I’ve never been one to use a lot of skincare products because it’s just too much work – especially in the summer. I need a routine that saves time but is still effective and keeps my skin looking healthy and fresh! So I’m sharing what I’m currently using for my minimalist skincare routine.
What is Minimalist skincare?
Obviously, having a minimalist skincare means keeping your routine simple. I don’t believe you need to be using tons of product in order to keep your skin happy and healthy. But I also think minimalist skincare means keeping your products as natural as possible and choosing skincare products with minimal ingredient lists. Minimalism also brings to mind a certain aesthetic so I’m also drawn to products with minimal packaging.
One brand that hits all those marks is Biossance
Biossance has a “No Compromise” approach to skincare. They are committed to creating products that are good for you AND safe for the environment. Their “clean” approach to skincare means they only use ingredients that are free from toxic or harmful ingredients and safe for the environment, sustainable, and cruelty free. The other thing I like about Biossance is that they use stable and effective ingredients that are naturally derived or from non-toxic synthetic sources. I don’t believe that just because an ingredient isn’t 100% natural that it’s necessarily bad for you. But it has to be backed by science, proven to be effective and not harmful. Plus, Biossance packaging is A+ and looks great sitting on my vanity.
My favorite minimalist skincare brands
The majority of the skincare products I’m using now come from Biossance. This post isn’t sponsored by them I just happen to love the brand! But I do mix in products from other brands including Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica.
Like Biossance, I think Paula’s Choice does a good job of choosing ingredients that are effective, researched based, and high quality. However, Paula’s Choice isn’t strictly naturally based. Their products are a combination of effective natural ingredients and proven safe and effective chemically based ingredients. Paula’s choice has a wider range of products so if you are looking to target a specific problem, Paula’s choice is sure to have an option!
I also like Dermalogica because the packaging is simple and minimal. They also use ingredients that are free of irritants and unnecessary things like artificial colors and fragrances. They also have a wider range of products to target specific problems.
Essential Minimalist Skincare Products
I’m currently using the Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser from Paula Choice. It’s a simple cream cleanser that gets the job done and is gentle on my skin. I also like it because I can use it with my Clarisonic when I want a deeper clean. I also use the Special Cleansing Gel from Dermalogica with my Clarisonic.
Of course, Biossance also has a cleanser which I’d love to try out. It’s actually a cleansing oil which means you rub the oil onto your dry face and then rinse with water. I’ve found that oil cleansers are really great at removing dirt, makeup and oil. However, sometimes when I use a cleansing oil morning and night my face breaks out. So I choose to use a cleansing oil only at night maybe a couple times a week if I want a deeper clean. You also can’t use an oil cleanser with a Clarisonic so I like to have a gel or cream cleanser on hand when I want to use that.
A cleansing oil that I use right now is Dermalogica’s Precleanse. I’ll use this on day’s when I’ve applied a lot of makeup because it’s great at dissolving all the dirt and makeup. Then I’ll wash my face with my regular cleanser just to make sure I’ve gotten everything off.
I LOVE using a toner daily. Some people might not think it’s a necessary part of your skincare routine but I disagree. A toner helps cleanse, balance and hydrate your skin. There are times when I think I’ve done a good job of cleansing my skin only to see a bunch of left over dirt on my cotton pad after I’ve applied my toner. And on really hot and humid days sometimes I don’t even need to use a moisturizer after applying the toner.
My go-to toner that I’ve been using for almost 10 years is Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. It’s alcohol free so it won’t dry out your skin. The rose water + witch hazel helps to tighten pores, control oil, and keep moisture locked in. It also contains vitamin C which helps brighten skin and fade blemishes. I absolutely love this stuff and feel naked when I don’t use it.
A serum should be an essential part of your skincare routine as you get older. I’m in my 30’s now so I look for serum’s with retinol to help prevent wrinkles! But if you are sensitive to retinol or you are pregnant or breastfeeding (like me) and want to avoid using it, Biossance has come out with a retinol alternative! Biossance’s Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum contains Bakuchiol which is a plant derived retinol alternative. It helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improve firmness and skin tone. You’ll want to use a serum after cleansing and before your moisturizer. I typically only use a serum at night because it’s a concentrated formula and I don’t want to overdo it.
At night I’m using Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil right now. Since it’s summertime, I don’t feel like I need a heavy moisturizer because it’s not super dry right now. This moisturizer is 100% natural with only a few key ingredients: Squalane oil for hydration, Vitamin C to brighten the skin, Chios Chrystal oil to improve the look of firmness, and Rose extract for a lovely scent! And a little goes a long way. I only use 4 drops at night and that’s it!
During the day I use Biossance Squalane + Mineral SPF45 lotion. The squalane helps moisturize and also prime my skin. I also think it’s essential for a daytime moisturizer to have SPF. I don’t like to apply a moisturizer and then a sunscreen during the day. A minimalist skincare routine is all about choosing products that can do double duty!
The reason I use two different moisturizers is because I don’t want to put SPF on my skin at night because it’s not needed.
(I love that the Biossance products are travel friendly! Also pictured is the Biossance Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist. It’s great for giving your face a refresh throughout the day!)
It might sound like I just listed a lot of products but essentially a BASIC minimalist skincare routine just needs a cleanser and moisturizer for day and night. For my minimalist skincare routine I like to use this formula:
Cleanser + (cleansing oil 2X a week) + Toner + Serum (only at night) + Moisturizer (one for day + one for night)
It really only takes a couple minutes to do my skincare routine. I actually look forward to it every night because it makes my skin feel so good!