Less Is More: The Ultra-Simple Minimalist Skincare Routine

4-Step Skincare

Less is more when it comes to skincare. Studies have found that most women deal with sensitive skin, and the numbers are growing. Just under two decades ago, in 2001, studies found that one in two women had sensitive skin, but recent research from a Farage MA study in 2009 shows that over 75% of women complained of sensitive facial skin, while over 60% had sensitive body skin. 

Now, these numbers are emerging as personal stories of trial, error, and derm-based heartache across the world. Recently, VICE reported on May 6 that more and more women — tired of expensive, extensive multi-step skincare routines — are opting for a minimalist approach to skincare following frustration from the lack of results.  VICE spoke with 10 dermatologists to discuss further, confirming that indeed, less number of products used, as well as less fragrance and chemicals, goes along way to improving skin conditions. “Patients will come in and tell me they have one kind of cleanser for the day, another for the night, toner, spot treatments, some sort of oil, some kind of antioxidant cream, a facial brush, which usually makes acne worse—just a ton of stuff,” Rachael Cayce, a board-certified dermatologist at the Los Angeles-based DTLA Derm, said. “I see 30 patients a day and I’m having this conversation with 15 of them. Usually what I’m doing is just decreasing their products.”

Sensitive skin has special concerns. Even mild fragrances, colors or synthetic ingredients can cause redness, irritation, drying or acne. So opt for a simple routine that’s kind to your skin made from nothing but clean ingredients that are clinically proven to be hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and fragrance free. Enter: the everclēn 4-step skin care line. Just ONE cleanser, toner, moisturizer and eye cream gentle enough for everyday use. Say hello to a routine that gives you supple, nourished and naturally radiant skin (and that doesn't break the bank!) 

STEP #1: Start with Facial Cleanser 

First things first: you need a cleanser that’s gentle enough to use a couple of times per day, but that effectively removes dirt and makeup. everclēn’s Facial Cleanser softly eliminates unwanted gunk without stripping the skin of natural oils or clogging pores. Massage your face in circular motions with this light, creamy cleanser, both morning and night, to restore your skin’s natural pH balance and get back your original glow. 

STEP #2: Hydrate with Facial Toner 

Deal with seasonally dry skin, work long hours, or need a hydrating pick-me-up for your skin? everclēn’s Facial Toner works wonders to provide instant moisture to nourish and condition your complexion. Use it after cleansing and before you moisturize — or any time during the day when your skin feels thirsty. (Bonus trick: mists on beautifully over makeup to set your look and give you healthy radiance throughout your day.) 

STEP #3: Quench Dryness with Face Cream 

Moisturizing properly is the single most important thing you can do for your skin to keep it feeling soft and supple, always. The top trick to know? You can’t skimp and go straight to makeup — moisturize morning and night for best results. everclēn’s Face Cream contains calming essential oils and botanicals to help soften and soothe skin, without irritation. (And don’t forget your neck! Smooth the cream on twice per day to give your complexion the hydration it deserves.)  

STEP #4: Beat Bags and Puffiness with Eye Cream 

We all deal with under-eye bags or puffiness from late nights, early mornings and life stress. The good news is you can get ahead of it. Skin around your eyes is particularly delicate and sensitive, so combat the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffy eyes with a heavy, nourishing cream. Dab a small amount of everclēn’s Eye Cream to help moisturize, firm and tone this tender area. (Hint: this is a great piece for travel, small enough to slip inside any carry-on bag, and essential to eliminating travel-related under-eye bags.)