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Do you really, really need that 10-step skincare routine?

Do you really, really need that 10-step skincare routine?

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There must be an easier way.

There must be an easier way.

Do you really, really need that 10-step skincare routine?
The beauty industry has us believing there is a product to solve any and every skincare concern you can think of. There is basically a serum, mask or cream (or a combination of the three and maybe a few extras thrown in) for any of your problems. So, we’re left asking ourselves:  Do I really need 10 or more products to have an effective skincare routine?

As a beauty editor, I have been down the 10, 12 and even 15-step skincare path a few times. At the time, I was lucky enough to have endless access to copious amounts of cleansers, serums, oils, creams, exfoliators, masks, essences and mists that were sent to me. It was my job to test and try as many of the products that landed on my desk as possible. But what happens when you’re just a normal consumer who actually has to spend your hard-earned cash on endless amounts of beauty products? Being bombarded on a daily basis with the next new miracle product to add to your routine that promises “smooth, poreless and perfectly soft “ skin might leave you feeling a bit influenced. Is more really better when it comes to the pursuit of flawless skin?

Wants vs. needs

There are plenty of people out there who will happily spend huge amounts of cash on elaborate skincare routines. In a world where we are all looking to prioritise self-care, a lengthy, pampering skincare routine might just be the solution for you. If that is you, we are not going to tell you otherwise or try and stop you (but please just remember to recycle your empties).

For those of us who find skincare exhausting and expensive (that includes me) you can rest assured that an elaborate and often time consuming beauty routine is in fact not the secret to eternal youth.

Everyone’s skin is different and there is no one solution or routine that works for everyone. It is important that you come to understand what your skin likes and what works for you. For one individual that could mean layering 10 products over each other with no issues and for another it can easily trigger irritation and sensitivity. And when you have 10 different products with different ingredients and formulations it makes it very hard to pinpoint what the triggers may be.

It’s always quality over quantity

Speak to any dermatologist and they will echo that sentiment. A few carefully chosen, quality products combined with consistent application is your most effective skincare routine. The products you choose should each have a specific purpose and you should know what that purpose is. And it turns out it is entirely possible to have a basic skincare routine made up of three to four products. A must is a good, gentle cleanser and this step should not be skipped. Think of it as the foundation to your routine.

The next non-negotiable is sunscreen. It’s the only true anti-aging treatment out there – if you skip this step you might as well skip the rest of your routine.

Serums are necessary when things get a bit more serious – a good vitamin C or antioxidant in the am will give your skin a great boost. At night an active ingredient like a retinol will help regenerate and boost cell turnover. Throw in a good moisturiser and you’re set.

Our final bit of advice: price doesn’t always dictate quality. You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to have a good skincare routine. Sure, certain ingredients like retinoids and antioxidants can be a bit more costly, but with a bit of knowledge and research you will be able to find good quality, effective products that won’t blow your budget.

The beauty industry has us believing there is a product to solve any and every skincare concern you can think of. There is basically a serum, mask or cream (or a combination of the three and maybe a few extras thrown in) for any of your problems. So, we’re left asking ourselves:  Do I really need 10 or more products to have an effective skincare routine?

As a beauty editor, I have been down the 10, 12 and even 15-step skincare path a few times. At the time, I was lucky enough to have endless access to copious amounts of cleansers, serums, oils, creams, exfoliators, masks, essences and mists that were sent to me. It was my job to test and try as many of the products that landed on my desk as possible. But what happens when you’re just a normal consumer who actually has to spend your hard-earned cash on endless amounts of beauty products? Being bombarded on a daily basis with the next new miracle product to add to your routine that promises “smooth, poreless and perfectly soft “ skin might leave you feeling a bit influenced. Is more really better when it comes to the pursuit of flawless skin?

Wants vs. needs

There are plenty of people out there who will happily spend huge amounts of cash on elaborate skincare routines. In a world where we are all looking to prioritise self-care, a lengthy, pampering skincare routine might just be the solution for you. If that is you, we are not going to tell you otherwise or try and stop you (but please just remember to recycle your empties).

For those of us who find skincare exhausting and expensive (that includes me) you can rest assured that an elaborate and often time consuming beauty routine is in fact not the secret to eternal youth.

Everyone’s skin is different and there is no one solution or routine that works for everyone. It is important that you come to understand what your skin likes and what works for you. For one individual that could mean layering 10 products over each other with no issues and for another it can easily trigger irritation and sensitivity. And when you have 10 different products with different ingredients and formulations it makes it very hard to pinpoint what the triggers may be.

It’s always quality over quantity

Speak to any dermatologist and they will echo that sentiment. A few carefully chosen, quality products combined with consistent application is your most effective skincare routine. The products you choose should each have a specific purpose and you should know what that purpose is. And it turns out it is entirely possible to have a basic skincare routine made up of three to four products. A must is a good, gentle cleanser and this step should not be skipped. Think of it as the foundation to your routine.

The next non-negotiable is sunscreen. It’s the only true anti-aging treatment out there – if you skip this step you might as well skip the rest of your routine.

Serums are necessary when things get a bit more serious – a good vitamin C or antioxidant in the am will give your skin a great boost. At night an active ingredient like a retinol will help regenerate and boost cell turnover. Throw in a good moisturiser and you’re set.

Our final bit of advice: price doesn’t always dictate quality. You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to have a good skincare routine. Sure, certain ingredients like retinoids and antioxidants can be a bit more costly, but with a bit of knowledge and research you will be able to find good quality, effective products that won’t blow your budget.

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