Skinplicity: The Beauty in a Simple Skincare Routine

The skincare aisle can be a daunting place - there are so many ‘must-haves’ currently on the market that deciphering what your skin actually needs can be tricky. Taking care of your skin is a necessity for many reasons. Not only does it influence your appearance, such as targeting signs of ageing, but it can depict your general health and well-being as well. 

Whether you are a complete beauty buff, who stays on top of all the trends that are continuously popping up or you want a simple skincare routine you are comfortable with, we all have one thing in common - the desire for tried and true products which are a staple in our beauty regime. Let us hop into our ultimate guide to a simple skincare routine.

Why is Simple, Sometimes Better?

Sometimes, simple truly is better. 12-step skincare routines have recently been all the rage - and whilst there can be time and room for every step you love, sometimes, they may not work any better than a more simple and refined regime. It’s important that alongside trialling all the beauty trends, you get properly acquainted with your skin and find out what it needs.

Your skincare routine can be that slice of ‘me-time’ that you get at the beginning or end of your day. So, naturally, taking a longer period of time to enjoy it is important. However, if you are looking to put down a few of your less-used products, and opt for a more simplistic version of your routine - you’ve come to the right place.

Why You Should Cleanse Your Skin Everyday

Throughout the day, our skin is really exposed to it all. From the moment we get out of bed in the morning until we close our eyes at night, our skin is constantly being subjected to many harmful things. Take, for example, UV rays - you can’t escape them, not even in the winter! That’s why it’s vital that you not only protect your skin, but also the barrier, keeping it sheltered from pollution, grime, and other environmental stressors. 

Cleansing your face before bed can help you do just that. Our Skincare Experts suggest that, if your skin’s barrier is functioning healthily, you can avoid washing your face in the morning. Over-cleansing can do more harm than good as, when you sleep, your skin works extremely hard to build up its natural barrier. It creates a layer of helpful oils that keeps the skin soft to the touch and also acts as a natural barrier. However, whilst you can skip that morning face wash, cleansing your face in the evening is a must. 

Cleansing the skin every day is non-negotiable. You know what they say, a cleanse a day keeps the doctor away (or, something along those lines!) As you should be using this product often, you will want something gentle, which will work with your skin, not against it. The Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser has been formulated to make your skin feel clean, not dry.  This mild facial cleanser is perfect for daily use and will gently remove the build-up of impurities, congestion, and makeup so your skin can feel fresh and rejuvenated.

How to Properly Exfoliate for Radiant Skin

Naturally, over time, grime and everyday dirt can build up on our skin. The act of exfoliating can free the dead skin from our face which means we can avoid potential breakouts and irritation. Not to mention, exfoliating can make our skin feel softer, look brighter and slow down skin ageing. So, if it makes our skin feel so good, why can’t we do it every day? Well, exfoliating can be rough on the skin, and whilst it should be a staple in our skincare routine - not everyone will need it every day. If you exfoliate too often, then it can have the opposite desired effect. Say goodbye to glowing, radiant skin and hello to redness and potential peeling. 

For your new staple in your simple skincare routine, we love the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. Murad's cleansing exfoliator helps to reveal a clearer complexion by using its multi-tasking properties to double up as an exfoliator and a cleanser. With its creamy formula, this gentle exfoliator has all the benefits of a typical exfoliant whilst disguising itself as a convenient cleanser. To exfoliate and open hydration pathways, use the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser a few times a week.

There is Still Room for an Anti Ageing Product!

Yep, you read that right. Even in a simple skincare routine, there is still space for an anti-ageing product. If you are looking to detach yourself from jumping on all the beauty trends, and want to simplify your skincare routine - it doesn’t mean you have to leave behind your favourite anti-ageing formulas. 

To maintain healthy skin, we do have to think about anti-ageing as it can prevent general wear and tears which come about from everyday life. Retinol is the perfect solution and a necessary tried and true product in even the most simplistic of skincare routines. As we age, our skin cycle increases, meaning it takes longer for new skin cells to surface. With the help of ingredients such as retinol, we can speed up this process. Retinol works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles whilst also diminishing pigmentation, creating a much more youthful complexion.

Our SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% Refining Night Cream repairs and refines your skin. It contains 0.3% encapsulated retinol, which will increase cell turnover and exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal a much healthier, clearer complexion.

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