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Minimalist vs Luxe Skincare

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Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and the first thing people see when they meet you. While resilient, it’s also vulnerable to damage from internal and external stress, as well as sun exposure and unhealthy diet and behaviors like excessive smoking and drinking.

Still, not everyone wants to spend a lot of time on their skincare regimen. Sometimes, it’s more tempting to just slip into bed and forget about the day’s makeup; however, not adequately caring for your skin can do more harm than good. Sleeping with the day’s makeup leaves dirt and grime trapped on the surface of the skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

Whether you’re a day-at-the-spa kind of person or a wash-and-go type, the following tips will ensure that you’re giving your skin everything it needs to look and feel its healthiest. For optimal skin health, it’s crucial to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin twice per day—even if you do nothing else. The following skincare regimens offer two versions depending on your preferences, the basic and advanced steps to achieving a healthy and well-balanced complexion.

Cleansing

Minimalist:

Choose a cleanser for your skin type, and cleanse in the sink once when you wake up and once before bedtime. Pat dry.

Luxe:

Choose a cleanser based on skin type. Morning and night, use tepid water to first warm your face and open up the pores. Then, add cleanser to your hands. Using the fingertips or the surface of the dampened sponges, apply gentle pressure while making circular movements across the skin. Cleanse for one minute. Rinse clean and repeat (only if wearing makeup). Pat dry.

Toning

Minimalist:

After cleansing, apply toner (for your skin type) to a cotton pad and swipe quickly over congested areas.

Luxe:

Following cleansing, add toner to a cotton pad and swipe gently over the skin (concentrating on the t-zone and areas prone to clogged pores) in upward motions. Repeat this process until the cotton comes up clean. For a cooling sensation, fan your face to help the toner dry on the surface of your skin.

Moisturizing

Minimalist:

During the day, apply a moisturizer to the face, avoiding the eye area. For added protection, use a formula with sun protection. In the evening, apply night cream.

Luxe:

After applying a day serum, massage moisturizer onto areas of the face, neck and décolletage, avoiding the eye area. Use sweeping motions. During the day, use a product with adequate sun protection. Apply body lotion and hand cream to stay thoroughly moisturized from head to toe. In the evening, after applying serum, like our Vitamin C Serum or Peptide Renewal Serum, use a nourishing night cream on areas of the face, neck and décolletage—massaging into the skin. Also work body lotion into areas like elbows, knees, hands and feet.

Masks

Minimalist:

Once per week, apply an appropriate treatment mask with the fingers to areas of the face. Wash off, and apply toner and moisturizer.

Luxe:

Apply treatment masks up to three times per week with a fanned brush. Allow to settle into skin for recommended time. Rinse thoroughly and apply toner, then moisturizer.

Exfoliating

Minimalist:

Once per week, substitute your regular facial cleanser with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser.

Luxe:

Up to three times per week, use an exfoliating scrub on the face and body. Work the scrub into your skin using gentle pressure and circular motions. If you are experiencing acne breakouts, substitute your regular facial cleanser with Glycolic Foaming Cleanser up to three times per week, depending on skin type.

Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. For best results, remember to cleanse, tone, and moisturize twice daily.

Author: Sara Kosmyna

I'm a freelance writer, makeup artist and brow expert with nearly ten years of professional experience in the beauty industry. Eating healthy, trying new beauty products and writing personal essays are a few of my favorite things. I can usually be found roaming the magazine aisles of bookstores or sitting at the café compulsively shopping online for shoes, books, clothes, and makeup. If I went to the gym as often as I talked about wanting to start exercising, I would have a 12-pack by now. I believe that having a good skincare regimen and expertly groomed eyebrows are two cornerstones to being naturally beautiful.