Face skin care – my favourite minimalist routine

daily skin care routine

Not having much time to dedicate to my skin care routine during weekdays, and not having enough money to buy expensive products, I had to come up with a fast and affordable skin care routine. I did some research online, and after trying a bunch of products and face massages, I implemented a routine that really works well on my skin. It consists of 5 simple steps that I’m going to list here.


1) Wash your face with cold watercold water face

You skin care routine starts by washing your face. Splashing cold water on your face not only wakes you up, but also has 3 wonderful effects on your skin:

  •      It tones your skin
  •      It closes your pores
  •      It promotes blood  circulation, reducing inflammation and swelling.

2) Perform a 3 minutes facial massage with your favourite cream

facial massage

With your favourite cream, give yourself a Japanese facial massage. It is simple, fast, and super effective. You can easily find several tutorials online. Personally, I really like the  Yukuko Tanaka’s face massage , invented by Yukuko Tanaka, a Japanese makeup artist. By stimulating lymphatic drainage, this massage speeds up the discharge of toxins and excess fluids from the face. If performed regularly, it will reduce wrinkles, lift the face, reduce pore size, restore the skin’s original elasticity, and make the bags under your eyes disappear.

After only 2 weeks of doing this massage every morning,  I  started to notice a huge difference: my skin looked definitely younger, and the fine lines due to stress and lack of sleep had almost disappeared!!!


3) Use a good  concealer

Unfortunately, lack of sleep and stress can really affect the area under your eyes. For those of us who work long hours, t is almost impossible not to be affected by under eyes bags and dark circles, that is why a good concealer can save your day! Make sure to use the right color for your skin: it should blend into your skin, and appear natural. If it matches your skin tone, you won’t have to apply any foundation on top of it. The whole point of this low-maintenance strategy is to look naturally flawless!

4) Apply a veil to matify and blurr your complexion

I like to keep things light by only applying a translucent powder -it  gives my skin a matte finish by soaking up excess oil, and it does not alter my natural skin tone. Translucent powders will work great on you as well, if you look for a natural, fresh look. I always keep one in my purse, so that I can go powder my nose whenever I want! Keep in mind that powders with shimmer only accentuate pores and highlight shine, so always go for a mattifying powder.

I am not  a fan of heavy skin foundations: they can clog your pores, alter the natural color of your skin, and give you an unnatural look.  With a good skin care routine, you will no longer need to apply any foundation; however, if you really don’t want to give them up completely, you  can use a natural mineral foundation which is comparatively less harmful.

5) Gently clean off your skin with micellar water

Before going to bed, make sure you remove any trace of make-up!  Micellar water is one of the  most gentle, simple, and affordable make-up removers. It is made of tiny micelle particles that work like a magnet, attracting the impurities in your skin: these particles contain hydrophilic tails that draw out the sebum and dirt on your skin, leaving it clean, fresh, and soft. Another bonus is that the solution doesn’t contain alcohol, so you can use it on sensitive areas too. Since micellar water doesn’t require any rinsing, it is a convenient cleansing option for anyone who’s travelling, at the gym, or simply always on the go.  And that’s it! Make it your evening routine, and start seeing benefits immediately!

This simple skin care routine only takes you 5 minutes of your day. If you do it regularly, you will soon see amazing results. Not only will your skin look much better, the Tanaka massage will also prevent the appearance of wrinkles, slowing down the aging process. Do try this routine for at least a couple of weeks, and let me know what you think 🙂

29 thoughts on “Face skin care – my favourite minimalist routine

  1. Margherita says:

    Hi Isabella! This routine will save you some time and money, while nourishing your skin 🙂 Yes, do let me know how it goes ! x

  2. Amber says:

    Good tips. I’m a busy mom and often find I don’t spend enough time focusing on myself because often things like skincare and makeup take way too long and I’m always on borrowed time with two young ones wanting all my attention. So I can appreciate a simple and fast routine that allows me to give back to myself without it having to be expensive and overly complicated. Thanks!

    • Margherita says:

      Hi Amber! It must be super hard for a mom to find enough time for herself. This routine will definitely save you time and energy! In my next post, I will talk about my simple hair care routine 😉

  3. Tamika G says:

    Hi there, thanks so much for the post. It’s certainly given me some ideas for a basic facial skin care routine. I took a look at the Tanaka video you mentioned for face massage so I hope to begin this soon. I see that you recommend 3 minutes, are you able to do the full routine in that time or you focus on different areas each day?

