A self-named skincare fanatic, I take my Daily Skincare Routine seriously. With 7-10 steps depending on the time of day and my current skin needs, I’m spending more time on my skin than most people can stomach doing for themselves. While I firmly believe in the Korean skincare routine I outline in Daily Skincare Routine Basics, I recognize most people don’t have the time or patience for it. This post aims to slim down the signature 10-step routine to something much more achievable for those minimalists out there.
With 5 morning steps and 4 evening steps, the routine below is focused on cleansing and hydrating to leave your skin glowing. You’ll notice I still recommend the double-cleanse. Yes, it seems silly to wash your face 2x when you’re trying to adopt a minimalist routine. However, these two steps are so essential there’s no way I would suggest skipping. Some friends credit the double-cleanse with the “clearest, smoothest” skin they have ever had. Trust me and invest the time in the double-cleanse. You won’t regret it!
Step 1| Oil Cleanse | Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil | feels super smooth and like a mini facial massage
Step 2| Water-Based Cleanse | Plaine Products Face Wash | eco-friendly, all natural, non-drying
Step 2| Exfoliate | use a small facial buff, like these from Amazon, for the water-based cleanse above. I also love the generic brand Target sells. Skip this step if you go with the p50 toner below.
Step 3 | Tone | I’ve included 3 options below, depending on your price point…
$$$ | Biologique Recherche P50 | this is considered a cult favorite and holy grail in the beauty world. It exfoliates and tones all in one, so if you use this daily then you can skip using a facial buff during the water-based cleanse. BR is super particular about their products so P50 can only be purchased from a licensed vendor. Reach out if you need one.
$$ | Son & Park Beauty Water | this is also considered a cult favorite and provides a nice, light refresh so you skin can better absorb what comes next.
$ | Thayer’s Witch Hazel | a classic, all-natural toner that can be found in any drug store
Essence | skip
Treatments | skip
Sheet Masks | complete 1x a week or whenever you feel like a special treat. There are thousands on the market and most drug stores sell a variety.
Eye Cream | spread your moisturizer up and around your eye area during full face application (below) – this will allow you to skip the use of a separate eye cream.
Step 4| Moisturize | I’ve included 3 options below, depending on your price point…
$$$$ | Vintner’s Daughter | is my all-time favorite skincare product, but I had to stop using this because $$$$. It’s the holy grail of all face oils and moisturizers, IMHO.
$$ | Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream | this stuff is so amazing, I even convinced my partner to switch and now he’s in love with it too!
$ | Bio Oil | I’ve tried many face oils and recently purchased Bio Oil. It’s been around forever, is cheap, effective, and can be used all over the body. I love spreading it all over my chest and neck at night time, and because it’s affordable I don’t feel like I’m wasting it.
Step 5| AM only | Sun Protection | EltaMD UV Physical Tinted Face Sunscreen (AM only) | I love this sunscreen and will probably use it for the rest of my life. It comes in an un-tinted version, too.
If you are new to caring for you skin in a disciplined way, you should start to notice results after day one! Your skin will look and feel softer and better hydrated with a nice all-day glow coming from consistent use and dedication. Oh, and I always encourage people to take ‘before’ pictures so you can really see your progress.
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