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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Skin Care

by kelly / October, 11 2017 01:30

Lazy pug dog on the floor

The 10-step Korean skin care process seems to be all the rage – but really, who has time for that? We all lead busy lives. So what are the essentials to keep your skin glowing while doing the least amount possible? All it really takes is three steps practiced year-round…


Cleaning your face is a fundamental and essential part of any skin care routine. According to dermatologist Dr. Carlos Charles:

“Our skin comes in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each day that should be gently removed.”

Wash your face at least once a day to remove dirt and build-up and to avoid acne, clogged pores and dullness.

But…make sure you don’t overdo it as well – there’s a fine balance between cleaning your face regularly and over-washing as you don’t want to strip your skin too much of it’s natural oils. I’m an advocate of once a day and more than twice is too much.


Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize and then…moisturize again. A moisturizer is needed to soften and hydrate the skin. Dr. Charles points out:

“Essentially, moisturizers assist in preventing water loss through the outer layers of skin…They can also complement the naturally found protective oils and other building blocks within the skin, such as ceramides.”

Moisturizers also work really well after cleansing your face as washing can remove skin’s natural hydrators from its surface. So after you cleanse – moisturize!

I advocate a gentle cream at night and a moisturizer with SPF during the day. SPF protection is essential…more on that below…and an SPF moisturizer is a great 2-in-1 product.


Sun protection in the form of sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF is needed year-round. Yes even in the winter. Experts all agree that daily sunblock use is a crucial part of any skin care routine.

As Dr. Charles states sunscreen is:

“…of utmost importance as part of your year-round regimen…Daily and consistent sunscreen use helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, textural imperfections, and changes in the appearance of pores over time. More importantly, daily sunscreen use can help to prevent the formation of certain skin cancers.”

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen or SPF product with at least an SPF 30.

Keep in mind that makeup with SPF really isn’t enough. Most don’t put enough on, don’t use it on all exposed skin and it’s tough to get an even spread. That’s why a sunscreen or SPF moisturizer is essential.

Easy Skin Care Tips

So there you have it, the essentials for healthy skin. Perfect for the lazy or as I like to think of it the efficient person.

For even more easy and quick skin care tips check out our Skin Care and Suncare Smarts blog series.

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