Who’s super busy, raise your hand.
Ya that’s what I thought – I’m super crazy busy too. But in a good way! I mean, there are so many awesome things going on, opportunities to check out, people to connect with, blog posts to write, recipes to try, books to read….I could go on for a while.
While we’re out there chasing dreams and making things happen, sometimes our beauty and skincare routine gets pushed aside. Add some stress (good or bad) into the mix, and say bye-bye to clear beautiful skin.
We all want to be out there kicking business butt, but I know we want to look gorgeous doing it too. I’m here to tell you it can be done! Let’s face it, our clients and biz partners form their first impression of us in mere seconds and our face is a huge part of that impression.
Here are my top 3 quicker skin care tips for busy people (that’s you!)
Tip #1: Say Hello To Water
Forget taking the time to use face wash products in the morning – first soaking your face, then lathering, workin’ it in, rinsing. And if you’re anything like me, getting it in your eyes and trying desperately to get the sting out for at least a few minutes.
For those days that you just don’t have the time, splashing your face a few times with warm water is enough. Yes way! Water alone can clear dirt, debris and waste right out of our pores, wash away the oiliness and give us a little bit of a glow.
I was skeptical when I first tried it, but it really works – water is all I use every morning now!
If you do skip face wash in the morning though, definitely use it at night because it’s an important part of a clear skin beauty routine. It provides a more intense cleansing of our pores and the right face wash will work to get out all of that deep down acne causing stuff that builds up from toxins in our internal and external environment.
That includes, but is not limited to, toxins from the food we eat, bacteria, pollution and body and face care products (but hopefully you’re using only a few organic and natural products to minimize this!) By the end of the day, all of it has built up and needs to be cleansed away so our pores can breathe.
As for the morning, here’s your new and improved routine:
Splash face with water a few times
Dry face with a towel
Doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Tip #2: Say Goodbye To Foundation
That headline would have given me heart palpitations a few years ago. But now I’ve seen the light.
All you need is some powder to face your day – just brush it on real quick with a big fat makeup brush. It really does work miracles and easily makes any oily shine disappear.
If you’ve got a lot of redness you want to cover up, green tinted powders are a good choice – you can even make your own with a little bit of green clay powder and arrowroot powder!
A good quality loose mineral powder can be especially helpful for sensitive or acne-prone skin, since they don’t contain pore clogging ingredients like wax, fragrance, dyes, preservatives, binders and other toxins. They’re also non-occlusive and non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t jam up our pores, allowing for the proper elimination toxins and wastes (ie: through our sweat.)
As an added bonus, mineral powders contain….you guessed it, minerals! Being made up of these pure and natural crushed up elements, they feed your skin a little nutrition from the outside, including the all important clear skin mineral, zinc.
Not all mineral powders are made equal, however, so be sure to avoid any that say “mineral-enriched” on the label (meaning that non-organic compounds – aka: fillers, toxins and the like – have been added.) Also avoid liquid and mousse formulas, as they most likely contain preservatives to maintain their smooth texture.
Here’s your new makeup routine:
Dab a big fat makeup brush into loose mineral powder
Brush powder evenly onto your face and neck
Tip #3: Less Is More Face Mask & Exfoliation
OK I can’t stress enough how important it is to incorporate facial masks and exfoliation into your routine.
Clay based face mask are the ultimate pore cleansing step. They open up the pores, provide deep hydration and act like a magnet to attract, bind and pull out impurities from our skin. Oil and toxins are literally forced out. Nice!
Exfoliation helps to shed the old dying cells on the surface of our skin, allowing the brand new cells below to shine through and give our skin a healthy glow. Without a little scrubbing, those old cells will just block up our pores and cause all kinds of skin troubles.
If you’re not already doing these things, you’re probably thinking “OMG you said you were going to save me time!” But listen, you’ve only got to do these things once a week or so.
And there are some great products out there that do both things at once – a twofer! I personally love both “Brightening Beauty Mud” from Pretty Organics and “Facial In A Jar” from Skin Essence. Both products have got some clay as well as oats for a gentle exfoliation.
This is what you’ve got to do:
Once a week, use small circular motions to apply a 2-in-1 mask/exfoliator to face and neck
Let it sit for about 5 minutes or so
Rinse off, dry, moisturize
Now go be beautiful.
About the Guest Author:
Hey there, I’m Jodi, a Holistic Nutritionist from Date with your Plate working with people who want to clear their skin of acne – lovely to meet you!
Having studied at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, I’ve learned the important role that food plays in restoring health and wellness in our body, and this is the focus of my clear skin protocols. The Holistic part means I consider not only your diet, but also your lifestyle, mindset and overall well being as it relates to acne. Everything is connected – acne and other skin conditions can be linked to almost anything in your life.