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Is it TikTok? Is it Instagram? Is it really great marketing EVERYWHERE telling us that the correct skincare order includes a gajillion products?
In reality, you probably don’t need all of them. I use just a few products on my acne-prone skin and it looks better than ever.
What if you could have a simple skincare routine that works as well, if not better, than your 10-step one?
Get ready because I’m going to share my simple skincare routine with you, as well as how you can save money on several of the products I use!
The problem with too many skincare products
Even dermatologists agree that a complicated skincare routine isn’t always the best idea. I’ve read multiple articles quoting dermatologists who say the same thing: More isn’t always better.
First, using too many products can increase your risk of skin problems, from greasiness and acne to redness and flaking. Second, certain ingredients can cancel each other out, rendering them ineffective.
I can’t keep track of when I’m supposed to use retinol, AHAs, BHAs, niacinamide, tretinoin, Vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. Some should only be used in the morning and some should only be used at night. And some shouldn’t be used together.
It’s just so darn confusing.
I was actually going to list all the skincare ingredients that shouldn’t be used together, but there were so many different combinations and lists that I confused myself and decided not to even go there.
So what is the simple skincare order that actually works?
Basic anti-aging skincare order
My morning routine is all about protecting my skin from damage throughout the day. My basic morning skincare order includes these products:
- Antioxidant serum
My evening routine is all about repairing damage while I sleep. My basic evening skincare order includes these products:
- Makeup remover
- Mask/Scrub (2-3x/week)
- Antioxidant serum
Did you notice that I included the antioxidant serum in my evening routine? You’ve probably heard that you should only apply it in the morning to protect against those darn free radicals. But some dermatologists now recommend applying it at night because it helps to repair ongoing damage caused during the day.
But FYI: Vitamin C, a popular antioxidant, should not be layered with some skincare ingredients like retinol because the combination can cause skin irritation. If you use retinol at night (recommended by dermatologists), then you should only use Vitamin C in the morning.
What about eye cream?
I simply use my serum and moisturizer. They both are gentle so they don’t irritate the skin around my eyes, and they contain powerful anti-aging ingredients. You should make sure the skin around your eyes is moisturized because dry skin can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
Also, under-eye bags or dark circles may be hereditary so eye creams may not do a whole lot to help. Lifestyle changes, like drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep, may also help.
How long does it take to see results?
I hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing as a quick fix in skincare. First, you must use the products in your skincare routine consistently. Second, you should wait at least four weeks to decide if your skincare routine is working because that’s the length of a typical skin cycle. Some products might take even longer than that.
products I recommend
Most of my products come from one line so I don’t have to worry about mixing incompatible ingredients because they were formulated to work together.
I will admit that I was a little skeptical at first because the reviews of this skincare method seemed too good to be true. (I’m suspicious of anything that’s popular…even people. Haha.)
When I first tried it, I started with the very basic products: cleanser and moisturizer. I liked them, but I really saw my skin improve when I added the toner and serum.
I really love that the products I use are made of safe, nontoxic ingredients. I use the facial lotion bar on my kids for various skin bumps or cuts and scrapes. They also beg me to spray the toner on their faces. It’s the little things, right?!
Below are the products I use.
The charcoal in this gentle facial cleanser draws out oil and debris from your skin and helps with exfoliation. It will last a long time if you’re only using it on your face.
Toning removes residue, hydrates, and prepares the skin to receive maximum nutrients. By toning every day, your skin will be firmer, brighter, glowing, at rest, and ready for the next nutrient rich step.
Kombucha contains probiotics, which can restore the skin’s barrier function when applied topically. It also contains Vitamins B and C, which are powerful antioxidants. Rosewater and aloe barbadensis leaf juice both have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help soothe skin irritation.
The Blackberry Leaf Serum is designed to target fine lines, wrinkles, breakout prone, and lackluster skin. The herbs and botanical oils work in tandem to support collagen production, cell renewal, and vibrancy.
Just a few of its many star ingredients are:
– pumpkin seed oil, which contains the potent antioxidants Vitamins C and E;
– Pomegranate seed oil, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
– blackberry leaf oil, which is also rich in antioxidants with immune-boosting benefits
– grape seed oil, which contains antioxidants and has been shown in studies to protect against age-related diseases.
The serum should be applied to skin that’s wet from toning and/or water, as it is best absorbed and received by the skin on freshly wet skin.
The Face Lotion Bar contains a completely unique blend of essential oils and raw beeswax that locks in moisture and supports the skin’s natural healing and hydration process.
Beeswax is rich in Vitamin A, which helps reduce wrinkles and promote the reproduction of skin cells. (Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A.) The lotion bar contains many of the same anti-aging ingredients as the blackberry leaf serum.
This lotion bar is also a product you should apply to wet skin.
I’m still on the lookout for a great face sunscreen that doesn’t leave my oily skin even more greasy. I’ve read great reviews for Crunchi’s Sunlight Facial Sunscreen, and hope to try it soon.
This is the very first cleansing oil I tried and it’s still my favorite. I double cleanse in the evening, using this oil cleanser first and then the charcoal cleansing bar. Don’t be afraid to use a cleansing oil if you have oily or acne-prone skin! (Makeup remover is optional, obviously, but not if you wear makeup.)
I use this on both my face and body. It’s a gritty scrub, so take it easy if you have sensitive skin. I use it a few times a week, but people with sensitive skin may only want to use it once a week.
How to save money on your skincare products
When you purchase any of the MIG Living Products (cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer), you need to make sure you sign up for Subscribe N Save. By placing your order on auto ship, you’ll receive 20 percent off every order and ensure you never run out of products! And don’t worry – you can pause, cancel, or move your dates any time! (Pssst… there’s also a 60-day money-back guarantee on the MIG products as long as they’re at least half full. With a promise like that, why wouldn’t you try them?!)
And for more ways to save money, read my blog post 7 Ways to Save Money on Non toxic Skincare and Makeup. I understand that quality, non toxic skincare and makeup can be expensive compared to what you might be used to purchasing, so these are ways to make sure you don’t spend too much.
Also, you’re probably going to save money simply by using fewer products! 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions on skincare order or any of these products. Send me an email or leave a comment below!