There is a lot of buzz about skin streaming at the moment. But what exactly is skin streaming, and why are all beauty websites screaming its name? Well, before the FOMO sets in, let me clear some of the fog surrounding this new trend. Read along to become a skin-streaming expert in less than eight minutes.
What is skin streaming?
Skin streaming is often confused with a step in a skincare routine. You might call it that, but skin streaming is actually a simple procedure for eliminating the extra steps in your skincare routine. We go through 7–8 skincare steps, and as proven, some of them are not even important. This process, which was earlier known as “streamlining skin,” is not only beneficial for your skin but also for your bank account and the environment too!
How exactly does skin streaming benefit your skin?
It is a valid question because you are removing steps from your skincare routine, which you have followed religiously until now. Firstly, when you apply skin care products, your skin acts like a sponge and absorbs these products. When these products get absorbed, they take their time and start healing the skin from within. Now, what if you dip that sponge in a bucket of water? It will not be able to absorb much. Similarly, our skin fails to absorb an enormous amount of product. Hence, applying as much as is feasible is suggested. If you usually apply five products, select the three most important. Your skin actually benefits from these products. Another important point is the mixture of products. We are aware of the fact that all skin care products are made of several ingredients. When so many products are applied together, we never know which ingredient will react with which product and cause allergic reactions. This may further lead to rashes, irritation, and redness. Hence, keeping it minimal is suggested!
How does skin streaming benefit other factors?
The effect that skin streaming has on your finances is direct. When you have fewer skin care products to purchase, less money is invested. Apart from this, fewer products will further lead to less waste in the world. Hence, if you look at the bigger picture, you will help reduce waste and have a hand in improving the environment. One fact we often ignore is that sometimes we feel lazy about our skincare routine. Hence, we end up skipping it on some days. Less skin care products means less time and more motivation to follow the routine regularly.
How to start skin streaming
First of all, if you are aware of what ingredients are present in what products, then you can make your own decisions. If you know what your skin wants, then doing skin streaming on your own is the right choice. One important thing to keep in mind is that if you are using any dermatologist-recommended products, do not omit those. And do not add or remove any products without the dermatologist’s suggestion. Also, if you have less knowledge about skincare products, talk to a beautician or dermatologist about your skin type and what products are required and which are not. After taking one or two consultations and doing your personal research, make your decision about what you should do.
Are there any drawbacks to skin streaming?
Yes, there is one drawback to skin streaming. When you reduce products, one or two ingredients present in those products will also be removed from your skincare regime. But if you can balance out that ingredient through any other product you are using, then that would be great. Hence, if you have acne or blackheads, figure out what NOT to eliminate from your skincare regime.
Can I start skin streaming, or do I need a dermatologist’s permission?
You can start skin streaming whenever you want without anybody’s permission. In case you are a skin patient or are undergoing any treatment, you will need to talk to your doctor beforehand. In fact, a good dermatologist says one of the major reasons for skin problems is the overuse of products and recommends cutting back on some of them.
Here are some products that you should not remove from your skincare routine. These have a very positive effect on your skin.
- Hyaluronic serum or Vitamin C serum—these two are the best two serums available, but whatever serum you are using based on your skin type, do not remove it. One cannot put enough emphasis on serum in a skincare regime.
- Sunblock: sunblock protects you from the sun’s rays, which further protects you from several skin infections and dark circles in return. Direct sun rays on your skin can cause a lot of harm and sunblock avoids that.
- Cleanser: before using any other product, cleansing is necessary. If you start your skincare regimen without cleansing, there is no point in doing the skincare at all.