Skinimalism is 2021’s biggest skincare trend and for a good reason. The trend shifts focus from splurging on too many products and focuses on a more minimal approach towards skincare. The benefits of going minimal with your skincare are plenty — you cut down on wastage; a simplified routine is easier to commit to, and the chances of over-sensitizing your skin from too many ingredients are reduced. Adopting a minimalist approach to skincare is especially beneficial for dry skin types, as their skin is already pretty sensitive and can do with just the basics on most days. So, if you are hoping to take the minimalist route with your skincare, here is a 5-product routine that actually works…
- 01. A hydrating cleanser
- 02. A gentle exfoliator
- 03. A moisture-locking serum
- 04. A hydrating moisturiser
- 05. A protective SPF
01. A hydrating cleanser
You can do some real damage to your already parched skin with your bad cleansing habits. Most cleansers are formulated with harsh ingredients that can strip your skin of its natural moisture and make it drier. So use a hydrating cleanser like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. Formulated with ingredients that moisturise your skin while you are cleansing, this face wash will leave your skin feeling clean and supple, minus the tight feeling.
02. A gentle exfoliator
Exfoliating your skin twice a week is essential for dry skin types. It sloughs off dirt, grime and dead skin build-up and lets your skin breathe. But given that physical exfoliators can be too abrasive for dry, sensitive skin, a gentler cream-based exfoliator like the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will work better. Formulated with a blend of exfoliating ingredients like AHAs, and nutrient-rich soothing agents, this exfoliator will gently exfoliate your skin to keep it looking bright and feeling smooth.
03. A moisture-locking serum
A hydrating serum is like a tall drink of water for your skin. Not only do moisture-locking serums put lost hydration back into your skin, but they also strengthen your skin’s natural lipid barrier to avoid moisture loss. Apply the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum serum on a slightly damp face, just after a shower, to lock in all the hydration, for skin that is glossy and plump all day long!
04. A hydrating moisturiser
A moisturiser is the most essential weapon in a dry skincare arsenal! Your daily face cream should help form a protective barrier of moisture in your skin, preventing water loss and keeping it soft for long hours. Pick a lightweight formula like the Lakmé Peach Milk Soft Crème to avoid the greasy feeling we oh-so-hate. Enriched with potent hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and panthenol, it helps maintain the skin’s moisture levels to keep it soft and supple.
05. A protective SPF
Due to a lack of hydration, dry skin types have a significantly compromised protective barrier, making it prone to more severe sun damage. An SPF of at least 30 like the Pond’s Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30 is essential in your skincare routine. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day regardless of whether or you are stepping out or not. And if you do step out, re-apply every 2-3 hours for maximum sun protection.