If you want to have healthy skin but you also don't want to get involved with a complicated skin care routine because of your busy lifestyle, there is a way for you to develop an easy skin care plan that is not going to take a lot of your time nor is it going to cost a lot of money either. In fact you probably already have some of the product in your home already.
One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to get rid of the dead skin cells on your face. This should be done at least once a week with something that has either hydroxy acid or salicylic acid or even glycolic acid in it. This will help get rid of the dead skin that is on the outer layer. If you have too many of these dead cells on your face it's going to feel rough and may even have a yellow tint to it. If you don't want to purchase a toner that has these items, you can take a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice added to the same amount of water and dab it on with cotton balls and it will do the same thing as the store bought toner or astringent. You will however, want to purchase a moisturizer that also contains alpha hydroxy acids in it to help keep your skin smooth and soft.
You should use a mild cleanser before you apply an moisturizer every day. This will help to keep the skin clean, moist and this will help to cut down on wrinkles and cracks in the skin that can be caused from your skin being too dry.
If you do have dry skin it is a good idea that when you wash your face that you use warm water and not hot water along with either a mild cleanser or mild bar of soap. You should also make sure that your showers or baths are kept short to minimize contact with the water and then make sure to use your moisturizer by patting it gently on your skin after.
For dry skin you need a moisturizer that is going to keep the water in your skin and this will help to keep your skin hydrated. So for dry skin make sure to get a moisturizer that has lanolin, mineral oil or petroleum jelly. As for oily skin you want to make sure that it's the opposite and is a water based moisturizer.
Since the makeup you wear generally stays on all morning and into the evening it is really important that the makeup you use doesn't cause allergic reactions and that it is not the kind that is going to clog your pores which can lead to acne. Also make sure that your makeup has a sunscreen in it. Make sure that you put moisturizer on before you put your makeup on.
Speaking of sunscreen. It's a good idea to make it a routine for you to add sunscreen to your daily skin care plan. If you get too much unprotected exposure to the sun your skin will begin to feel rough and start to dry out and this can cause premature age spots and wrinkles as well as lead to cancer. So if you know you are going to be in direct sun you should apply a sunscreen of 30 SPF and you should do this about thirty minutes before you are exposed to the sun. It should be a broad spectrum sunscreen so that it blocks the ultraviolet A as well as the ultraviolet B rays of the sun.