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How Do I Practice Skinimalism (Minimalist Approach to Skincare Routine)


What is skinimalism?

Skinimalism is a beauty trend of embracing a more minimalist approach to skincare routine. The term "skinimalism" comes from a combination of "skin" and "minimalism," emphasizing the idea that "less is more" when it comes to taking care of your skin.
Skinimalism involves minimizing the number of skincare products and simplifying your routine. This means focusing on products that are multi-purpose and that do not contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients, and eliminate any products that are not actually benefiting your skin.

How does my skinimalist skincare routine look like?



Cleansing is the first step in my skincare routine. Cleansing is important because it removes sweat, dirt, oil, and other pollutants that my skin naturally collects throughout the day and night.
I use a gentle cleanser for my morning cleanse. At night, I double cleanse, which is a recommended step for everyone who uses SPF (sunscreen) and makeup during the day.
For double cleansing, the first cleanser I use is either a cleansing oil or cleansing balm, followed by a gentle cleanser (could be milk, gel, or foam depending on my skin needs).
Find out more about the different types of cleansers here.
Source: TASH



Toner helps to set the stage for the remaining skincare regime. It helps my skin retain its moisture and prepare my skin for specialized treatments, while balancing the skin's pH level loss during cleansing.
There are a few ways to use a toner and I usually decide which toner to use based on the type of toner and what I feel my skin might need.
For example, if I'm using an exfoliating toner (with AHA/BHA/PHA), I will apply the toner onto a cotton pad first before swiping it gently over my face. If I'm using a hydrating toner, I usually apply it directly on my palms before patting it gently over my face.


A serum helps deliver active ingredients directly into the skin quickly and targets specific skin concerns such as discoloration, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, etc. Serums are applied before moisturizers for maximum absorption.

There are many types of serums and they typically come in the form of a bottle with a dropper. To avoid complicating my routine, I identify the skin concerns that I want to deal with the most.
I have shortlisted reducing hyper-pigmentation due to years of neglect and not using SPF, and uneven skin tone. So, I have been using serums that specifically help with those concerns. I usually use one type of serum during the day, and two types of serums at night.

By the way, do not let the tip of the dropper touch your skin because you might be introducing bacteria into the serum bottle. Apply 2-3 drops of serum over your face and neck, gently pat for absorption, and wait for about 3-5 minutes before applying moisturizer.


For night time routine, moisturizer will be the last step before you go to sleep. A lightweight, hydrating moisturizer will help seal and lock in all the serum goodness with a gentle layer of hydration. It also moisturizes, soothes, and keeps your skin soft and supple.
Moisturizers are best applied with upward strokes, including on your neck.



Did you know that sunscreen is a very important step in your day routine? I remember reading somewhere, even on the most hectic of days, sunscreen is the one essential step that should never be overlooked or skipped.
Sunscreen helps protect your skin from premature aging due to too much sun exposure. It is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days.
I can personally attest that since I began using sunscreen diligently every morning without fail for the past year, I have noticed a distinct reduction in the appearance of new sun spots. The existing sun spots may not disappear unless I go for laser treatment, but I'm happy there are almost no appearance of new sun spots.

Skinimalism 101 Infographic


In a nutshell, skinimalism is about embracing a simpler, more mindful approach to skincare. By focusing on the essentials and eliminating unnecessary products, you can help promote healthy, glowing skin without overwhelming your skin or your wallet!

8 Inspirational Skin Health Quotes

Self care starts with skin care.

Your skin is an investment, not an expense.

Invest in your skin. It's going to represent you for a very long time.

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.

Loving your skin isn't vanity, it's sanity.

Healthy skin begins the moment you decide to take care of yourself.

Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.

Skin.vest.ment is about investing time and money into a healthy, glowing skin future.

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