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5 products for a minimalist and effective skincare routine

When it comes to putting together a perfect skincare routine, Leonardo Da Vinci had it right all along: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

A 10-step skincare routine has become a thing of the past, and people everywhere are embracing a more minimalist philosophy. Minimalist skincare routines are:

  • more practical with fewer products,
  • containing only essential ingredients, all sourced naturally and sustainably.

Here are the 5 essential products you’ll need to create your very own minimalist skincare routine. Enjoy!

1. Micellar Water

Every good skincare routine should start with a cleanse, and micellar water is a great first step. This lightweight multipurpose product can be used alone or as part of your double cleanse method (before you follow it up with a rinse-off cleanser). The micelles in the product act as a magnet to gently lift dirt and makeup from your skin.

2. Cleanser

Cleaning your skin thoroughly (in the morning, and evening) will help you get rid of bacteria, impurities, excess oils, and environmental pollutants. It also makes your skin ready to absorb the nutrients in the products that follow. A face wash is an ideal product for this step.

3- Daytime Moisturizer

Daytime moisturizers have a lighter texture to them, and some contain light tints for a more even tone. You should always choose a moisturizer that was designed specifically for your skin type (e.g. dry, oily, or combination).

Although the ingredients will vary depending on your needs, here are a few universal ones:

  • vitamins E and C,
  • jojoba oil,
  • argan oil,
  • ceramides,
  • hyaluronic acid,
  • creatine, and
  • green tea.

4 - UV Protection

Protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays is an essential part of any skincare routine. Skipping this step can lead to irritated, uneven, and prematurely aged skin with more serious potential effects like skin cancer. It’s especially important in the spring and summer when UV ray intensity rises, and we spend more time outdoors.

You can tackle this part of your skincare routine by either using a moisturizer that contains Sun Protection Factor (SPF) or using a separate product. Either way, make sure to use broad spectrum products that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and that it has an SPF of at least 15.   

5 - Nighttime Moisturizer

Nighttime is when some of the most important work gets done in terms of skin health and well-being, so this last step is all about recovery, regeneration, and hydration.

Sleep has been proven to help replenish collagen reserves and rejuvenate your skin. You can help boost these effects by choosing a nighttime moisturizer with a richer, thicker texture and ingredients like panthenol or evening primrose oil. Why not get in some extra goodness while you sleep?

Bringing it all together

Now that you know the steps of a minimalist routine, you might like to try the O.W.N Personalised Skincare routine. In a few steps, you can have a simple and tailored routine for your skin needs.

Remember that a good skincare routine is only part of what it takes to get glowing, well-nourished, radiant skin. True beauty comes from the inside out, so make sure you drink enough water, get enough sleep, and reduce your stress levels by being active outdoors.