Skinimalism: Why the Best Skincare Routine is ‘Less’.

Learn how a more minimalistic skincare approach is the best skincare routine for your skin, our planet, and your wallet. 

Are you intimidated by ten-step skincare, or just tired of feeling overwhelmed everytime you go to shop for new cosmetics? If so, it might be time to join the skinimalist movement.

Today, we’re breaking down one of the biggest trends in beauty with answers to some frequently asked questions, plus our go-to tips for skinimalism success.

What is skinimalism?

As you can probably guess, the term skincare minimalism – or “skinimalism” refers to the paring down of traditionally intensive skin and makeup routines. A more minimalist approach to beauty can take a variety of forms, from reducing the number of products and steps in our daily rituals, to wearing less make-up allowing our natural skin to shine through.

Skinimalism is about simplifying and committing to a more sustainable (and often less expensive) skincare routine, utilising beauty products that multi-task, and uncovering and celebrating our natural beauty by moving away from heavy make-up.

An increasing number of beauty lovers are adopting minimalism as a lifestyle and finding that sometimes less, really is more.

What are the benefits of a minimalist beauty and skincare routine?

Although it’s been billed as a wellness trend in recent years, there’s so much more to minimalism than meets the eye, and there are a lot of potential perks to scaling back. Let’s take a look at a few of our favourite benefits:

1. Save time and effort

When adopting more minimalist habits, one of the first things you’ll notice is that your everyday experience becomes more streamlined. You’ll be able to reclaim a few extra minutes every morning and evening, and over time, this savings can really start to add up. Whether you use your extra time to be more productive with your day or sneak in a few moments of much-needed relaxation is up to you. However, once you take advantage, chances are good you’ll be hooked on your new routine.

2. Save money

Another no-brainer benefit of doing less is spending less. By eliminating unnecessary steps in the routine, you’ll have fewer products to worry about restocking, translating into a huge boost for your budget. You can then reallocate the funds you would have spent buying another “must-have” product towards more intentional forms of self care, such as treating yourself to a massage, or depositing money into your dream holiday fund.

3. Save your skin

It’s no secret around here that we love our magic lotions and potions. However, for many people, those ten-step rituals can often be too much of a good thing. Too many active ingredients and additives in our products can actually be damaging to the skin’s naturally-existing ecosystem, leaving you with a damaged barrier and an irritated complexion. When you start to prioritise only what you need, you’ll likely be amazed at how well your skin responds to simplicity.

4. Save your sanity

Although for many of us skincare is self care, there’s an aspect to which complicated beauty routines can disrupt peace of mind. For example, if you’re constantly on the lookout for quick fixes or changing up your routine when you don’t love your results, you’ll risk burning out and feeling worse about yourself in the longer term. In this instance, trying a more minimalist approach can help you free up valuable bandwidth in your brain and learn to trust the process.

5. Save our planet

Besides all of the personal benefits of a minimal routine, another huge positive outcome of this movement is a reduction of harm to the environment. When you really pause to think about the amount of packaging waste and manufacturing pollution produced by constant consumption, it becomes clear that one of the easiest ways to combat these things is by using less. Although you don’t have to give up your beauty routine altogether, buying even a few less items per year can really start to make an impact.

Going Minimal: Our Top Tips for Adopting a Skinimalist Approach:

1. Focus on just a few essentials

For building your perfectly pared down skincare rituals, a good place to start is with three to five basic steps that support overall skin health. All skin types need a good cleanser, moisturiser, and sun protection, so these items should provide a good foundation. You can stick with these three, if you feel content. Or add a targeted serum or treatment product if you want to up the ante.

2. Think quality, not quantity

Going minimal doesn’t have to mean sacrificing results. In fact, a tip we love for keeping skincare simple yet effective is to invest in just a few good products. In particular, natural formulas that are packed with nutrient-rich, quality ingredients will yield the most payoff in terms of nourishing your skin, promoting moisture retention, and helping it to stay glowing.

Scenturie Natural Skincare is a nutrient-rich, minimalistic skincare range providing everything you need for a healthy, glowing complexion.

3. Look for products that multi-task

Another way to keep your best skincare routine quick and easy is with products that serve multiple purposes. This way, you can eliminate a step or two without compromising efficacy. The good news is that many of today’s products are designed to do just that. Look for items such as cleansers that are also makeup removers, masks that provide exfoliation alongside an infusion of moisture, or perhaps a toner that hydrates and can double as a makeup setting spray.

Multi-tasking skincare products

Scenturie's super-gentle, nourishing, Natural Creamy Cleanser effectively removes impurities and all traces of makeup, removing the need for a separate makeup remover.
Scenturie's Replenishing Natural Toner is rich in ingredients that instantly hydrate, balance and calm the skin leaving it feeling revitalised and refreshed.
Scenturie's Espresso Facial Scrub gently cleans and exfoliates your skin leaving it soft, smooth, and hydrated.

4. Customise according to your concerns

Lastly, one more helpful thing to consider when simplifying your best skincare routine is to stay focused on your specific skin type and present condition. Rather than trying to address everything all at once, you may find it more beneficial to pick just one concern and choose products accordingly. For example, if you struggle with dry skin, incorporating moisturisers and toners with hyaluronic acid or plant-based oils will be your best bet. Or if you are looking to troubleshoot signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, or sun spots, products that contain a natural retinol like bakuchiol should be one of your essential staples.

Scenturie offers a range of natural skincare sets that address certain skincare concerns. For example, our Ultra-Hydrating Natural Skincare Set consists of five essential skincare products designed to cleanse, tone, nourish and protect dry, ageing, and combination skin types.

Last But Not Least…

One last thing to remember when it comes to skincare is that you should always feel empowered to experiment and revise to find what works best for you. Consider decluttering your skincare routine one step at a time. Even the tiniest tweaks can make a difference towards simplifying and reaping the benefits of a minimalist routine. So don’t be afraid to change things up as needed and customise your rituals according to your individual needs.

In summary, the best skincare routine is a simple one. Keep it consistent and always use quality natural products. To find out the best skincare routine for your skin type click HERE.

All Scenturie natural skincare products are made in New Zealand with premium, plant-based ingredients that are nutrient-rich, ethically sourced, and backed by science. We avoid synthetic chemicals, known irritants,  and synthetic fragrances, inviting you to enjoy the subtle fragrance of unrefined plant oils and essential oils, the way nature intended them to smell. All our products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

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