3 Types of Minimalist Skincare Routines

For the longest time I didn’t have a real skincare routine. I haphazardly purchased cleansers and moisturizers from the drug store and my dermatologist hoping to improve my acne or keep it at bay. I took antibiotics for 2 years and was on birth control for 7 years all for the health of my skin. Little did I know I was not only harming my skin, but also my digestive system and overall health. Luckily, my career as a dietitian and involvement in CrossFit brought me to functional medicine, which has completely changed my life and opened my eyes. I have learned a ton about safer skincare options including lots of DIY skincare options (which aren’t for everyone), and I’m excited to share with you.

Skincare products can get expensive. I have gone through many safer skincare routines utilizing different products and some DIY recipes. Below you will find my recommendations for a minimalist approach for 3 different skin types as well as a few optional products and an alternative for a DIY toner since I know that’s not for everyone. It’s important to experiment with your products as well as your diet and lifestyle to find what truly supports your thriving skin, but below is a great place to start.

You will notice that many of the products below are from Beautycounter. There’s a reason for that. Like I said, I’ve experimented with many natural, safer skincare products and you can get the most bang for your buck AND the most safe & effective products from Beautycounter. I still utilize some other products and even make some of my own products, but I will always include Beautycounter in there because I love them, they work, and they last a long time. Plus, I support the mission of the company, which is to get safer personal are products into the hands of everyone. I support it so much that I am a consultant, which just means that I am available to help guide you in purchasing products. I also offer a free 30 minute better beauty consultation to get to know you better and help you find what works best for you. You can schedule that here by clicking Better Beauty Consult and choosing a time that works best for you.

Let’s get to the routines now!

The products I’m recommending below contain specific ingredients that are helpful for different skin types. I realize there are a lot of combination types out there. I myself have acne prone skin that I’m also getting concerned with aging. This impacts the products I use. My best advice is to experiment. Give a skincare routine at least one month and you can always branch out after that.  I give a full skincare routine as well as a minimalist routine for those looking to reduce costs or don’t feel that they will actually use all of the products. 

 

Acne Prone Skin

 

Cleanser: Charcoal Bar 

Toner: Mist Toner #3

or 1 part ACV and 5 parts water with 1 tsp calendula hydrosol

*I personally make my own toner and use rose hydrosol. It’s insanely easy to make and low cost. This allows me to spend more money on face oils and other serums my skin loves. See how I make it here. 

Moisturizer: Almond oil 

Optional

Face Oil: #3

 

Minimalist Routine Price (DIY Toner and No Face Oil): $46.70

Full Acne Prone Skin Routine (Toner and Face Oil): $140.95 

 

 

Dry/Combination Skin

 

Cleanser: Nourishing Cream Cleanser

Toner: #2

or 1 part ACV and 8 parts water with 1 tsp lavender hydrosol

*I personally make my own toner and use rose hydrosol. It’s insanely easy to make and low cost. This allows me to spend more money on face oils and other serums my skin loves. See how I make it here. 

Moisturizer: Countermatch 

Optional

Face Oil: #1

 

Minimalist Routine Price (DIY Toner and No Face Oil): $77.75

Full Dry/Combination Skin Routine (Toner and Face Oil): $177

 

Aging Skin

 

Cleanser: Rejuvenating Face Cleanser

Toner: #2

OR  1 part ACV and 6 parts water with 1 tsp rose hydrosol

*I personally make my own toner and use rose hydrosol. It’s insanely easy to make and low cost. This allows me to spend more money on face oils and other serums my skin loves. See how I make it here. 

Moisturizer:  Countermatch 

Optional

Face Oil: #2

 

 

Minimalist Routine Price (DIY Toner and No Face Oil): $95.25

Full Dry/Combination Skin Routine (Toner and Face Oil): $194

 

 

When I first switched over to less toxic, safer skincare (I tried quite a few brands) I was shocked to see how much the products cost. Then I began to notice that the products lasted me a lot longer than I thought they would. I also knew that I was making better choices for my skin and my health. While some of the prices may seem intimidating at first, I promise that the products are worth it. They are safe, tested, and constantly being improved. They will last and you won’t be constantly running to the drug store or to another product line to find something that works.

One thing I love about Beautycounter is their member option. When I first started using Beautycounter and realized I loved the products I signed up to be a Band of Beauty member right away. This allowed me to build up product credit every time I made a purchase. Eventually you end up getting certain products for free, you even get free shipping on orders over $100, and a free gift for signing up. The gift changes month to month, but is always something good!

 

 

I highly recommend becoming a Band of Beauty Member to take advantage of the additional gift AND get 15% back and free shipping on your orders over $100 – details below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I became a consultant with BeautyCounter because I love their products and I believe in their mission to get safer beauty products into the hands of everyone. I may receive commission for any products purchased through my site, which helps support my blog and other free content I share. Thank you for your support!

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