Does your skincare routine involve so many different products and steps that you find yourself spending much more time in the bathroom than you’d like? Looking for a simpler, healthier way?
That’s where having a minimalist routine comes in.
Not only are most skincare products on the market expensive and unnecessary, but often, they also contain harsh, unpronounceable ingredients that could harm or irritate your skin. Who has time for that?
Skin minimalism, as a beauty trend, emphasizes straightforward skincare regimens and natural makeup looks.
Here’s how to develop a minimalist routine that will help you have beautiful skin – without the questionable ingredients or absurdly time-consuming steps.
Minimalist skincare, like minimalism in general, is all about eliminating what you don’t need so that you can focus on what you do need.
Since everyone is different, what works for your skin might not work for someone else’s skin, and vice versa.
If you’re used to using a lot of different products on your face, it will probably take some time for your skin to adjust to using fewer, cleaner ingredients. That’s normal. Give yourself some time to try things out, and see what works best for your unique needs.
Here are a few types of products to include in a minimalist routine to keep things simple.
Believe it or not, using a cleanser twice a day isn’t for everyone and really depends on individual factors, like whether you work out in the morning, your skin type, etc.
For some people, using a cleanser both morning and night strips their skin of natural oils, so experiment and figure out what your skin needs are.
Even though some people can get away with not using a cleanser in the morning, using one in the evening helps remove makeup, sweat, and any pollution your skin may have picked up during the day.
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Another staple for skincare minimalists is moisturizer. A natural, high-quality moisturizer can help address specific concerns, like dryness, and keep your skin soft while protecting your skin barrier. To decide on the best moisturizer for you, it helps to know your skin type.
For instance, we recommend using heavier moisturizers if you have dry skin to help retain moisture. But if your skin is oily, try a lighter, water-based moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.
No matter what kind of moisturizer you settle on, though, make sure to stay well hydrated to keep your skin healthy from the inside out.
Even though the sun provides vitamin D, which your body needs to stay healthy, too much sun exposure can be damaging to your skin.
That’s why it’s a good idea to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen most of the time. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, applying sunscreen (even in cloudy weather!) can protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
But, to strike a healthy balance and make sure you’re still getting enough vitamin D from the sun, try doing an outdoor activity for at least fifteen minutes a day without sunscreen.
Switching to a new skincare routine is never easy, especially when you’re used to the many products available on the market, like toners and creams and scrubs.
Still, we guarantee that you’ll never regret trying clean beauty and eliminating a lot of the hassle and cost that comes with a typical routine.
By giving skin minimalism a chance, you’ll not only enjoy healthier skin, but you’ll also save time and money you’d otherwise spend on unnecessary products. What’s not to love?