Let’s face it. If 2019 was the year of the complicated multi-step beauty regimen, 2020 is the year of the minimalist. Clearly we’ve learned, while quarantined in our homes, you should not have to go through 12-15 products every day to achieve healthy skin. Adjusting your skincare routine to just 4-5 steps, both morning and night, you’ll discover–if you haven’t already–that it’s easier to maintain consistency and thereby achieve visible results. Keeping it simple won’t get in the way of what your skin is supposed to do: provide a protective barrier to the environment while maintaining an optimum skin microbiome.
Your Best Uncomplicated AM/PM Skincare Routine
- A sulfate-free Cleanser to gently remove dirt, makeup, and any other irritants.
- A concentrated, nutrient-packed antioxidant Serum to supplement the skin barrier and protect against free radical damage.
- A facial Moisturizer with nutritive bioactive botanical lipids and humectants to help nourish and protect the skin’s natural barrier.
- A preventative Eye Cream to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles as well as tackle other skin concerns like puffiness, dark circles, and dryness (the delicate skin surrounding the eye is thinner and lacks essential natural lipids).
- A petroleum and lanolin-free multi-tasking Salve or Balm to recondition and hydrate anywhere you need an extra boost of moisture and barrier protection, like lips, cheeks, hands, and body.
Nourish your skin by choosing products that contain certified organic, clean, beneficial, and nutritive bioactive botanical ingredients that also mimic the skin's protective barrier. Besides saving time, uncomplicating your skincare routine saves money and natural recourses. Further, applying a multitude of products can increase your risk of skin irritation, redness, inflammation, and possible breakouts—as multiple active ingredients can most often be incompatible (particularly Vitamin C with any AHA, BHA, Retinol, or Niacinamide), negating any benefit to the skin.
Bottom line, your beauty routine shouldn’t exhaust you to be beneficial. And based on what we have learned over the past six months, our skincare routine is definitely an important daily regimen that we each should be able to minimally define, simplify, and own.
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