There has been a remarkable growth in the beauty and skincare industry alongside the rise of various trends such as K-Beauty, booming celebrity skincare brands, clean beauty, and minimalist skincare, a.k.a skin minimalism.
With the refreshing skincare trend for 2021, people are now switching towards the minimalist skincare routine that only includes the basics such as cleanser, exfoliator, sunscreen, and moisturizer.
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In a recent report cited by The Cut, a top dermatologist recommends only having basic skincare products.
Dr. Orit Markowitz, MD, FAAD, who is also serving as Mount Sinai's Director of Pigmented Lesions and Skin Cancers, doesn't believe in having a ton of skincare steps. Instead, she likes to focus on sun care and hydration--most especially on aged skin.
With that, she revealed that you don't need a lot of beauty products in one go. This means that she veers away from skincare items such as essences, serums, face masks, and even toners.
In addition, Dr. Markowitz explains that most ingredients found on these products have a lot of preservatives and formulations that are too drying and harsh on the skin.
However, she cleared that this is only her preference, especially for aging skin.
"This doesn't mean these products are superfluous or not recommended for other skin types, but for my aging and dry skin, I stay clear and opt for more in-office treatments like lasers," she mentioned.
Her statement was also echoed by a report from Healthline.com stating that toners are unnecessary if you are using a cleanser with a low pH level.
Instead, the publication recommends using a gentle cleanser to preserve the skin's barrier alongside moisturizer with water-binding humectants and, most importantly, SPF.
As for Dr. Markowitz, she believes in quality versus quantity; hence, she advised reading the labels and educating yourself regarding the ingredients used in the products before incorporating them into your beauty routine.
"Anything written on a product label or that comes from the brand directly could be misleading, so it's important to find literature on the products."
When it comes to her top products, she vows on using three sunscreens that she keeps on rotation and adds probiotics to improve her skin's texture.
She shared that she has been taking probiotics for several years and could notice the improvement in her skin.
Since it is considered anti-inflammatory, the dermatologist mentioned that it had improved her gut health, and her skin feels now less dry and smoother.
For removing makeup, Dr. Markowitz vows on double-cleansing.
She uses Elemis' micellar water followed by Chanel's cleansing for both morning and nighttime.
The dermatologist mentioned that it's also a good product for prepping the skin before putting on makeup.
To keep her skin hydrated, she followed it up with Chanel Sublimage La Crème, which has been her go-to moisturizer for more than ten years.
As mentioned above, Dr. Markowitz is serious about protecting her skin from the harsh rays of the sun, and with that, she uses three skins of SPF.
She uses the Elta MD Tinted Sunscreen during winter, and it also doubles as a foundation, while in summer, she prefers lightweight products like Naturopathica as her everyday sunscreen.
While her makeup is done, she likes to top it off with a setting spray from COOLA that contains SPF 50 for that additional sun protection.
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