I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup.
— Demi Moore
Having a good skincare routine not only helps address or prevent skin problems but has also been touted as a form of self-care. However, the endless product launches and the barrage of “shelfies” that one sees on social media can be quite overwhelming. A less is more approach to skincare is not only convenient but arguably more beneficial. Skincare goes beyond makeup and style, it’s a lifestyle choice.
The Need for a Minimal Skincare Routine
Even those with the best skin need a basic skincare routine for protection against pollution, bacteria, stress, aging, and weather changes. You can’t rely on salon treatments to feel beautiful in your own skin.
By taking small but consistent steps, you can look after your skin in your own time and space by following a minimal skincare routine. The idea behind adopting a minimal skincare routine is to give your skin nourishment and TLC by using only the necessary products, without cluttering your routine too much. If you have time constraints, a minimal skincare routine is just what you need.
What to Include in a Minimal Skincare Routine
You really only need the basics to create your own minimal skincare routine.
Before you apply any other product on skin, you need to cleanse your skin to remove dirt, dust, excess sebum, and sweat as well as residue or previously applied products. Facial cleansing is a quick step and you can incorporate it even when you’re in a rush.
If you have makeup on, you should ideally be double-cleansing. But if you’re too tired, using a cleansing balm makeup remover before you get into bed will do the trick. Treat acne-prone skin with a clay mask. Use products that are packed with ingredients that are rich in antioxidants such as cucumber, honey, and tea tree oil.
The best part about exfoliators is that you don’t need to use them every day. Use an exfoliator only twice weak for long-term gains.
Exfoliators unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells. They also prevent acne breakouts and improve the texture of your skin. Without exfoliation, you run the risk of developing fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
You can either use physical exfoliators like a gentle scrub or chemical exfoliators such as AHAs and BHAs. Rose clay masks are also great for gentle and hydrating exfoliation.
Using a moisturizer every day is the simplest and most fundamental part of any skincare routine. Whether you have oily skin, combination skin, or dry skin, there’s a moisturizer for every skin type. Oily skin does well with lightweight and fast-absorbing creams while dry and sensitive skin types need something thicker and more occlusive.
The best time to moisturize your skin is right after you wash your face and pat yourself dry. This way you lock in the moisture and avoid any water loss from your skin. You can also look for specific ingredients in your moisturizer if you want to address targeted skin concerns, such as ceramides to address dryness or niacinamide to deal with acne and oiliness.
Any skincare routine is incomplete without a good sunscreen. We all know we should be using sunscreen if we’re spending a lot of time outdoors to shield our skin against the harmful effects of prolonged sun exposure. But even if you’re inside and not directly exposed to the sun, you should still be wearing sunscreen. Without sunscreen, your skin starts aging sooner than it should.
Perpetual tans and dark spots can impact your natural skin tone and make your fine lines look more pronounced. Using an SPF 30 sunscreen on a daily basis is a step you cannot miss. Luckily, sunscreens act as good moisturizers, too. If you want to do the bare minimum, use a moisturizing sunscreen and ditch the moisturizer.
The serum step comes right after cleansing and before the moisturizer. Enriched with various ingredients like antioxidants, niacinamide, vitamin E, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, face serum or “actives” breathe life into dead or damaged skin cells. Different serums target different skin concerns. For example, if you want to reduce pigmentation or dark spots, a serum with vitamin C or alpha arbutin will work great.
Once you’re done using a cleansing balm makeup remover and removing all traces of makeup and dirt, pat a few drops of the serum onto your face. You can also mix some serums in your moisturizer and apply it evenly across your skin.
Excessive screen exposure, stress, and inadequate sleep have made dark circles quite common. Although not a necessity, a good eye cream can help reduce puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Use your ring finger to dab on a small amount of eye cream on your eye area and give yourself a gentle, relaxing massage. Apply an eye cream every night for the best results.
Things to Remember While Starting a New Minimal Skincare Routine
Before starting a new regime, keep the following in mind:
- Give your skin enough time to adjust to new changes. Skincare routines don’t work overnight. It takes a couple of months at last for results to show.
- Keep your allergies in mind when choosing skincare products for first-time use.
- If your skincare routine has any adverse effects, consult a dermatologist.
Minimal skincare is all about following a simple routine consistently. A 20-step skincare routine won’t necessarily be better than a basic 5-step routine. Listen to your skin and add only products that you need for specific concerns. Remember, an effective routine is one that you will stick to long-term and not something you will struggle to follow because there are too many products to apply.