3 Reasons Why Less Is More When It Comes to Skincare

Keeping your routine simplified allows essential antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients to get to work in the long-term for a radiantly healthy complexion. Photo by PeopleImages/iStock/Getty Images Plus

With so many skincare products on the market, it can seem impossible to narrow down which options are best for your skin type. And, despite all of the options available, creating a simplified skincare routine can actually be more beneficial than a complicated one. Here are a few reasons why a minimalist approach will give you the glow you're looking for, according to the team at Beach House PR

1. Soothes sensitized skin. Used on its own, the occasional active-packed skin treatment, like an AHA or BHA chemical exfoliation, is unlikely to cause much harm. But, when layered with a daily or weekly cocktail of scrubs, serums, at-home peels, masks and moisturizers, it’s a recipe for overload. Skin can’t cope with an onslaught of harsh ingredients day after day. And that leads to red, blotchy, sensitive, irritated skin. A simpler (and quicker) routine is not only gentler on over-worked skin, it’ll open your eyes to the negative reactions an excessive regime causes. 

2. Saves your skin barrier. The reason for that sensitivity? The skin’s natural lipid barrier that keeps moisture sealed in and protects against irritants has been destroyed. Swapping layers of aggressive, barrier-stripping actives for soothing hydrators, emollients, niacinamide and fatty-acid rich oils restores moisture, and allows the barrier to repair. This means softer, plumper, hydrated, glowing skin.  

3. Gets better results. Slathering on retinol every night but not sure why you aren’t glowing? Aside from the irritation factor, some combinations of skincare ingredients just don’t mix. They either cancel each other out, or have such different functions that using them together isn’t efficient. Pimple-buster benzoyl peroxide, for example, can deactivate retinol. The same goes for vitamin C and retinol, which need wildly different pHs to work at their best. 

Keeping your routine simplified allows essential antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients to get to work in the long-term for a radiantly healthy complexion. Here are a few editor product picks that get the job done: