16 Minimalist Skin & Hair Care Tips: Why Less is More

To me, minimalist skin and hair care is about highlighting our unique features instead of hiding them or altering them. Therefore, everyone’s beauty routine will be very different. It took me years to find the routine that works for me and makes me look and feel my best, and today I want to share it with you.

1. Long-lasting shampoo & conditioner

My minimalist hair care routine starts in the evening when I take a shower and wash my hair. I take body showers every day, even twice a day sometimes, but I only wash my hair every three to five days.

I have trained my hair to require less washing over the years, and with this schedule, I did notice that my hair falls out less and it gets less oily.

I use the Aloe and Dittany shampoo by Korres, as well as their conditioner. I love Korres products because the smell is not overpowering, and since a little bit goes a long way, their products last a really long time for me. For the conditioner, I just use a tiny bit for the tips of my hair.

Minimalist hair care

2. Cold rinse

Once a hairstylist told me to do a cold rinse at the end of every shower for stronger and shinier hair, and this really stuck with me. It is such a simple little step, but I do see all the benefits that she mentioned. I always finish with a cold rinse.

3. Sleeping in a bun

After the shower, I normally sleep with damp hair in a bun to add some natural texture to my hair. The messier the bun, the more natural it looks. Sometimes I touch up on the curls in the morning, but prepping my hair this way overnight saves me a lot of time.

Wrapping hair in an absorbant towel

4. Absorbant towel

My sister gave me a hair towel from Aquis. If you have long hair like mine, you know it is such a hassle to blow dry your hair, not to mention the heat damage.

However, this towel absorbs a lot of the moisture in advance, which helps cut my hair drying time in half. Sometimes I will not even blow dry my hair and just let it air dry.

5. Minimalist skincare

Compared to my nighttime routine, my morning minimalist skincare routine is relatively quick and easy. Normally, I will just use my face cleanser, but if I do have the time, I will do a face mask or exfoliate after my shower. 

Using perilla powder on skin

6. Perilla powder

I have also been using something called perilla powder: I take a little bit of the powder, add some water to it and massage this milky paste onto my skin.

My mom actually is the first to introduce me to this, but after doing some research, it seems like perilla seed and perilla powder are packed with vitamins and minerals. Moreover, and most importantly, my sensitive skin seems to love it.

7. SPF

I live in Hawaii, which is near the equator, so I always make sure to apply my SPF and try to stay moisturized all throughout the day. My skin type is very oily, so I use a light moisturizer with a built-in SPF.

Brushing hair with a wooden comb

8. Wooden comb

Going back to my hair, I brush it out with a wooden comb, which is really gentle on my hair and honestly feels like a scalp massage. I always take my sweet time doing this because this process is so therapeutic for me.

9. No unnecessary hair products

I stopped coloring my hair years ago and stopped using any hair products like dry shampoo, hair masks, or serums. Not only does this help save me a lot of money, but also I notice that I do not miss any of these products.

10. Cold blow-dry

If I have to leave the house and my hair is still damp, I expedite the drying process by blow-drying it with cold air.

11. Coconut oil

Afterward, I apply a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of my hair, and whatever is left over, I apply it everywhere else.

Applying skin tint

12. Skin tint

For my foundation, I use Ilia's Super Serum Skin Tint. I am the perfect mix between two different shades, Kokkini and Porto Ferro. It has really sheer coverage, but it is enough to even out my skin tone and just add a touch of a healthy glow.

13. Less-is-more approach

My skin has always been one of my biggest insecurities. I had bad acne growing up, which resulted in deep acne scars, and I tried everything on the market to fix it or cover it up.

Ironically, I noticed that my skin only started to heal after I stopped putting so many chemicals on it. Time was what I really needed. This is why I am taking the “less is more” approach when it comes to my beauty routine.

14. Cheek & lip tint

When I want to add a touch of color, I will use Ilia's Color Haze cheek and lip tint. Stutter is my favorite shade: it is a burnt orange color, and it really compliments my skin tone.

15. Minimalist makeup

Some other essential steps include filling in my eyebrows, curling my lashes, and applying a few coats of mascara. This is my typical everyday look, whether I am going to the office or going out to lunch with the family.

Minimalist skin and hair care

16. Face-framing curls

Lastly, as I have already mentioned, I sometimes add curls to my hair, especially in the front, just to frame my face. I roughly section my hair into big vertical pieces and curl it away from my face.

As I go into my thirties, I realize that I do not need to spend a lot of money or time to feel put together. I am just learning to love all the little features that make me unique.

Minimalist skin and hair care

I hope you have enjoyed following me on my hair and skincare routine. What is yours like? Are there any essential steps you never miss? Leave a comment below!

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