You may or may not have noticed this, but some of the most powerful high-flyer people of today all share one distinctive quality – simplicity of fashion choices. Steve Jobs for instance, always wore a black mock turtleneck, blue jeans, and New Balance sneakers. Carrie Donovan, former fashion editor of three of the most relevant magazines (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times) always wore simple black clothes, big glasses, and pearls. The reason behind this is quite simple – they wasted no time deciding between numerous options. They only serve to spoil us, prolong the decision-making time and ultimately turn our focus from the big picture – the things that are truly important in life.
The same principle these clever and insightful people adopted in regards to fashion can be applied to skin care and beauty. When you’re focused on your goals, career objectives, and self-improvement, you don’t want to waste precious time with extensive skin care and makeup routines. Luckily, narrowing down your choices absolutely doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to great skin. The key to having it all – amazing skin that doesn’t come at the expense of time and money waste is minimalism.
In order to get the most from your minimal skincare lies in the carefully curated number and type of products. This regimen revolves around two concepts – simple and effective; therefore, the focus is to be placed on a small selection of multi-purpose effective products that enable you to put in minimum effort but get maximum results. So, let’s see what the proper way to go about this is, do some merciless editing and save you the precious time that will be put to better use.
Rise and shine
Morning is here and just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your morning essentials are here so the skin can have a strong and energized start as well. Kick things off by simply washing the face with warm water and include no products whatsoever. Your skin rejuvenates and regenerates itself during sleep and it requires no particular cleansing aside from a splash of water.
After that, the focus is placed on two things – time management and protection. There are many redundant products out there, but sunblock definitely doesn’t fall under the ‘unnecessary category’. The consequence of exposure to the harmful ultraviolet (UV) light is dry, leathery skin and the worst-case scenario is skin cancer. The one thing all dermatologists agree on is the importance of slathering the skin with sunblock all year round. However, moisturizer is also important and that is why a true minimalist will always err on the side of an all-encompassing product such as Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF30 that both protects and locks in moisture. When becoming a minimalist, it’s paramount to eliminate products of questionable quality and only go for renowned, longstanding and brands developed by actual dermatologists, and Skinceuticals is all that and more.
Now, before you head out, you could take the time to grace the lashes with a hint of mascara and a great summer nude lipstick, or you can go makeup-free, embrace the beauty of your tiny flaws and wear them with confidence. It’s the little imperfections that make you all the more unique and gorgeous.
Just before bedtime
The minimalist evening skin care regimen definitely lives up to its ‘minimal’ tittle. There are only two steps involved. The first one is a nice gentle cleanser to wash away the struggles of the day and unveil the victories. Quality natural products are definitely the way to go, and one of them is the Caolion foam cleanser, that not only serves as a thorough cleanser but also balances the skin’s pH levels.
After that there is only one power product your skin needs – retinol. In the words of dermatologists: “There is no magic bullet for perfect skin, but retinol comes pretty close.” The name may indicate that this is a complex synthetic product but in reality, it’s simply a vitamin A derivative that promotes cell renewal and collagen production. It’s there to put the beauty back in beauty sleep and provide you with a fresh morning face that with a sprinkle of water and some protection is ready to conquer the day that’s ahead of you. Perfect skin with only four steps and three products – it’s simplicity at its finest.
Author BIO: Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and style blogger, graphic designer and DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, natural skin care and yoga. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Over the years she wrote pieces for: Viva Glam Magazine, Eco Warrior Princess, How to Simplify, LA Fashion and Just Haves. Twitter Google +
I hope you enjoyed the tips by Sophia (one of our new bloggers) on caring for your outer beauty in a easy and quality way – as we at Empower The Dream focus on helping you create the passionate dreams, lifestyle and business so you can impact the world in a positive way. We call this Feminine Mastery.