Have you heard the phrase, “too many cooks spoil the broth”? Apply this phrase to your skincare routine and you’ll know what “skip-care” trend is. Did you know that on average, our skin can only absorb 60% of the products that we apply? Hence all those fancy serums and moisturisers that you’ve spent a bomb on probably don’t even get absorbed by your skin! If you’re now considering starting the skip-care routine, here’s what you need to know:

Why Should You Use Lesser Skincare Products?

Just like anything else in life, too much of a good thing can be harmful. Think about it, we use different cleansers, toners, moisturisers, serums, masks etc. on the daily. Here’s why it’s not a good idea to use too many skincare products:

  • If your skin can’t absorb all these products then there’s a chance that your pores might get clogged and that’s never led to any good. Blocked pores can lead to breakouts.
  • In another scenario, if you use a ton of skincare products then your skin can become highly dependant on these products and no one wants lazy and complacent skin.

How Can You Practice ‘Skip-Care’?

When it comes to skip-care, you don’t have to say goodbye to all your skincare products. Rather, think of it this way—you’ll only use those products that suit your skin and are the most hardworking. This “less is more” approach to skincare is actually prefered by dermatologists. A simple cleanse-tone-moisturise method may actually be better suited for your skin. Although you can tweak it according to your skincare needs, for example, what works for me is cleanse-serum-moisturise.

Figure out what works for your skin and stick to those products. If you really want to cut down on your skincare routine start by slowly weaning off a few products. Another way to use lesser products but still get the maximum benefits is to use hybrid skincare products. They’re basically products that are multitasking and address various skin concerns. Here are some examples of hybrid skincare products:

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Bootsing Moisturiser

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream (Source: drdennisgross.com)

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream (Source: drdennisgross.com)

Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF20 Moisturiser

Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush SPF20 Moisturiser

What Are The Benefits Of Skip-Care?

A simple skincare routine with hybrid skincare products has a lot of benefits, here are a few of them:

  • You’re skincare routine probably has products with ingredients that are not compatible with each other. For example, did you know that if retinol and benzoyl peroxide are used together, they cancel out each others effect? Hence it’s better to stick to a simple and short skincare routine.
  • A long skincare routine with lots of products doesn’t always guarantee great skin. A simple routine will work way better than an unnecessarily long one. The key is to choose the correct products. That’s why skip-care will also help you save money.
  • Your “me-time” is probably what the skip-care will save the most. Cutting down on products will help you get ready faster and save precious time.

I am very impressed with this Korean skip-care trend! What about you?

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