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I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin especially now that I’ve embarked into my 30’s. When I went to the beach on Sunday I was like 50 SPF on the face, covered with a hat and sunglasses on. I have some tried and true products but have recently added a few to the arsenal that I wanted to share with you.
During the week my night time routine has to be succinct and products need to serve many purposes because I am usually dead tired before I go to bed with all the crazy running around I do. Side note do you ever have the feeling when you are laying on the couch and the sheer energy it takes to get up and wash your face sweeps over you? “If I just rest my eyes for 5 more minutes I’ll find the energy to wash my face”. Clearly I should try to go to bed earlier.
If I had to pick the bare basics for a 5 minute nighttime regimen it would look a little something like this.
Let’s break these down further.
I never thought I ever needed one of these…..I mean I have two hands no? However after you get one you will never go back and you want to know why? It is the lazy girl way to clean your face.
Once again coming back to that I’m so tired I can’t wash my face. Squirt some face wash on (don’t worry will cover this next) the brush….hit it with some warm water. Then literally press it to your face and this little genie does all the work for you. After you are done…seriously your face has never been smoother. Apparently it helps with fine lines and wrinkles….I mean I’m down with that but I’m more down with the fact it gets all my makeup off with minimal effort on my part.
“But the cost Amanda”?? You will say next. Listen I feel you. Luckily I have wrangled up some sweet deals for you. I will also tell you I have had mine for almost 3 years and no problems. Their customer service is legit. Anything goes wrong call them and they will send you out another one. I did find you a pretty amazing Gift Set though. Check it here. It comes with the Fresh Soy Cleanser (outlined down below) the cult classic Josie Maran Argan Oil and Algenist Complete eye renewal.
#2 Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser
This is the holy grail of face washes. I feel like I have tried them all. It is not irritating. Will not breakout your face (remember my skin is super sensitive and breaks out with the change in the atmospheric pressure I swear). It gets every ounce of makeup off your face including…..all your black eyeliner and mascara. I am a daily user of both and no other cleanser gets makeup off as well as this one does. It is non drying. Plus it’s like less than $10. I wait till CVS or Walgreens has a sale and I stock up on these. Seriously try it. You will never go back. My only gripe is that I hate the pump…..so not conducive for traveling. Find it here or at your local drugstore.
Splurge Face Cleanser
I bought the smaller size to switch it up once and a while also it is so much easier to travel with. I do have to say I love it more than the Neutrogena but the price is a deterrent. It is extremely gentle, yet moisturizing, cleans all your makeup and doesn’t break out sensitive skin. If you are on the fence go with the smaller size, trust me you’ll be rationalizing the bigger size after the first use.
#3 Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
If there is any chance the above related leaves a trace of anything left behind. A quick swipe with this on a Q-Tip and it will be gone. I was paying for Lancome’s Bi-Facil but really couldn’t bring myself to repurchase that almost $30 price tag. This is 10 bucks and a total dupe. Non irritating and won’t dry out that sensitive skin under your eyes.
#4 Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum
True story. I have been using an anti-wrinkle preventive type of serum since I’ve been in my early 20’s. It is never too early to start. A little goes a long way with this one. I put a thin layer on and if I need extra moisturizer during the winter months I layer on top of this one. It doesn’t make you peel, is non irritating and doesn’t give you a red appearance in the morning. It does a really nice job at attacking those fine lines. The only thing I will tell you it has a certain smell when it starts activating on your skin. It’s not bad but not fragrance free. Just something I noticed. It is minor but something worth mentioning.
I also use the Olay Regenerist Daily Lotion with SPF 50 for daytime use. I will also layer it on top of the nighttime serum if I need extra hydration at night. It has never broke out my skin and is super hydrating. Plus you need a daily lotion with sunscreen!
Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream
I got this in my Influenster box and I was very pleasantly surprised. I have some discoloration and sun spots on my face and I have really noticed a huge difference with evening out my skin tone. It is very light, absorbs very quickly and when I use it I wake up looking refreshed (my skin that it). I will absolutely be buying this again after it runs out.
#5 Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum
Okay I know I am starting to sound like a broken record but I have literally tried everything out there. The Regenerist line is my absolute favorite. My sister and I have incredibly sensitive skin and this line literally is the most non irritating preventive skin care that is on the market. I have been using the full line for the past couple of years and I’m so happy with the results. It does a great job with fine lines and preventing wrinkles. Plus you cannot beat the price points on it. Keep an eye out for local sales at your drugstores. Helps with dark circles as well and is not greasy. It absorbs the minute you put it on.
If I can really pull it together the last 30 seconds are devoted to a quick swipe on the lash line with this miracle worker. I have been using Latisse off and on for the past 4 years. The results are incredible. I have random patients on a daily basis ask if I have on fake lashes (I mean honestly who has time to apply those in the morning???) I have had LASIK in the past and it has not been a problem. I have had no side effects of lid coloration or any changes to my eyes. I could get into a dissertation about Allergan discontinuing the Lumigan or generic brand of this. I have had to start buying it full price the last tube but I digress….
So there you have it! My under 5 minute routine during the week. A typical night goes like this….Mark asleep on the couch “you washing your face?” “Yes” he falls asleep on the couch until I’m done with my prep work. Then it’s to my nightstand where it is cuticle and hand cream time. Poor guy….it’s like marrying an 80 year old lady hey at least I’ll age well right?
Tell me about your weekly routine! I also have an extended version of this when I have 10 minutes at night and an even longer version that involves masks on the weekends if y’all are interested? I am also in the works of a 5 minute makeup tutorial that may or may not involve a video….to be determined ;-) xoxoxo
p.s feel free to pin my sweet graphic that took me no time at all….just saying…..