    • Margherita says:

      Hi Tamika! Thanks for asking about the Tanaka face massage! I should have mentioned it in the post! Yes, the video is much longer, because the voice slowly explains each movement before it is shown. The first time I did the massage, it took me more than 3 minutes, because I could not remember exactly all the movements! However, after doing it a few times, I memorized all the movements, and now it just takes me 3 minutes 🙂 I stick to the three-times repetition as suggested by Tanaka. Of course, if you are not in a hurry, you can spend some more time on a specific area by repeating each movement a few more times 🙂

  4. ashley says:

    Love this! It is so great to read an article that is not trying to sell me some expensive product that really does not work well. It is nice to know people still use simple methods to keep their complexion clear. I always use cold water because it keeps my pores looking small. All of this is great advice. Keeping skin care simple is so important, as most people do not have time for a 12 step fad skin regimen. Thank you for the great info!

  5. Margherita says:

    I completely agree, Ashley ! We can definitely take care of ourselves without consuming expensive products or spending hours in front of a mirror 😉

  6. Andrea says:

    This is an awesome post! Something I am definitely going to try myself because I am way too busy for long drawn out routines.

  7. Irma says:

    Thank you for this. I am going to start doing the Japanese facial massage every morning.

    Do you have any recommendations for a good concealer? I have not had much luck with the ones I can buy locally.

    • Margherita says:

      Hi Irma! Awesome! Let us know how it goes 🙂

      Yes, I do have recommendations for a good concealer. After trying several concealers, I am now committed to Helena Rubinstein Magic Concealer. It has perfect coverage, even on my worst mornings! It contains chamomile, which relieves puffiness, and pearl micro-particles for a great concealer effect, which is very effective on dark circles. It is a bit expensive for my taste, but it lasts very long, because you only need a drop of it! I’ve had it for 2 years and a half now 🙂
      Thanks for your question, I’ll write a post on concealers!

  8. JidroneP says:

    Love your content, I knew something but Tanaka massage and micellar water. My skin is combination type so, I have to pay attention to every part of my face. I definitely will try massage and micellar water ( I never hear about them at all) . Good advice, thank you.

    • Margherita says:

      I’m glad you liked it, Jidrone! By doing the Tanaka massage using a good non-comedogenic moisturizer, I’ll notice wonderful results. I also have combination skin, so it has always been tricky for me to find a skin care routine that would work on all areas of my face.

  9. Donna says:

    As a skincare enthusiast, I love your article! I haven’t tried the Yukuko Tanaka’s face massage but I will definitely give that a try!

    Thanks for this advice!

  10. Hannah says:

    HI Margherita! I have been doing the Tanaka face massage every morning since I read your post and… it works! My skin looks much fresher and toned! My under eyes bags seem to be reduced too! And it costs nothing! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Margherita says:

      Great news Hannah! So glad to hear you ‘re seeing the benefits of the Tanaka face massage! We don’t need super expensive treatments to have a beautiful and healthy skin  xxx

  11. Edwin Bernard says:

    I found the word Cunning used in the Title quite intriguing. It made me want to read on! I wasn’t disappointed. When you mentioned your concern for buying costly products and instead looked at skin care solutions that were affordable, that kept me engaged. If I as a man felt that way, I am sure women would also linger on your page to find out more.

    For the longest time I have been cleaning face using cold water fir the same reasons you mentioned. But that’s as far as the similarities went. However, the rationale for using the face products made a lot of sense. 

    Micellar water is a name I read for the first time ever. Quite a nice touch to show the best way to remove makeup. Thus, you covered the complete process. I wonder are there similar face skin care products for men?

    • Margherita says:

      Hi Edwin

      Thanks for visiting! I know most of this website content is for women, but hair&skin care is important for men too!

      Steps 1) and 2) of this routine (washing your face with cold water, and applying a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and protected)  can be followed by both men and women. Regarding products, I will soon write a post on skin care products for men 🙂

      Thanks for your question!

  12. AnxietyPanda says:

    You’ve definitely sparked my interest in the Japanese face massages, especially as you were able to see results within only two weeks!. I didn’t know about these before and am definitely going to start incorporating it into my cleansing routine 🙂
    Thanks as well for explaining what exactly micellar water is. I’ve never used it before because I wasn’t sure what it does. Seems like another great addition to my routine. 
    Do you recommend using micellar water instead of a regular toner? 

    • Margherita says:

      Yes, the Japanese massage is incredible! And maybe this is the reason why it is not advertised… to some, it is definitely more convenient to sell expensive anti-age treatments!

      I recommend using micellar water as a make-up remover, because it makes life easier.  After applying micellar water,  you don’t need to apply anything else.  On the contrary, after applying a toner, the next step is to hydrate the skin with a cream.

      Thanks for your question!

  13. Pentrental says:

    Great post! Time and money are two things worth saving so you hooked me right away. Fast and affordable are two things that the consumer looks for. I really like the layout of your post with its 5 simple steps as you added ample space between steps and provided some really nice pictures to along with your directions, which I found very straightforward and easy to read, very helpful! Overall a great post here and I’m looking forward to reading more of them.

  14. Linda says:

    I have been doing the Tanaka face massage for two weeks: it really works!! My skin looks clearer, and have received compliments already! I didn’t expect it to work so rapidly. THANKS A LOT

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