I never really had a skin care routine until I started working at Skin Thereapease. Yeah I washed my face, spot treated the pimples, and moisturized when my skin felt dry. Until recently, that was my form of skin care and it was working alright for me. After reading articles about skin care a couple days a week, I realized that I needed to take better care of my skin so that it will look as young as possible for as long as possible, instead of just looking nice now. I know that my routine isn’t perfect and I still have a long way to go to achieve that, but it’s a lot better than where it was.

Now, every night before I go to bed I take these steps: face wash
• Wash my face either in the shower with a gentle cleansing milk or with face toilette to remove make-up and daily grime
• Soak a cotton round in toner and remove eye make-up and improve the tone of my face
• Apply an eye serum to reduce wrinkles around my eyes (I know, I’m only 22 but better to start young than old)
• Pimple treatment for those pesky little zits that pop up from touching my face too much or hormones
• Apply a night cream so that my face stays moisturized all night and I don’t have to worry about waking up with dry skin

In the morning my routine is a little more relaxed:
• Gently remove the sleep from around my eyes with a warm wash cloth
• Moisturize with a gentle moisturizer with SPF
• Apply a hydrating primer so my foundation applies smoothly and doesn’t dry out
• Foundation and other make up “essentials”

The products I use aren’t super expensive and most of them are drug store products purchased at Target or Ulta. I try to pick products that are clean and for sensitive skin; but on a college budget, buying all clean products can be unrealistic. I like to try the samples offered here before I splurge on a new product to make sure my skin doesn’t react poorly.

Ultimately, a skin care routine has to agree with your schedule and your lifestyle. If it is unrealistic for you to deep clean your face every night and apply 4 different creams, find streamlined products that do it all. If you do a lot of activity and sweat, you’ll probably wash and moisturize your face more often or at different times of the day. Find what works for you and stick with it until you see the results you are looking for.

-McKenzie, 22, Social Media Marketing