Why Skin Minimalism will help you love yourself more
Don’t we all love playing skin-critic to ourselves ever so often? Our social media feeds are clogged with flawless and airbrushed representations of what ideal skin should look like, only furthering us towards dungeons of self-doubt, tremored confidence and intense dissatisfaction. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also been introduced to a slew of perplexing skincare routines—the K-beauty-inspired 10-step routine for one—that thrive on one main goal: perfect skin. That one and all struggle with loving their skin as is, raw and real, doesn’t come as a surprise after all.
However, whether you’re looking at a mirror or your phone’s front camera, your face is literally the first thing that flashes in front of your eyes and what’s more important than how you look is how you feel when you look at it. Embracing your skin in its truest form is something that can drastically influence the way you feel about yourself. Acceptance can also encourage you to switch to a more basic and need-oriented routine; one that cuts down on the skincare trends’ frenzy and addresses only those concerns that your skin is facing. Skinimalism a.k.a skin minimalism is a good place to start. “Since the pandemic, with people being more homebound, skin minimalism has been a growing trend, and an apt one too. It’s all about down-scaling your skincare regime and minimising it; using only those active potent ingredients which are suitable for a particular skin concern that you may have”, says Dr Jamuna Pai, celebrity dermatologist and founder, SkinLabs.
What’s skin minimalism all about?
Skin minimalism starts with cutting through the clutter and caring for your skin with essential products like a face cleanser, moisturiser, SPF and an exfoliator, if your skin tends to get neurotic without it. If the trend ever had a tagline, it would indelibly read, ‘Keep it simple, silly.’ The less-is-more ethos not just helps your skin breathe but the detox also ensures long-term benefits rather than obsessing over little imperfections. “Using less and minimalistic products has a greater impact on healing skin concerns than layering multiple less potent products. It’s quite effective to get the desired results,” suggests Dr Pai. For instance, using a salicylic acid-infused cleanser on a regular basis is a wiser option to keep acne from occurring rather than slathering pimple patches, anti-acne gels and strong chemicals from time to time. Ahead, some skincare products that will help you make the switch without neglecting the essential requirements of your skin.
With a minimal beauty routine comes the need of picking high-performing products. One such product is this creamy cleanser that has a rich, milky texture and gives you clean and baby-soft skin. It’s packed with botanical oils, calendula, Ashwagandha, turmeric and aloe to form a powerful blend that can rid your skin from SPF, makeup and all the debris.
TGM Glow Inside Out Powder
With skin minimalism, it all begins from the within, and so, supplying vital supplements to the inside of your skin will reflect on the outside. TGM Beauty’s Glow Inside Out Powder is loaded with best-in-class Nordic Marine collagen that fortifies your skin barrier, which in turn delays signs of ageing, plumps and softens the skin and keeps glowing and smooth-appearing skin intact.
Not into serums? No problem. But, if you happen to use a serum, letting go of it (even if you switch to skin minimalism) can be dismaying. Try Hustle, a multi-active serum, that contains vitamin C, niacinamide, peptides, resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, Birch Sap juice, arbutin, squalane more—basically, it combines every single bottle on your shelf in one skin-bettering formula.
The Inkey List Vitamin B, C & E Moisturiser
Let’s admit it: we all love over-achievers, especially in our skincare kit.Inkey List’s moisturiser passes as one; it’s packed with a tri-complex of vitamins—each that benefits your skin uniquely. At the same time, it delivers endless moisture that lasts from morning to evening.
SuperGoop Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF
By now, we’re all well-versed with the firecracker of a combo that vitamin C and SPF make for. They complement each other like guac and toast and endow your skin with unmatched protection. You can expect this watery serum SPF to keep pigmentation miles away; it will protect, brighten and hydrate your skin, keeping it glowy at all times.
RAS Luxury Oils Polish Up
Harsh exfoliators are a no-no but this powder-based one from RAS works on the skin like a charm. It’s far from being gritty, gently exfoliates the skin and sloughs away dead skin and aids with unclogging pores to unveil smoother, softer and healthier skin. You can also use this clay-based powder as a face mask; simply add lesser water (than you would to exfoliate) to form a thicker paste and let it rest on the skin for ten minutes before you wash it off.
AMINU Night Repair Cream
All you need is one pump of this moisturiser and you can be rest assured that it will tick off most—if not all—of your skincare needs. It’s divinely fragrant so it helps snooze easily but that’s not even the best part; the cream is packed with AHAs, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants that work upon resurfacing, hydrating and brightening your skin.