Minimalist Skin Care

One of the hardest areas for me to declutter is my bathroom. I am an admitted skin care junkie and I rarely want to get rid of any of my collection! Perhaps I have ‘bought into’ all of the claims that companies make, making me believe that the next product will revolutionize my *ahem* over-forty skin. Or perhaps I simply enjoy my self-care routine and am not willing to give it up. Self-care has become such a hot topic in the last year or so, and I have believed for years that if we do not take care of ourselves, we cannot take care of others.

In fact, I actually credit my ability to fall asleep quickly to my nighttime skincare routine. I think it helps prepare my mind and body to transition into sleep time. Of course, being tired from life could be a factor too!

But I’ve spent the last year or so using up my skincare collection so that I can focus on using just the essentials that will help me meet my skincare goals. And that is really what minimalist skincare is about — using just the right products and the right number of products to meet your skin care needs!

  1. Cleanse if necessary. I don’t find that it’s always necessary in the winter when my skin is drier but sometimes it is refreshing in a hot Texas summer.
  2. Moisturize with a product recommended for your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturizer to help it stay balanced and to not overproduce more oil.
  3. Sunscreen is essential. Now if you want to minimize as much as possible, you can always use a moisturizing sunscreen or even a tinted moisturizer with SPF for a triple minimalist product!
  1. Cleansing is always necessary at night. We wear makeup sometimes; we perspire when we exercise; our skin produces oil; and our complexions are exposed to any number of environmental factors. It is important to remove all of that before we go to sleep.
  2. I think treatments work best at night, when our skin is freshly cleansed and will be resting for the night.
  3. There is a moisturizer for every skin type, from the driest to the oiliest to the most sensitive.
  1. Exfoliate with a skin-type-specific exfoliator. The frequency does depend on your skin type as well as the type of product.
  2. I do love my masks! Honestly, I usually have a couple of masks in my collection, so that I can choose one based on what my skin needs on that day. In the winter, I more often use a creamy moisturizing one and in the summer, I usually opt for an exfoliating or a cleansing one. You can even try multi-masking! That’s using a different product on different parts of your face.
  • Visit your dermatologist at least once a year for an annual skin check. I started this self-care about fifteen years ago. I have had one skin biopsy (negative, thank heavens) but that scare has made me diligent about the annual mole measuring!
Minimalist Skincare Cheatsheet