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Skip Care: K-Beauty’s Latest Micro Trend

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“So many skincare products, so little time!” Hands up if you feel me. 

We’ve all been there at some point—after a hectic day, all you want to do is curl up in your comfy bed, put on your favorite Netflix show and binge away. At that point, slathering multiple layers of skincare products to get that megawatt glow is sooo not happening. Hardcore K-Beauty fans, #SorryNotSorry. If it’s any consolation, even Korean millennials currently find the intricate, 12-step beauty routine as daunting. Heck, even differentiating between a serum, toner, essence is such a task.

The latest skincare trend loved by Korean millennials has spread like wildfire. Enter the ‘Skip-Care’ trend that’s an international rage. Just as the name suggest it makes you skip the unnecessary. So instead of using one product each for brightening, exfoliating, hydrating, toning (and the list goes on), this effective routine is all about multi purposing your products. You use minimum products to achieve maximum results.

The Skip-Care Trend aka Skin Diet is all about going back to basics. Keep it minimal by paring down your products to only a handful of overachieving essentials. Overloading your skin with multiple products and ingredients is actually a recipe for disaster. The skip-care aka ‘skin diet’ is a collective call for a more personalized, manageable skincare regimen that gets the job done, without sacrificing on efficacy. Lazy girls, are you listening? We’re talking fewer products, greater benefits.

But before I dive into revealing how the skip-care trend has turned out to be a blessing in disguise, I’d like to take a step back and cruise through the reasons why a full-fledged K-Beauty routine is not my cuppa (beau)tea. 

My acne-prone skin is a tough cookie to crack. Imagine being constantly mindful about what you’re putting on your skin. The slightest mistake opens doors to an insane spike in sebum secretion, which is the worst nightmare that leads to big angry breakouts. Then we go ahead to do more harm than good by layering product after product that are neither compatible with each other nor keep concerns in check. It means no selfies or chocolates for weeks because the repercussions are anything to live with. Phew!

The golden rule? Depend on genius multitaskers that detoxify our routine, all the while delivering ahhmazing results. Carefully evaluate what your skin craves the most and then chalk out a plan that includes all the essentials. For example, those with dull skin would benefit most from an exfoliating cleanser, hydrating toner, and brightening serum with an inbuilt SPF. Similarly, those with dry skin, place your bet on a hydrating cleanser, moisturizing toner, and moisture-retaining sleeping mask. 

Curious about it myself, I decided to give this economical, minimal routine a shot. Believe it or not, since the pasty three months my skip-care routine has only three skin saviors that deliver umpteen benefits. This basically means I’ve cut down on not one or two, but eight different products. Yep, you got that right. Want in on my first-hand review? Keep scrolling. 

Top 3 Skip-Care Products That We Swear By

Skip Care Products- Avene Cleanance Gel

1. A marvel miracle that…

Cleanses + Mattifies + Soothes

Avene Cleanance Gel

My complexion is spotty and shiny in texture. This cleanser has turned out to be an absolute savior. It instantly leaves me with squeaky clean and mattified skin, without irritating or drying out my skin. My pores can breathe freely from dawn to dusk, and I love the fact that it calms skin inflammation and redness like a pro. To capitalize on it further, I also use this beauty on my body to knock out unexpected bumps in the most caring way. Not your regular cleanser, right?

2. A skin perfector that…

Tones + Refines + Exfoliates

Kaya Purifying Toner

I never took toners seriously until this gem. It keeps my oil in check, tightens enlarged pores and prevents pimples from ruining my special dinner dates or girl’s night out. It’s packed with stellar ingredients that gently exfoliate dead skin cells, thereby letting me enjoy a spot-free, fresh complexion anytime, anywhere. Did I mention that it also clears blemishes? A swipe of a cotton ball drenched in this formula is all I need to get the job done.

Skip Care Products- Kaya Purifying Toner
Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser

3. A tireless worker that…

Moisturises + Protects

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15

It’s been six months since I’ve used an individual SPF and moisturizer. Why Because this two-in-one hero sorts me out. Its light, non-greasy texture absorbs quickly in my skin even in the hottest of days. Moreover, its silky-soft formula is a dream. Now, my pores don’t clog, which has drastically reduced my acne. This even doubles as a base to makeup. The stuff of dreams, right?

Truth be told, this three-step routine is all my skin requires. In just three months my complexion is clearer, healthier, and way more radiant than it has ever been. Don’t take my word for it, try this trend out for yourself. Besides, what’s to lose? It’s less product investment, less skincare overload, less skin damage. And more savings, more skincare benefits, more time on Netflix. I’m definitely in.

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