What is your current skin care routine order? Does it involve 5+ steps and take up a good bit of your morning and evening? What would it look like to have a minimalist approach to skincare? Could a minimalist approach be just as effective as lengthier skin care regimens?
We checked in with Anato’s founder, Celine, to get advice about what a potent yet minimalist skin care routine can look like.
Céline has an active lifestyle. When she isn’t in the studio making products, filling orders, and living out her role as a chief alchemist, she is found outdoors. Whether she is bike commuting, mountain biking, surfing, SUPing, or even windsurfing, all of her time outdoors, exposed to the elements has given her reason to categorize her skin type as dry. Remember it’s lifestyle plus genetics that define your skin type.
So hey, we figured a peek into Céline’s skin care routine order would shed some light into our minimalist yet effective skin care routine. When you use multifunctional products, infused with powerful plants, less can truly be more. See how below:
Céline’s Skin Care Routine Order for Dry Skin:
☼ Upon waking…
⤅ She starts by nourishing her morning skin with one of our elixirs. She opts for the regenerative rose elixir.
⤅ Next, she protects her skin for the day ahead with Anato’s ocean friendly sunblock.
☾ Before bed…
⤅ Céline cleanses her skin with one of our oils*, the baume réparateur, or will use the black cedar soap on particularly grimy days. Cleansing is a necessary step to remove the SPF and the day’s work.
⤅ She purifies and exfoliates her skin one time a week, with our kelp forest face mask**.
⤅ The final step is to moisturize with one of our elixirs. Céline loves the calming and grounding scent of the arborescent serum for evening time. But on especially dry days, she uses the baume reparateur.
Yes - skin care can and should be that simple.
Don’t have dry skin? We got you covered. We laid out the same routine for various skin types below. You will notice how similar they look - because all skin, despite its “type” serves the same purpose. Our skin acts as a barrier function to protect us from outside toxins. All skin types are yearning for nourishment, hydration, and balance.
Skin Care Routine Order for Oily/Combination Skin:
☼ Upon waking…
⤅ Cleanse with an elixir or oil based product*.
⤅ Nourish the skin with the regenerative rose elixir.
⤅ Protect with an ocean friendly sunblock.
☾ Before bed…
⤅ Cleanse with one of our elixirs*, or the Black Cedar Soap on particularly grimy days. This will remove the SPF, any makeup, and the day’s work.
⤅ Purify and exfoliate two to three times a week with the kelp forest face mask. The kelp forest face mask also works great as an overnight spot treatment for pimples.
⤅ Moisturize with the arborescent serum.
Skin Care Routine Order for Sensitive Skin:
☼ Upon waking…
⤅ Nourish the skin with one of our elixirs.
⤅ Protect your skin with Anato’s ocean friendly sunblock.
☾ Before bed…
⤅ Cleanse with one of our oils*, or use the Black Cedar Soap on particularly grimy days. This will remove the day’s hard work along with the SPF and any makeup.
⤅ Purify and exfoliate one time per week with the Kelp Forest Face Mask**.
⤅ Moisturize with one of our elixirs, or the baume réparateur if your skin is feeling itchy or particularly dry.
*How to use the oils or the baume as a cleanser = Apply a few drops of oil to your face and massage for at least 30 seconds. Dampen a reusable cotton round with warm water and gently pat away excess oil, dirt, and makeup. Please make sure you are not regularly using soap on your face. See how we deconstruct the myth of face wash.
**How to use the Kelp Forest Face Mask = For dry or sensitive skin, mix the mask with oil rather than water. For combo and oily skin, mix the mask with water, hydrosol, or some green tea. Don’t let the mask fully dry out on your skin. Mist it with water or hydrosol so you can prolong the experience without overly drying. The first time you use the Kelp Forest Face Mask do a sensitivity test on the inside of your arm.
But what about a toner? Is that a necessary part of the skin care routine order?
