Take your skin routine back to basics this year with the latest beauty trend of Skinimalism –– the practice of minimizing overcomplicated skin and makeup routines, and paring it down to just a few simple steps. The goal is to use simple products that are smarter too, so that each step in your routine is purposeful and effective.


Each product should include the essential ingredients that are proven to improve your skin, instead of applying more products that up your chances of irritating your skin. 


Now, if you own more skincare products than you can count on two hands –– and you’d like to pare down — we can help.

Sometimes, your skin can even tell you it needs less, all on its own.


Signs Your Routine Could Use Some Minimizing


If you’re experiencing any of these signs, your skin is probably sensitized and you’re a great candidate for skinimalism:

  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Burning

Don’t worry, it’s not permanent. But downsizing your product collection to the essentials is a great way to get back on track.


For starters, more products don’t equal better results. What you really want are the right products; overloading your skin with multiple products actually increases your chances of skin sensitivity. Plus, it’ll make it harder to figure out the problem product if your skin becomes irritated.


What Do Dermatologists Say?

Try incorporating one product at a time for at least 8 weeks before trying something new. And yes, we know that’s hard when there are lots of fun new masks and other goodies out there. You just want to be sure your skin is reacting well to a new product –– you may actually need a full month or two just to see visible results (and to be sure there are no adverse reactions that come along later). 


To start, stick with three core products recommended by dermatologists.


Dermatologists’ Trusted Trifecta: Cleanser, Moisturizer, and SPF.

These essentials are all you need for a great skin routine. Just cleanse, moisturize and protect with SPF during the day, and end your night with a cleanser followed by a moisturizer.


1) Find a Good Cleanser and Never Let It Go.

For some, it’s love at first cleanse. For others, you may need to try out a few before you find the perfect one for your skin. Especially if you have sensitive skin, which requires special care, even while cleansing.

For normal to dry types, reach for our Hydrating Gentle Skin Cleanser and protect your skin against dryness.


For combination to oily types, grab our Daily Facial Cleanser for a deep clean that won’t dry out your skin.


Both cleansers are perfect for AM and PM use, which is so convenient. Plus they’re rich with vitamins like B3 (also called niacinamide), B5 (panthenol,) and hydrating glycerin to actually improve the resilience of sensitive skin. That’s the reason why millions of dermatologists (and people) love them.


2) Hydration. Hydration. Hydration.

Your skin thrives on hydration, so give it what it wants –– and what’s best for your skin type, of course.


If you have normal to dry skin, try our Rich Hydrating Cream made with the super ingredient hyaluronic acid, which boosts hydration and helps your skin retain water. It even improves your skin’s natural moisture barrier over time.

If you have combination to oily skin, find lightweight hydration in our Daily Oil-Free Hydrating Lotion, which also works to balance the moisture in your skin.


Either way, you’re getting a dermatologist-recommended solution that does the job wonderfully.

3) Never Leave the House Without SPF.

By now, we all know that it’s so, so, SO important to use SPF to protect your skin against damaging UV rays. Especially when you have sensitive skin! Sun exposure has been proven to exacerbate whatever forms of skin sensitivity you may already be experiencing, like dryness, redness, or irritation.


A great idea for sensitive skin: An SPF that’s free of irritating ingredients and specially formulated for your delicate facial skin. You also want to be sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. 


Dermatologists recommend Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face & Body Broad Spectrum SPF 30 not just because it checks all the boxes, but it even locks in moisture. All without leaving behind any greasy or oily residue, thanks to a beautiful matte finish.


 So give Skinimalism a try! It’s kind of refreshing to pare down your routine. Plus, you’ll save a lot of time, money, and energy over the long run. Who knew your sensitive skin could be happy with just three simple products? Well, dermatologists did. That’s why we listen to them.