The World's Easiest Skin Care Routine - For Those Who Don't

It has always seemed like a difficult task for me to find a routine and stick to it. The sheer number of products on the market has left people asking questions like: “Why do I need a mini rolling pin for my face?” and “Do I really need to use a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, and eye cream?” "

Honestly, it seems easier to just skip the whole thing. That’s exactly what I did for the first 27 years of my life. But after one of my friends recoiled in horror after admitting that I wasn't even using facial lotion regularly every day, I thought maybe it was time to change that.

As a complete skincare newbie, I reached out to everyone from friends and family to beauty bloggers and professional dermatologists to come up with a daily routine that would achieve my #GlowUp—and it's so simple, I actually stick to it Come down.

After testing different products and learning from the pros, here are my recommendations based on the simple yet effective changes I made to start my skincare routine. every morning I like to keep it as simple as possible in the morning because I'm usually already in a rush to get ready for work.

Nationally certified dermatologist Dr. Purvisha Patel says it best: "If you're new to skin care, it's important to start simple and effective. Use as few products as possible for best results."

Drinking water. As someone who has been more or less chronically dehydrated for over 20 years, this is one of those things that I already knew but had a hard time actually implementing, so I decided now was the time to make it a part of me.

Conventional. The first thing I do after waking up is drink two glasses of water. I also set an alarm at work to remind myself to fill up my water bottle until it becomes a habit. This may sound a bit exaggerated, but it works for me and helps reduce the dryness of my skin significantly.

Wear sunscreen. As renowned dermatologist Dr. Tabasum Mir says, "If you don't protect your skin with SPF, it won't matter how much anti-aging cream you use. If you only do one thing during the day, use sunscreen."

With the fear of going from using no products on my skin to using multiple products every day, I turned to my colleague Molly Nove-Baker for help. Nover-Baker, beauty expert and founder of The Edit Collective, recommended that I use La Roche-Posay sunscreen designed for sensitive skin.

I chose a tinted mineral sunscreen for my face so I could get light coverage with my SPF. Every night. While the day is about preventing damage, "nighttime is the time to use more powerful anti-aging ingredients to repair the skin," says Mir.