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Forget The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine — Skip-Care Is What They're Into Now

Hint: they are now taking the mantra less is more very seriously.

Trust the South Koreans to come up with the most innovative skincare trends, which we all tend to end up giving a go at one point or another. One we all know: the 10 step Korean skincare regime. But truth be told, not all of us are able to commit to it especially after a long day when all you want to do is get into bed. And with the party season coming up, slathering 10 different products on our skin in the wee hours of the morning is not really ideal. For those that prefer a more concise routine (or those looking to downsize it), this new trend is something you will definitely love.

Known as skip-care, the idea is to streamline your routine and only use products your skin really needs. So while it consists of lesser steps, it is still as effective. This skincare trend has been really popular among the millennial Koreans as they are constantly strapped for time and prefer a routine that requires less effort. Don’t get us wrong though — the key here is to apply products that offer multiple benefits so your skin still gets the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs.

More importantly, you need to know and understand your skin type and the concerns you want to treat so as to pick the right products. For example, if your skin feels dehydrated and looks dull, opt for serums or creams that help to boost moisture and radiance so you will wake up with a plump and radiant complexion.

Above, we pick out some of the products to help you get started with a leaner skincare regime.

#1: Porcelain Intensive HA+ Hydrating Serum, $198
Not your ordinary hydrating serum, this contains a total of four different complexes that help treat four common skin concerns. The Anti-Acne Complex is suitable for acne-prone skin as it counteracts acne bacteria to prevent breakouts. Deep Moisture Complex hydrates while an Anti-Ageing Complex prevents cell degeneration, repair skin and reduces wrinkles and redness. The Sensitive Complex then calms and soothes. #2: Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, $92
Two forms of hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract are infused to hydrate and plump up complexions while papaya enzymes and alpha arbutin help to remove dead skin cells and boost radiance for a brighter and smoother complexion. #3: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Renewing Dew Concentrate, $80
This lightweight serum is formulated with potent forms of vitamins C and E, as well as powerful peptides to restore radiance and hydration. It is even made with an Antioxidant Complex and aloe vera to tackle first signs of ageing, calm irritation and improve skin’s texture. #4: Su:m37 Water-full Radiant Hydrating Glow Cream, $80
Aqua Ferm activates the moisture proteins found in cells and keeps your complexion hydrated while Aqua Light, which contains truffle-derived yeast extract and Western medicinal herbs, helps to suppress melanin production to even out skin tone and fight pigmentation. Poria Light then firms and plumps skin to better reflect light. #5: Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R Renew & Repair Serum, $223
This turmeric with a Soft Peeling Technology that contains three acids (lactic, citric and glycolic) to gently remove dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion. An Exclusive Lifting-Effect Technology, which is enriched with two exclusive active ingredients known as the brand’s Royal Jelly and Black Bee Honey is also added in to firm up loose skin by stimulating the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and repairing fragmented collagen. #6: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Serum, $130
Powered by pure and potent ingredients like Japanese cedar bud and red clover flower, this super serum helps to tackle signs of ageing such as lines and evens out skin tone. What else is added in: an Advanced Gel Technology, which helps the skin retain moisture for a plumped and smoothed complexion. #7: Clarins Double Serum, $170
If you have always wanted to use facial oils but afraid of it being too heavy and greasy, this is one product you should try out. It is an uber lightweight oil-in-serum made with plant extracts that enhance the stimulation of the skin’s vital functions to fight ageing. It also restores radiance and treats uneven skin tone, as well as minimise the appearance of enlarged pores. #8: Sigi Skin Morning Glow Sunscreen, $58
For those with oily or combination skin, we recommend this sunscreen, which also doubles up as a moisturiser so you do not have to apply another layer of cream. Niacinamide and avocado extracts work together to strengthen skin, brighten and imparts long-lasting moisture. It also contains acai extract to counteract the effect of the sun’s infrared rays to prevent skin ageing. Plus, it feels weightless and does not leave a white cast. #9: Kora Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask, $68
Its key ingredient, turmeric, contains potent antioxidants to protect skin against harmful environmental aggressors while delaying early signs of ageing. It is even enriched with papaya enzymes and peppermint to slough away dead skin cells, treat clogged pores and fight acne for brighter and smoother skin. Main image: Showbit.com