A minimalist's approach to beauty and grooming is simple:
Go through your bathroom drawer and vanity cabinet and take out everything. Separate the hygienic and well-being essentials from the beauty products and then check the expiration dates. Toss any expired items (a no-brainer) and opened products that you haven't used in over a month. Chances are you didn’t like the product enough to be using it on a daily or weekly basis. Evaluate what’s left and keep only the essentials that work for your skin.
Take a look at the ingredient list and if you don’t recognize an ingredient, do a quick Google search. Your skin absorbs roughly 60 percent of what you apply on it so knowing what to avoid is key. Most cosmetic manufacturers use synthetic ingredients as fillers or as cheap substitutes for their natural counterpart to decrease production costs. Small-batch artisanal products may seem pricier at first, but remember, you are investing in your skin. As for the price difference, you actually use less of the quality stuff because the formulations are created with higher potency.
Just because a product contains a chemical ingredient doesn’t mean it’s bad. Sometimes it’s necessary. For example, if you prefer the consistency of lotion over body butter then know that it must contain a chemical preservative to prevent it from developing harmful bacteria, molds, and yeasts. If consistency is not a concern, opt for plant-based products made without water.
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