Last year, after realizing that I was spending $900 a year and 15 hours a month on my skincare routine, I discovered the magic of minimalist skincare. In my move to minimalist skincare, I reduced the cost of my routine by 60% and the time spent on my routine by 80%. I opened up an additional 12.5 hours in my month I can devote to new hobbies, and added a couple hundred bucks back into my budget. In order to make my dream of a clean medicine cabinet and clearer skin a reality, I needed to find multipurpose products with ingredients that specifically addressed my skincare concerns. After scouring the SkincareAddiction Subreddit, I noticed hundreds of Redditors posting their success stories with a brand called Curology. I was unfamiliar with Curology, but it was apparently a mainstay in the Reddit community. They offered me a free trial, and over a year later I’m still hooked.
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The premise is simple: you submit photos of your skin and Curology pairs you with a practitioner (either a certified dermatologist, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner) to formulate a custom “superbottle” tailored to your specific skincare needs. As far as multitasking is concerned, these formulas pack a punch.
My current formula includes Tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A), Azelaic Acid (to reduce pigmentation from previous acne), and Niacinamide (antioxidant to reduce inflammation). My formula has changed twice based on my skincare needs.
Why Curology Is the Perfect Addition to Minimalist Skincare:
Potent Ingredients — Your superbottle is jam-packed with prescription-grade ingredients that your skin needs in one bottle.
Fast — Curology is potentially the only step you need in between cleansing and moisturizing, making your whole routine under 10 minutes.
Automatic — Since Curology shipped to your door every two months, it takes all the guesswork out of timing new purchases.
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Pro Tips to Get The Most Out of Curology:
Stick it out. — These are powerful ingredients, and you might have a reaction as your skin gets used to it known as “purging.” If your breakouts worsen, that’s totally normal and can last for up to 6 weeks. If you still aren’t seeing results, it might be time to get with your practitioner to work on your custom formula or reexamine your diet/water habits. I experienced about a month of breakouts before I started seeing results.
Use your HSA — If you have a Health Savings Account through your insurance, it’s likely they cover prescription acne medications like Curology. Use those tax-free dollars, baby.
Use Your Provider as a Resource — Treat your provider like you would your dermatologist and ask them all the questions. I’ve relied on my provider for recommendations on cleansers, moisturizers, sun care, etc. Curology also has a number of helpful guides, so no more ill-fated googling.
To take your minimalist routine to the next level, upgrade your subscription — Curology can take care of your full routine for you. For an extra $10 per month, they will send you their dermatologist-formulated cleanser and moisturizer. Both products are excellent — super lightweight, tailored to sensitive skin, and unscented. I opted to discontinue my upgrade and go with some of the other (less expensive) products my Curology provider recommended.
Have you tried Curology? What was your experience?
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