dependent on your skin type.
5. This step is AM only. Sunscreen is THE MOST important part of any skincare routine no matter what your skin type. Look for sunscreens that are labelled "broad spectrum" and are SPF 30 or higher. Reapplication every 2 hours is important to effectively block UV rays from damaging your skin.
I hope this was helpful! As always, do what works for your skin type! Let me know if you have any questions or comments! :)