Women are busier than they’ve ever been, but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our beauty routines. There are great routines that will not only make you feel and look better but can be done in a jiffy. After all, who has time for three-hour routines that will fade away soon after making it out the door? No one, that’s who!

There’s no reason to run out the door without putting your best face forward. Hectic schedules are no reason to not pamper yourself, no matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom or entrepreneur or a woman who heads out to an office every day. You deserve to look and feel beautiful. The best way to do so is to start by taking care of your skin.

The whole idea is to use a minimalist approach. We know. You’re probably shaking your head at that. What is up with this minimalism movement? It may sound new wave and way out of the spectrum of possibility for you, but we’re here to tell you it’s by far the best thing you can do for yourself.

Minimalism encourages you to focus on your priorities. If your skincare and beauty routines are priorities, you’re more likely to stick to them. In fact, it will save you time and it’s way cheaper than other skincare routines.

Step One: Cleanse

You know you should clean your face of makeup and grime every night, but did you know the secret to healthy, glowing skin is to wash your face as soon as you wake up in the morning too? You’d be surprised at how much natural oil and grime from your pillow end up on your face in after eight hours of sleep.

Use a great cleanser. It should be sulfate-free to get purified and refreshed skin. Even better would be to use one that includes age-defying benefits, such as Mary Kay’s TimeWise® 3D.

  • This is unconventional, but one of the best things to use on your face—simple raw honey. It does the trick every single time. Simply apply it in a circular motion and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Then, rinse it off with tepid water. This is best as a morning cleanser because it doesn’t remove makeup.
  • Another option is a moistened microfiber cloth. It cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural oils, as any good cleanser would. This is an effective way to clean pores, remove dirt, and exfoliate your skin.
  • Make an olive oil cleanser to purify your skin. To make it, mix one-part castor oil with three parts olive oil. First hold a warm, moist washcloth to your face for 20 seconds. Then, gently massage the oil blend into your skin with your fingertips and rinse with a warm, wet washcloth. Olive oil contains many antioxidants and adds lipids back into skin that has been sun-damaged or is dry. It even works on combination/oily skin as well.

Step Two: Exfoliate

  • Twice a week, use a light formula exfoliator that’s mixed with beta and alpha hydroxy acids. They work best to remove dead skin cells.

Step Three: Moisturize

  • Use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to maintain skin hydration. If you can’t find one you like, look for more natural moisturizers like hair butter or coconut oil. They are great at locking in moisture. The more moisturizer your skin absorbs, the fewer wrinkles you’ll have!

Bonus: Hand and Body Care

  • Keep your hands moisturized by using a castile soap. Be sure to use it in the bathtub too. The best practice is to put one teaspoon of castile soap in your bathwater. Clean your hands first after you step in the water, then relax in the tub to help your skin feel refreshed and smelling fragrant. In the winter, when the air is most harsh on your skin, add a few drops of coconut oil to the water to prevent dryness.

Soon, these simple tricks will become routine and will minimize the amount of makeup you’ll use to cover your skin because your skin will be clean, moisturized, healthy, and glowing all on its own!

Minimalist Makeup Routine:

  1. Mineral Powder Foundation. Make sure it’s all-natural.
  2. Mineral Powder Blush. Remember that less is more. Apply under your cheekbones.
  3. Mineral Eye Shadow. Use neutral shades on your eyelids.
  4. And finally, apply a nude shade of gloss or tinted Chapstick on your lips.

That’s it! Easy, effective tips to help you put the best face forward.

By Luna Stein