What Is “Skip-Care” And Why Is It Good for Your Skin?

This just might be the best thing you’ll do for your skin.
By Samantha Clerigo

Ladies, raise your hand if you've ever spent too much on skin care products and then ended up not actually using them. (We're guilty, too!) And we get it. When you're on a quest to score beautiful, flawless skin, it’s so easy to get carried away with buying all sorts of creams, serums, cleansers, and what-nots just to be able to reach your goal faster.

Also a contributing factor: For some time, the K-Beauty scene has convinced us that the only path to achieving that perfect, dewy complexion is through a lengthy and complicated skin care routine. But while using the right combination of products religiously can do wonders for your skin, every individual's skin needs vary greatly. In fact, there are some skin types who actually become more problematic once subjected to a rigorous regimen or  numerous products.

Enter our new fave Korean skin care trend called “skip-care”, which has been taking over the beauty scene since last year. Perfect for lazy girls and busybodies, this is anchored on the belief that "less is more" particularly when it comes to what you put on your face.

Skip-Care 101

Nowadays, there are just so many skin care products available in the market that we hardly even know which products actually work. At this point, any excuse to go back to the essentials is a welcome one. Similar to the skin care diet, the skip-care routine is all about going back to the basics. It literally involves “skipping” products and cutting your skin care routine by half. The minimalistic approach to skin care puts the spotlight on multi-functional products that get the job done and target your skin concerns—whatever they may be. 

The best part? This trend is easier on the wallet since you don't need to buy a lot of products. Instead, you can just invest in multitaskers and combine some of your previous steps (i.e. ampoule + essence + mask) into just one product, like a do-it-all serum. 

The Benefits of Skip-Care Routine

The skip-care routine offers a bevy of serious skin- and time-saving benefits. With just a few hardworking skin care products, you can already achieve your skin goals—in less tme, too. Here are some of the advantages in jumping into the skip-care trend:

1. It gives your skin a chance to breathe. 

Think of it this way: Your skin can only take so much. A multi-step skin care routine can get too overwhelming and may even be doing your skin more harm than good. Your skin might get confused, or worse, irritated when you apply too many products at once on a daily basis. It may also cause your pores to clog up and suffocate your skin. 

The best way to avoid this is to give your skin care routine a “detox”—a.k.a. tossing away all other unnecessary products and sticking to a few products packed with ingredients that your skin truly needs.   

2. It improves the potency of your skin care ingredients.

Since skip-care involves using fewer products, your skin can more easily absorb the active ingredients and fully reap their benefits. Less products also mean that you can dedicate more time letting the products sink deep in your skin before layering in the next product. Just make sure to be mindful of which ingredients you mix together as there are some that are incompatible and can harm your skin!

3. It allows for a more targeted treatment. 

Depending on your skin problem, you can customize your skip-care routine however you want to. Whether you want to have dewy and glowing skin, reduce acne or blemishes, or fight wrinkles, there are many multipurpose products that can do that for you. With a more streamlined approach to skincare, you can get the same amount of benefits as a lengthier skin care routine, but with fewer products and steps. 

4. It lets your skin help itself naturally.

When you use too many products, your skin tends to be lazy and dependent on the products you’re using. The skip-care routine can help train your skin to perform its natural functions in terms of protection and hydration. 

5. It's both time-saving and money-saving. 

People lead busy lives and if we’re being honest, nobody has the time to stick to a 10-step skincare routine. But with the skip-care routine, you not only get to save on money (since you’re investing in lesser but more hardworking products), but also save time. And because it’s basically a more realistic and manageable routine, chances are that you’ll be motivated to stick to it.

Interested in trying the skip-care routine for yourself? Here are a few multi-purpose essentials you might want to add to your skincare stash. 

Deoproce Natural Perfect Solution Cleansing Foam Gold Edition Special Care, P670
This cleanser doesn't just rid your face of dirt and grime; it's also infused with extracts that improve skin elasticity, brighten skin, moisturize, smoothen, and protect. 

Skin Doctors PH Balancing Cleanser (100ml), P1,499
More than just removing traces of makeup, dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, this cleanser also effectively exfoliates, softens, hydrates, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Deoproce Snail Recovery Cream, P1,270
Packed with plenty of powerful actives and beauty enhancers, this cream nourishes the skin and addresses a multitude of skin problems including dark spots, dullness, acne, and signs of aging.

Soo'Ae Soy Bomb Water Gel, P849
This multi-functional gel cream has the combined power of a toner, serum, and moisturizer. Its unique texture quickly sinks into the skin, creating a deeply-hydrated and healthy layer.

Revox Argan Oil 100% Natural, P229
This beauty oil has a wide range of beauty uses—from treating dry, dehydrated skin, diminishing signs of aging, and protecting the skin from dryness and dullness. What’s more, you can use this on your hair to strengthen and nourish your tresses.

The Ordinary Suncare Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants, P699
Aside from sun exposure protection, this hydrating sunscreen is infused with antioxidants to heal tired-looking skin and naturally increase the skin’s capacity to retain moisture.

Drunk Elephant NightBright Duo, P2,299
This power duo works hard overnight to get rid of dead skin cells, remove oiliness, and tighten pores, while intensively hydrating the skin to restore its youthful glow. 

At the end of the day, it's not really about the number of skin care steps you've managed to take on. What matters more is using products that truly work for your skin, and which can give you the maximum benefits.

You can shop more skin care essentials here.