Why we should all be embracing the ‘slow skincare’ trend…

Why we should all be embracing the ‘slow skincare’ trend…

We live in a world where everything comes to us thick and fast. As Ariana says, we see it, we like it, we want it, we got it.

Over the past couple of years ‘fast fashion’ has been put under spotlight and criticised for its encouragement of excessive consumption and the negative effects that it has on both individuals (impacting their financial situation with the need to keep up with the latest trends ) and on the planet. As a result, more people have been adapting their habits to embrace ‘slow fashion’, by reducing the amount of clothes they purchase and making more sustainable choices.

More recently I have also noticing increasing discussion around ‘slow skincare’ and how we can adapt some of the key factors of ‘slow fashion’ for the world of beauty.

What is slow skincare?

Slow skincare is the trend of stripping back excessive skincare routines and purchases in an attempt to overcome unnecessary consumption that may negatively impact our skin, the planet and our purse strings.

Some of the benefits of slow skincare include…

Better skin…

Overusing products, or using too many different products and incompatible ingredients in one routine, can have a negative impact on your skin and has the potential to cause skin sensitivity, irritation and a compromised skin barrier.

Products containing active ingredients are often recommended to be used for a full month before you see an overall, cumulative effect but if you’re switching up your products every other night you may not reap the full benefits. If you’ve tried a product once or twice and then put it aside because you didn’t notice a difference, you may just need to stick with it a little longer and take it slow.

Stripping back to a simpler routine and using up one full product at a time rather than switching between them regularly may calm confused and stressed out skin.

Better bank balance…

In an age of skincare influencers (or ‘skinfluencers’), with Instagram pages and YouTube channels dedicated to all things skincare, it can be tempting to try and keep up with the pack.  You may think you need every new skincare product that launches. But you don’t. No ones does. We only have ONE FACE. Some skincare accounts will show you a new product every day, but how many products can one person use up? I’m always a little sceptical…

My point is, by practicing slow skincare we can take a step back, think about what our skin really needs, and save a little money. Try not to be tempted by every new hyped up product that is released.

Better planet… 

It may not be the most obvious place to start but there are some simple steps you can take to help make your skincare journey more sustainable. By reducing the amount of unnecessary skincare products we purchase we’re more likely to use up the products we have right to the end, before they need to be thrown away half used and out of date. Every little helps.

As a skincare blogger/PR…

I have definitely been guilty of having too many products on the go. Just as a fashion blogger wants to share new clothes, a skincare blogger wants to share new skincare. But more recently I have been understanding the importance of the effect it can have. I’m making sure I use products up to the end before switching in and swapping out.

I’ve started adapting a slower, more structured approach to my skincare routine and making more considered purchases. I think my skin, and my bank balance, has appreciated it.

Would you consider embracing a slower, stripped back skincare routine?

 

Want to learn more? Read these…

This Instagram post by @jordansamuelskin: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEXB44vAnyQ/

Glamour: https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/what-is-slow-beauty

Byrdie: https://www.byrdie.com/slow-beauty-brands-5025097

Harpers Bazaar: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/beauty/skincare/a34010271/using-less-skincare/

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