A Minimalist Approach to Skincare
How much money did you spend on skincare products in the last few months? If just thinking about it makes you shudder, perhaps it’s time to rethink the whole thing. Every season a new fad appears and tells us that in addition to our twenty-step beauty routine, we need to add a few more things. A few more things and then everything will be perfect. A few more things and your face will explode from sheer gorgeousness that will overwhelm anyone who gazes upon it.
Sadly, this isn’t really true. When you actually pause and consider everything, does putting numerous layers of products on your face, twice a day, every single day, really sound like a good idea? How did people who lived a few centuries ago even manage to keep their faces from crumbling to dust?
If you’re looking to find a more practical approach to skincare and keep the amount of products you use to a minimum, read on for a few tips on how to do that.
The first thing to do is look at the shelves in your bathroom and really consider everything you find there. How many things do you use every day? How many of these things have made an actual difference for you? How much time do you need in the morning to apply all these products? Skincare isn’t really a universal thing. What works for one person may not work for the next one, and no one can know what your face needs better than yourself.
We are used to using harsh cleansers every day, but in truth they may not be needed at all, at least not in the morning. To start off your routine simply wash your face with warm water. After that, apply a sunscreen and then a moisturizer, or maybe even a product that combines both of those. And that’s it. Our skin is quite capable of taking care on its own with only a little help from us, and letting it breathe and rest for a while might actually help it restore its balance.
Evening is the time when you should apply treatments, such as your acne treatment, if you use any. This time you should use a cleanser, especially if you wear makeup. You do want to get rid of all that dirt, sweat and makeup traces so you wouldn’t clog your pores.
Since the goal is to keep things simple and effective, a high-quality brand such as Skinceuticals skincare line can really help because of their well-known three-step approach to beauty routines. Generally, you need to clean your face well, moisturize it, and use treatments for whatever ails your skin, whether it’s acne, wrinkles, or discoloration.
Once a week
There’s no need to get rid of every single product in your cabinet. Once a week you can take a few hours for yourself so you can relax and have a little beauty moment. Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub, and then put on a face mask that’s appropriate for your skin type.
Even the exfoliant and the face mask don’t have to be store bought. You can make these sugar scrubs at home, or these DIY face masks if you don’t want to waste any money. That said, you absolutely can buy products if you like them and if you feel like they work for your skin. There’s something satisfying about going out and buying a nice little treat for yourself.
Any of these steps can be modified to suit your needs. There is no ultimate solution that works for everyone, you just need to figure out what your skin responds to.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion blogger and graphic designer. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and photography. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.
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