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When it comes to your skincare routine, sometimes, less is more. Especially if you’re experiencing redness, irritation, spots, and dry patches: aka a compromised skin barrier. And the cure might just be simplifying your skincare routine. Enter skinimalism. The new skincare trend that’s proving popular. And effective.


The opposite of the multi-step K-beauty skincare routines we’ve adopted in recent years, skinimalism is all about embracing a more minimalist approach to beauty. Think multi-tasking cleansers that double up as masks, hardworking moisturisers that offer a layer of protection and light-touch makeup. It’s about getting back to basics.

The result is a more sustainable beauty routine that, praise be, takes a lot less time to carry out. The key is to invest in good quality products with well thought out (and scientifically backed) ingredients that deliver results.


Look for cleansers that pack in skincare ingredients too, like Pixi’s Vitamin C Juice Cleanser that gives your skin its daily dose, promotes collagen production, brightens the complexion and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier, whilst removing makeup and impurities. Or Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Foaming Cleanser that also exfoliates and resurfaces the skin. Lastly, Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser, which doubles as a mask.


An essential part of any skincare routine – especially for those who suffer from dry skin. Luckily there a whole host of moisturisers that are well formulated with added extras. Medik8’s Daily Radiance Vitamin C combines glow-boosting vitamins, SPF30 and hyaluronic acid and glycerin to draw water into the skin. Fre’s Protect Me Defense Facial Moisturiser provides water resistant SPF and hydration. While Augstinus Bader’s The Rich Cream was created with the sole purpose of replacing all other skincare products in your routine. No wonder it has a cult following.


It’s become a saying for a reason, but the no makeup makeup trend is going nowhere fast. These days there are a whole host of light touch foundations that pack in skincare benefits and allow skin to be, well skin. Armani Beauty’s Neo Nude Foundation gives a dewy, radiant complexion with hyaluronic acid and glycerin for hydration. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser Natural Skin Protector is enriched with vitamins E and C and packs in SPF30, all while providing a light coverage. NARS’ Radiant Creamy Colour Corrector hydrates the skin whilst reducing any dark circles and pigmentation. The result? Less makeup is needed after.