Proof there's beauty in simplicity

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Words: Leila Petersen | Images: Supplied + Inge Prins

Everyday we’re bombarded with new skincare products and buzzworthy beauty ingredients promising a revived, clear and glowing complexion. However, more often than not (especially for us beauty fanatics) we’re influenced by their fancy names and oh-so-cool packaging, leading us to adopt a skincare routine of up to 12 steps or more! A lot of the time these extravagant rituals cause more harm than good. In addition to being extremely time-consuming, excessive use of products with harsh chemicals, can cause an overproduction of oil or dry, dull and unhappy skin.

While we love layering, rolling and taking time to indulge in self-care, especially as we’ve been spending much more time indoors, sometimes it’s best to help rest and reset your skin. This can be done temporarily by stripping back your skincare routine and adopting a simple approach. It’s about harnessing the power of multitasking products and ultimately committing to a more sustainable and often affordable beauty routine. But what does this routine look like? Well, read on and discover how to supercharge your skin with fewer products.

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The foundation of any routine, no matter how pared-back, is cleansing. Even if you haven’t applied a stitch of makeup throughout the day, it’s still important to wash your face twice a day. When it comes to choosing your ideal everyday cleanser, opt for gentle, fragrance-free formulas that can help remove any excess oil or dirt, without stripping the skin of its natural properties.

Beauty Tip: Look out for cleansers with no sulfates or synthetics but rather more natural hydrating properties like aloes, cucumber and essential oils, which are more easy on the skin.

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The best way to deliver a highly dose of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your skin without layering loads of products is to incorporate a multi-ingredient serum into your routine. Taking the guesswork out of which ingredients work in synergy, these powerful potions are able to elevate even the most basic regime.

Beauty Tip: Dull and dry skin? Try vitamin C serums formulated with either hyaluronic acid or ceramides as these ingredients work together and are able to brighten and nourish skin simultaneously.

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The final and essential step in your minimalist morning routine is to apply your moisturiser. Just as our bodies require us to hydrate with water, so does our skin. In the short term, daily moisturising plumps up the skin, giving you a healthy fullness. In the long term, consistent moisturising helps decrease the appearance and rate at which fine lines and wrinkles emerge. When it comes to purchasing your mega-moisturiser opt for hydrating fragrance-free formulas with a built in SPF.

Beauty Tip: Change up your moisturiser according to the season- in winter opt for thick, creamy formulas and in summer, lightweight lotions work best for long, hot days.

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Skin repairs itself best when you slumber, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of this and slather on a treatment designed to boost the skin’s ability to restore and nourish while you enjoy your beauty sleep. Anti-ageing ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid are key players to look out for, as well as peptides which are known for their restorative abilities.

Beauty Tip: Rich and creamy moisturisers, face oils + serums work perfectly for your evening routine because they have plenty of time to penetrate and be absorbed deeply into your skin.

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