Maximize and simplify your routine with natural skincare that meets your skin's needs and timePosted on April 8, 2023 Written by: 100% PURE®
The Korean 10-step routine is a catch-all if you’re looking for a very thorough skincare regimen, but for busy ladies who are looking for something low-maintenance, this is where you belong! Though a simplified skincare routine might seem challenging given a packed daily schedule, getting back to the basics is easier than you think – and might just be better for your skin.
If a low-maintenance skincare routine sounds right up your alley, keep reading to discover how you can simplify your daily regimen without forgoing all the benefits of the K-beauty regimen. Depending on your specific skin concerns, you can tailor this routine to focus on certain details. Common goals are clarifying, anti-aging, and brightening – with a side of glass skin, please!
At the end of the day, not everyone needs a complex routine to achieve the skin of their dreams. Sure, a 10-step regimen can benefit certain skin types, and it has the advantage of addressing every aspect of skin care – and then some! While this intense routine might work well for some, it’s likely challenging for busy women to even get a few steps in.
With a bit of strategizing, though, you can get the most out of your products while simplifying your beauty routine. Speaking of products, you only need four with natural ingredients that are tailored to your skin type and needs for low-maintenance yet effective skincare.
If you aren’t sure what your skin type is, it’s not too late to find out! There are four main types with usually a few noticeable traits that help us figure out what skin type our skin falls into.
Think of this skin type as the teacher’s pet. It is usually on its best behavior (besides a hormonal pimple or two) and doesn’t want for a thing. This skin type is the most coveted because it is generally low-maintenance.
Dry skin needs a bit more attention and love (but that’s just as well because we love slathering on serums and creams). Dry skin types usually notice tightness, flaking, redness, and thirsty-feeling skin. This can be even more noticeable under the eyes, along the jawline, and on the high points of the face.
This skin type is probably the easiest to spot, and most with oily skin are aware that they have this skin type. You’ll notice a shiny or slick texture on the surface of your face, most common in what’s called the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).
In this case, we’re reminded of our favorite pizza. Combination skin can have a little bit of everything – oily areas, very dry spots, and periods where things are balanced or neutral. The most important thing to remember about combination skin is that it doesn’t always behave the same.
When you’ve got sensitive skin, selecting skincare products can feel a bit like walking through a minefield. Choose the wrong one and boom - burning, redness, and inflamed skin can all be side effects of using a product that’s too harsh for your skin type. Gentle, natural, and balancing ingredients will be your skin’s BFF.
*Note: a skin type is not the same as skin behavior. You can have hormonal breakouts or skin sensitivities, for example, that overlap with the skin types above.
Knowing your skin type is essential for choosing the essentials for your unique skin needs. The great news for you busy ladies is that you don’t need 10 products – just four! Each should be tailored to your skin type. Follow along to find out!
Attention busy women (and anyone who wants a simple routine): Lots of skincare goodies are fun, but we’re leaning into a no-fuss skincare routine. That’s right! Call it skinimalism, where a paired-down regimen might just be better for our skin! When it comes down to it, you’ll save money, time – a huge bonus for busy women – and especially your skin.
By choosing natural and effective products that meet your skin needs, your routine will take less time and yield better results. Without further ado, here are the essentials for your no-fuss, skinimalistic skincare routine:
The purpose of a facial cleanser is to lift and flush dirt, oil, makeup, and pollutants from your face without stripping your skin – that’s it! When you choose a natural cleanser, it’s null and void of harsh, irritating chemicals like alcohol, parabens, and sulfates, making it virtually great for all skin types.
Our Argan Oil Creamy Cleanser is beneficial for all skin types and is even a fan favorite for dry skin types. This cleanser nourishes with argan and rosehip oils, which won’t leave skin greasy, while gently washing away impurities. The antioxidant-rich açai in the formula keeps the skin soft and supple, without stripping healthy lipids or moisture, creating the perfect balance of skin Zen.
Toners are a necessity for any skin type. These liquid multi-taskers can remove any remaining makeup or impurities after cleansing, hydrate, and balance the skin’s pH – plus they’re the ultimate skin refresher! Another key purpose of the toner step is to purify, soften, and pre-moisturize your skin while priming and plumping with hydration. Even oily and acne-prone skin needs a splash of aqua!
Speaking of, our aquatic-inspired Restorative Sea Culture Hydrating Toner delivers a protein-rich and hydrating base of chia seed water to soothe and pre-moisturize skin. Hydration hero hyaluronic acid locks water into the dermis for maximum skin-plumping. Organic glycerin, moisture-locking algae, and nutrient-rich sea kelp along with a blend of florals and essential oils soothe and balance skin.
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Whether you have 10 minutes or 30 seconds, moisturizing your skin is a mega-must! All skin types need moisture (oil), just as all need hydration (water), and a good natural moisturizer will provide both. Natural moisturizers are crucial for maintaining the skin’s moisture barrier, to protect from environmental damage that can dry and damage your precious dermis. They also lock in nutrients from the prior steps!
For a super, all-around hydrating and nourishing formula, we’d recommend opting for our Green Tea EGCG Concentrate Cream. This moisturizer is our most universal formula and helps to ward off toxins and aging pollutants found in the air. Highly nutrient-rich green tea softens and fortifies skin with key phytonutrients. EGCG, the potent antioxidant from green tea, protects against environmental damage and neutralizes aging free radicals.
