Trends come and go over the years, and particularly in the beauty industry, trends seem to fluctuate at an even more rapid pace than anything else. One of these beauty-focused trends is the size of our skincare regimes. The number of steps in a skincare routine developed over the years from simple, to more complex, to a 12-step routine, and for several years now, the latter has been seen by society as the normal required number of steps in order to achieve amazing skin. We have completely normalised the concept of having two cleansers, six serums, two moisturisers and a sunscreen, but is this really necessary? Is it really a case of ‘the more, the better?’ Or could simplicity be the key to healthier skin?
Despite the continued popularity of the heavy-handed skin routine, we are noticing a comeback in the more simplified routine, as many skincare lovers are growing weary of complex, time-consuming rituals twice a day. The new trend has been coined ‘skin minimalism, for those who wish to pair their routine back to basics. Aside from tiring of complexity, there’s another reason why ‘skin minimalism’ has become one of 2021’s biggest beauty trends. Complex routines that involve a number of serums and active ingredients can often result in irritation, impaired barriers, redness, sensitivity, breakouts, and dermatitis. This is particularly true for those using too many AHAs, BHAs and other exfoliating agents.
April Brodie sees a number of clients experiencing skin disruptions such as these as a direct result of combining too many products, and always recommends simplifying things as a first step. “I do believe it is better to use less products and concentrate on technique!” says April.
“On my clients’ first visit, I build out their routines, often pairing them back to basics ensuring they are using and applying products correctly.”
If you’re looking to pair back your routine at home, here are some essentials to keep your skin in good health before working your way back up to more active ingredients.
To make your shift towards a simpler routine at home, head to our online store, where you can find our illuminating SkinSculpt Face Oil along with a range of expertly crafted facial tools to lift, sculpt, drain toxins, and relieve muscle tension. Alternatively, for an in-depth consultation, personalised skincare recommendations, and luxurious facial treatment, join April’s Sydney or Melbourne waitlist to experience her renowned signature facial.