SKIP CARE: How to build your minimalist K-Beauty skincare routine
SKIP CARE: How to build your minimalist K-Beauty skincare routine

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of steps
and different types of products that come with Korean skincare? Today I’m going to show how to take care
of your skin in four simple steps. Hello everyone and welcome or welcome back
to my channel. My name is Odile and I’m a beauty art director
with a passion for Korean skincare. On this channel I share with you the latest trends
and insights in K-Beauty and if you watched my previous video on Korean Probiotic Skincare, click here to check it out and don’t forget to subscribe
so you don’t miss my next videos. Today I’m going to talk about how to simplify
your skincare regime and how to build an efficient, minimalist skincare routine that is suited
just for you. If you follow K-Beauty, you might have heard
of the term ‘Skip Care’. Skip Care is a recent phenomenon that emerged in South Korea around last year, And I know that many people call it a ‘trend’ but I don’t think it’s appropriate because it’s more something to do with a
shift in consumer behaviour, rather than a temporary fad. When you think of K-Beauty, you probably think of complex skincare routines with tons of different products. Well, Skip Care is based on the concept
of eliminating unnecessary products from your skincare routine and focusing instead on building a simple and efficient regime using multi-functional products and ingredients that are tailored to your needs. Some experts believe we should be calling
this phenomenon ‘Smart Care’ instead of ‘Skip Care’ because if you cut down the amount of
products that you use for the sake of having a simple skincare routine, you risk causing some skin deficiencies whereas Skip Care it’s more about using a few, highly-effective and targeted products. This simple approach to beauty is
radically different from the complex routines we think about
when we talk about K-Beauty. This sudden change is partly due to the fact that
minimalism is becoming increasingly popular across the world, with younger generations
especially, seeking to live a simple life, with few high-quality possessions and
more fulfillment. But the main reason why Korean consumers started
to simplify their beauty routines can be traced back to a concept called “Body Burden”. Last year a Japanese book titled “Cosmetics
ruin the skin” became a bestseller in Korea. It was written by a Japanese dermatologist
who observed that many of his patients developed skin conditions after applying skincare
products for a long period of time. And this is because over-nourishment can really affect the natural ability of your skin to heal itself, and even cause irritation because
most cosmetics contain potentially-irritating ingredients like alcohol, fragrance or preservatives, so the more products you use the higher the risk to develop skin sensitivity and other conditions. “Body burden”, in particular, refers to
the amount of a certain chemical that is present in your body, and the best way to reduce it is to stick to a few
highly-effective products with the best ingredients and the best formulas
for your skin. So what’s the best way to put together a
minimalist k-beauty skincare routine? The very first things to consider are your
skin type and your skin concerns. These two things will help you identify
what nutrients your skin needs and what kind of formulations work best for you. In my case, I have dry skin and at the moment I’m focused on tackling dullness and seasonal dryness. So my key ingredients are ceramide, amino acids, plus vitamins B and C. Once you have these elements, you can build
your routine following these steps: Step Number one is cleansing.
We all know that not cleansing your face properly can cause a number of skin conditions, but
do you really need to double cleanse? In general I would say yes, double cleansing
is the best way to get rid of oil, makeup, SPF, and all sorts of grime that you accumulate on the skin during the day. However if your skin is particularly sensitive or doesn’t
respond well to excessive stimulation, it’s a good idea to use a multifunctional cleanser, that combines both steps in a single product. A good example of multifunctional cleanser
is the new Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser by Laneige that combines moisturising and cleansing ingredients. As you might recognise from the packaging,
this cleanser was developed using the same technology behind Laneige’s
iconic Cream Skin Refiner. Like the Cream Skin Refiner, this cleanser
is highly-moisturising and suitable for sensitive skin, because it’s formulated with non-irritating ingredients
and has a slightly acidic pH that mimics the skin’s natural pH levels. I find the formula really fascinating. It’s very thin and watery and almost looks like real milk, but what really stood out to me
is that, unlike your usual cleansing oil, this cleanser doesn’t leave any oily residue behind. You’re supposed to pump it a couple of times
on wet hands and then just massage it on dry skin to melt away all the makeup
and dirt on your face. Once you’re done you can just rinse it off with lukewarm water and be done with it. To be fair, Laneige states on their website that you can use this cleanser on its own or as the first step of a double cleansing routine, so it’s really up to you to decide how you want to use it. I would say that if you’re trying to wash
off a full face of make-up, it’s better to use it as part of a double cleansing routine,
otherwise if you wear light make-up or no make-up at all, you can definitely use it
