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For those on-the-go, a long, laborious skincare routine may not be practical.  However, some skincare is necessary for skin health.  This article is designed to help you formulate a quick and easy skincare routine that you can perform each night with relative ease.

The absolute ‘musts’ for your skin are to cleanse and tone twice daily, apply a broad spectrum SPF in the morning and a moisturizer in the evening, and you should try and target your number one skin care concern. This could be acne,wrinkles, rosacea, or any other skin issue.

How to Care for Your Skin as a Minimalist

1) Cleanser

It is crucial to cleanse every morning and evening, but it is especially important to remove any makeup, oil, and dirt before going to bed. However, do not use makeup wipes as your cleanser. Removing your makeup is important for healthy skin, but a makeup wipe doesn’t remove everything and it can even cause breakouts and wrinkles.

Instead of using a makeup wipe, stick with a multi-purpose facial cleanser like CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and CereVe Hydrating Face Wash. The foaming facial cleanser instantly dissolves dirt, dead cells, and makeup while providing mild daily exfoliation.  The hydrating face wash is gentle to the skin while not leaving the skin feeling tight and dry.

2) Toner 

Toner is a vital part of any good skin care routine so it’s best not to skip it. The main purpose of toners is to balance the pH level of your skin. Even if you skip cleansing your face and neck and just rinse your face with water, you will still disrupt the natural pH balance. Use toner to bring the levels back to normal, so skin functions the way it should.  Try Neutrogena Face Toner for excellent results.

3) Broad Spectrum Sunscreen / Moisturizer

The single most important thing you must do for your skin is to use a broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. The sun is responsible for up to 90% of age signs, like wrinkles. Even more frightening is that, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 1 out of every 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.  Even if you aren’t spending the day outside, the sun’s rays can still harm your skin, so always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen in the morning.

Using a moisturizer in the evening is vital to skin health.  In addition to wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen during the day, most people should use a moisturizer at night (some serums and cremes, depending on your skin, can replace moisturizers) to keep skin supple and functioning correctly.

4) Your Biggest Skincare Concern

If you are really not into a lengthy skin care routine, pick the skin concern that is the most important to you and address it. Do you get breakouts? Use a product intended to fight acne. Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Try this eye cream to combat them. Do you have dehydrated skin even when you moisturize? Add a hydrating serum. Better yet, look for all-in-one products that can tackle multiple concerns.