Recently social media has been flooded with hashtags like skinmalism, and minimal beauty. According to the many media publications, the main reason behind this trend is, of course, the Covid-19 pandemic. But this new shift is not a radical approach for many dermatologists because skimimalism is what they have always supported. 

 As you can guess by the name, this new beauty trend is all about simplifying your skincare routine. Skincare minimalism, or skinmalism in short, emphasizes a simple and sustainable skincare regime with fewer highly effective multitasking bare essentials that tackle your skin woes, leaving skin healthy and radiant. It stresses the pairing down of the skincare routines in favor of a more minimalist and easy approach. The key is, in essence, skinmalism focuses on a simple yet effective routine that can follow on a consistent basis. Not only is skinimalism renowned for being the most low-maintenance skincare routine, but you might also be surprised by the effectiveness of the routine and visible results. 

 It is a fact that many ingredients may irritate the skin if combined with the wrong products or used excessively or applied the wrong way. But with a minimalist skincare routine, skin does not lead to a compromised skin barrier, redness, irritation, or in some cases, acne breakouts associated with excessive skincare efforts, such as multiple serum layering. Moreover, this stripped-back regimen often saves money, space, and your most precious asset, time. Besides, as skincare is a part of self-care, many believe that a shorter routine is best for their mental bandwidth and happiness.

If you are unsure where to start with countless cleansers, serums, moisturizers, exfoliators, and peels available for purchase on the market without proper consultation and skin analysis, follow the dermatologists’ recommended non-negotiable steps in the skinimalism routine below. 

  • Cleansing: Any effective skincare routine begins with cleansing. Cleansers remove the surface impurities, buildups, and pores without stripping, leaving the skin clean and refreshed. If you have sensitive skin, consider a non-foaming, alcohol-free cleanser. For blemish-prone skin, consider a gel cleanser instead. Wash your face with a creamy cleanser if your skin is dry. Cleansing preps the skin for skincare steps to follow.

  • Treatment: This step is the most personalized for your routine. Over time, it helps make a huge difference in the skin’s health based on your skin concerns, including acne and dark spots to dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Suppose your skin is acne-prone; select serum or spot treatment containing salicylic acid to diminish the appearance of blemishes. Formulas with retinol help targets texture and tone, defy aging signs and prevent clogged pores. Vitamin C serums that even tone and restore glow are great additions for dull and hyperpigmented skin types. 

  • Hydration: Moisturizer provides skin hydration and helps strengthen the skin barrier. Well-formulated moisturizers are refreshing formulas developed to hydrate and visibly soothe the skin. These formulas often include hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glycerin, Plant Oil, and Butter to replenish moisture and prevent water loss.

  • SPF Protection: Slathering sunscreen is non-negotiable. Be sure to apply SPF 30 or higher 15 minutes before you go outside to protect the skin from harsh UV rays. And toss it in your bag in case you need to reapply it after excessive sweating or swimming.

The “less is better” approach works for most skin types and general concerns. However, dermatologists advise speaking to a professional and having a plan for those who need to address more specific skin problems.