It’s no surprise that skin minimalism is set to be this year’s biggest beauty trend. After all, the lockdown has seen millions of us ditching the made-up look in favour of bare skin. After a prolonged break from make-up and pollution, our skin is looking clearer, brighter and rejuvenated.
Whilst we’ve cleared out the cupboard under the stairs, most of us haven’t gone as far as decluttering our bathroom yet. The thought of binning impulse buys that seemed such a good idea at the time is still a step too far! Now that we’ve scored a big win with better looking skin, it’s time to question whether we want to go back to our old ways.
WHAT IS SKIN MINIMALISM?
Also known as ‘Skinimalism’, this is all about adopting a minimal approach towards skincare and make-up. Traditional beauty ideals are being challenged and about time too. This emerging philosophy is about stripping back and embracing our real skin without the need to cover up flaws. Caking on a heavy foundation, spot concealer, eye concealer and loose powder are no longer the order of the day. The vibe is definitely ‘au naturel’ allowing natural skin texture to shine through instead. In many ways, skincare is crossing over into the beauty sector and they are becoming one and the same.
ARE MINIMALIST PRODUCTS GOOD?
Going with less or fully without make-up is a big deal for most of us. It takes bravery, guts and confidence. The right products for your skin, however, will improve the appearance of your complexion and help you get to that place. Look for clinically proven, scientifically backed products that contain active ingredients, like Arbutin, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. These will change skin at a cellular level, rather than superficially and as a result, you’ll see visible, long-lasting results from your skincare.
HOW DO I SIMPLIFY MY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
Forget 10, 11, 12 or however many steps we’ve been told needs to be in a skincare routine. Slash the number of steps down by focusing on effective multi-purpose products. There are other benefits too. Limiting the amount of skincare products that you use will allow you to save time and money. In today’s eco-conscious world, it also means less waste.
To ensure that skin is in its optimum condition, lessening the need for make-up, we’d recommend using a cleanser, antioxidant serum, retinol, moisturiser and SPF daily.
TRY THESE SKIN MINIMALIST PRODUCTS
Simplify your skincare routine with Dr Dennis Gross All-in-One Cleanser with Toner. Suitable for all skin types, this multitasking facial cleanser removes makeup and impurities as it tones to leave skin soft, supple, balanced and refreshed. It also preserves skin with potent antioxidants, plumping hydrators, and soothing botanicals that leave skin feeling rejuvenated and soft.
Obagi Hydrate® is clinically proven to improve moisture content and has been shown to provide moisturisation for up to 8 hours. Hydromanil molecules contained within this powerful hydrator form a matrix on the skin’s surface. Skin is immediately nourished, and further water loss is prevented. Not just that, but this matrix holds water in the layers of the skin, gradually delivering nourishment and long-lasting hydration over time. Damage to skin is corrected at a cellular level and after regular use, skin looks healthier and more youthful.
SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF is a daily facial serum, applied each morning to target the signs of ageing such as loss of firmness, spots or expression lines, thanks to the antioxidant power of Vitamin C. An excellent specific anti-aging treatment for oily skin. Alternatively, if you have dry, normal or sensitive skin, try SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, another powerful antioxidant Vitamin C Serum formulated for those skin types.
MZ Skin Retinol Skin Booster is a powerful serum which smooths and repairs the skin’s surface. To be applied in the evening, the lightweight serum aids collagen production and skin production rate. This helps combat the signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles, protects against free radicals and smooths your skin texture. Hello to new, brighter and younger looking skin.
IS Clinical Eclipse SPF50+ beige is an ultra-sheer, fast-absorbing, weightless factor 50 sunscreen. This non-greasy antioxidant rich formulation harnesses advanced skincare technology, including transparent titanium dioxide and micronized zinc oxide, coupled with Vitamin E to provide unrivalled water-resistant broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
An extra benefit is that it also uses PerfecTint technology to enrich natural, dewy skin tones, making it the ideal product to include in a minimalist skincare routine.
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