If you approach skincare with a “more is more” attitude, then you might want to rethink what you’re doing to your complexion. While layering skincare can benefit certain skin types, following a multi-step routine could actually be doing more harm than good especially if you’re slapping on product blindly.
You may be oversaturating your skin with too many products so much so that you’re not getting the maximum benefits from each one of them. Excessive skincare may also strip the skin of its natural barrier which can lead to sensitivity.
What’s more, unless you have all the time in the world, sticking to a multi-step routine can be a tall order. You won’t always have half an hour to spend layering product after product on your face. In the long run, you’ll have trouble with consistency.
Skincare doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Here are five essential products you need for a low maintenance yet effective skincare routine:
A cleanser is usually enough especially if you don’t wear a lot of makeup every day. Stick to a gentle foaming or gel type to get rid of grime, pollution, oil, and makeup at the end of the day. If you’re a fan of using long-wearing makeup, use coconut oil or olive oil first to dissolve makeup residue. If you must, you can use the same product to double cleanse.
Removing dead skin cells regularly is the key to glowing and youthful skin. You can use a warm soft terry cloth together with your cleanser to manually exfoliate your skin. You can also use chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs to dissolve dead skin and prevent whiteheads and blackheads.
Everyone’s skin has different needs so you’re going to need a different serum or actives that will address this. This could be antioxidants for dark patches, retinoids for aging skin, vitamin C for dullness, niacinamide for dryness, or salicylic acid for acne.
Hydrators keep your skin looking plump, bouncy, and free from dry patches. Choose a moisturizer with humectant and occlusive properties that bring water into the inner layers of your skin and locks the moisture in.
Sun protection is a non-negotiable when it comes to skincare. No matter where you live, you always need to protect your skin both from UVA and UVB rays. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.