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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

What is skinimalism?

Skinimalism can simplify your skincare routine in 2021 and beyond

Skinimalism is the biggest skin trend of 2021, according to Pinterest Predicts, the social media brand's trend forecast engine. The concept is simple: instead of focusing on the heavily made-up look, the emphasis is on simplifying your skincare routine while accepting your skin's natural texture and using multitasking products to get glowing skin.

Benefits of skinimalism

Skinimalism is all about a “less is more” approach to skincare. Its simplified routine can save you from unnecessary product trial and error while being eco-friendly since fewer products mean less packaging and less waste.

  • Skinimalism is efficient. Investing in a multitasking product that works for your skin type means swapping your single-ingredient products with a multi-ingredient one.

  • Skinimalism is personal. Say goodbye to those 10-step beauty routines. Skinimalism can help streamline your routine and help you discover products that will give you dewy, healthy skin with minimal effort.

  • Skinimalism is affordable. It's better to spend money on products that you know will work for your skin rather than buying trendy products.

How to practice skinimalism

Accepting this minimalist approach is all about reducing the number of products or wearing less makeup, allowing your natural skin texture to shine while committing to a more economical and eco-friendly beauty routine.

  • Target your skin type. If you have oily skin, look for the words "ultra-light" or "gel-based" when picking out a product.

  • Focus on your skin concern. If preventing hyperpigmentation is your priority, products containing vitamin C will help by fading dark spots.

  • Don't overuse an active ingredient. If you have dark spots, you don't need to use a cleanser, moisturizer and SPF with brightening ingredients.

  • Don't mix many active ingredients together. Glycolic acid and retinol should not be mixed; use them on alternate nights.

  • Always wear sunscreen. Protect your skin from the sun, even on cloudy days.

  • See a dermatologist. Skincare can be complicated and confusing. The information provided by a dermatologist can help you choose the right products.

Best products for skinimalism

Best cleansers

All dermatologists recommend using a cleanser to rid the skin of dirt, oil, pollutants and dead skin. If you have dry skin, look for cleansers with a creamier formula, such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. If you have acne-prone, oily skin, go for an exfoliating gel texture such as Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser.

Best toners

A staple in Korean skincare, toners rebalance the pH of the skin, and they help remove the last traces of dirt and makeup. If your skin is dry, try alcohol-free Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner with hyaluronic acid, or try Pixi Glow Tonic, which has instant brightening and smoothing properties due to its 5% glycolic acid.

Best serums

Serums are the powerhouse of skincare products — they're made of highly concentrated ingredients to cater to specific skin needs. If you have hyperpigmentation issues, a vitamin C serum like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is your best bet. It also has anti-aging benefits. Another great serum is Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, which is a blend of retinol SA for fine lines and hyaluronic acid for hydration.

Best moisturizers

It's important to keep your skin hydrated to keep it healthy. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream strengthens the skin barrier and prevents loss of elasticity and firmness. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is rich in shea butter and colloidal oatmeal to deeply hydrate and repair your skin.

Best SPF

The sun's UV rays are one of the biggest causes of skin issues. Use SPF year-round to protect your skin. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen SPF 50 matches almost all skin tones and keeps your skin hydrated. Another internet favorite is Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, which doubles as a primer and has red algae that also protects from blue lights from electronics.

How much does skinimalism cost?

Skinimalism is an affordable investment for beauty lovers. You can expect to pay from about $10-$80 and up for skincare products. Products that come in numerous formulas are available in the $10-$29 price range. You can find premium brands and specialized products that target several issues in one product and contain superior ingredients for $30-$79. If you don’t mind spending $80 or more, you can find luxury brands of skincare products.

Skinimalism FAQ

Q. What products do I need in my skincare routine?

A. Everyone's skin is different, but it's generally advisable to have a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen in your routine.

Q. How often should I exfoliate?

A. Depending on your skin, you should exfoliate one or two times per week.

Q. What causes acne?

A. Acne is caused by excess sebum and clogged pores. Hormones, genetics and lifestyle can also cause acne.

Q. Do I need to use sunscreen in winter?

A. Yes, you should wear sunscreen year-round.


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