What do you do if you only have ten minutes in the morning to get ready and out the door? You want flawless skin, but you don’t have time to do 10 steps in the morning. Your answer is an easy skincare routine.
A big part of having beautiful skin is consistently taking care of it. Don’t be concerned if you can’t perform a 10-step morning and night routine. Whether you’re a mom who has to do the school run, go to university, or have to be on time for work, an easy skincare routine will help you improve your skin while still reaching your skincare goals.
The ingredients in Korean skincare products are gentle and nurture the skin. Many of the formulas are light and non-greasy and do not irritate the skin. They are designed to be layered, do not overload the skin, and are safe for everyday use.
Easy skincare routine, that you can do on a typical morning:
5. SPF Sunscreen
Products to look for based on skin types and needs:
Oily Skin: To effectively cleanse your skin in the morning, use a foam or gel cleanser. Niacinamide and salicylic acid are two things that can help get rid of and control oil.
Acne-prone Skin: Use a mild foamy cleanser to help control acne with ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide.
Dry Skin: Look for a cream or balm that includes ceramides, glycerine, hyaluronic acid, and botanical oils to help hydrate the skin.
Mature Skin: Look for a cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid for hydration, probiotics for skin health, or green tea for gentle exfoliation. Micellar water is also a good option as it does not irritate the skin.
Acne Skin: Look for a toner with hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid and lactic acid, which promote cell turnover and get rid of dead skin cells sitting on the outer layer of the skin.
Dry or Sensitive Skin: Look for a moisturising toner without alcohol that has calming ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid.
Combination Skin: Look for toners that tighten pores, such as alcohol or witch hazel.
Mature Skin: Hyaluronic acid serums can plump skin and bring moisture into the skin to prevent dryness and dullness.
Uneven Skin Tone: Look for serums with niacinamide to even out skin tone, encourage the production of collagen, and reduce inflammation.
Dry Skin: Look for a cream packed with emollients, humectants, ceramides, and occlusives.
Oily Skin: Look for light creams or gel-based products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free” so that your pores will not be clogged.
Sensitive Skin: Look for creams that are hypoallergenic and free of potential irritants, such as fragrance and alcohol.
Dry Skin: Look for moisturisers with hyaluronic acid, and glycerin which help to attract and retain moisture in the skin. Also, emollients like shea butter, coconut oil, or almond oil will soothe dry and itchy skin.
Oily Skin: Look for lightweight, oil-free moisturisers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, or green tea that can hydrate the skin without making it feel greasy. Avoid oily ingredients like coconut oil or cocoa butter.
Acne-prone Skin: Look for moisturisers that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil, as they help to reduce bacteria and unclog pores.
Sensitive Skin: Look for fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturisers with ingredients like aloe vera, calendula, or chamomile, which can help to calm irritated skin. Avoid alcohol or fragrances.
Mature Skin: Look for moisturisers that contain retinoids, peptides or growth factors that help to boost collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
The 2 main types of sunscreen products are:
1. Chemical sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens are made with ingredients that sink into your skin and act like a sponge. The chemicals turn the UV rays into heat which is then released through the skin.
2. Physical/Mineral Sunscreens
Physical or mineral sunscreens contain mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that sit on the skin’s surface and act as a shield to reflect UV light away from the skin.
Some SPF sunscreens include both chemical and physical ingredients.
Sensitive Skin: Look for sunscreens that include pure zinc-oxide, as this will not be irritating to the skin like a chemical sunscreen.
Oily Skin: Look for a non-comedogenic, oil-free gel sunscreen.
Dry Skin: Avoid spray or gel sunscreens with alcohol, as they will make your skin drier.
Chemical sunscreens may be preferable for dark skin tones because mineral or physical sunscreens can leave a white cast.
You need to allow at least 30 days, to notice any changes in your skin.
Skin cells renew every 28 days at a minimum. The older you get the longer it takes for new skin cells to emerge.
The time required to do this easy skincare routine is less than ten minutes.
Keep in mind that consistency will improve your skin, over time. An easy skincare routine in the morning combined with your nighttime routine will help to improve or at the very least, maintain, your skin.
Remember, you are looking after your skin, and regardless of your age or skin condition, you are doing the right thing by taking care of yourself.