They say all good things come in threes. We couldn’t agree more. Everything is better when it’s stripped down to its core—the simplest, most digestible bits—and beauty is no exception. In this new series, we’re breaking down the most requested beauty guides to just three easy steps! No more, no less.
We love our 10-step routines as much as the next person. They might take forever, but they’re the ultimate indulgence and a great start for self-care. That being said, there are tons of reasons you might want to pare things down. Maybe you’re budgeting, maybe you’re short on time, or maybe you’re just simplifying your life. Fair enough! No matter what your motivation, you can streamline your routine to the three essential steps: Cleanse + Nourish + Protect. The simplest morning routine ever, below!
STEP 1: CLEANSE
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A gentle cleanser like COSRX Good Morning Low pH Gel Cleanser (available here).
Long or short, any good skincare routine starts with a cleanse. Cleansing rids your skin of damaging bacteria, clears out your pores, and improves the overall health of your complexion. By starting with a clean slate, you are also maximizing the effects of the rest of your routine. Start with a pea-sized amount of cleanser. Massage it over moist skin using circular motions. Use the tips of your fingers to create more suds and gently clear away surface dirt. After, rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.
STEP 2: NOURISH
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A fast-absorbing moisturizer like Pyungkang Yul Moisture Cream (available here).
Once your skin is completely clean, it’s time to hydrate. This is what the majority of skincare products in a lengthy routine would be designed to do. But since we’re aiming for the bare minimum, a nutrient-rich moisturizer will do. Choose a formula that’s both multi-benefit and fast-absorbing. You want to give your skin maximum nourishment without leaving that heavy or greasy feeling on your face. Start with a peso-sized amount of moisturizer. Use more or less according to your needs. Dot the cream all over your face and spread it evenly with your fingertips.
Using the pads of your palms, gently pat the product into your skin until it has fully absorbed.
STEP 3: PROTECT
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A lightweight sunscreen like Farmstay Jeju Mayu UV Sun Cream (available here).
The sun is the skin’s great enemy, so be sure to protect your canvas. Cleansing and nourishment are crucial, but without proper protection, you’ll simply lose all the progress you’ve made and incur way more skin damage than you should. So, always finish off your routine with a reliable sunblock. It should contain at least SPF 50 to block out damaging UV rays. This will prevent sun exposure from breaking down your skin’s elasticity, lessen hyperpigmentation, and slow down the formation of wrinkles—to name a few! Start with a peso-sized amount of sunblock. This should be enough to cover your face and neck. Dot the product over your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and down your neck.
Spread it evenly and gently pat your skin to help the product absorb.
And there you have it! Easy as 1, 2, 3, right?
Photos and video by Kat Echon.
Luvly by Joakim Karud
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