Skinimalism is trending again in 2022. This back-to-basics approach to skincare that emphasizes cleansing and hydration along with select, targeted products came into fashion in 2021 as a backlash to overblown skincare routines that sometimes left skin irritated, flaky, and overstimulated. This year, experts and industry professionals are predicting that skinimalism will continue to reign as the skincare philosophy du jour.
According to dermatologists, the key to skinimalism is beginning with a solid foundation: a quality cleanser and an SPF. From there, it’s about building your skincare routine according to your individual skin needs, not according to which “must-have” products are trending that instant. Look for active ingredients that suit your skin. If your focus in on preventing breakouts, add a targeted Salicylic Acid spot treatment to your regular cleansing and hydration. To address fine lines and wrinkles, add a retinol product to the routine. Don’t get swept up with over-layering products—a skincare routine that fits your needs and helps strengthen your skin’s microbiome will do just fine.
At COSMEDIX, we think skinimalism just sounds like good sense. Read on for products to build your skinimalist base AND target your specific skin care needs.
Building a COSMEDIX Skinimalist Routine
Getting clean without depleting your skin’s moisture is the foundation of your skinimalist routine. Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil AM/PM, recently revealed to be part of Victoria Beckham’s skincare routine, is formulated with a nutrient-rich blend of Olive, Moringa, Kukui, Safflower, Sesame and Argan Oils that works to gently break down dirt, excess oil, long-wear makeup and sunscreen, rinsing completely clean with water and leaving skin feeling hydrated and healthy-looking—never tight or greasy. Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser is another option for your morning and evening cleanse. Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil combine with L Lactic Acid in this refreshing Exfoliating Cleanser to draw out pore-clogging impurities and help improve the look of uneven skin. This bestselling cleanser lets you start the day—and your skinimalist routine—feeling rejuvenated, balanced, and glowing.
It’s not exactly news that abroad-spectrum SPF is a must-have for healthy looking skin, but the skinimalism trend is emphasizing this tried-and-true method all over again. Protect UV is a moisturizing spray with SPF 30 that is gentle enough for all skin types. Its oil-free formula won’t clog pores, and it blends into your skin effortlessly without leaving a white cast. Protect UV AM/PM Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray helps shield the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, which can damage the complexion and lead to early signs of aging.
A solid skinimalist routine includes a moisturizer for your everyday hydration needs. Skin Thirst, recently featured in Alltrue’s exclusive, socially-conscious summer box, includes skin-quenching ingredients like Lecithin and Witch Hazel to lock in long-lasting moisture and help balance oil production. Skin Thirst works as a morning or night addition to your skin care routine, and wearing this lush, gel-to-velvet formula under your makeup can help promote longer wear.
After you’ve built your skinimalist foundation, it’s all about your specific skincare concerns. If you want to address fine lines wrinkles, Serum 16 uses a powerful combination of Retinol and Vitamin A to address signs of aging. In a six-week clinical study, 88% of Serum 16 users reported noticeably firmer skin and 75% reported less apparent wrinkles. But Serum 16 is also a multitasker: it also contains Salicylic Acid and AGP Complex to help renew the look of skin and curb breakouts.
If skin dryness is the issue you want your routine to target, Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster deeply moisturizes dehydrated skin with a specialized blend of three forms of Hyaluronic Acid (1.5%), Niacinamide and Kiwi Fruit Water. Skinimalism focuses on ingredients that strengthen your skin’s natural barrier, and Surge uses Niacinamide to help improve barrier function and Hyaluronic Acid to form an invisible shield that locks in moisture. Including Surge in your AM/PM skincare routine can give your skin that ultra-dewy look that skinimalism is all about.
If firm skin is your skinimalist goal, Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum provides potent, powerful antioxidant protection with Spin Trap, Resveratrol, and Vitamin E. This “multivitamin in a bottle” uses Age-Defying Biopeptides to promote a firmer, healthier-looking complexion while helping to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Skinimalism is about tuning out incessant trends and tuning in to expert advice, and our bestselling Opti Crystal Eye Serum is the winner of a 2021 Dermascope Aesthetician’s Choice Award as well as praise from skincare professionals, beauty editors, and influencers. This award-winning eye serum is specially formulated with Liquid Crystal Technology for the delicate skin under the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Copper Complex encourages the appearance of younger-looking skin, while antioxidants like Spin Trap and Alpha Lipoic Acidin help protect skin from environmental stressors. Want more Liquid Crystal Technology in your routine? Lumi Crystal is an iridescent, Insta-worthy Lip Hydrator that replenishes your lips and helps protect them from environmental stressors that can accelerate signs of aging. Wear it alone for a daily dose of lip hydration or over your favorite lipstick for a barely-there, light-reflecting finish.
About once a week, introduce PHA Hydration Peel into your skinimalist routine to gently exfoliate away dull, dead skin and help illuminate the appearance of your complexion. 100% of participants–yes, that’s everyone—in our clinical study said that their skin became softer after four treatments. That’s because the powerful PHA Hydration Peel is formulated with gentle skincare superstars like PHA, Lactobionic Acid, and Phytic Acid to help condition skin with rich antioxidants that help reduce that appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bonus? The PHA Hydration Peel builds ten minutes of relaxation into your routine as you allow the product to do its work.