The Ultimate Minimalist Skincare Guide

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We all want to be proactive about caring for our skin and fighting the signs of aging, but few of us have the time to dedicate to complicated skincare regimens. The good news is that caring for your skin doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming! In fact, if you’re spending more than 10 minutes on your skincare routine in an average day, you’re probably overdoing it and may be causing more harm than good. When it comes to flawless skincare, less is more. That’s why we recommend a minimalist skincare regimen that emphasizes just the essentials.

A minimalist skincare routine can work for skin types of all ages. You can fight the signs of aging at any age, but the younger you start, the more of an advantage you’ll give yourself long-term. Over time, the vibrancy and elasticity of your skin will naturally diminish, creating the appearance of fine lines, bags, and wrinkles. You can slow this process by maintaining a healthy routine that replenishes your skin’s essential nutrients, combats excess sebum, and promotes hydration.

The minimalist four-prong approach is simple: Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and finish. Repeat twice a day — That’s it!

Our Minimalist Skincare Routine Step-by-Step

Step 1: Cleanse

A hassle-free, easy skincare routine should always start with a high-quality all-natural facial cleanser. Minimalist skincare includes a quality cleanser because it lays the foundation for all the products that follow. Otherwise, you’re just spreading nutrients over a dirty surface that can’t absorb the powerful ingredients you’re applying. Excess dirt and clogged pores may also keep sebum production at an unhealthy level and dry out your skin, further contributing to the very types of long-term damage you’re trying to prevent.

Bottle of Biologique Recherche Lait EV cleanser.

Our Recommendation: Lait E.V. by Biologique Recherche. This cleansing milk is rich with fortifying vitamins, nourishing fatty acids, and all-natural botanicals that clean beneath the surface while retaining the skin’s moisture. It’s ideal for any minimalist skincare regimen that emphasizes anti-aging, as it was developed by one of the best skincare brands in the industry, using state-of-the-art biotechnology that promotes healthy cell turnover and purifies the skin. To apply Lait E.V., just massage a small amount into the palm of your hand and apply directly to your face, neck, and décolleté.

Step 2: Exfoliate

Once your skin is clean, the next important step in your minimalist skincare routine is to remove dead skin cells and eliminate any barriers that might prevent your skincare products from penetrating beneath the surface. Exfoliating also helps to unclog pores, inhibiting excess oil production and enabling your skin to better retain its natural moisture. Exfoliation is especially important for adults over 25, as that’s about the age when the skin’s natural healing and regeneration abilities start to slow.

Bottle of Biologique Recherche Lotion P50v 1970 exfoliator.

Our Recommendation: Biologique Recherche’s exfoliators and toners, like Lotion P50, have been a cult skincare sensation for over 40 years, popularly referred to as being “like a facial in a bottle.” Lotion P50V 1970 is modeled after the original P50 formula, and it’s one of the best exfoliating products on the market. While other products just exfoliate, Biologique Recherche P50 exfoliates, hydrates, and renews the skin, speeding up cellular turnover to counteract issues like wrinkles, fine lines, and dark circles and promote an optimal pH balance. At Ciel Spa, we use this groundbreaking solution as the basis of all our high-end spa treatments, and we recommend it as a foundation for any minimalist skincare plan.

Step 3: Moisturize

Even if your cleanser and exfoliator are designed to address hydration, it’s still important to add a natural face cream that promotes all-day moisture to your minimalist skincare routine. Retaining your skin’s natural moisture is the single most important thing you can do to slow the signs of aging. If you’ve already exfoliated, your moisturizer should be able to penetrate deep beneath the epidermis, providing softness and radiance that lasts.

Bottle of Biologique Recherche Creme Hydravit’s.

Our Recommendation: Creme Hyradravit’s. When you’re looking to achieve a youthful complexion that’s immediately evident, this should be your go-to product. Suitable for all skin types (including sensitive skin), this soothing face cream is formulated with all-natural ingredients like thermal algae and yeast extracts. The ingredients brighten, hydrate, and energize the skin, leaving it soft to the touch and promoting lasting hydration that helps you to maintain your youthful complexion. Make it a part of your minimalist skincare routine.

Step 4: Finishing Serum

This is the step that most people overlook, but it can make a huge difference for long-term youthful radiance. That’s why we’ve included it among our minimalist skincare recommendations. A natural finishing serum simply reinforces the steps you’ve already taken and provides an additional layer of nutrients according to your unique skincare needs. There are targeted serums for hydration, for acne control, and of course, for anti-aging.

Bottle of Biologique Recherche Serum Elastin Pure finishing serum.

Our Recommendation: Serum Elastine Pure. The innovators at Biologique Recherche have developed several groundbreaking Biologique Recherche serums, but Serum Elastine Pure is one of their best for supporting a glowing, youthful complexion. Formulated with powerful botanicals like hydrolyzed elastin, this cutting-edge formula is designed to treat and prevent fine wrinkles, expression lines, and creases around the eyes and mouth. It’s suitable for all skin types — which makes it a fantastic minimalist skincare solution! — and it supports a younger-looking appearance both short-term and long-term.

Your Minimalist Skincare Solution

The process of actually applying these solutions is easy. Start with your cleanser, then follow with your exfoliator, moisturizer, and serum. Do this twice a day, and experience the difference!

Of course, any minimalist skincare routine will also require some good lifestyle habits, so be sure to eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids (like those found in fish), carotenoids (like those found in sweet potatoes) and healthy fats (like those found in avocados) to promote optimal skin health. Be sure to also wear a high-SPF sunscreen whenever you leave the house—even if it’s not summer!

There may be no fountain of youth, but that doesn’t mean you just have to let nature take its course. Set aside just a few minutes a day for your minimalist skincare routine, and let nature work in your favor.

COVID-19 Update

During this national health crisis, self-care is more important than ever. To help keep our staff and clients safe, we have adjusted our hours to 10 a.m to 2 p.m, Monday through Friday. During this time we will offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment but, unfortunately, will not be able to provide our regular spa services including facials and massages. We will continue to fulfill online orders, and in-store purchases will be delivered through curbside pickups.


Be Well,
The Ciel Spa Team