Does your mirror cabinet say "closed due to overcrowding"? Your skin probably feels the same way. She lets you know when it's too much for her. Irritation and over-sensitivity to care are becoming increasingly common. According to a study, every second woman describes her skin as sensitive 1 . You too? Then at the latest it is time for a simpler care routine.
Let it go - away from super-complicated skin care
Many wish for a simpler grooming routine. Applying up to 10 products one after the other means a lot of effort. And the result is often not more beautiful, but problem skin. Experts list too much cosmetics alongside climate change and a defective skin barrier as the main cause of sensitive skin conditions 2 . In order to soothe your skin or prevent such problems, it is important to simplify the care routine.
A leaner care routine
While we love you for who you are, feel free to slim down your mirrored cabinet. Where can something go? There are several starting points. Here are some tips to simplify your routine and make it more skin-friendly. If you are currently completely happy with an area, then leave it out for the time being. Focus primarily on the aspects that are already bothering you. Maybe there's a step in your skin care routine that makes your skin feel particularly irritated. Or you've been wondering for a while whether this extra product really makes sense. Then now is the time to let go.
Many use make-up removal wipes first, then a washing gel and then a toner. Quite a lot. Cleansing the face in the evening is important, but it can also be done gently and in one step. All you need is a make-up remover and water. The oil effectively removes make-up and impurities. At the same time, it leaves the pH value and the skin barrier in peace. By the way: In the morning it is sufficient to cleanse the face with lukewarm water .
Day and night care
Protect during the day, care at night, that's the motto of many care series. But shouldn't care do both anyway? With day and night creams you buy two almost identical products, one a little richer, the other a little lighter. What they don't take into account: There are other factors that affect your skin's needs, like the seasons of the year. So you may need different products in winter than in summer - that would be two more creams.
Products that you can combine individually throughout the year make more sense . So a facial oil that provides your skin with nourishing and protective lipids, and a moisturizing serum. This allows you to apply a little more oil or more moisture depending on your skin condition and time of day.
- For the day: Mix facial oil and moisturizing serum.
- For the night: The skin usually only needs moisture.
Winter and summer care
In winter, the skin has different needs than in summer, that much is certain. It dries out faster when it's cold. When it is hot, it produces more fat. We can feel and see that. And already we are inclined to buy different care series. Again, the products in the mirror cabinet move closer together.
But you can also do justice to this change with just two individually combinable products: facial oil and moisturizing serum. You can dose this duo in a variety of ways to give your skin exactly what it needs.
- In summer: less oil and more moisture
- In winter: more oil and less moisture
Even an extra eye cream makes only limited sense. Yes, this part of the skin is particularly delicate. But their needs are not fundamentally different from the rest of the face. It also needs moisture and fat. With a combination of hydrating serum and protective oil you are spot on.
What does not belong in eye care are irritating ingredients or ingredients that are foreign to the skin, such as alcohol and mineral oils. However, they are also not very beneficial for the rest of the skin. If your normal cosmetics are free of such ingredients, you can also use them to care for the eye area.
☝️ Practical tip : Soothing, moisturizing and 100% natural - the FIVE products are ideal for the eye area.
Help, puffy eyes 🐼
We all know puffy eyes in the morning. They usually subside quickly. But for some, the lymphatic congestion is particularly stubborn. Cooling or decongestant creams are actually useful here. Facial massages and a low-salt diet in the evening also help. Pay attention to hidden salts, for example in ready meals!
There is a separate cream for everything, not just from the neck up. The same applies to hands, feet, body, elbows and and and. The reason: some parts of the skin are drier than others. But does that mean you really need an extra product for each of them? No.
You can save a lot by using an oil care product that you apply to damp skin - please do not fill the product with water! A body oil or a waterless balm is ideal for this. The wetter the skin, the easier the care feels. To care for particularly dry or stressed areas, simply adjust the dosage. Use more product and less water there to get the right effect.
Simple, yes - one-sided, no
Simplifying your routine makes sense. However, you should not reduce any essential things away. So it is not enough to apply a facial oil without moisture. Neither will you reach your goal with an oil-free serum alone. In certain cases, you can omit one of the components for a while. But in principle, the skin needs a mixture of oil and moisture. If you only give her one of these, she'll be missing something in the long run.
💡 Note: The skin needs fat and moisture.
Every skin needs oil and moisture. However, not always in the same ratio. Ideally, both components can be combined individually. Depending on how you feel on the day, you can respond to the condition of your skin. What does that look like in practice? The easiest way to explain it is with the example of ...
Dry and barrier-damaged skin → More oil, less serum
Dry skin needs lipids to repair its protective barrier.
Dehydrated skin → More serum, less oil
Dehydrated skin cannot bind water well and needs humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid.
Oily or blemished skin → More serum, less oil
At night and on hot summer days, oily skin can sometimes do without oil altogether.
Young skin up to 25 → Oil on skin moistened with water is often sufficient.
Young skin still has plenty of moisturizers, so it does not need a hyaluronic serum every day.
Simplify your skin care in 3 steps
Maybe you already have an idea where to start, maybe not yet. After all, letting go is not easy. Be systematic with these three steps.
Step 1: Analyze the skin
Understand your skin type and the different states your skin goes through. We have recently made a number of articles specifically on these topics. They explain how skin type and condition are related , how to tell if your skin is lacking in oil or moisture, and more. There are also care instructions for various needs in the blog. This will help you find out what your skin needs and what it reacts negatively to. And then take a close look at your current skin care routine. Are there any products that you are super happy with, or are there products that tend to disappoint you? Such insights provide good starting points for decluttering and shopping.
Step 2: Clean Out
We all know these impulse purchases in the supermarket. We often regret them quickly. Used once or twice, the bottles sit around forever. This is where sorting out really has a liberating effect. Ask yourself what you are not using because there is no need. Is there already a layer of dust on the eye cream, the lip scrub or the ointment for cracks? You can save on such products in the future. The day cream is empty, but the night cream is still half full? Then you can probably get by with one of these. Take the learnings from the decluttering to step #3.
Step 3: Shop sustainably
For minimalist skincare, choose your products more carefully. It's definitely worth taking a closer look. Instead of complex multi-step routines, you can get by with three or four products for the face and body. Even if they are a bit more expensive, you ultimately save money, space and resources.
Go for natural cosmetics. It contains ingredients that are full of active ingredients. Plant hydrolates provide moisture and at the same time have a calming or astringent effect. In contrast to mineral oils, vegetable oils provide skin-like lipids, vitamins and antioxidants that your skin can use for its regeneration. In this way, not only products but also ingredients can be reduced. The skin is happy because it copes much better with it.
Bye-bye irritations and sensitive skin!