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When you’re a 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 skincare needs or wants. However, if you don’t take the time to take care of yourself, then everything else will suffer, including the people that you are trying to take care of.

So if you’re looking for an easy and effective skincare regimen that won’t take an hour out of your day, this simple and streamlined routine will ensure that your skin looks and feels its best, regardless of the stresses you have to endure and the hard work you have to do each day.

Step One: Cleanser

Choosing the right cleanser for your skin is easier than you might believe. Think about your skin type— do you have dry, oily, or combination skin? Cleansing creams work best for dry to normal skin, while gels tend to be better for oily skin. And whatever you do, don’t just use plain bar soap! It will dry out the delicate skin of your face. You typically only need to use a dime-sized amount; squeeze or pump it into slightly damp hands, rub it between your hands and apply to a damp face and neck. Rinse using a wet washcloth; this will provide slight exfoliation and clean your face of residue.

Step Two: Specialty Product

Think of your largest complaint about your skin. Is it too dry? Prone to break outs or blackheads? Uneven skin tone? Fine lines? Whatever the issue, there is a specialty serum, cream, or gel on the market to help you out. We love using mushroom masks to tone and clean our skin. Read reviews of the products online and choose the one that sounds right for you. Apply the product according to directions, on freshly washed, unmoisturized skin.

Step Three: Moisturize

Even if you happen to have oily skin, moisturizing is an essential step you just can’t skip. Choose a moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling fresh and supple, not heavy or oily. While you can buy moisturizers specifically for daytime or nighttime, it’s not necessary— buy a good moisturizer with sunscreen and use it in the morning and at night as well. If you’re worried about the amount of moisturizer you’re using on oily skin, then only use moisturizer in the evening before bed— otherwise, do your whole skincare routine in the morning and at night. It shouldn’t take longer than five minutes!

Three Old Fashioned Skincare Tips That Work And Why

Despite the fact that there was not much in the way of skincare research or scientific advancements when it came to the eras that our grandparents and great grandparents lived in, they still had certain remedies and methods for dealing with common skin problems, as well as ways to ensure that their skin looked the best that it could possibly look. While many of these ideas have been disproven, some of them have been backed up by scientific research— and are even common in the modern world, although occasionally in seemingly different applications. Here are three skincare tips your grandparents may have used that still work today.

  1. Wash Your Face With The Roughest Cloth You Have
    As uncomfortable and not fun as it sounds, this was a common “beauty secret” earlier in the 20th century. Before special gels and creams with exfoliating microbeads, ground avocado pits or other exfoliants were on the market for up to $30 a bottle, it was common for young ladies to wash their faces with old, rough cloths in order to make it smooth and to give their skin a healthy glow— especially important during times when wearing blush or other cosmetics was a practice that could get you a bad reputation as a woman of loose morals.
  2. Rinse Your Face In Ice Cold Water
    As you can see, the idea that beauty is pain is an extremely old one. The science behind this is simple: as we all know, when things are hot they expand, and when things are cold, they contract. This is also true of the pores on your face: when you wash your face in hot water, you’re able to open up the pores and wash away any of the dirt or other particulates that might lead to break outs without special care. However, if the pores stay open when you’re done, it’s more likely that dirt and other irritants will find their way into your pores, leading to more breakouts. Rinsing your face in cold water is like shutting the door behind you when you’re done: your pores will contract and it will be more difficult for dirt to get in.
  3. Pinch Your Cheeks
    Although this was initially a trick to keep you from having to use blush, it’s still a good idea to wake up the circulation in your face on occasion. The rush of blood brings needed nutrients to your face, and sweeps away waste as well.

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