Last week, during a marathon texting session with one of your besties, you commented that her skin always looks amazing. After thanking you, she launched into a long description of her in-depth and time-consuming skincare routine that left you feeling cross-eyed and determined to stick with your soap and water approach to skin.
While it is totally understandable that you would want to avoid adopting a skincare routine that takes more time than planning and cooking a five-course meal, you do not have to follow in the footsteps of your BFF to have great skin. In the amount of time that it takes you to text your friend a sentence or two and a few emojis, you can do any of the following:
When it comes to a simple yet oh-so important way to keep your skin healthy and happy, you can’t beat a solid slathering of sunscreen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends putting on a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even when it’s cloudy or cold outside. Don’t forget the tips of your ears and the delicate area around your eyes, and if you go for a run or swim, reapply it when you are done. Total time needed to apply sunscreen? Maybe a minute, tops.
Use a Multi-Tasking Skincare Product
Here is some great news: choosing products for expression lines, forehead lines, and wrinkles around the mouth does not have to involve plunking down a ton of money on numerous jars, bottles and tubes. Instead, you can buy kits that contain all you need to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin, quickly and easily. For example, the Redefine Anti-Aging Regimen from Rodan + Fields comes with a cleansing mask that you use for two minutes in the morning and evening, a soothing toner that you can easily apply prior to any cosmetics, and a dynamic duo of moisturizers: one that contains sunscreen that you apply in the morning and one that you use at night.
Enjoy Foods that Benefit the Skin
The age-old expression “You are what you eat” definitely applies to your skin. Foods that contain naturally high amounts of essential fatty acids help to produce the skin’s natural oil barrier, which helps keep the skin nice and hydrated and looking youthful. On the flip side, not getting enough essential fatty acids can lead to dry skin that is also inflamed and has blackheads. Foods that naturally contain nice amounts of essential fatty acids include salmon and mackerel, walnuts, fortified eggs, soy and flaxseed. For an extra quick approach, you can also add an essential fatty acid supplement to your daily routine—look for one that includes both omega-3 and omega-6 for the most benefits.
Get Healthy Skin in No Time Flat
You adore your friend and her skin does look amazing, but it is also great to know you don’t have to go to her extreme lengths to achieve healthy skin. All you need is a few minutes each day to have skin that is well-hydrated, younger looking and with fewer lines and wrinkles.