≈ A toner’s traditional function is to remove any leftover oil, dirt, or makeup.
⤅ The oil or balm cleansing method in a minimalist skincare routine does a thorough job at removing all dirt, oil, and makeup.
≈ Nowadays, many toners are formulated to give specific skin benefits.
⤅ When using a multifunctional skincare line, like Anato, you receive so many plant powered benefits from each step, thus making a toner redundant.
≈ The main ingredient in most toners is water. Some even have quite a bit of alcohol in them.
⤅ Anato does not want to sell water to our customers. Water is critical for healthy skin - from the inside out. Additionally, a shelf-stable product with water will inevitably have preservatives in it. Many of these preservatives are considered toxic. If you want to add water to your skin care routine, splash your face with lukewarm water before massaging the elixirs into your skin. This will provide the emulsion found in creams, without the fillers, preservatives, and other nasty additives.
⤅ And in regards to alcohol, alcohol is very drying and should be used on the skin very sparingly. It should never be used daily. Oily skin can handle some alcohol more so than dry or sensitive skin.
≈ Still craving a toner?
⤅ We believe you know your skin best, and if your skin is craving a toner, we have a simple echinacea toner DIY recipe for you. We recommend repurposing your empty 3-in-1 super sanitizer bottle.
1oz store bought, or DIY Echinacea Tincture
4oz Hydrosol of choice or distilled water
½ oz of store bought, or DIY Echinacea Tincture
2oz of hydrosol of choice or distilled water
Blend ingredients above. Use as a disinfectant for wounds, a toner for acne-prone or oily skin, or on a poison oak rash. Shake well before each use.
Have some extra time on a self-care Sunday?
Here are some optional add ons to your skin care routine. Order is flexible. They are suitable and beneficial to all skin types.
⤅ Jade Facial Rollers: This hand held tool, carved out of jade, brings fresh, nurturing blood flow to your skin’s surface. It can be used right after applying a serum to help drive the serum’s benefits deeper into your epidermis.
⤅ Facial Acupuncture: Licensed acupuncturists use very fine, painless needles to activate the “qi” in certain parts of your body. This practice can help slow down signs of aging in the body, including aging skin. Seek out a licensed practitioner to make a plan for your personal health.
⤅ Make a delicious sun protective smoothie after a long day spent outdoors. Hydrate your skin from the inside out with perennial plants that help to fight off sun-induced damage. See the delicious smoothie recipe here.
⤅ Try out an armpit detox. The Kelp Forest Face Mask shows off its multifunctional glory - as a purifying and nourishing face mask, as a spot treatment for pimples, AND as an armpit detox. Learn what an armpit detox is, and how to incorporate the practice into your self-care routine here.
For other holistic, anti-aging tips, check out our free guide “Natural Alternative To Anti-Aging Cosmetic Procedures” and incorporate new practices into your skin care routine order.
Benefits of a Minimalist Skin Care Routine:
⟡ Time Saving - less steps means less time getting ready in the morning, and less time prepping for bed.
⟡ Money Saving - when you buy one product that doubles as a cleanser and serum, you save money.
⟡ Less Waste - less products means less packaging gets thrown in the trash or recycling bin.
⟡ Simple is good for the mind! Less to remember, less to worry about.
A minimalist skin care routine order is one of many habits to pick up along your zero waste journey. It can be overwhelming to think of the many other zero-waste tips that would make our lifestyle more sustainable. Take our quiz to find out your next, or first, step on your zero waste journey, so you don’t have to do all the research, and make difficult decisions on your own.
More actionable steps for a minimalist lifestyle:
- Pursue a zero waste lifestyle. Small actions can have a big impact. Choose even a single step from our article, Easy Zero Waste Swaps for Everyday Life.
- Home organization advice - with a focus on minimalism in the bathroom - from a professional Bay Area home organizer.
- Take the Zero Waste Quiz to help you determine the best next step for you to reverse climate change.
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