If you rummage through your cabinet right now only to find barely used or forgotten items from impulsive online or mall shopping, you’re not alone. Buying products for your skincare routine with items you weren’t sure about is not unique to you.
Craze in Skin Care Routine
Last year saw an unprecedented boom in the skin care industry with Korean companies suddenly dominating global markets. Vice reveals that even dermatologists thought that their patients used too many products. Check-ups resulted in recommendations to cut down routines that are doing more harm than good.
Thankfully, the craze surrounding elaborate 12-step skin care routines has died down. More and more women around the world are realizing that they don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars…nor do they want to waste two hours every day on their faces…at least not when a few affordable products can do the trick.
Find out which products are truly essential in building your own minimalist skin care routine.
Cleansers are not usually the star of the show, with last year’s trends proving that the simpler they are, the better. However, depending on your skin type, you may benefit from a cleanser with more than one appeal.
For example, tea tree and sulfur cleansers can fight oil and acne, while cleansers with nourishing oils and glycerin can keep skin from getting dry. There are several other cleansers in the market with multiple ingredients. Most of them are targeted at specific skin types and concerns, such as the Cosrx Good Morning Gel Cleanser or the Snail White Whipp Soap. Pretty Me’s review of the Snail White Whipp Soap highlights its multitasking ingredients like black currant seed oil, balloon vine extract, and snail concentrate. These ingredients are ideal for dry and combination skin types that need all the help they can get to lock in moisture, while evening out skin tone and fighting inflammation at the same time.
Serums have become a staple in every skincare routine, with brands like The Ordinary presenting a long line-up of cheap single-ingredient products. Unsurprisingly, you’ll likely find yourself spending a lot for these supposedly cheap products since you need five of them in one regimen.
That being said, it’s better to invest in one multitasking serum that addresses most of your skin’s needs. For instance, there are great anti-aging serums from Olay that prevent fine lines while also getting rid of dark spots and hydrating your skin.
Acids became a big deal in skincare last year, with influencers and forums touting them as the ultimate exfoliators. If you have a favourite BHA, AHA, or PHA that works for your skin, then stick to it! The important thing to remember with exfoliators — whether they’re acids or scrubs, don’t overdo it. Avoid skin irritations by checking the ingredient list of the product that you are using to exfoliate. Opt for organic products over chemical ones. For instance, lactic acid contains natural AHA, which makes natural goat milk soaps an organic exfoliator. It helps gently remove all the dead skin cells. Those who prefer vegan products can use exfoliators that contain citruses that will rejuvenate and moisturize.
Exfoliate with your chosen product twice or thrice a week instead of every day to avoid damaging your skin. If you can’t find an exfoliator that agrees with you, just grab a Korean Italy Towel and gently wipe away dead skin every other day to achieve the same results. Whatever you do, a I’ve recommended before staying away from abrasive physical exfoliators and microbeads.
At the heart of every skincare routine is a good moisturizer. This is often the hardest product to buy since there are so many choices in the market that promise so many things. Keeping this step simple is beneficial for all skin types. This is evident in the popularity of moisturizers from Cetaphil, Vanicream, and CeraVe.
Simple Skincare Science’s review of the latest formulation of CeraVe Cream details how it is chock-full of ceramides and glycerin. These ingredients work together to give the skin a plump and refreshed look and feel. It’s what earned the brand a much-deserved cult following with its straightforward moisturizer.
Finally, the step your mother told you never to overlook…the ideal sunscreen does its job without much of a fuss. If you’ve found one you can wear every morning without a white cast, oiliness, or heaviness, then your routine is done. You get bonus points if it’s reef-safe, too.
The Gist of it
Ensuring your skin is in tip top shape does not have to be a 12 step process involving multiple products. It only takes a few basics products that can do the job such as a cleanser, exfoliator, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
What is your skincare routine?
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