Ever since I was a child, my mother (who gets mistaken as my older sister so much, it’s annoying) always stressed the importance of skin care. At the same time, however, she never splurged on luxury skin care brands. Like her, I opt for brands with simple ingredients and now have my own minimalist skin care routine.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional, and this routine is what works for me. Your skin care routine will be different and unique to you. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I’ll get a small commission if you make a purchase, at no extra cost to you. It really helps keep this site going!
My Skin Type
I have always had sensitive skin as a child (dealt with my fair share of eczema). If I wasn’t careful with my lotion, my face would sting. This still happens, but rarely, since I’m pretty careful about the products I use on my skin now.
I have combination skin, tending to fall towards the drier side. I’m home in southern California right now, but when I went to college in Houston, my skin was pretty oily (it’s very humid there!).
My Minimalist Skincare Routine
I only use water! There’s no need for me to use face wash to further dry out my skin, especially after a good night’s sleep.
I’ve been using the Cetaphil moisturizing cream for over 8 years, and I still turn to it every morning. The only downside is that this is a tub, meaning that I have to stick my fingers into it for each use (not the most sanitary).
I make sure that my hands are always washed with soap before applying moisturizer.
After rinsing my face with cold water, I pat dry with a small towel that I use specifically for my face! When applying moisturizer, I dab small amounts onto my face and rub it in circles into my skin.
Since I’m in quarantine, I don’t apply any sunscreen. If I’m going outside, then I always turn to the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion.
Check out the Cetaphil moisturizing cream here on Amazon:
I tried out the Shiseido Deep Cleansing Foam because it was available and affordable at Marshalls/TJMaxx, and it works for me! My skin feels clean and not overly dry. I’m not glued to it, though. Marshalls/TJMaxx carries a variety of great brands at a discount that I love to explore(:
I’ve been using Egyptian Magic since high school, and it’s been my go-to ever since. I rub a pea-sized amount between my palms to heat it up, and press it into my face and neck after I shower.
A small amount goes a long way!
Egyptian Magic is a 100% natural formula (yay!), and each tub will last me forever. A downside is that it’s in tub form, but I just make sure my hands are clean before I get my fingers in there.
- olive oil
- bee pollen
- royal jelly
- bee propolis
When I’m traveling, I always bring a small tub of Egyptian Magic with me. I apply a nice layer to my skin before I get on international flights to make sure my skin doesn’t dry out!
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I try to exfoliate twice a week, but I don’t always stick to that. It really depends on how “gritty” my skin feels.
For exfoliation, I love my Clarisonic Mia and the Cure Natural Aqua Gel (the #1 exfoliator product in Japan).
I have had my Clarisonic Mia since high school, and it’s still going strong! I used to change out the brush head every few months, but lately I just stick to using antibacterial soap and rubbing alcohol to disinfect it (I hate spending so much money on the refill brush heads). Haven’t had any skin issues.
Check it out here on Sephora!
Cure Natural Aqua Gel
This is one of the most popular products in Japan. It’s a very gentle chemical exfoliator. I apply it to a freshly washed and dried face, wait up to one minute, and rub gently at my skin. You’ll find that your dead skin cells come right off! My skin is SO soft afterwards.
I use this quite sparingly–once a week, at most (only if I’m not using my Clarisonic).
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There’s more to it:
Skin care doesn’t stop here. It continues with lifestyle and diet choices. What you put into your body and how you treat your body all comes back to affect your skin (which is the largest organ of your body!). Staying hydrated and eating whole foods is important.
I hope you found this minimalist skin care routine helpful. Remember that you don’t need fancy luxury brands to have great skin. As long as you establish a unique routine that works for your skin, you’ll definitely see long-lasting effects!
Check out: 7 Lifestyle Habits For Clear Skin