Less Is More : Guide To Skinimalism

The past several years and recent trends in the industry have shown that you don’t need to be a skincare aficionado to get on board with the lifestyle. #skinimalism, which began appearing on social media channels and forums such as TikTok and Reddit in early 2021, is now fully embraced by professionals in the industry, some believing it’s been long overdue.

If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we’re capable of doing more for ourselves at home than previously thought. Whether it’s sticking to a workout routine, cutting your hair, or getting more in touch with skincare, it has never been a more convenient era to treat your skin’s essential needs.

There are a few products that should be used daily (we can’t emphasize sunscreen enough). But what about certain skincare concerns you might have? There’s no need to feel overwhelmed, as having an abundance of products can make it more difficult for your skin to treat specific conditions as well as cause skin irritation. If a simplified routine sounds appealing to you, you’re going to want to be a part of this trend that’s likely to stay popular for years.

What Is “Skinimalism”?

Many skinfluencers and skincare professionals in recent years have praised the modern trend of skinimalism, which isn’t always the case. That’s how you know it’s something to pay attention to. The reason dermatologists favor this trend over others is the idea that it encourages users to embrace a simplified routine.

As you can presume, the term “skinimalism” comes from the combination of “skin” and “minimalism.” Those who are already living a minimalist lifestyle will be familiar with what it entails. In terms of skincare, this lifestyle helps users to save time, and money, and focus on more simplified products and formulas rather than overloading their skin with too many ingredients and exfoliants.

It’s no longer a requirement to live by five, seven, or 10-step skincare regimens. For those who enjoy skincare as a hobby or don’t have adverse reactions to piling this many products into your collection, they are welcome to continue to do so. Everyone’s skin is different and requires different care. If you are prone to sensitive skin, skinimalism may be the remedy you have been searching for.

How To Practice minimal skincare?

The best method for practicing skin minimalism for beginners is to identify your specific skincare concerns. If there is a particular issue with your skin, such as acne or increased sensitivity, you can look for products that target that skincare condition and build your routine from there. This way, you have a foundation to build from in terms of making an efficient minimalist skincare routine.

If you are unsure of where to begin, you can always consult with a dermatologist and work on a routine together. These professionals will have more knowledge and be able to work with you in terms of what your skin may need as opposed to other users. Whether it’s a prescription product or an item that’s sold off-the-counter in a pharmacy, they will be able to guide you in the right direction.

There are, however, some non-negotiable products when it comes to skincare. The foundations of skincare tend to build from cleansers and moisturizers, ideally featuring a cameo from antioxidants such as hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C. For those on the go, as life gets busy and catches us off guard at times, moisturizing sticks can be a lifesaver not only for their proven results but for the fact that you can’t overdo them. They can be reapplied throughout the day as needed.

Sticking to the essentials can oftentimes be more beneficial for the skin, as overloading the barrier with too many ingredients or similar formulas can cause harsh reactions, such as rashes, inflammation, and dermatitis. As always, you should be following every AM routine with an SPF so your skin’s barrier is well-guarded throughout the day. If you’re out in the sun for extended periods, you should be reapplying at least every two to three hours to exposed areas.

If you’re going to have a more comprehensive skincare regimen, the PM routine just before bed is the proper way to do so. Formulas are more effective when the body is at rest and a healthy sleep schedule won’t only help you feel refreshed but will allow your skin to recharge for the next day as well.

You can have a bit more fun with your nighttime routine by incorporating specific serums or products that target a certain skin condition or area, such as eye creams. Heavier moisturizers are recommended in the PM so that they lock in moisture following the application of products and allow for deeper absorption of active ingredients.

Which Skincare Ingredients Should I Focus On?

What if you have specific concerns that you want to address and don’t know where to begin? There are countless options available for users these days and it can be overwhelming at first when reading product labels and they might as well be in a foreign language.

If a primary concern of yours is dark spots on the skin, particularly around the eyes, which is a common issue, niacinamide is a fan favorite remedy. Dark spots can originate from many causes, such as sun damage, hormonal changes, medications, and age. Our Dark Spot Correcting Serum is a proven formula trusted by users all over the world. A potent formula, it not only helps with treating skin discoloration but prevents further signs of hyperpigmentation.

If you’re more concerned with the lack of moisture in the skin, collagen serum may be your new best friend. Our unique Matrixyl formula is beautifully crafted to hydrate the skin, can be used during both AM and PM routines, and also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are a result of numerous causes, such as sun damage and expression lines.

For conditions such as acne and sensitive skin, our healing Cica formula is a fan-favorite serum that specializes in calming the skin both during the day and at night. A versatile product, cica as an active ingredient is persistent in treating inflammation and promoting hydration, all while retaining moisture in the skin.

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Conclusion : minimalist skincare routine

The most important aspect of skincare is having patience, as even in many skincare studies, it can take about a month or longer to begin seeing desired results. Each person’s skin reacts differently to products and can sometimes take longer to show either positive or negative outcomes. Don’t feel pressured to overdo new formulas when experimenting and always stick to one product at a time to give your skin time to adjust. A “less is more” skincare routine should always be your priority.

Most of all, grow into embracing your unfiltered skin and not feeling societal pressure to cover up your skin with an abundance of products or makeup. Skinimalism is all about being proud of your authentic self and being less concerned about things we can’t control.