You might have already noticed that the latest trend in beauty and skincare is no longer the 18-step Korean beauty routine. Things are getting much simpler with S-beauty – aka the Scandinavian beauty routine.
Scandi beauty routine is all about naturally healthy skin, fresh natural ingredients, and a minimalistic approach to your bathroom cupboard. Scandi believes that the key to good skin lies in simplicity. The ultimate Scandinavian beauty routine can be condensed into three simple steps. Here they are.
Step 1: Simplify your skincare routine
S-beauty is all about taking a holistic approach. Finding balance in all areas of life: what to eat and drink, how to exercise, which products to use. Scandinavians tend to gravitate towards products that guarantee maximum efficiency with the smallest number of steps. So as a first step, try to think about all the aspects of your beauty routine that you can simplify. What can you leave out? What can you combine? What can you clean? Fewer products, less packaging, fewer ingredients. This is the goal. Simple, uncluttered living is becoming a trend not only in lifestyle but in skincare as well. It means both, streamlining the routine and using only a few products but also opting for a more simplified ingredient list.
Choosing products like cleansing oil, that doesn't dry out skin, also means you don’t have to layer multiple hydration products to balance out after cleansing. And finding these hero products that allow you to use fewer products will result in a cleaner and more minimalistic beauty shelf too. You can emphasize the effect by choosing simple natural packaging and turn your bathroom into a beautiful Scandinavian spa.
Step 2: Choose natural ingredients that boost skin glow
Scandinavia is home to some of the cleanest nature and purest water in the world. Nature is an invaluable source of ingredients that can also be utilized in skincare.
Berries are a key source of skincare actives found in Scandinavian products. A powerhouse like sea buckthorn is a source for vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. So, it is a staple in Nordic skincare, because it’s possible to tackle multiple skin problems with this one berry. Another staple is lingonberry that is known to help skin elasticity and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The list goes on.
Choosing the right ingredients in your skincare regimen is not always easy. But opting for natural and organic ingredients is a safe choice. And finding formulas that help promote skin's natural functions instead of disrupting them is a step in the right direction. A good tip to find cleaner product formulas is to look at the length of the ingredient list. Even if you don’t understand every word, simple and short is better in Scandinavian skincare.
Step 3: Biohack your way to better skin
Scandinavian beauty has a holistic approach, and it does not end with skincare. While biohacking might seem like an extreme method and contrary to the Scandinavian simplicity, it’s actually quite naturally ingrained into the traditional lifestyle here up north. Biohacking for beauty can be as simple as understanding how active ingredients, often applied to the skin during your skincare routine, can actually have an even bigger impact when digested internally. The berries used in skincare deliver a vitamin boost also when eaten fresh. For fatty acids, we turn to salmon which is very popular in all Nordic countries. And oat is our choice of grain to get fiber. All these ingredients help our bodies to naturally repair and restore.
Or are you looking for a replacement for harsh retinol? Vitamin A influences pretty much every skin function. It helps promote cell turnover and stimulates the dermis making it effective for both acne and anti-aging. This vitamin too can be found in salmon and eggs. It is important to note that none of this is a quick miracle treatment: rather a lifestyle choice. The effects are shown over time, and consistency is key to keep improving cell functions, that keep skin working, and looking fresh - without invasive treatments, the Scandinavian way.
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