Are complicated skincare routines the answer to radiant, lit-from-within skin? Or does a minimalist approach get you more of a glow?
Here’s why swapping a shelf-full of products for something simpler and more streamlined won’t just leave you more time for life, it’s the key to healthier skin.
1. Soothes sensitized skin
The occasional active-packed skin treatment, like an AHA or BHA chemical exfoliation, is unlikely to cause much harm. But layered with a daily or weekly cocktail of scrubs, serums, at-home peels, masks and moisturizers, it’s a recipe for overload. Skin can’t cope with an onslaught of harsh ingredients day after day. And that leads to red, blotchy, sensitive, irritated skin. A simpler routine is not only gentler on over-worked skin, it’ll open your eyes to the negative reactions an excessive regime causes.
2. Saves your skin barrier
The reason for sensitivity? The skin’s protective lipid barrier has been damaged. Swap out layers of aggressive, barrier-stripping actives, and replace with soothing hydrators, emollients, niacinamide and fatty-acid rich oils. The result? Softer, hydrated, glowing skin.
3. Gets better results
Slathering on retinol every night but not sure why you aren’t glowing? Aside from the irritation factor, some combinations of skincare ingredients just don’t mix. They can cancel each other out, or have such different functions that using them together isn’t efficient. Pimple-buster benzoyl peroxide, for example, can deactivate retinol. The same goes for vitamin C and retinol, which need wildly different pHs to work at their best. Keeping your routine simplified allows skin-loving ingredients to get to work in the long-term for a radiantly healthy complexion.