I didn’t always have a minimalist mindset when it came to a skin care routine. Once upon a time…I was a face-washing fiend.
When I started getting horrible cystic acne at the age of 19, I was desperate to clear my skin and thought the best way was to cleanse it as much as possible. I would wash my face on average four times a day, constantly splash it with water, and harshly exfoliate every single day.
Even when I switched to more natural products, I was using way too many too frequently and would change the products or methods I used every two weeks. My skin had no room to breathe, no time to recuperate from the aggressive treatment.
So, I took desperate measures.
And cut out just about everything.
Goodbye 10-Step, Hello Minimalism
(How I Minimized My Routine)
I cut out all the fancy, skin-tearing exfoliators. Stopped using moisturizers and oils that were too heavy for my skin. Threw out the spot treatments that burned my acne. Chucked the facial masks that made me want to itch my skin from the inside out. Cancelled my prescription for a medicated acne cream. Picked one facial cleanser and stuck to it. Went makeup-free for almost an entire year.
If you listened closely at the time, you could hear my skin audibly breathe a sigh of relief. Once I stopped exposing it to a slathering of products every day, the acne, burning sensations, redness, inflammation, and flaky dry patches made a significant change for the better.
I’m not saying this is a magical cure for everyone. But if you exhibit any of those symptoms yourself, they are tell-tale signs that you might be using too many products — especially products with harmful ingredients. I didn’t know any better at the time, but now you do.
It still took a couple of years for me to find my “sweet spot,” but this is where I’ve been chilling for quite some time now.
I’ve brought it down to these four simple items:
- Facial Cleanser
- Microfiber cloth
- Nutritional detox supplement
Let’s get into the routine.
Minimalist Morning Skin Care:
I splash my face with cold water after showering. If my skin feels dry, I’ll pat in a light layer of 100% pure rosehip oil. That’s it.
I use Sheer Miracle’s rosehip seed oil; I’ve tried other brands that claim to be 100% pure, but they always break me out so I’m not convinced and keep going back to this brand. I think I’m one of the only green beauty followers out there who can’t use straight coconut oil on my face, but rosehip seed oil is great for acne-sufferers; it’s a dry oil and so absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving behind a greasy residue, is full of anti-inflammatory fatty acids, vitamins A and C, and is an astringent so it helps brighten your skin. These benefits also help to fade scars and hyperpigmentation.
Once I stopped washing my face every single morning, my skin irritation ceased, my acne became less frequent, and my dry skin improved. I firmly believe washing your face more than once isn’t necessary; if you rotate your pillowcases frequently and take your makeup off at night, there’s no reason to strip your skin again in the morning.
Minimalist Night Skin Care:
- If I’m wearing makeup, I always double cleanse. I’ll start with rosehip oil until most of my makeup is broken up. Then I follow with a microfiber cloth to help melt the majority of makeup. I like to run the cloth under water warm enough to create a bit of steam.
- Next, I’ll take my cleanser, which is currently Nourish Organics Moisturizing Cream Cleanser*, and softly work it into my skin for about a minute.
- Using the clean side, I’ll rewet the cloth and lay it over my face. I take this time to do some deep breathing and really enjoy the little mini facial steam. I appreciate this moment to take a breath at the end of the day. When needed, I’ll swipe the cloth over every inch of my face with a little more pressure to give some light exfoliation.
- To help calm any irritation, I’ll splash my face with cold water and pat it dry.
- To finish, I apply a generous layer of rosehip oil and pat it into my skin.
*The Nourish Organics facial cleanser contains an ingredient called potassium hydroxide. This ingredient receives a score of 1 on the EWG’s Skin Deep Database since the finished product contains no leftover traces. However, it is a toxic foaming agent used to create this product. I would still recommend this product, however I feel I could do better and will be testing out new cleansers.
Let’s Talk Detox:
While the cleanser and oil were working well with my skin, I was still getting frequent breakouts. So, I looked inward.
I found Hum Nutrition, which makes this Daily Cleanse formula from green algae, matcha, and other detoxifying herbs to help detox your largest organs — skin, liver, and kidneys. After only a couple of weeks of taking this supplement, my skin dramatically improved. Not just the acne, but the texture smoothed out. I know you’re not suppose to touch your face, but when I take these capsules, I can’t help but stroke my baby soft skin. (Too much?)
(I take one pill a day rather than the recommended two because my system is very sensitive. I’m not sponsored but I highly recommend this product if you are struggling with stubborn acne and other skin issues. If you’re interested you can use my referral code to get $10 off your first order! $10 Off Referral Code: 1680A9 )
That’s it, my friends. Just like my everyday green beauty makeup routine, I aim for simple, quick, and easy, yet I feel like I’m giving myself a little bit of self-care every single night.
What’s something you need to change in your skin care routine? Tell me in the comments and let’s chat about it!