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The Beauty of Simplicity: Embracing a Minimalist Skincare Routine


Skincare Routine

In a world inundated with an endless array of skincare products promising miraculous results, a minimalistic skincare routine is all that is needed for healthy, glowing skin. This idea celebrates the beauty of simplicity and encourages us to embrace our skin's natural state. But what exactly does it look like to have a minimalistic skincare routine, and how can it benefit your skin? Let's delve deeper into this minimalist approach and explore ways to create a minimalist skincare routine that nurtures your skin from within, including some delightful DIY recipe ideas.


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WHY A MINIMALISTIC APPROACH?


At its core, a minimalistic approach to skincare is about stripping back your skincare routine to the essentials, focusing on quality over quantity. It's about embracing your skin's unique texture and imperfections while prioritising self-care practices that promote overall skin health. Rather than piling on layers of products, it encourages a more mindful approach to skincare, emphasising simplicity and effectiveness. There are only so many products your skin can handle at once. Using an excess of products can result in a compromised skin barrier. The skin can become irritated and imbalanced. Less is often more, especially when it is quality.



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THE BENEFITS OF A MINIMALISTIC SKINCARE ROUTINE


  1. Simplicity: By simplifying your skincare routine, you can eliminate unnecessary steps and products, reducing the risk of overloading your skin with potentially irritating ingredients.

  2. Time-Saving: With fewer products to apply, a minimalist skincare routine can save you time in your daily regimen, allowing for more precious moments of self-care and relaxation.

  3. Cost-Effective: Investing in a few high-quality skincare essentials can be more cost-effective in the long run compared to constantly purchasing a multitude of products.

  4. Skin Barrier Support: #Skinimalism promotes a gentle approach to skincare, which can help support your skin's natural barrier function and prevent moisture loss

  5. Enhanced Skin Acceptance: Embracing your skin's natural texture and appearance fosters a positive relationship with your skin, promoting self-confidence and self-acceptance.

  6. Less clutter: I’m sure you know the struggle of keeping all those bottles organised in your bathroom cupboard and then often having some get lost and forgotten in the abyss. By adopting a minimalist approach, organisation is so much easier and you won’t know what to do with all the extra storage space you’ll have!

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HOW TO CREATE A MINIMALIST SKINCARE ROUTINE


  1. Identify your skin type and need/s. There is no need to include products or steps that are unnecessary for your skin’s needs. Knowing your skin type can be the biggest help in simplifying your skin routine. Some of the most common skin types include:


Acne-Prone/Oily Skin: If your skin tends to be greasy and shiny at the end of the day and you have a hard time keeping breakouts at bay, then you probably have acne-prone or oily skin.


Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin is irritated easily and tends to experience redness and itchiness after using products.


Dry Skin: Dry skin can be itchy and can often become flakey dry and peel.


Combination Skin: If your skin doesn’t necessarily fall directly into one of the above categories and more than one skin type sounds like yours, then you probably have combination skin. Combination skin can be oily in some areas and dry in other areas.


Skin types

2. Multi-use: look for products that have multiple uses such as a moisturiser with SPF, or a cleanser with a gentle exfoliant.

3. Understand day vs night skincare: daytime skincare is about protecting your skin from the elements and environment, whilst a nighttime skincare routine is focused on preparing the skin for restoration during sleep. Therefore, your morning skincare routine can consist of more simple products, whilst your nighttime routine could use an added serum or products with more botanicals and active ingredients.


 

A MINIMALIST THREE STEP ROUTINE


  1. Cleanser: Start your minimalist routine with a gentle cleanser suited to your skin type. In the morning, I generally just use water and face cloth, but at night time I do a double cleanse to firstly remove makeup and then cleanse my skin. Look for formulas free from harsh surfactants and fragrances that can strip the skin of its natural oils. Milky cleansers are particularly great for not stripping the moisture from your skin. Or, keep scrolling for an incredibly simple one-ingredient makeup remover and cleanser. Make sure to avoid ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

  2. Toner: This was a step that I didn’t do for many many years, until I started experimenting with making my own. Now I’m hooked! I love the feeling of a good toner and it is great for many different skin types and conditions. As always, look out for toners that are as natural as possible. Because they generally contain water as one of the ingredients they will also always have a preservative. This is where nasty chemicals can come into play. Look out for preservatives such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben & ethylparaben and steer clear!

  3. Moisturiser: Hydration is key to healthy skin. Opt for a lightweight, hydrating moisturiser that nourishes your skin without feeling heavy or greasy. Tailor this to your skin type and needs. You can always stick with the same moisturiser for day and night, or opt for a nighttime moisturiser with a higher content of botanicals to give your skin a boost as it regenerates overnight. Your moisturising step can also include a quality serum. Check the ingredient label and avoid products that contain PEGs (Polyethylene Glycols) such as Propylene Glycol and 1,2-Propanediol. They won’t do your skin, or the rest of your body any favours.


Skincare routine

 

SKINCARE EXTRA'S


  1. Sunscreen: I struggle with this one. I dislike using sunscreen, even natural ones because we need sunlight on our skin for various healthy body functions. However, it is important to know your limits in the sun and be aware of the time of day. Always opt for covering up as your first point of protection, but if that’s not possible then by all means go for a natural sunscreen option, or use natural makeup that contains SPF.

  2. Exfoliate: Exfoliate once or twice a week using something as simple as brown sugar or ground oatmeal and coconut oil.

  3. Treatments: Apply a facemask once a week targeted to your skin’s needs. Click here for some DIY face mask recipes.

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DIY MINIMALIST RECIPES


  • Cleanser: simply use coconut oil and massage into the skin to loosen and remove makeup and impurities. Remove with a warm, damp face cloth.

  • Honey and Oatmeal Mask: Mix equal parts honey and finely ground oatmeal to create a soothing mask. Apply to clean skin, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water for soft, hydrated skin.

  • Green Tea Toner: Steep green tea in hot water, allow it to cool, then pour into a spray bottle. Use as a refreshing toner to tighten pores and provide antioxidant protection.

  • Face oil: use a combination of skin loving oils such as fractionated coconut oil, macadamia oil, rosehip oil or avocado oil.



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THAT'S ALL

Remember, a minimalist skincare routine is not about deprivation or sacrificing skincare goals. It's about embracing a more mindful and simplified approach to skincare that honors your skin's natural beauty. By adopting a minimalist skincare routine, you can achieve a healthy, radiant complexion while cultivating a deeper appreciation for the skin you're in.


So, are you ready to join the minimalist skincare movement? Simplify your skincare routine, embrace your skin's unique qualities, and discover the beauty of less. Your skin will thank you for it!


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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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