Nobody likes spending a lot of time on their skincare routine, but we all know that taking care of our skin is important. We've put together a simple, healthy skincare routine that doesn't take a lot of effort. It's so simple, in fact, that you can do it in three easy steps. This routine is perfect for busy people who want to take care of their skin without spending much time or money on products.
The 3 Step Skincare Routine
When it comes to having beautiful skin, it doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, there are just three main steps you need to follow: cleanse, treat, and moisturize. Here is an in-depth guide to how you can incorporate these steps into your skincare routine for gorgeous, healthy skin.
The first step to glowing skin is thoroughly cleansing it. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser twice a day in the morning and the evening. This will ensure that you remove any buildup from the night and any makeup or dirt from the day. A smooth surface is necessary to complete the remaining steps of your skincare routine.
Which Cleanser Should I Use?
There are various types of cleansers, with the most popular being gel cleanser. There are also cream cleansers, foam cleansers, clay cleansers, oil-based cleansers, cleansing balms, micellar water, and cleansing bars. Although each type of cleanser will get the job done, we recommend using a cleansing bar because of its many advantages.
Cleansing bars are made with clean ingredients that are gentle on the skin. They don't require as many ingredients, such as parabens, to increase their shelf life like gel cleansers do. They also typically use paper packaging, making them fully recyclable and more eco-friendly. They also last longer, and you don't waste any product, making them more affordable. Our favorite is the Dēpology Hydrating Micro Foam Cleansing Bar, which also gently exfoliates the skin.
How Do I Cleanse My Skin Properly?
Here are four easy steps to properly cleanse your skin:
- Wet your face with lukewarm water
- Lather a small amount of cleanser and gently use your fingertips to apply it using small, circular motions. Make sure not to scrub too hard to avoid damaging the skin.
- Rinse the cleanser off with lukewarm water (gently).
- Pat (don't rub) your skin dry with a soft towel.
After cleansing the skin, treat it with a serum containing skin-loving ingredients. For anti-aging benefits, look for serums with Vitamin C and retinol, as these ingredients boost the production of collagen, plumping the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, these ingredients shouldn't be used together to avoid irritating the skin. Therefore, we recommend using serums with Vitamin C in the morning and retinol at night.
We recommend the Dēpology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum because of its intense hydrating and anti-aging ingredients. The core ingredient, Matrixyl 3000, is formed from two peptides that work to restore and maintain smooth skin by signaling to cells to produce more collagen. It also contains ultra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid, which binds water to collagen, and glycerin, which draws moisture from the inside out.
If you have time, you can also try alternative treatments, such as under-eye hydrogel patches, which are gel pads soaked in serum that sit snugly under the eyes. Be sure to moisturize the excess serum into the skin after wearing them for ~15 minutes. The Dēpology Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Patches are great for reducing wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye bags with anti-aging black caviar extract.
3. Moisturize & Protect
Lastly, use a moisturizer day and night to keep your skin hydrated. In the morning, make sure you use a moisturizer with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays, which accelerate the aging process. If you don't use a moisturizer with SPF, you will need to add a fourth step and apply sunscreen. Daily SPF is extremely important because UV rays can damage the skin even when it's cloudy.
At night, use a heavier moisturizer with ingredients that suit your skincare needs. We recommend the Dēpology Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3 Step Skincare Trios
In addition to a basic 3 step skincare routine, Dēpology offers skincare trio bundles to simplify the process of including more beneficial products into your daily and weekly skincare routines. You can choose the trio that works best for you based on your skincare needs. Here are three of our best-selling trios and how to use them.
Eye Trio Set
The Dēpology Eye Trio Set helps to keep your eye area bright, smooth, and wrinkle-free. Each of these products can be used during Step 2 of your 3 step face routine: treat. We recommend using the Deepcare+ Micro Dart Patches on Mondays and Fridays, the Night Under Eye Patches on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and the Depuffing & Brightening Micro Dart Patches on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Deepcare+ Serum-Infused Micro Dart Patches: These patches can be worn on different parts of the face, including the under-eyes. They use microneedle technology to gently penetrate the skin and deliver anti-aging ingredients to the core.
- Serum-Infused Depuffing & Brightening Micro Dart Patches: These microneedle patches sit snugly under the eye and are designed to reduce dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and puffiness.
- Replenishing Night Under Eye Patches: These hydrogel patches are infused with hydrolyzed collagen and glycerin to replenish and smooth out the under-eyes.
Anti-Aging Trio Set
This Dēpology Anti-Aging Trio Set focuses on overall anti-aging to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can use these products all together during your 3 step skincare routine. Use the Matrixyl 300 Serum during Step 2 morning and night, and use the Retinol Night Cream as your evening moisturizer in Step 3. The Micro Dart patches can be used as Step 2 every 2-3 nights.
- Deepcare+ Serum-Infused Micro Dart Patches (see above)
- Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum (see above)
- Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream (see above)
Pamper Up Trio Set
The Dēpology Pamper Up Set is perfect when you want a little extra self-care in your life. This set will help you relax and pamper yourself with anti-aging benefits. Each of the products included can be used as Step 2 in your routine.
- Deepcare+ Serum-Infused Micro Dart Patches (see above)
- Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Patches (see above)
- Derma Face Sculpting Mask: This mask is infused with essential ingredients like tocopherol, glycerin, and seaweed extract to hydrate, tone, and firm your chin, jowls, and jawline.
The Final Verdict
Although many skincare routines involve multiple complicated steps, a good skincare routine can be simple and easy to follow daily. You just need to make sure you are covering the basics and cleanse, treat, and moisturize. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy beautiful, healthy skin for years to come!