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SKINIMALISM: Back to the Basic Essentials

Skinimalism (derived from Skin + Minimalism) is a new approach to skin care that means minimizing the number of products or ingredients to achieve healthy, and natural looking skin [1]. It boils down to two approaches: first, cutting back on the number of products to just the few essentials and reducing the potential effects of products layered on skin; and second, using products with the mildest and fewest ingredients in order to maintain the skin’s natural state and its microbiota [2]. The most important skin care routine can even be broken down to 3 to 4 steps only [4].


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06 juil. 2023

and yet this is written by a skin maximalist haha

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