Simple Skin Care Routine

Simple Skin Care Routine

How you can take excellent care of your skin without spending all your time and money on elaborate routines?

Good news! Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive. Your skin is an amazing organ that does a lot of the work on its own.

The First Step to Your Perfect Skin Care Routine

The key is to understand WHY you’re using each product or performing each step in your routine.

It’s not enough to just buy a bunch of products and use them because someone told you to. If you understand why you’re doing what you’re doing, you can decide what’s right for your skin.

I’m going to explain each step in the perfect skin care routine so you know exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing. That way, you can decide how much you need to emphasize that particular step.

The Basics

What are the elements of a basic yet awesome skin care routine?

Your most basic bare-bones skin care routine should look like this:

AM: Cleanse, tone, moisturize, apply sunscreen

PM: Cleanse, tone, moisturize

A few times a week: Exfoliate. Maybe do a steam facial.

Working on special concerns? Targeted serum before moisturizing is key.

Pretty simple, right? Our goal here is to keep the skin clean and moisturized and minimize sun damage, which can age you faster than anything else.


Cleansing – The first step to any skin care routine is to clean your face. You want to remove dirt, makeup, and excess bacteria to keep your skin healthy and blemish free.

The trick is that we want to clean your face without over-exfoliating or drying out your skin.

If you don’t wear makeup on your skin, you might be able to get away with just using a targeted toner on a cotton ball as a cleanser. However, the process of using warm water to cleanse the pores can help soften the pores and add radiance to the skin.

If you have very oily skin or if you wear foundation or powder, use a gentle cleanser morning and night. You want to make sure that your skin is clean before you apply makeup and that you’re getting it all off at night.

My favorite cleanser for our more dry or sensitive clients is our Green Tea Goddess cleanser. It’s completely natural and contains vitamins and antioxidants that not only cleanse your skin, but strengthen it as well. It packs a punch for a single product!

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Toner – If there’s one product that you could stand to use more, it’s probably toner. Most people have no idea what toner actually does!

Basically, toner balances your skin’s PH level. What does that mean? Fewer breakouts, wrinkles, and dryness. Well balanced skin = clear, smooth, and soft skin.

Not convinced yet? Check out our post on toner.

Toner works best when used after cleansing and before moisturizing. My favorite toner hands down is our Valencia My Love toner. It’s completely alcohol free and will balance your skin without drying it. It’s great for all skin types, but especially awesome for dry or mature skin.

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Moisturizing – Moisturizing is KEY, even if you have oily skin. I can’t emphasize this step enough!

When your skin is moisturized, it doesn’t need to produce excess levels of sebum (oil) to stay soft and supple. After cleansing in the morning and evening, use a gentle, water-based moisturizer to keep your oil levels balanced, slow the effects of aging, and soften your skin.

Our best seller for moisturizer is our Hella Hydration cream. It keeps your skin smooth and elastic with evening primrose oil.

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Exfoliating – This doesn’t have to be complicated or abrasive. You can get plenty of exfoliation when you wash your face by using a soft washcloth or choosing a cleanser with a gentle exfoliant. If you go for an exfoliating cleanser, avoid anything with plastic beads! Go for plant-based beads instead.

My favorite physical exfoliant is our Brightening Beads scrub with jojoba beads. No plastic here! It not only exfoliates, but brightens the skin too!

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Don’t exfoliant more than three times per week, or even less if you have very dry or sensitive skin.

Sun protection – I don’t have to tell you this right? This is one of those things that we all know about, but we often neglect.

Sunscreen is non-negotiable. Nothing ages your skin faster than sun damage, so make sure to apply and reapply sunscreen daily!

Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a great start (especially if you’re likely to forget to apply real sunscreen), but I highly suggest using a mineral sunscreen on your face daily (and anywhere else that gets sun exposure).


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