Skip-Care: Ditching the 10-Step Skincare Routine
Skip-care is a growing, minimalist Korean beauty trend that promotes a trimmed down skincare routine by ditching the traditional 10 steps. Let's face it, 10 steps is excessive (and expensive). Don't believe the hype - using so many products at once can do more harm than good.
According to dermatology experts:
- We over-moisturize. Over-moisturizing exacerbates skin concerns and increases the production of sebum, leading to inflammation.
- Our skin only absorbs roughly 60% of what we apply to it. Any extra just sits on the surface and clogs pores.
- Over-doing it can suffocate the skin and affect its natural barrier.
- The skin becomes dependent on skincare products over time and loses its ability to protect and hydrate itself.
- Over-exfoliation leads to irritation, inflammation, and can even increase your skin's sensitivity to other products you use.
cleanse, tone, moisturize
(it's really that simple)
Or, depending on your skin needs, it may look more like:
cleanse, exfoliate, tone, serum
The rule is: You do you. No one else can tell you what your skin needs except you. Experts can guide you, but the truth is, skincare is a lot of trial and error.
Your routine may change depending on your stress levels, your hormones, the weather, the climate, environmental factors, your diet, and the list goes on... fun, right?
Sample Skip-Care Routine (with optional steps):
-to rinse away dirt, oil, make-up, dead skin, and pollutants.
Exfoliator - OPTIONAL
-either in the form of a scrub or peel, exfoliators physically or chemically remove dead skin cells from the skin's surface. Those suffering from excess oil should do this twice a week. Those prone to dryness, redness or irritation should only do this step once a week.
-to balance the pH level of the skin after cleansing and remove the last bits of dirt.
Essence - OPTIONAL
-provides an extra layer of hydration for dehydrated skin types and preps the skin for make-up application. As someone with oily skin who doesn't wear make-up, this is a product I skip.
Serum - OPTIONAL
-contains active ingredients that penetrate the the skin's layers. It absorbs quickly and enhances the effects of your moisturizer. Definitely use this in combination with the next step if combatting sun damage, or if you have dry or mature skin.
-to hydrate the skin and prevent water loss. For those with oily skin, a serum may sometimes be enough.
Sun cream - OPTIONAL
-highly recommended for daytime, all throughout the year. Remember not to mix your SPF and moisturizer together. Doing so dilutes the sun cream, diminishing its UV protection effects. Wait for your moisturizer to fully absorb before doing this step.
Let's not forget that what we put into our bodies can do damage that all the snail serums and peeling gels in the world can't correct. What we see on the surface of our skin is more than what we're applying topically. Let's make lifestyle choices that help our skin from the inside out, so we don't have to spend a fortune on cosmetics and unnecessary products.
And finally, a 10-step routine that everyone can follow and won't break the bank:
6. Eat right
7. Stress less
9. Take care of your hormonal health
10. Maybe throw in a sheet mask from our shop just for fun. ;)