Yes, we know you’re busy. But a short, effective nighttime skin routine leads to sweeter dreams. To deliver intensive moisture through the night, take advantage of this step in your low-maintenance skincare routine. Apply a generous layer of our Mutli-Vitamin cream for a creamy, dreamy vitamin treatment. This cream is known to make skin feel baby-smooth when you awake the next morning!
#4. Protecting against the sun
SPF is a critical component of healthy skin care, and should be a part of everyone’s routine, no matter your skin type. Our mineral sunscreens work to block damaging free radicals and UV radiation: the leading cause of premature aging. Wearing an SPF can greatly reduce the chances of painful sun damage, signs of aging, and even skin cancer. So, DO NOT SKIMP on your sunscreen!
Tomatoes in sunscreen? Hear us out. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene, the natural pigment that makes them red, and has also been linked to a reduction in DNA damage from UV exposure. If you’ve ever wanted a silky smooth facial moisturizer that doubles as sun protection, here’s your answer. We’ve packed the most skin-moisturizing ingredients like olive squalane, coconut oil, and sunflower oil into this handy bottle for sun protection and moisturizing on the go.
PRO TIP: In a hurry? You can skip your normal face moisturizer and replace it with this skin-hydrating and softening natural sunscreen and moisturizer in one. It’s also a great skincare hack!
For busy ladies (and those who want a low-maintenance regimen), the idea that “less is more” rings true in all areas of a hectic life—skincare included. By brushing off your probably stressed shoulders and the belief that you need an hour in front of the mirror or 10 steps to have the proper skincare routine, you’ll be closer to success with a streamlined routine when you’re bound to time.
Besides, by selecting the core essential components of a streamlined skincare routine, or our ‘fab four’ above, you’ll meet your specific skin needs, and your routine will take less time and yield better results. The key is to nail down a small portion of time daily and nightly and use natural, effective skincare products that offer results in fewer steps.
For busy women, this means adios to chasing many new or the ‘right’ products, which might not even work on your skin—a no-fuss, minimal routine focuses on what’s best for you in just a few targeted products. The less is better approach gets even better when you use multi-purpose products, which are huge time savers and better for the environment since you’re creating less waste!
Are you always in a rush and never seem to have enough time for yourself and your skin? Don’t fret - just because you’re busy doesn’t mean your beauty routine needs to suffer. Check out these 5 time-saving skincare hacks that will help you get ready in a flash.
1. Use Multipurpose Products
Using multipurpose products is a great way to save time in the morning. For example, apply a moisturizer that also contains SPF, so that you don’t need to use two separate products. Try a BB cream, which is a multi-tasking product that moisturizes, protects, and provides lightweight coverage.
2. Go for a Minimal Look
When you’re in a hurry, who has time for a full glam-bam of makeup (and products)? Go for a more minimal look – plus, less is more. Choose multipurpose cosmetic and skincare products that are designed to pull double duty. Just apply a little cheek, eye, and lip color, and you’ll be good to go!
Go for a natural blush that’s designed to pull double duty for your cheeks and your eyeshadow. It gives you a healthy glow sans heavy metals and toxic dyes. We also formulate our multipurpose blush makeup with only the highest quality, vegan ingredients. For a sun-kissed look, our rich, buttery bronzer features all-natural pigmentation courtesy of pure cocoa powder and real fruit extracts. So, it’s no wonder that this all-star has double powers as an eyeshadow.
For the last simple pop of color, go for a lip and cheek tint. Our multitasking hero colors cheeks, lips, and eyelids! This vegan tint elevates ‘no-makeup’ makeup looks. It also adds a soft touch to bold eye makeup looks or serves an effortless flush with creamy pigment.
#3. Use multipurpose ingredients
Natural multipurpose ingredients can provide a range of benefits for overall skin health. Argan oil, which is featured in the cleanser mentioned, is one multi-tasking ingredient that does it all! Argan oil softens and smooths the skin; contains antioxidant-rich vitamins A and E to reduce signs of aging; acts as a natural nail-strengthening agent for dry and brittle nails; and is a natural hair conditioner that helps protect the protein structures in your hair.
#4. Incorporate skincare into your daily activities
Always on-the-go? Keep a facial mist in your bag so that you can freshen up your face throughout the day, wherever you are. Replenishing rose water delivers a kiss of hydration to dry, imbalanced skin. Made with rose hydrosol to balance pH, reduce redness, and lightly moisturize. Hyaluronic acid delivers a double dose of hydration to quench dry, dehydrated skin and boost glow.
On the go and need SPF pronto? Our natural spray SPF application is easy to apply on the fly, and we use a compressed air canister built into the bottle to eject the formula, instead of ozone-harming CFCs.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is very important as far as beauty hacks are concerned. A good night’s sleep can make a huge difference to your skin and overall health. The time that you spend snoozing away is the golden hour for your skin to repair and renew itself. They call it “beauty sleep” for a reason! You won’t have to worry about concealing ‘panda’ eye bags and you’ll wake up to a healthy glow.
If there’s one thing about the Korean skincare regimen that we’re a little mystified about it’s how to block out that kind of time, especially if you’re a busy woman! Thankfully, even if you’re on the go, you can have a curated, no-fuss skincare routine with four simple, yet effective products and a few minutes.
Plus, with the additional use of multipurpose products, and better yet, skincare hacks, you can unlock the power of caring for your complexion with a low-maintenance skincare routine that is as good to your watch as it is for your skin!
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