What is a skip-care routine?

Streamline your skincare stash & save time (plus pennies) with the latest K-beauty trend

Skip-care is the latest beauty trend to come out of Korea, and it’s set to make life even easier (if only because it means we get to press snooze an extra time or two).

What is Korean skip-care?

Also known as skin fasting, skip-care is a Korean beauty trend that’s all about ditching lengthy skin rituals, getting skin savvy and only using what works for you. Because when it comes to skincare, sometimes less is more.

The trick is to find what really works for your skin and stick to that, rather than piling on loads of different products and hoping for the best.

The folks in the know at Simple Skincare reckon the skip-care trend can have real benefits for your skin, saying “having a simple, streamlined, personalised skincare routine that’s bursting with skin-loving ingredients can help your skin feel calm, soothed, and happy.”

What should my skip-care routine consist of?

Before you start clearing through your skincare stash, it’s a good idea to work out which skin type you are, so you can choose the right products for you.

Once you’ve sussed your skin type, or main skin concerns, forget the faff and take it back to basics. Cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise, with products you know really work for your skin. Feel free to throw an exfoliator, oil or essence in there too, but only if you think you need it.

Skincare made super simple – what’s not to love?

Back to basics

Strip back your skincare routine and keep it streamlined with just a few simple steps:


Skip-care or not, cleansing should be the first step in any skincare regime. The type of cleanser you need depends on what you want to achieve. Oil cleansers are good for removing dirt, make-up and sunscreen, while double cleansing is a great way to get your skin next-level squeaky clean.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Gentle enough to use as an everyday cleanser or for removing make-up, thanks to super-ingredient squalene, which can help skin retain its moisture.

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No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Melting Gel Cleanser

Massage in this gorgeous gel cleanser and watch as it melts into an oil that helps dissolve make-up, dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

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Pixi Vitamin C Juice Cleanser

This clever cleanser contains vitamin C and probiotics to help protect, balance and brighten your complexion. Radiant skin for the win!

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Forget what you think you know about toners. There’s a new toner crew in town and they’re here to address your skin’s needs. Choose a toner that works with your skin type to help create a squeaky-clean base for the rest of your beauty regime.

Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner

You can keep excess oil in check without stripping your skin, thanks to this gentle clarifying toner. It’ll leave your skin feeling fresh and invigorated.

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Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner

Get set for glowing skin with this toner. You’ll be left with a complexion that’s radiant, refreshed and ready for anything.

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Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner

Formulated with sensitive skin in mind, this toner is gentle enough to use morning and night. It helps remove every last trace of dirt and make-up without upsetting your skin.

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Great for targeting specific skin concerns, serums can deliver an intense dose of skin-loving goodness. Find a serum that’s been specifically formulated for your skin type or concern and your skin will thank you for it.

No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum

If fine lines and wrinkles are your bugbear, try No7’s most concentrated line-correcting serum. Apply directly to your lines and wrinkles for targeted results.

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It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer

Infused with over 50 skin-loving ingredients, this super serum helps soften and smooth your skin so it’s ready for the next step of your skip-care regime.

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Revolution Skincare 12.5% Vitamin C Radiance Strength Serum

Get glowing with this super-strength vitamin C-infused serum. Apply morning and night for beautifully radiant skin.

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Finish your skip-care routine with a moisturiser that matches your skin type. Moisturisers come in different textures with a choice of active ingredients, so get skin smart and read up on the key skincare ingredients you need to know about.

E.l.f. Superhydrate Moisturizer with Squalene

Hydrate thirsty skin with this fast-acting moisturiser. The lightweight gel texture sinks swiftly into skin, leaving it looking and feeling amazing.

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Sukin Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream

This delicious day cream is infused with rosehip oil and pomegranate to help give dehydrated skin a new lease of life.

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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Gel Cream

Enriched with hyaluronic acid, this hydrating gel cream is perfect for keeping normal or combination skin happy and healthy.

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We love the idea of streamlining our skincare regime. What better excuse to declutter your skincare shelf and find the products that are perfect for your skin type? And if you’ve already found what works for you and you’re a 10-step skintellectual then that’s fine too!