I’ll be the first to admit I’ve gone through some pretty bad skin care habits in my days. Tanning beds (just stay away!), sleeping with makeup on (raccoon eyes!), not drinking enough water, using any old face wash to get the job done, etc. But as I’ve grown older, and the effects of things like sun damage become more recognized, I’ve taken a much different approach to taking care of my skin.
First of all, I’ve accepted my Irish/Midwestern skin tone and will never set foot in another tanning bed. I also make sure my makeup and moisturizers all have SPF in them. And I’ve recently discovered the genius of self-tanners (cancel your tanning salon membership and buy some St. Tropez.)
Exfoliating and moisturizing is a twice-a-day thing for me now. It’s the key to keeping a youthful glow and getting rid of any dead skin and dirt acquired throughout the day.
One thing I can’t really control is my environment. I’ve spent the majority of my adulthood living in urban settings and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But with that comes exposure to all kinds of harsh elements for your skin: wind, sun, dirt, debris – all things that can compromise the state of your skin. And while I’ve outgrown many of my bad habits, I’m still not perfect. So I definitely look for products that will protect my face all while not forcing me to devote an hour a day to a skin care routine.
And I’m not alone. Simple Skincare recently polled women across 40 top U.S. cities (Minneapolis included) as part of a global initiative designed to help women understand the impact that city living – both environmental and lifestyle-related factors – can have on their faces.
More than a quarter (27%) report that the longest they’ve gone without washing their face is at least two days.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) are not actively trying to protect skin from environmental elements such as the sun or wind.
Sixty-three percent (63%) know that their stress level affects the health of their skin, yet more than half (53%) are not actively trying to reduce it right now. Making a dedicated effort to unplug and unwind can make skin less permeable to external factors like weather and makeup.
Simple Skincare aims to offer products that can help combat those kinds of bad habits that have no harsh chemicals for your skin. I was sent some products to test out and, overall, I’d recommend this brand for any city dweller, anyone with sensitive skin, or someone in need of a low-fuss skin care regimen.
The eye makeup and facial wipes work like a charm. These would be awesome to throw in your purse, desk or car when you’re on the go. There is no oily residue with either which is always my biggest pet peeve with eye makeup remover. These get an A+.
The foaming cleanser is light and easy to apply. Because I’m used to using a thick exfoliant to help cleanse, I didn’t feel like I got a deep clean from this cleanser. But it is quick, easy to use and would be great for when you don’t have a ton of time.
I was hesitant to try the ultra-light gel moisturizer as I love my current product that is pretty thick. I’ve never used a gel-based product like this before but after testing it out, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s definitely light in texture but feels refreshing on the skin. I didn’t notice any SPF listed in this product which I typically require. So if you’re looking for something light, and know you won’t be outside much when applying, definitely check this out.
But if you’re looking for something with sun protection in it, Simple did just come out with a protecting light moisturizer with SPF 15. As with all of these products, it’s really lightweight and fragrance free. I’ll be throwing this in my purse when spending the day on Lake Minnetonka or an outdoor show like Rock the Garden.
Want to try out Simple Skincare for yourself?
Enter to win a package of the following products: Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer ($10.99), Simple Nourishing 24-Hour Day/Night Cream ($10.99), Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 ($10.99), Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($5.99), Simple Eye Make-up Remover Pads ($6.99) and Simple Foaming Facial Wash ($6.99).
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Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own