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Minimal Skincare Routine for Busy Days + 20% NOW Foods Coupon!
What’s your go-to activity when life gets overwhelming? I find solace in cleaning and simplifying my routines; somehow, getting rid of clutter helps me better deal with exhaustion. And as much as I love my comprehensive beauty regimen, sometimes minimizing the number of steps and switching to a few gentle products can give my stressed skin the break it so desperately needs. For example, I’m really loving this simple 3-step routine featuring my trusted NOW® Solutions skincare favorites. I can always count on these products to keep my skin clean, calm, and comfortable while I deal with life’s challenges, and they are pretty affordable, too!
STEP 1 – CLEANSE:
A good cleanser is one of the most vital steps in any beauty routine. It’s important to remove excess oil, dead skin cells and impurities every day to maintain a healthy-looking complexion. However, I’m a bit picky when it comes to cleansers. For the past 10 years I’ve been using only low-pH formulas because my skin feels best when I keep it slightly acidic. I also read that using low pH cleansers helps protect the acid mantle and promotes better skin health. Fortunately, all of NOW® Solutions cleansers lean slightly acidic so I never had any issues with any of them. My current favorite is Vitamin C & Manuka Honey Gel Cleanser ($9.99) that smells like honey and oranges; it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean and brightens up the mood with its sweet and invigorating natural aroma.
Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Manuka Honey, Allantoin, Panthenol, Niacinamide (Niacin), Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (soy), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil (Extra Virgin), Orange-Grapefruit Aroma, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C).
STEP 2 – TREAT:
My skincare routine is never complete without a generous helping of antioxidants, and Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum ($19.99) has plenty. This runny, gel-like formula features a very short ingredient list which includes my favorite Vitamins C and E, as well as Ferulic Acid and Niacinamide that offer antioxidant protection and help brighten the complexion, minimize the visible signs of aging, and improve the look of skin texture. So much goodness in one product! This serum works well for AM and PM, and has everything I need to keep my skin in good shape even though I’m only using three products right now. I seriously can’t recommend it enough, this is one of my all-time favorite products from NOW® and it’s well worth a try!
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (non-GMO soy), Maltodextrin & Punica Granatum Seed Extract (Grenadys), Natural Citrus Aroma, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Ferulic Acid, Niacinamide (Niacin), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid).
STEP 3 – MOISTURIZE:
Choosing the right moisturizer for your skin type doesn’t have to be complicated. I think products with humectants and fatty acids that create a barrier on the skin can work pretty much for everyone. For my combination skin, I chose Glutathione Skin Brightener™ Cream ($16.99) because it doesn’t clog the pores and leaves my skin soothed and moisturized, with a nice semi-matte finish. And since my main skin concern right now is pigmentation, I appreciate that the formula contains skin brightening ingredients, including glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that is really popular in the East. It complements my Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum really well, but I could also use it on its own because it’s pretty well-rounded and offers several benefits without the need to use any additional products.
Ingredients: Water, Diheptyl Succinate & Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol & Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Aquaxyl® (Xylitylglucoside/Anhydroxylitol/Xylitol), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (tree nut), Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide (Niacin), Natural Aroma, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (non-GMO soy), Maltodextrin & Punica Granatum Seed Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Ceramosides® [Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract], Glutathione.
I really enjoy this quick and effective skincare routine, even though it only has three simple steps. If you like the less is more approach, I highly recommend looking into NOW® Solutions products, there are lots to choose from so you can easily customize a routine for your skin’s unique needs. And if you want to expand into more products, there are additional products you might want to try, including masks, toners, beauty oils and more… My routine focuses on brightening benefits, but NOW® also offers products that address blemishes, dryness, and visible signs of skin aging, so there’s something for everyone. All NOW® Solutions products are certified cruelty-free and never tested on animals, talk about clean ingredients with clean conscience!
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Would you try a simple 3-step skincare routine? What is your main skincare concern these days? Did you know that NOW® Foods has a comprehensive skincare line? Let me know in the comments below!