Can the Skincare Diet Help You Achieve Flawless Skin?
The skincare diet is a minimalist skincare regime that involves only three steps instead of the traditional 10. Learn how to try this K-beauty trend out.
Let’s get this out of the way: the skin care diet doesn’t involve overhauling your eating habits. The only thing you’ll be cutting down on is cosmetics.
We deep-dive into this ingenious Korean approach to simplified skincare. Discover how to create your own minimalist skincare routine and what products to pick.
Skincare Diet vs 10-Step Routine
You may have heard of—or even follow—the famous 10-step routine. As with the skincare diet, it originates from the Korean beauty community.
The skincare diet is essentially the opposite of this popular regime—it’s all about minimalism whereas the 10-step routine is ultra-comprehensive.
Although the exact steps can vary, the 10 steps usually look like this:
Some K-beauty advocates perform the whole thing twice a day. If that sounds overwhelmingly intense (and expensive), you’re not alone.
Most of us can barely find enough time to shower in the morning, let alone apply a store’s worth of products. On hot and humid days, all those layers will likely melt off your face—or mix with your sweat to clog pores.
A lack of convenience isn’t the only drawback to following the 10 steps. Going overboard with your products can worsen or create other issues.
Mixing and matching products can also be disastrous if you’re not careful about the ingredients—e.g., multiple drying agents together.
You may experience contact dermatitis (rashes), which not only looks bad but can be painful too.
Finally, if you’re applying an arsenal of skincare products, you can’t know what’s hurting or helping. Is retinol from your toner causing irritation or niacinamide in your SPF? What about your essence?
What is the Skincare Diet?
The skincare diet describes sticking to the foundational basics: wash, moisturize, and protect with SPF.
This minimalist skincare routine allows you to see what’s working and what isn’t. Switching out one or more products shouldn’t be as challenging or costly, either.
Of course, you can gradually build on it with time—like adding a dark spot corrector for acne scarring, or a brightening serum to even skin tone.
Step #1 - Wash Your Face
Cleansing twice a day is essential, and the skincare diet is no exception. However, rather than opting for a super-strong wash, go for something gentle.
The InstaNatural Vitamin C Cleanser works with all skin types. It also contains antioxidants to clear blemishes and ingredients to soothe, hydrate, and balance your skin.
If you’re acne-prone and don’t want to dry your skin out, the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a good choice too.
Step #2 - Moisturize Well!
If your skin is dehydrated, you’ll know it—problems like dullness, roughness, and texture are hard to ignore. Fine lines and wrinkles are usually more visible on parched skin too.
A quality moisturizer can make all the difference. Look for one that’s gentle, contains antioxidants, and is non-comedogenic.
Since there are only three steps in the skincare diet, you need one that ticks all the boxes. Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer works on nearly all skin types to improve tone, texture, and firmness.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer is dermatologist-recommended with thousands of reviews if you want something more budget-friendly.
Step #3 - Protect with SPF
We can’t emphasize how much harm UV light can do to your skin: think wrinkles, dark spots, and dullness.
SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen is SPF 40 and packed with helpful antioxidants. It’s also weightless and scentless if you’re not a fan of that suntan lotion smell and tackiness.
Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector is oil-free and suits normal, oily, and combination skin types. It’s resistant to water and sweat, and protection is SPF 42.
How to Build Your Minimalist Skincare Routine
Let’s talk about how you can start the skincare diet today.
Start Out Strict
It can be hard—or feel unnatural—to put your large collection of skincare products away. However, you should begin with the standard three steps and nothing more.
Stick with the basics for at least a few weeks to see how it goes. If you see you’re desperately in need of something (e.g., an anti-acne serum), add it in.
Find Your Perfect Products
You might have to experiment with your cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. If you feel like one isn’t doing the job (e.g., you still feel oily after washing your face, you might need a stronger cleanser), replace it.
Add On if Needed
As we mentioned, you can add more products one by one. You don’t need to go back up to 10: try to be intuitive about what your complexion needs.
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