Korean girl touching her face

Koreans are popular for their crazy, yet effective skin care regimens. It’s no surprise most of them have supple, smooth, poreless-looking skin that would make anyone jealous. They attribute their beautiful, porcelain skin to a strict adherence to their 10-step skincare routine.

The “10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine” is a popular Korean regimen that created a buzz in the beauty industry. This routine encourages you to use 10 or more products, including two types of cleansers, toner, essence, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, among others. Some beauty enthusiasts swear by this routine, saying it made a huge difference in their skin.

Applying excessive products, however, doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why the “Skin Care Diet” or the “Anti-10 Step Skin Care Routine” trend was born. As a long-time believer of the 10-steps, this idea certainly caught my attention. Is it really worth the hype? How will it keep my skin beautiful if I have to remove essential parts of my routine (every part of the 10-step routine is essential to me)?

Here’s what I learned and experienced when I put myself on the skin care diet.

“More” Doesn’t Always Mean “Better”

Girl rubbing cream on her face while smiling

Sometimes life seems unfair. Some people I know manage to maintain smooth, healthy skin despite staying up late at night and eating oily food. Then there’s me. I, someone who has tried every skincare trend and religiously followed the 10-step routine, still suffer from breakouts. To be honest, I don’t think my skin actually improved while I did the routine.

I’ve come to realize that I might be overdoing it; layering on all the products is irritating my skin rather than helping it.

According to my research, exfoliating your face using different acids and mechanical beads (like I do) can lead to redness, dryness, and more breakouts. An American dermatologist explains that individuals tend to overuse or combine products that create more problems with their skin.

The combination of products plays an important role in the effectiveness of your skincare routine. Keep in mind that some products don’t work well with each other. Using products that are not supposed to go together can affect the look, feel, and health of your skin. For example, retinol loses efficacy when used with vitamin C and AHAs.

So, is this my answer? Will reducing the number of skincare products I use be the key to improving my overall skin health?

Cutting Back Leave Room for Skin Improvement

A report by Allure says dermatologists in Korea advice people to cut down their extensive routine, particularly those who experienced sensitivity and redness. Korean stars, like Hani of EXID, have been experimenting with a minimal skincare routine. Hani shared with Allure that she cut down her routine from six steps to two. This shift improved her skin, the star said.

Consider going back to basics, such as cleansing, moisturizing, and applying SPF. It may be simple, but it could be enough for your skin. Beauty enthusiasts experienced amazing results after trying this form of diet. Even Korean idols are jumping on the bandwagon and sharing the same experience — satisfaction.

Reducing the skincare products you use won’t only benefit your skin but also your pocket. You don’t need to buy bottles and tubes of creams and oils, which is also beneficial to the environment because you’re reducing the plastic waste.

Minimal Skin Care Routine

girl doing her skincare routine

Identifying what your skin needs helps you build a routine that delivers results. As I have dry skin, I didn’t cut out my moisturizer and mild cleansers from my old routine. If you have oily skin or some other type, consult your dermatologist to determine yours and what skin care products will work best for you.

As a rule, though, I recommend investing in products that contain minerals essential to your skin health. Minerals from the Dead Sea, for example, are powerful ingredients that offer wonderful benefits to the skin. Kedma Cosmetics offers a range of products rich in Dead Sea minerals combined with other essential vitamins. In fact, most of my pared down skincare routine involved many Kedma products (they’re just that good!).

My skinny skincare routine products include:

  • Cleanser – this is an essential part of a skin care regimen and should be the first step of the routine. It removes dirt and dead skin cell to prevent clogging your pores that cause breakouts.

My recommendation: Kedma Milk Cleanser – a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser that helps make your skin soft, smooth, and fresh by removing make-up and skin impurities. You can use the product day and night. It suits any skin type even sensitive skin.

  • Moisturizer – this provides extra moisture on your face. Washing strips off some moisture from the skin, leaving it dull and dry. Moisturizing is also vital if you have dry skin as it replenishes the moisture you lose when washing.

My recommendations:

Kedma Restoring Day Cream – the product contains collagen and Dead Sea minerals that work together to fight the process of skin aging. It helps firm and tighten the skin as well as maintain its elasticity. Use the product in the morning after cleansing.

Kedma Intensive Night Cream – this cream contains Dead Sea minerals and Retinol to improve the appearance of existing wrinkles and prevent new ones. The retinol contributes to keeping your skin soft, smooth, and young looking. Apply the product every night.

  • Sunscreen – protect your skin from the damaging effects of sunlight. Excessive exposure to UV rays without protection ages your skin faster and increases your risk of skin cancer.

My recommendation: Choose a sunscreen that won’t clog your pores, isn’t sticky, and provides enough protection. You can find moisturizers that also have SPF so you don’t need to use separate products. Apply SPF at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

  • Sheet Masks – these also provide extra moisture to your skin, but they’re only optional. You can use it once or twice a week, or when you feel your skin needs a moisture boost.

Kedma Facial Restoring Mask – this Dead Sea minerals and hyaluronic acid-infused mask helps improve wrinkles, removes puffiness under the eyes, and slows down skin aging. The product also makes your skin firm, radiant, and smooth. And based on my experience, the effect lasts all day.

The skincare diet doesn’t work for everyone. Suddenly eliminating certain steps from your extensive routine might shock your skin and result in a breakout or other negative skin reactions. When going on a skincare diet, take things slow. Let your skin adjust to the changes you’re implementing.

Your skincare regimen depends on the needs of your skin. You might need to use an eye cream or use a toner for deeper cleaning. But be mindful of the ingredients that go into the products. Make sure they work together to deliver the results you need.

If you’re routine doesn’t work, then it’s not the right one for you. Going on skincare diet could your chance to bring back your soft, smooth, and healthy skin.

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