Sometimes simple is best. So cutting back and only using the essentials in our skincare routine instead of overloading it with lotions and potions could be the key to a healthier-looking complexion.
Here, Harley Street facialist and founder of Doma Cosmetics, Donna Maneva, tells us about the beauty of skinimalism.
Where to start?
“In a skincare market where there is so much choice, consumers in search of the right skincare can often feel confused about which products to use and how to use them. This, combined with the turbulent financial situation at the moment, has brought about a necessity to focus on cutting back skincare regimes, using only essential and important products needed for comfortable, healthy skin,” Maneva says.
“When we cut back, the skin is no longer loaded with unnecessary products and ingredients. It also helps us choose products specific for our skin type and concern. Getting honest skincare advice from a facialist is key. Skinimalism is also helpful to our environment… for each product to come to market, a substantial amount of energy, manufacturing, plants have all been utilised into making the finished product.”
Maneva says to support skin barrier function, we need ingredients that are deeply moisturising and nurturing, such as Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which has 150% more vitamins than Argan oil and has the highest concentration of unsaturated fatty acids of any plant oil at 88%.
These fatty acids absorb easily into the skin, without leaving a greasy film and are non-comedegenic. It deeply moisturises, helps control acne, tightens pores and stimulates collagen production,” she says.
“We also need ingredients that support the natural microbiome of the skin such as Plankton Extract and Eco Marine Algae.”
Maneva recommends a good cleanser for your specific skin type and a high-quality cream that contains moisturising, stimulating and nourishing characteristics that can be used day and night is a good place to start.
“When we want to target a specific problem or boost moisture, we can add a serum to the routine. An exfoliant to stimulate the skin rejuvenation and cell turnover used with a mask can be added once or twice a week to treat a specific skin type. And, of course, UV protection cream used every day throughout the year is non-negotiable!”
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