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“My name is Kelsi Bryanne (@kelsibryanne_). I am a full-time law student and part time blogger at www.lawandlattes.com. Law school, as with any professional school I’m sure, is excruciatingly time consuming and stressful. When you’re lacking time & money, not to mention extra stressed, it’s so easy to skimp on a solid skincare routine. But it doesn’t cost a lot of time or money to take care of your skin!
The first step in my routine is cleansing with Vanicream Gentle cleanser and my Foreo. Vanicream products are rated very highly on cosdna.com, my go-to source for checking out product ingredients. It leaves my skin feeling fresh & clean without a tight or dry feel. (If you feel your skin NEEDS moisturizer immediately after cleansing, you should look into trying a different cleanser!) Vanicream products can be found on Amazon or in drugstores, and the Vanicream gentle cleanser costs about $8. I always use my Foreo because it helps exfoliate, helps loosen dirt and sebum from pores, and overall enhances the cleansing process. Foreo has several different products at different price ranges but you can get one for as little as $40.
Next, I use a pH balancing toner. Currently I’m using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid toner after washing my face. It’s an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) which chemically exfoliates the surface of the skin, and it also shifts the pH of your skin’s surface back to “normal” which is actually slightly acidic. Cleansing can leave your skin’s pH out of whack, which may lead to dryness or excess oil production. Thayers Rose Witch Hazel is another great pH balancing toner, but it is not an AHA. A bottle of either product costs under $12.
My next step is a moisturizing serum. I love “Buffet” by The Ordinary. This water-based serum contains multiple peptides for collagen production and cell turnover, as well as castor oil and other ingredients which reduce redness and inflammation. Castor oil is also great for eyelash growth and I have seen significant eyelash growth since using this serum. It’s gentle enough to use around your eyes and on eyelids! “Buffet” costs about $12 but you can also get “Buffet” + Copper Peptides, which provides added benefits, for a little bit more.
Just about every day following my serum I apply an eye cream. Young women don’t always use eye creams or see them as a product for an older person but it’s never too early to start using preventative products, especially in skincare! I am currently loving Origins Ginzing Brightening & Depuffing Eye Cream. It’s the perfect product to put on in the morning after a long night of working, studying, or even a night out. It really does brighten and depuff the skin around your eyes! It’s so refreshing and the perfect product to combat that pesky tired look. This cream is probably the most expensive product in my skincare routine at about $38 but it lasts such a long time!
Last but not least, you have to moisturize! I have dry skin so I am currently moisturizing with an oil, but this isn’t the answer for everyone. If you don’t use a moisturizing oil you should try adding one in to your evening skincare routine. Did you know that some people mistake dehydrated skin for oily skin? Dehydrated skin produces more oil to compensate for dehydration, usually the result of environment or other products drying out the skin, which confuses people into believing their skin is oily or combination. If your skin produces a lot of oil, try throwing a light moisturizing oil into your routine to see if it helps! I have been using The Ordinary Plant Derived Squalane for almost a year now and I love it. It’s so light and absorbs so quickly without leaving a greasy finish. Not only does this oil cost less than $10, Squalane is also the main oil used in many other luxury oils including almost all of Herbivore’s facial oils!
BONUS: Sunscreen! Never ever go a day without wearing sunscreen. It’s the best preventative measure you can take for your skin to avoid damage and to even reduce the effects of aging. I love Coola White Tea 50 SPF Sport Sunscreen for daily use.
These five steps are not only quick and easy, they can also be budget friendly! Having a routine that I follow daily has made such a huge improvement in my skin. Do you currently have a skincare routine that your follow religiously? What are some of your holy grail products?”
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