I’ve started looking into beauty as a way of self care and researched about effective ingredients to achieve a healthy skin as well as preventing signs of aging as well as possible. The lazy beauty series is for anyone who isn’t into beauty but still wants to have the best products to have a healthy skin. The skin is your biggest organ and keeping it healthy starts with a healthy lifestyle: so drinking enough water, eating well and doing a sport regularly are essential. Nothing can replace these ingredients. But once you have done all these and are still struggling with teenage skin issues in your 30’s as well as wanting to prevent the onset of wrinkles: I got the (lazy) guide for you.
So I researched these basic ingredients for beauty products to make up my beauty routine:
SALICYLIC ACID is the basis of many cleansers that aggressively target pimples and other signs of acne. Because I still suffer from these in the T-zone, I had to have this. But please note: do not overuse this ingredient, because it can dry out your skin. That then leads your skin to produce more natural oil to make up for the dryness and then you will break out even more. So don’t use more than one product at a time and use good hydrating and moisturising creams with it.
SODIUM HYALURONATE helps with preventing wrinkles and keeps the skin hydrated. Hydration is key to a healthy skin and most effective by drinking enough water (2 litres a day). Your skin needs water and oil. Water keeps it supple, plump and smooth. Oil locks in the moisture and prevents it from escaping/evaporating. This is why hydrating products need to be applied first and moisturising (containing oil) products are applied last. The big molecules of oil all but prevent the smaller liquid molecules to reach your skin if you reverse this. Hyaluronic acid pulls water from anywhere, which is usually the air surrounding you. So if you live in a dry area, take care that you must use it on damp skin (after cleansing). This is also why after applying it to your skin you need to wait until it is fully absorbed before you apply any further products.
Retinol/Vitamine A and Vitamine C: Creates Collagen, prevents wrinkles
With these few ingredients you can easily built up an affordable beauty regimen. For me it was important to be easy, quick, effective and affordable.
Keep in mind that you should use the products from finest to thickest. So if you have a serum, day creme and oil, you’d use the serum first (hydrating), then the creme and the oil at last. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid need to be applied first, so they can hydrate your skin before you lock everything in place with something containing oils, which prevent the loss of moisture.
The brand really doesn’t matter and you can just take a drugstore option, as long as it has these ingredients. Garnier for example offers almost all of these in affordable options or you can also take a no name product. If you are searching for the right options just type in the ingredient in the search bar of their website and filter the results – it’ll be way easier than checking the ingredient list on the products at the shop. If you can avoid alcohol or perfume in the ingredient list, that is a huge plus.
Here I’ve linked some options from Garnier, but if you find a cheaper drugstore option: go for it!
I use a Micellar Water with Salicylic acid (I linked a Toner here, because I couldn’t find a Micellar Water with it from Garnier) and a day creme with UV protection as well as vitamine C. If I am using another product with Salicylic acid, I will use a Micellar water which is free from alcohol, perfume and colouring additives.
I use the double cleanse method, which means that I first clean my face with an oil based cleaner. This picks up the natural oils off my face that all the dirt has attached itself to during the day. All of that stays on my cotton swab while I wash my face with a gel cleanser with Salicylic acid. Then I moisturize with a night creme that has Retinol and hyaluronic acid. If I am using another product with Salicylic acid in my routine, I will exchange this gel cleanser with zinc and witch hazel, which is a natural ingredient that works similar to alicylic acid but is far milder.
I use a scrub with Salicylic acid, then I use an Aloe Essence and moisturise with a Mask that contains hyaluronic acid. Optional: you can dab some face oil (I use Argan) after putting on your usual day creme.
To remove my makeup I use a Cleansing Oil, which can also wipe off waterproof makeup, before using my moisturizer. Optional: you can use Rosewater (buy at an asian store) as a toner before the moisturizer.
Extra tip: Buy washable cotton swabs. After using them, I rub them clean with some hand soap and throw them in the washing basket. This way they stay nice and white and you minimize your imprint on the planet – piece by piece.