as a single step cleansing product. Applying a toner after cleansing is important
because when you wash your face, you cause the pH on the surface of your skin to drop
and a toner can help you restore this pH balance. Plus it also prepares your skin to absorb
the following products. Remember to avoid toners that contain alcohol
because they can dry out and irritate your skin. And if you suffer from inflammation or sensitivity, you can use a spray toner to minimise stimulation. My toner of choice at the moment is the
Ceramide Skin Softener by Mamonde. I have a full size of this in London but, like last time,
I can only show you the travel-size because I’m not in the UK at the moment. I fell in love with this toner after I received
a sample of it when I bought the cream from the same line and it’s one of
my favourite toners for winter. The texture is not very thin, but
it’s still very easy to apply and the skin absorbs it pretty quickly. The reason I only use it in winter
is that it’s very moisturizing, and I mean VERY moisturising. It almost feels like an emulsion or a serum
and I tend to prefer toners with lighter formulas in spring or summer. Another thing I should mention is
that it contains fragrance, so I don’t believe it’s the best choice if
you have sensitive skin. For the next step, it’s time to focus on
products with intensive effects. Essences, serums and ampoules are the best choice in this case because they’re highly concentrated and they can contain multiple active ingredients
to address different skin concerns. In K-Beauty essences have usually a lightweight texture and the lowest concentration between the three. Serums are a little more viscous and more concentrated, whereas ampoules tend to be thicker and with a higher concentration of ingredients. Which sounds great in theory, but the higher concentration also means that they’re more likely to cause you irritation. You can pick one of the three depending on
your skin type, skin concerns, time of the year, and even time of the day. These days I’m personally using the
Vita B Energy Ampoule by CNP Laboratory. It was launched early this year and I read the
other day that apparently it’s one of the most recommended products by the Olive Young staff, so guess who has a good eye for products? The Vita B Energy line features 7 different
types of vitamin B, which revive the appearance of
your skin and give you a healthy glow. Since this is an ampoule, the texture is quite thick and very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Because of the high concentration of the ingredients, it takes around 1 minute for your skin to fully absorb it, but I don’t find it sticky at all and after the
first two weeks of use, I noticed that the appearance of my skin was definitely more
radiant and glowy. Finally, a moisturiser is necessary to seal
in all the products that you applied before and keep them from evaporating. You should choose the texture and the ingredients of your moisturiser according to your needs, but keep in mind that during that day you should protect your skin barrier from external aggressions, so it’s a good idea to include ingredients like ceramide, fatty acids and probiotics, whereas during the night, you should focus on replenishing and nourishing your skin. In my case I’m using the Filagrin
Barrier Cream by Dr. G during the day, and the Yuja Sleeping Mask
by Hanyul before going to sleep. The Filagrin Barrier Cream is
available in two versions: one for oily skin and one for dry skin. This is absolutely the best line
for dry skin on the market. My favourite product is the Balm but I have to say that the formula is quite thick, so for day use I would recommend
using the Cream instead. The cream features an exclusive Filagrin complex, which helps binding together the keratin
fibers on the surface of your skin, and at the same time stimulates the production of natural moisturising factor (NMF), so overall, it keeps your skin hydrated and protected. The formula feels very soft
on the skin and it’s easy to apply. It’s not oily at all and it leaves
your skin hydrated for the whole day. As I mentioned, at night I use
the Yuja Sleeping Mask by Hanyul. I bought this as soon as it came out, because it contains a high concentration of Yuja, which is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. Yuja is a natural source of vitamin C and antioxidants, and I find that it works wonders
to revive tired and dull skin. If you look carefully at the texture, you will spot some bits and pieces that look like lemon pulp, but they’re actually essential beads, made of oil extracted from the bark of the Yuja tree, and when you massage the cream, these beads melt and release the most beautiful natural fragrance. Besides these main steps, you can personalise
the routine according to your needs. For example, if you’re putting together
a day skincare routine, you should include a sun protection
after your moisturiser. And if you suffer from dark circles, it’s a good idea to include an eye cream as well. There’s no standard skip care routine that
you should follow to the letter, as I said in the beginning, it’s more about
understanding your skin and its needs. We’ve come to the end of this video, I hope
you found it interesting. Let me know in the comments below if there’s a topic you would like me to cover in the future. If you enjoyed today’s video, don’t forget to subscribe and give me a thumbs up, and I’ll see you next time!

1 thought on “SKIP CARE: How to build your minimalist K-Beauty skincare routine”

  1. Alex Green says:

    Maintain the outstanding work !! Lovin' it!

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