So often in beauty we think in stages, layers and routines. I mean, a solid diet is the cornerstone of your skincare routine, isn’t it? Well, maybe we took it to be a little too stiff: the attempts to add structure to our list of things to do in beauty, we forgot that these steps should take place together, feel organic and work together.
Concrete example? Moisturize your body after taking a shower.
This derm wants you to think of cleansing and moisturizing in one step.
Certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, is one of our favorite skincare experts-so when she gives advice, we listen. Well, in a recent episode of our beauty podcast Clean Beauty School, when she was asked what her advice was, it was incredibly simple: “if I were to move on to the most important step I think you can take to protect your skin barrier: it’s to think about cleansing and moisturizing in one step,” Bowe says.
The problem is that if you mentally separate the two actions, you may not be inclined to finish the second. “Often people go out of the shower and they will dry with a towel and they will get dressed. And if you just took a moment and put your body moisturizer and face moisturizer in the bathroom—in seconds, moments after tapping-do amazing things for that skin barrier, feed your microbiome and capture that moisture. “We can even go so far as to recommend keeping your body moisturizer in the shower so that you can apply right after tapping.
Sometimes the best advice is the simplest-really, why reconsider and overcomplicate skin care? As long as you take care of the skin, moisturize it and be gentle, you can be sure that you will take good care of the skin.