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We Cut Down The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine To Just 3

When it comes to boyfriends, body fats, and—uh, night time skincare products, more isn’t exactly better. Such is the case with the popular multi-step Korean skin care routine. The magic number is 10, but then there are the alphas who go above and beyond and live every night on a 15-step. Omo.

Years ago, we would all have jumped on the bandwagon without a second thought, trusting in the process that one day we’ll be as flawless as Song Hye Kyo. But it’s 2019 and in the age of minimalism, lessening usage and waste, and de cluttering what no longer sparks joy, the new trend is all about the “skin care diet

Don’t cringe yet—this “diet” is the best one you’ll hear about yet! It runs on the concept of minimizing your skin care routine, by taking out products you don’t really need. In the words of #CalyxtaGirl and our own pride and joy, Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While she said that in response to the issue of re-naming the Philippines, we think it’s worthy skin care advice, too.

Here, the products and steps to downsize your multi-step routine to. just. three. Omo.

1. Cleanse.

You only really need a hard-working cleanser to rid your face off pollution and such. A facial wash or a mild cleanser will do. If you’ve had a full face of makeup on all day, you can add an oil cleanser to double-cleanse!

K-Beauty Reco: Son & Park Beauty Water that works not only as a cleanser but a mild exfoliator (care of willow bark and papaya extract) to help slough away dead skin cells and reveal smooth and brighter skin.

2. Tone. 

If you’re skipping steps, don’t skip this. Find a toner that has multiple benefits, like a moisturizing one that’s also packed with skin-refining ingredients.

K-Beauty Reco: the Laneige Essential Skin Refiner that wonderfully moisturizes (goodbye dry, flaky patches!) and refines your skin’s texture, as it contains royal jelly extract and sugar beet. It also has fermented seaweed that can help energize and restore skin for a healthy skin turnover, and hyacinth extract that helps in cleansing the skin.

3. Moisturize.

Other than working as a sealer for your skin to absorb all the good things as you sleep, a great moisturizer must also multi task and give your skin other benefits.

K-Beauty Reco: Centellian24+ Madeca Cream Season III, which also targets skin issues such as healing of acne scars, lessening the appearance of wrinkles, and rejuvenating dull skin. Expect brighter and more elastic skin!

Written By: 

Patti Sunio by Tita Pacita


Tita Pacita of is a lifestyle, culture, and fashion & beauty writer from Manila. With her wisdom and almost thirty years of life experience, she likes to share what she knows and give unsolicited advice, true to her Tita ways. Her makeup choices are primarily based on instinct, and, believe it or not, K-Beauty.

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