As recently as last year my skincare routine was absolutely wild, crammed with step after step of lotions and potions that I’d meticulously researched. I had everything covered, and had spent considerable time and energy on targeting my dehydrated skin, it’s fungal acne, and it’s wrinkles. It was indulgent. It took ages. I loved it.
I know that there is a lot of writing out there in favour of fancy skincare routines, and just recently there’s been the obligatory backlash. I’m not here for any of that, I live in the ‘let people enjoy things’ part of the internet. However when I was particularly ill earlier this year I started to become overwhelmed by my routine, in fact most of the time I couldn’t be arsed with skincare at all, and as a result my skin started to suffer.
In order to keep my face happy I decided to figure out what I could get rid of and still have relatively nice skin. Firstly by finding any overlap in products, where I was using more than one thing to do essentially the same job, and then by admitting defeat with ingredients I kept trying to include but that my skin just didn’t like or respond to. Finally I reduced the percentage of my disposable income I spent on products so I could divert that cash to other things.
Six months on I can’t tell you how relieved I am to not have to keep on top of the old routine any more. It wasn’t bad by any means, I put a lot of work into it and there are some solid recommendations in there if you are after something a bit more complex. But for me in my life right now, simple is where it is at, here’s what I’m currently doing.
NB: I also use Pixi Glow Peel Pads [affiliate link] once every couple of weeks, on a Sunday evening, for around 5 minutes before washing it off. I’m working up to 15 minutes weekly. Plus, I’ll occasionally chuck on a sheet mask if I have any.
The new routine takes me down from regularly using 15+ products to a mere 9, and of those 9 products only the Timeless Coenzyme Q10 serum is expensive (£24.99), the rest are under a tenner. Whilst I’m always budget conscious, reducing the amount I spend on skincare overall has been a great help for chipping away at my debts.
I love my simplified skincare routine just as much as I used to love the complicated one, but this suits my lifestyle much more. I didn’t expect to feel such a profound sense of relief when I dropped the longer list of products, I thought I’d miss the daily ritual of it a little more. But I have noticed an improvement in my skin just because I’ve been able to keep up with it, and I guess in skincare – as with most things – consistency is key.