Fresh in Five: Every Busy Woman’s Step by Step Skincare Guide
Pressed for time? Find out how you can still take care of your skin with this guide!
Everyone wants K-drama lead-level skin but not everyone has the time for a 10-step skincare routine. Fortunately, you can still have healthy, glowing skin with the three basic steps of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing—you just have to make sure you’re doing them right. Here, we give you a step-by-step skincare guide to make sure that you get the most out of your daily routine, even when you’re in a rush.
Step 1: Cleansing
Forget the splash-and-dash—wash your face the right way to get rid of skin stressors and give your other skincare products a clean canvas to work with.
Cleanse your face twice a day.
Cleansing your face in the evening is a non-negotiable as it rids your skin of all the sunscreen and makeup you applied as well as the dirt and pollution your skin picked up during the day. A double cleanse is ideal for a deeper clean: Start with a cleansing balm (POND'S Cleansing Balm) or micellar water (POND'S Vitamin Micellar Water Nourishing Milk) to wipe away hard-to-remove makeup then follow up with a facial wash.
Cleansing in the morning might seem unnecessary given your clean-up job the night before but think of the dirt and oils from your hair that end up on your face as you sleep. It’s also best to wash away the night cream and any other products you slathered onto your face.
Have more than one cleanser.
When picking a facial wash, you need to , but you should also think about adding another cleanser for other needs. For example, if you have well-balanced skin, POND'S Clear Solutions Facial Foam might be your go-to, with POND'S Mineral Clay Face Cleanser Scrub on standby for once-a-week exfoliation. Experiencing a breakout? Add POND'S Acne Clear Facial Foam to the mix until your skin clears up.
The goal is to get dirt and makeup off but that doesn’t mean you should be rubbing your skin too vigorously when you’re cleaning your face. Use a gentle circular motion as you go from your forehead, to your eye area, cheeks, chin, and down to your neck.
Step 2: Toning
Soak up all of by doing it properly.
Don’t skip it!
Your skin is naturally acidic and washing it throws it off its proper pH level, making it dry and even flaky. Toner helps quickly restore the pH balance and also preps skin to better absorb your moisturizer and other skincare products like serums and essences. Toners also come in different formulations to address various skin needs, from oil control to hydration, so don’t skip it or you’ll miss out on these extra benefits.
Apply it the right way.
The usual toners can be applied by soaking a cotton ball or pad and gently wiping it on your face and neck. Those that come in spray bottles can be spritzed directly on the face while those that have a thicker, serum-like consistency can be applied with your fingers.
Step 3: Moisturizing
Apply it immediately after toning.
Like a sponge, skin is more permeable when it’s damp, so make sure to quickly apply your moisturizer right after toning for better absorption.
Use a different cream for night.
While it’s totally okay to use the same moisturizer for day and night, your skin goes into repair mode while you get your beauty sleep, so why not give it some skin-soothing ingredients to absorb? You’re also less hydrated at night, so a night cream (POND'S Age Miracle Anti-Aging Night Cream) can help keep your skin moisturized when it really needs it.
Again, be gentle!
No tugging, pulling, or vigorous rubbing as these can lead to irritation or even premature sagging. Apply your moisturizer in a circular motion and use your ring finger to pat gently around the eye area.
We know you’re a busy girl but that doesn’t mean you don’t have enough time to take care of your skin. With just five minutes and this step-by-step skincare guide, you can get glowing before you get going.