After almost two years of finding more about ourselves, our skin, and what we actually need to maintain our health and happiness, skinimalism has become one of the biggest trends in the beauty and skincare world. But what is skinimalism? And how can you become a skinimalist? Keep on reading to learn more about skinimalism and the beauty of a minimalist skincare routine.
What is Skinimalism?
Skinimalism is saying goodbye to a 12-step morning and night beauty routine and layers of caked-on makeup. It's a minimalist skin (and beauty) approach that focuses on the motto "less is more" and letting your natural skin shine through—texture, unevenness, acne scars, and all. A skinimalist approach to skincare worries less about covering up skin and more about utilizing a few products that benefit the skin.
The Benefits of Skinimalism
So what are the benefits of skinimalism? Well, there's a lot! But here are our four favorites.
1. It Saves Time and Money
Buying and using only a handful of skincare products ultimately saves you time and money. By investing in those quality skincare products you know will benefit your skin, you can ultimately spend less time worrying about your skin and doing a lengthy morning and night routine.
2. It's Better for the Environment
Zero Waste reports that the cosmetics industry produces over 120 billion units of packaging every year, many of which cannot be or aren't recycled. This is a massive environmental issue, especially when you consider that most of the packaging is made with plastic and synthetic wrappers, foam, stickers, and more.
By buying fewer items and supporting those brands that focus on making green products and using thoughtful packaging, you can help cut back on the volume of cosmetic waste going into the landfills and polluting the oceans.
3. It Encourages You to Embrace Your Real Skin
Skinimalism is all about embracing your natural beauty and letting your real skin shine through. It's not about striving for perfection but instead moving away towards unrealistic beauty standards and embracing realness.
4. It Supports Healthy Skin
When it comes to skincare, less really is more. Because, often, using too many different products can freak out our skin and cause issues like dryness, breakouts, irritation, and more. By paring back our routine, we can give our skin the time and nourishment it needs to regenerate and rebalance itself.
How to Create a Minimalist Skincare Routine
The key to creating a minimalist skincare routine is to go back to the basics and focus on what you and your skin actually need. Pay attention to your skin concerns rather than trends or trying the latest products.
A cleanser, suncare product, and moisturizer are the most essential. And from there, you can build. If you want to focus on brightening and exfoliating, incorporate an AHA exfoliant like glycolic or lactic acid into your routine twice a week. Or, if you want to focus more on moisturization and your skin's glow factor, you can incorporate a lightweight facial oil into your routine morning or night.
Remember, the goal of skinimalism is to embrace your natural beauty, follow your skincare intuition, and adopt the 'less is more' mentality.