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Skip-Care is the latest Korean skincare trend lazy girls will love

Koreans are at it again

By George Driver  October 30th, 2018

Although our love of beauty imports usually knows no bounds (CC Cream, cushion blushers, Bioderma micellar water we’re looking at you), at one point or another the 11-step Korean skincare routine got a little overwhelming.

Taking our roll out of bed two-minute morning routine to a full half hour of lotions, essences and acid exfoliators, not to mention more than our fair share of confusion about what our skin actually needs, and it’s fair to say the K-beauty situation got a little out of hand.

Yes, we still love our gold sheet masks, and snail slime jelly face packs remain satisfyingly wobbly, but an opportunity to pare back our skincare is a welcome one. Which is where Skip-Care comes in.

The latest millennial skincare trend to emerge from beauty mecca Korea, Skip-Care is all about giving your regime a much-needed detox aka literally skipping products.

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Think Marie Kondo but for your moisturiser.

‘Skip-care is a skincare method that allows you to identify the essential ingredients for your skin and avoid the use of unnecessary products for a simpler, yet proper, skincare routine,’ Korean brand AmorePacific told Byrdie.

Which means stripping back your go-to products to those that actually work. It might sound obvious but with more and more skincare categories making their way into our daily application process, it makes sense to take a step back and re-evaluate what your skin actually needs. In this case, more isn’t more. Sensitive skin rejoice!

Instead of one product for brightening, hydrating, exfoliating, detoxing (the list goes on…), Skip-Care suggests you find products that cover multiple benefits.

Fewer products, same amount of benefits. Genius.

13 amazing Japanese beauty products to invest in now:

Sensai Cellular Performance Emulsion II Harrods - Rs 5822 Combat cold weather flakiness with a generous slathering of this stuff, just don't let the word 'emulsion' fool you. Instead of a cloying cream, you'll find a silky, nourishing moisturising lotion that absorbs with no greasy residue and protects even the most sensitive skin against the elements and central heating. 

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser Boots - Rs 375 The charcoal in Biore's foaming cleanser has the might to cut through heavy make-up, oil and everyday grime, leaving skin satisfyingly squeaky clean but never uncomfortably taut. Don't let the colour put you off - it foams white and rinses clear, so you won't have to scrub the sink afterwards!

Isehan Smooth Liquid Eyeliner Yes Style - £2.68If you haven't yet trawled Asian beauty hub, Yes Style, do it right now. This amazing liquid liner is a cross between Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner (which serves up the truest black and incredible staying power) and Eyeko's Black Magic Liquid Liner (which boasts firm but malleable pointed tip to fashion the sharpest of feline flicks in seconds). The best of both for a mere Rs 190.

Japonesque Safari Chic Brush Set Look Fantastic - Rs 1988 Japonesque's travel-sized brushes fit neatly inside even the smallest of make-up bags. The bristles are ultra-soft but densely packed to deposit just the right amount of blush, bronzer or setting powder and to blend both concealer and eyeshadow seamlessly. The best part? They won't splay or lose their shape, no matter how many times you wash them.

Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara Cult Beauty - Rs 1313 The only mascara we purchase time and time again, this is chock-full with teeny tiny fibres and inky pigments, which build full, fluttery lashes in as little as one single swipe. If you go for the waterproof version, be sure to invest in a good eye make-up remover - it's that sturdy. 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Feel unique - £24 There's a reason why one of these facial cleansing oils is sold every ten seconds. The luxurious golden elixir melts away even the heaviest of make-up to leave skin feeling soft and supple but never greasy. We'll take two more bottles, please.

RMK W Water Eyes Colour Ink Selfridges - Rs 2201 RMK's double-sided liquid eyeshadow serves up a pigment-packed matte colour on one end (perfect for those with oily lids) and a pearly, watercolour-esque texture on the other end for those who prefer a subtler look. Simply shake, swipe and blend with your fingertips.

Shiseido Power Infusing Concentrate John Lewis - Rs 4260 It took twenty years of intense research to perfect this serum, so it was always going to earn a cult following. It may take seconds to sink into the skin but the results are long-lasting. You can expect a much brighter, clearer and even-toned complexion. Apply immediately after cleansing and before your moisturiser for best results.

Decorté VI-Fusion Essence Micro-Treatment Fluid Serum Selfridges -  Rs 12,070 If Decorté is good enough for Kate Moss, it's good enough for us, right? Beloved by beauty editors everywhere, this serum boasts aqueous algin-mesh to keep moisture in, and environmental aggressors like pollution out, as well as potassium and magnesium for an extra hit of hydration. It's so light, it almost feels like a toner but the results speak for themselves - smooth, plump, glowy skin.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Yes Style - Rs 1561 According to make-up artists, this is the holy grail of all eyelash curlers. The soft-close hinge and plush cushion means they won't snag, snap or snip your lashes in half. Instead, they'll leave them impressively perky for hours on end, no matter how short. 

Suqqu Pure Colour Blush Harrods - Rs 2272 Sweep your blush brush over the two shades in Suqqu's sleek powder compact for a charge of vivid colour - see ya, pallid winter cheeks. Not only does it look Instagram-worthy, but it really sticks around.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask Net-A-Porter - Rs 7100 for 10 Filled to bursting with glow-giving vitamins, skin-refining acids and Pitera - a smoothing, softening ingredient also found in Japanese rice wine sake - a few minutes under one of these masks is akin to an hour-long professional facial. Plus, they cohere tightly to the skin without the claustrophobic feeling.

Surratt Artistique Eyeshadow Cult Beauty - Rs 12780, Surratt might not be a Japanese brand as such, but every single one of their Artistique Eyeshadows takes inspiration from Japanese make-up craft. The powder is milled so delicately that it feels like a cream on application. Expect a blanket of colour, excellent staying power and zero creasing. The shade range is impressive, too.