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I Simplified My Skincare Routine And I’m So Relieved

17/09/2019

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.

Simplified Skincare Routine Cleansing
Cleansing stage (L-R): DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, COSRX Low pH Gel Cleanser
Simplified Skincare Routine Skincare
Skincare stage (L-R): Tretinoin 0.025%, Akamuti Orange Blossom Water, Cerave Eye Cream, Aloe Vera Gel, TO Squalane, Eucerin 5% Urea Moisturiser, Timeless CoQ10 Serum

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.

Simplified Skincare Routine

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.

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