Terminology including “skin” is all the buzz these days. Skintelligence, Skingredients, Skindividual, Skintuition – and one that fits skincare routines for the summer season – Skinimalism. Skinimalism is just about everywhere, and according to the 2021 Trend Predictions Report, this approach to beauty is sticking around.
What is skinimalism and why is it important? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know, as well as some product recommendations for you to start your own skiniminalist routine.
A Simple Approach to Skincare Skinimalism is a combination of “skin” and “minimalism”. A simple approach to skincare. A skinimalist routine uses only the bare essential products needed for your skincare – no more than a few basic steps. Of course, if your skin condition needs additional care—managing dermatitis, breakouts, or rosacea, for example, you would probably want to add one or two products specific to those conditions.
The Benefits There are many advantages to a skinimalism skincare routine. The most obvious is that you cut back on the number of products you use, which saves money, and waste. (The beauty industry produces more than120 billion units of cosmetics packaging globally each year.) A skinimalist routine is ideal for our busy lifestyles, and gives you time to focus on the core skincare that deliver you the best results for your skin health.
Four Basic Steps to Skinimalism The purpose of skinimalism is to focus on only the essential steps of your skincare routine – namely: cleanse, serum, moisturize and sun protection. Nighttime care eliminates the sunscreen, and switch the day moisturizer for a heavier night cream for skin repair.
1. CLEANSE Wash your face morning and night – no exceptions! Double cleanse once a day if possible.
Our recommendations for specific skin conditions:
· Normal Skin: Moor Lavender Cleanser, Green Tea Cleanser, AHA/BHA Cleanser · Dry/Dehydrated or Mature: Moor Lavender Cleanser, AHA/BHA Cleanser · Oily or Blemish Prone: Rosehip Seed Cleanser, AHA/BHA Cleanser · Sensitive/Irritated or Post Procedure Skin: Green Tea Cleanser
2. APPLY SERUM Serums are the work horses of skincare products. They are chock full of actives to nourish, hydrate, replenish, and protect your skin. A serum will generally have a smaller molecular structure that penetrates deeper into the skin. The serum you use will depend on what you’re treating and the results you’re looking for.
· Blemish Prone or Oily Skin: Herbal Complex Serum, Vitamin A Serum, Multi-Fruit Hydration Gel · Dry/Dehydrated: Marine Silk Serum, Renewal Serum, Hydro Collagen Serum · Pigmentation/Dark Spots: Lightening Serum w/Kojic Acid · Antioxidant Burst: Vitamin C Serum · Mature (Fine lines, firmness, elasticity): Vitamin A Serum, Renewal Serum, Hydro Collagen Serum
3. MOISTURIZE All skin types need to moisturize. This step is essential for locking in hydration and supporting the outer skin barrier.
· Blemish Prone or Oily: Herbal Complex Crème, Marine Hydration Crème, Vitamin A Crème, Lemon Gel Crème · Mature: Super Emollient Crème, Advanced Moisture Crème, Advanced Vitamin C Crème, Lemon Gel Crème · Dry/Dehydrated: Super Emollient Crème, Advanced Moisture Creme, Moor Skin Balm, · Sensitive: Marine Hydration Crème
4. DAILY SUNSCREEN USE Sunscreen is a must to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and photoaging (the process where sun damage accelerates signs of skin aging – fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation). Our favorite - for all skin types - is Raw Elements. It is a 100% safe physical sunscreen with no harmful ingredients. Of course, you’ll skip this step in the evening and finish with a nighttime moisturizer instead.
Create Your Own Skinimalist Routine If you’re working on a specific skin condition or there’s a skincare goal you’d like to achieve – make an appointment to come see our student estheticians and instructors! They can perform a thorough skin diagnosis, appropriate treatments, and recommend the right products to add to your foundational skincare routine.