Spark Joy To Your Skincare Routine The Marie Kondo Way
Let’s be honest, not all of us have the time to apply all 10 steps of the K-beauty skincare routine. After all, is it really necessary to go through all the steps to keep our face clean and healthy? If you’re looking for a minimalist skincare routine, keep on reading because here’s a guide in creating an easy skincare practice for every skin type.
1. Dry Skin
For face wash, it’s best to use creamy formulas and not the sulfate-based foaming types. This is because the foaming lathers with high pH, which can be too drying for your skin.
A must-have ingredient in your serum is lactic acid, as it exfoliates while keeping the skin moisturised. Moisture barrier-repairing ingredients can help soothe the dryness from the skin.
Same goes for your moisturiser, always include a moisturiser with barrier repair benefits into your skincare routine. The confusion people always have when it comes to moisturising dry skin is to use super heavy, thick moisturiser. Instead, look for ingredients that is the same with the natural lipids found in skin like carrot oil, cranberry oil, evening primrose oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.
Never ever skip moisturiser! Skipping moisturiser not only disrupts the skin’s proper water levels but dehydration will stimulate more oil production. This will then cause more breakouts and encourage the formation of bacteria and the buildup of dead cells within the pores.
A good spot treatment can provide a quick recovery for reducing visible inflammation of cystic acne bumps. Look for one that combats bacteria but won’t strip the skin or leave it flaky and crusted.
Milky formula is great in getting rid of any impurities on your face as well as brightening the skin and giving you an even complexion. That’s why milky formulation works better for combination skin types because of it’s soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
It’s important to treat combination skin correctly from visible lines, wrinkles and breakouts. Hence using a combination of gentle exfoliation and soothing hydration can do wonders for your skin type.
When using a mask, pick the ones with brightening and firming properties to deliver antioxidants and nourishment. This will also help brighten and renew tired-looking, dull skin.
The one thing you should never do when you have sensitive skin is to use a bar of soap for cleansing as the binders that holds together the soap contain high pH balance. This will strip all the natural oils off your face, making it more sensitive and dehydrated. Use instead, low-foaming cleansing gel or gel-to-milk texture.
Ingredients such as chamomile, sea whip, azulene and white tea contain calming components perfect for sensitive skin. This is because these ingredients are anti-inflammatory.
Strengthen your skin’s protective barrier with a balm that’ll nourish your skin and stimulate lipid production. Balms are a little different than moisturiser as it is normally free from water content and formulated with oil and beeswax as its base.