Simple Skincare Routine for Super Busy Moms

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Are you looking for a quick easy evening skincare routine to make your skin look and feel great? 

Us moms can easily forget to take a few minutes each day for things like skincare, I know it’s a struggle for me.

Most days, it’s a win if I have time for a shower! This quick skincare routine works perfectly for busy moms because it takes 5 minutes and no major brainpower.

I don’t know about you, but I like to save my daily leftover mental energy for bigger tasks!

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Before we dive into this easy skincare routine, I have a quick “mom hack” to share!

If you’re a breastfeeding mom or have been in the recent past, there’s a good chance you have Lansinoh lanolin cream laying around. In the wintertime, that stuff also works as a life-changing lip balm!

We live near Chicago, and the winter is blisteringly cold here. Chapstick doesn’t cut it when it comes to my crusty dry lips, but Lansinoh sure does!

You can use it on your super dry cracked heels at night too. Be sure to put on a pair of socks before bed to keep it off your sheets.

Even if you don’t use Lansinoh, other brands of nipple cream can be doubled as a lip balm as well. I’ve also tried this with the Motherlove brand. It’s not as thick, but it works in a pinch.

I just had to share! Ok, back to the skincare routine.

When I was a teen struggling with acne, “combination skin” (my combo was half oil slick, half dry red mess) and blackheads galore, I took solace in the fact that soon, this would all be over with.

Soon, I would be an adult and my skin would magically transform into normal unblemished smoothness. I would have to work and pay taxes, but at least my skin woes would finally be over.

Fast forward two decades and guess what? My skin is still a hot mess most of the time *facepalm*.

OK, it’s not QUITE as bad as it was when I was a teen, but pimples, redness, oiliness, and dryness at the same time (wtf is up with that?!) is still a common occurrence.

Now that I’m a mom and barely have time to shower most days, let alone take care of my skin, I had to figure out a super quick and easy night skincare routine that I could do before bed.

If I’m graced with time for a shower during the day, I’ll do this skincare routine afterward as well, with a few tweaks.

I can genuinely say my skin has gotten smoother, feels better, and isn’t breaking out as bad as it was before I implemented this routine. That’s a win in my book!

Follow this simple skincare routine before bed and while I can’t guarantee that all your skin issues will be solved overnight, I can say with confidence that they’ll improve if you keep it up and make it much easier to love the skin you have!

Follow this quick and easy night-time skincare routine to tackle problem skin fast when you have no time! Perfect for moms struggling with acne, dull flaky skin, premature aging, and more.

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Step 1: Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant toner for your skin. It helps calm redness and gets the excess oil off your skin and it also is antibacterial which is super helpful with blemishes.

I use a cotton face pad (even a wad of toilet paper works in a pinch, just make sure it’s clean!) and pour enough witch hazel on to get it damp.

Then, I smooth it over my face from my forehead all the way down to under my chin, neck and behind my ears. If you break out on your chest (I do), you can use it there too.

Witch hazel is super gentle and can be used for other things as well (pregnancy hemorrhoids, I’m looking at you), so it’s always good to have this stuff on hand.

Step 2: Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum contains *shock* vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that fades old acne scars, lightens dark hyper-pigmented spots, boosts collagen production, protects against sun damage, and even reverses existing sun damage.

I apply it by squeezing a dime-sized amount into my hand and using my finger to gently smooth it onto my skin, starting at my forehead and moving downwards to my chin.

LilyAna Naturals is the brand I use (shown above) and I am super happy with their ingredients and dedication to keeping things natural and safe.

Because of its sun damage reversing abilities, I also apply it to the tops of my shoulders, because I’ve had some serious blistering sunburns in the past and my shoulders always got the brunt of it. I’m more careful now!

Step 3: Retinol Cream Moisturizer

Retinoids are one of the most effective parts of your skin care routine to fight wrinkles and acne.

They work by increasing the skin cell turnover rate, which helps keep pores clear and also works to keep your skin looking younger.

They also boost collagen production and fade acne scars, sun damage and dark spots, and help get rid of milia (also known as those annoying calcium deposit bumps you get around your eyes).

The great thing about using a retinol moisturizing cream is it doesn’t dry out and irritate your skin as other more intense retinol products can.

The Simplified Skin Retinol Moisturizer has Shea Butter, Green Tea, and Jojoba oil to offset the irritation factor.

I have very sensitive skin and I’ve been using this at night and sometimes I use it during the day and I haven’t noticed any irritation. Some Amazon reviewers reported that they did experience some irritation, but it was a very small amount of reviewers.

To apply I just squirt a small amount in my hand and smooth it over my face and neck. You can also use this stuff on stretch marks to help fade them, I just found that out!

One thing to mention is you should consult with your doctor before using this product if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or nursing. Better to be safe than sorry!


Under normal circumstances, my skincare routine ends here. It’s short, sweet, and effective!

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Sometimes, my hormones and skin are jerks though and I still get an occasional zit. When that happens, I add one more step…

Step 4: Tea Tree and Frankincense Oils

I use essential oils for so many things. When I have a break out they are the first place I turn!

Tea tree oil is antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal. It fights blemishes by killing the bacteria and keeping things clean.

Frankincense oil is astringent and it repairs your skin. It’ll help reduce the scars that acne can cause.

When I use these two oils, I just put a drop of each on the end of a cotton swab and apply it to the offending pimple.

If your skin is super sensitive, you might want to mix it with a bit of carrier oil first and then apply it, but I’m a little lazy and low on time so I just go for it.

If I do use a carrier oil (and I do for most other essential oil applications), I usually use coconut oil because I have it on hand.

I prefer to use something like almond oil because it’s liquid and easier to mix essential oils with, but coconut oil has a-million-and-one uses so that’s what I have.

Bonus Step 5: Sunscreen!

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I’m calling this a bonus step since it’s not part of your nightly routine, but it’s really important, so I thought I’d mention it.

One side effect of Vitamin C serum is increasing your sensitivity to the sun, so it’s especially important to use a good quality sunscreen when you’ll be in the sun.

I love Earth Mama Organics, they have sunscreen and other skin care products for the whole family and it’s all top-notch and high quality.


That’s it! I told you it was quick!

I’m no dermatologist, so if you have any concerns about if one of these products in this skin care routine is right for you, ask your doctor just to be safe.

I research everything I put on my skin pretty extensively, and I recommend you do the same. I promise I wouldn’t recommend anything I don’t use!

What is your nightly skincare routine? Let us know down below!

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