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If I can figure out any possible way to make my life simpler, I’m going to do that and I’ve learned along the way, that sometimes, simpler can really be better. Sure, doing more and putting more detail and energy into something will pay off, but many argue that keeping one’s skincare simple is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your time. Here’s what I’ve learned about skin minimalism and creating a minimalistic beauty routine.
What Is Skinimalism or Skin Minimalism?
So, what does skin minimalism or “skinimalism” advocate for? A faction of the minimalist movement, which aims to combat over complication and materialism, skinimalism takes core minimalist ideologies and applies them to simplifying one’s skincare routine. Originally, skinimalism started in Korea with the idea of “skip care.” This method of skincare gained popularity because it encouraged skincare users to find the ingredients that worked best on their own skin through trial and error, and once they found them, to stick to those ingredients only. This beauty process was all about keeping the amazing results that came with a skincare routine but at the same time filing it down so that it was easy and minimal. While it was recently trendy to use a ton of different products, this is not the case anymore. Why do more when you can get the exact same results for less?
So, what is encouraged in a skinimalist skincare regimen?… Everyone’s skin is different. There is no one-size-fits-all routine that could fix anyone’s skin, unfortunately. But practicing skin minimalists encourage those who want to try it out, to keep a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen in their routines. Paired with consistently drinking water and eating well, those who have adopted skin minimalism can see positive results quickly. Sometimes, the over complication of a routine and the use of too many different products can cause your skin to react negatively. With this minimalist approach, it can also be easier to learn how your skin reacts to certain products or foods without not knowing what is complicating your skin because you have so many products you are using on it. Then, once you figure out what works best for you, you have your skinimalism routine. Start small and figure out the product you will actually need to use, and ones that help your skin react in positive ways. What few products will you actually use and what can you hold yourself accountable to do every single night? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself when you’re going through your night products and figuring out which ones can stay, while which ones should go.
One of the ways you can find the perfect products for your skinimalism routine is by finding products that do double duty. Like a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, or a foundation that has a moisturizer in it. Using products with multi-purposes and ingredients will help you simplify your routine.
One of the pros of using a minimal skincare routine is that it can be easier to actually complete your routine every day. If you’re anything like me, you’ve fallen asleep without washing your face out of pure laziness due to the daunting task of completing a multi-step skincare routine. With a minimal skincare regimen, I at least know I would be more likely to complete it. Which, in the end, in it of itself is better than not doing anything out of a complex routine.
Do you think you’ll try out skin minimalism or a minimalistic beauty routine? What does your current skin routine look like? Do you prefer a lot or a few steps? Let us know in the comment section below!