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Skinimalism: 3 Basic Steps for a Minimalist Skincare Routine

MD Alexandra Dorobantu
Dermatologist
On Sep 1st, 2020

Welcome to minimalist skincare! This article is the first episode of our skinimalism mini-series, which will take you through the 3 fundamental steps to achieve healthy and glowing skin.

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Why should you consider a minimalist skincare routine? When did minimalism become so popular in the beauty industry? We know from magazines and advertising that more is always better, particularly when it comes to cosmetics and skincare products. But is that true? Because we are living such hectic and overstressed lifestyles, the minimalist way of living means bringing some peace and harmony to our days.

Minimalism is a philosophy that fits well with the idea of a healthy, natural skincare, where products are made from fewer, naturally derived ingredients. A minimalist routine means using fewer products in your daily skincare regime and sticking with the one that has a significant impact on your skin.

Skinimalism (skincare + minimalism) is not only about the number of products you are using but also about what you are applying on your face. Focus on using quality ingredients products, primarily obtained through sustainable methods.

Minimalist skincare consists of simple, authentic ingredients. Although these items can come at a slightly higher price, the investment is worthwhile because it is not only good for your skin but also the world.

As a dermatologist, I see many patients arriving at their initial consultation with a bag full of products that they either never use, either use sporadically or all at once. Because of that, they can't tell which one causes the problem and which one is working for them.

Having a long list of skincare products can damage your skin and cause acne or breakouts. If you are searching for low maintenance skincare routines, skinimalism could be ideal for you.

As a dermatologist, I think it is an excellent idea to simplify your skincare regime, especially if you are new to the world of beauty. Of course, in the case of acne or other dermatological conditions, the treatment is customised according to each patient's needs.

What Are the 3-Basic Steps of a Minimalistic Skincare Routine?

Step 1: Cleansing

The first step in every successful skincare routine is a good face wash. Cleansing every morning and night is essential to get rid of all makeup, excess sebum, and pollution.

The best advice is to wash your face with lukewarm water. Using water that is too hot can damage your skin and cause dryness. Be very gentle in purifying the eye area because the skin in this region is very delicate. After washing, use a clean towel to dry your face.

There are lots of cleansing products on the market, and if you are just starting to create a skincare routine, it can be overwhelming. Therefore, my advice is to start with one product that has few ingredients and is gentle to your skin.

Step 2: Moisturising

For a naturally healthy and hydrated skin, moisturising is a must. Apply a moisturiser after cleansing every morning and night. Moisturisers provide hydration like no other skincare product; skipping moisturiser is not an option regardless of your skin type.

Proper application of your moisturiser increases your skin hydration, avoids flattening and dryness, and produces a protective layer that lasts the whole day. Also, careful use of face creams can enhance the function of anti-ageing ingredients.

Look for a highly antioxidant moisturiser, such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C or E, capable of moisturising and protecting the skin from environmental harm.

Step 3: Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Also known as sunscreen. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have SPF in your daily skincare routine. A good SPF protects the skin from damage caused by sun rays and prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Sunscreen also reduces the risk of getting skin cancer; it will help maintain a brighter, healthier skin tone.

A broad-spectrum sunscreen every day is one step that you cannot skip from your daily routine. The sun is one of the most critical factors that cause skin ageing and hyperpigmentation. Choose to use SPF regardless if it is sunny, cloudy, raining, or snowing.

Choose the SPF according to your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, then use mineral or hypoallergenic sunscreens. Mineral-based sunscreens provide the best skin protection without causing any irritation. Chemical filter creams, on the other hand, protect the skin through a mechanism of UV absorption, based on some compounds such as octocrylene or avobenzone.

1...2...3… Let's Go!

If you are not interested in following multiple-step skincare regimes, skinimalism is the answer for you. Therefore, these three essential steps can protect your skin from ageing, while making your skin appear more radiant, healthy and natural.

Once you have laid the foundations of your daily skincare plan, you can add active ingredients such as acids, retinol, serums, or masks depending on the needs of your skin. But this is such a broad and exciting topic that we will discuss in our future posts.

Our first episode had introduced the 3 fundamental steps for your skincare routine: cleansing, moisturising and protecting your skin from sun damage. We look forward to having you for the second episode when we will explore in-depth the world of cleansers and how to choose them accordingly to your skin type. After all, it is one of the most important steps in your skincare routine.

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