2020 Beauty Keyword – M.A.S.K (Skip-Care)

Beauty minimalism ‘Skip-care’ – skipping skincare products or steps, this K-beauty trend started few years back. Although it wasn’t popular like ‘7-skin method’ or ’10-step routine’, this recommendation grows by dermatologist and benefits are proven, so it is worth considering in your daily beauty routine.

🤸‍♀️Definition of Skip-care

It simply means minimize your skincare routine by skipping unnecessary products(steps) that offer the same function such as hydrating or moisturizing to achieve your skin best results, and also aim to avoid harmful ingredients absorbing into your skin (‘body burden’).

According to recent research, 22.3% of 1,000 Korean women responded they use over 11 skincare products per day, and more likely they have been using at least 6 to 10 skincare products a day – Toner, Mist, Essence, Serum(Ampoule), Lotion, Cream, Oil and extra special treatments. I assume one of you reading this post may agree that have been using or stocking similar, possibly more, amounts of products😋. Then how to do proper skip-care? Here are some ideas for you.

🤸‍♀️Skip-care Guide

Using multiple products at one time cannot be absorbed all into your skin – waste of your money, and more seriously over applying products can result in redness, irritation and worsened breakouts.

  1. Identify the essential ingredients
    Figure out what your skin actually needs rather than piling up multiple products at one time, and look for key ingredients that helps solve your skin concerns.
    Panthenol, Centella Asiatica, Chamomile & Aloe Vera (anti-inflammatory, soothing & repair key ingredients)
    Ceramide (strengthen the skin barrier)
    Microbiome (balance skin and reinforce skin’s natural strength)

< Product Recommendations >

(1) Real Barrier Extreme Cream (2nd Generation)
Ceramide helps strengthen the skin barrier, and contains Biome Peptide to balance skin and increase hydration level
(2) Dr.Different Cica Metal Serum
Centella Asiatica and Derma Metal™(Cu, Zn) helps soothe and repair skin
(3) AHC Hydra B5 Biome capsule Concentrate
Contains probiotics help balance and reinforce skin’s natural strength
(4) Innisfree Truecare AC Soothing Ampoule
Propolis, hyaluronic acid & D-panthenol to hydrate, soothe skin. Ideal for oily, trouble skin

  1. Avoid harmful ingredients
    SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Preservatives (paraben, Phenoxyethanol, BHT etc,.) & AHA, BHA – may decrease skin immunity
    Chemical sunscreen ingredients (Eg. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate), Synthetic fragrance, Colorant, Allergens – Trigger allergic reaction and skin irritation
    Triethanolamine(pH balancer), low quality Alcohols (Eg. Isopropyl Alcohol) – allergic reactions, trouble breathing & dizziness
    Silicone oils, Polymers, Synthetic fragrance – non-skin friendly, allergic reaction, trouble breathing, skin irritation & toxic hormonal effects

*Some of ingredients may help to improve skin condition (tone & texture) and reduce acne by using proper way, just saying that these ingredients’ over-usage can be harmful for your skin.

  1. Try multi-tasking products
    Find products that cover multiple benefits. When ‘Laneige Cream Skin Refiner‘ released – the two-in-one formula that preps and softens like a toner and moisturizes like a cream, people craze about this product, and for me I probably think Toner Pad(s) is the most convenient, hybrid product.

(1) Abib Heartleaf Spot Pad Calming Touch
Dual side 100% cotton pad that soothes, balances skin and helps control excess sebum
(2) Dr.G Brightening Vita Peeling Pad
Removes dead skin cells and pore clogging impurities while hydrating skin

(3) Yadah Cactus Toner Pads
100% cotton pad that hydrate skin and helps strengthen the skin barrier
(4) Dewytree Pure Calming Snail Toner Pad
Apple snail mucin and centella asiatica extract help soothe, repair skin and reduce redness

Personally I like big size pads and Yadah & Dewytree almost covers my cheek – easily & quickly refines the entire face (skin) surface and hydrates instantly, great for the skin pack. Would be a good idea for storing in the fridge to use instant cooling treatment in this summer season 👍

Be wary that Yadah & Abib Toner Pad cases are one-touch cap, so may leak in transit which happen to me 😟, and Abib container doesn’t close properly and it comes with a spare screw cap for travelling.
(more about Toner Pad, check here)

< Multi-tasking skincare products recommendation >

(1) Rootree Phyto Ground Purifying Cream Toner

Non-sticky toner that deeply moisturizes, helps refine pores and improves skin tone.

(2) The Beautiful Factr. Essential Water Essence

Water type essence toner that formulated with probiocica™ to hydrate, soothe and strengthen the skin barrier.

(3) Huxley Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like

Cactus Water and Cactus Seed Oil nourish and protect skin, lightweight texture absorbs quickly.

(4) JUNG SAEM MOOL Essential Mool Cream

Moisturizer & Primer that contains ceramide and panthenol to provide long-lasting hydration and preps skin, helping to extend makeup

(5) Dr Orga Premium Sun Protection

Powerful sunscreen that provides long-lasting moisturization up to 50hrs with soothing benefits. Provides a tone up effect.

(6) Dr Jart+ Solarbiome Ampoule SPF+/PA++++

Solarbiome™ helps balance moisture level due to dry from sun. Ampoule formula delivers rich hydration that is suitable for combination to dry skin types

(7) Aestura A-CICA Stress Relief Cream Essence

Creamy liquid type essence absorbs quickly to deliver soothing and moisturizing benefits.
  1. Do Not Skip ‘Cleansing, Moisturizing & Sun Protection’ steps, Do Proper!

🤸‍♀️Skip-care Tips

  1. Let the product absorb well
    Skip-care aims to maximize results by using fewer products so use properly ‘the right product’ you have chosen. Gap 10~20 secs between each product to absorb.
  2. Using a booster or concentrate is also an option
    Minimum ingredients products such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid or vitamin C can help your skin concerns. Apply directly to desired areas or mix 1~2 drops in your toner or moisturizer – remember oil blends well with oil-type products.
    ( Eg. Hyaluronic acid with watery toner or essence, face oil with moisturizer )
    Applying sheet mask or sleeping mask would be an alternative to increase hydration level and improve skin texture.
  3. Some ingredients may need to use alternately
    Certain key ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, AHAs etc,. may not work well together. Layering can synergy the effect of each ingredient benefit, however in my opinion – best approach is use alternately to prevent skin irritation or check the product description, may warn ‘Do Not Use with ….’
  4. Check the viscosity
    Correct order to apply skincare product should be from thinnest to thickest consistency: going from watery texture toner or (treatment) essence, serums(ampoule) to moisturizers.
  5. Use eye treatment
    The skin around the eyes is more fragile and more prone to dryness as sebaceous glands are less than other areas of face. Also scrubbing your eyes daily due to removing makeup, causing irritation and contributing to wrinkles.
    Most eye products are formulated with rich nourishment & moisturization, and pH level is close to tear pH (6.5~7.6) which is mild, so use eye cream daily or eye patches if you prefer.


Skip-care doesn’t mean simply skipping steps or reducing product numbers, do proper skincare with knowing ingredients that helps your skin condition and also wisely use what you have in your vanity. Skip-care is the ‘Smart-care’.

Thanks for reading~

Article source idea and image from 뷰 biew, allure korea, womandonga.com and each product official site.

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