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The basics of minimalist skin care for more balanced and less sensitive skin

Minimalist skin care has nothing to do with laziness, but rather with not overloading the skin with unnecessary ingredients and thereby making it sensitive or sluggish. The ideal skin care should support the skin where its own protective mechanisms are not sufficient. The following tips will help you better understand your skin's needs and give it the right care. I promise you that you will easily make up for the eight minutes of reading time for this guide in the next few days because you can certainly reduce your care routine. So, let's get started.

Minimalist skin care for better skin balance

Photos by Laura Mitulla and Huha Inc.

Are 100 ingredients or more per day healthy for your skin?

The increase in sensitive skin has been a trend in industrialized countries for years and although not all of the causes are fully known, over-care seems to be the main trigger. Are you one of those people who use a variety of night and day creams, serums, isolated active ingredients and make-up? This means that over 100 different substances come onto your skin every day.

But minimalist skin care is not only useful for people with sensitive skin; every skin benefits from minimalist skin care that is supportive but not overwhelming. The result is balanced, robust and healthy skin. It is better protected from stimuli and environmental influences and therefore ages more slowly.

Sensitive skin is often a cause of over-care

To understand the effects of over-care on the skin, let's start with the structure of the skin . To illustrate the function of our skin's protective layers, I like to use the rain jacket. The material is water-repellent, but before you venture out into the rainstorm with it, you should also waterproof the jacket. The second layer extends the protection because double lasts better.

Your skin is structured in a very similar way: the first protection is the acid mantle that covers your skin. The sweat and fat mixture that is perfectly tailored to you protects your skin from all the nasty germs and bacteria that you encounter throughout the day.

  • But be careful, like waterproofing in the rain, this layer can also be easily washed away by washing several times a day.

The actual protective barrier is located in the top layer of skin – the skin barrier . You can imagine it as a kind of wall against external influences such as poisons, soaps, bacteria, etc. It consists of horny cells that are lined up like bricks. A mixture of the skin's own fats (lipids) and other substances holds it together. But this barrier can become holey and the stratum corneum can swell. Aggressive cleaning or excessive creaming literally causes the entire system to fall apart. What are the consequences?

  • Water that was stored in the deeper layers of the skin and makes your skin look so plump and youthful evaporates through the openings.
  • At the same time, nasty bacteria can now creep in and cause blackheads to sprout.

The result of over-care: The skin becomes sensitive, dry and impure. In addition, excessive care is often the cause of perioral dermatitis . Hello, sensitive skin!

Minimalist skin care for balanced skin

The good news: It doesn't have to stay that way. Your skin can recover and return to a balanced state. And you can help her with that. What you have to do for it? Unfortunately now it's going to be difficult because we have to practice doing nothing. Here are my five most important tips for minimalist skin care that meets your skin's needs.

1. Wash your face in the morning with water only

Washing gels and cleansing milk not only wash dirt from your skin, but also remove skin's own oils from your protective barrier. Many conventional products contain surfactants that are too harsh and natural cosmetic products often contain alcohol, which is absolutely not beneficial for the skin. Lukewarm water is completely sufficient for morning cleansing for every skin type.

If you would like to delve deeper into the topic, my detailed article on facial cleansing in the morning will be of interest to you.

In the evening, cleansing should be mild and still remove any residue from make-up, sunscreen and environmental influences. But what does mild mean? I recommend oil cleansing because it has a moisturizing effect and does not attack the skin barrier. For me personally, it was the game changer on my way to balanced skin. You'll be amazed at how easily mascara etc. can be removed with it.

Rule of thumb when cleaning your face: Use products that are so gentle that you don't feel like you have to apply cream afterwards.

2. Oil-free night care

While you dream blissfully about pink unicorns, your skin does all the work for you. It actually regenerates itself particularly quickly when you sleep and now - unlike during the day - does not need any protection from environmental influences or dirty hands on your face.

There are two philosophies when it comes to night care that couldn't be more different: Some people swear that the skin should be packed particularly richly. The others preach fat-free night care. This is explained as follows: Rich care seals your skin lightly (vegetable oils) to strongly (silicone, petroleum jelly, waxes) and thus prevents the evaporation of water from deeper layers of the skin. The result is great: plump skin in the morning! Unfortunately, the happiness only lasts for a short time because the effect is not lasting. If the seal is strong over the long term, your skin will forget how to balance itself. It becomes noticeably drier and therefore sensitive.

The oil-free night care, on the other hand, builds on the skin's natural ability to regenerate and nourishes it without sealing it off. Try it out for a few nights: After oil cleansing, use just a light moisturizing serum like our FIVE facial serum and let your skin regenerate carefree overnight.

3. Give your skin a fresh start

What applies at night for every skin type is also recommended during the day for sensitive skin. Maybe you once had a mimosa, those little houseplants that reflexively curl their leaves when touched. Sensitive skin is similarly sociable, no matter how well you mean it. She's dry, you apply cream. She becomes unclean, you wash. It starts all over again. A frustrating vicious circle begins until sometimes even water is too much.

But don't worry, unlike mimosa, your skin can do things differently. All you have to do is give her one thing to start with: rest. Instead of a cosmetic armada, she simply needs time to regenerate. Therefore, avoid cosmetics completely for at least three days . No washing gels, creams, skin toners etc. Only wash with lukewarm water. Do not rub too hard, do not apply cream. You should also avoid make-up if possible. I know this can be difficult, especially at work. But as soon as your skin regains its balance, it rewards you with an even complexion.

You can find detailed instructions for zero therapy in my article Rosskur – The emergency plan for your stressed skin .

Even after zero therapy, the following applies: less is more. Let your skin do its work in peace. Reduce your care and switch to products with few but high-quality ingredients. Our own natural cosmetic products were born out of my need for balanced skin. All products contain a maximum of five selected ingredients that help your skin find its balance again.

Pure natural cosmetics from FIVE. Maximum 5 ingredients , vegan. Experience natural cosmetics without additives.

4. Do not apply too thickly

You can already see that sensitive skin is no coincidence. It is usually the result of over-care. But it's not just too many ingredients that irritate the skin. You can also mean too well with the quantity. If you apply creams or oils too much, they cause the stratum corneum to swell. Bacteria can penetrate more easily, multiply and cause holes in the barrier. Therefore, use the care very sparingly and do not use the products more than twice a day.

5. Take it Easy

Some problems with our skin result from factors that we cannot – or do not want to – change. Sensitive skin is at least partly genetic. Things that make life difficult (stress) or worth living for (paaartyyy) also leave their mark on sensitive skin. You can hardly influence a lot of it and if you do try, it often creates additional stress. Therefore: Take it easy and start with small steps. To start, pick one tip you want to try. And when you notice how good it is for your skin, a second one usually comes naturally.

Conclusion: Minimalist skin care in five steps

I hope that you have found some ideas for minimalist skin care. It not only protects your skin, but also your wallet and the environment.

  1. To cleanse your face in the morning, only use lukewarm water .
  2. In the evening, your skin will be happy about an oil cleansing and an oil-free night care.
  3. Give your skin a reset if it's totally out of balance.
  4. Use products with few ingredients and apply them sparingly.
  5. Step-by-step: Nothing happens overnight. Every change takes time.

A high-five to minimalist skincare!
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