Familiarize yourself with routines that you can pull out that fit any amount of time you have. Here are three to start you off…

Some days we just don’t have time to do everything listed in a skincare routine. On such days, it’s all we can do to down coffee before heading out to the office. And then there are days when you do have the time to indulge. But what often happens is that you fall back on your quick skincare routine, even when you do have the time to be more thorough because that’s the nature of habits. The solution?

The Super-Speedy 10-Minute Skincare Routine

  1. Some beauty products combine cleansing water with toning properties. These kinds of multi-tasking items can pull double duty for you and should be a mainstay if you find yourself regularly short on time.
  2. Moisturize. It might be okay to skip other steps in a skincare routine, but not this one. Keeping your skin moisturized diminishes the appearance of fine lines and prevents the formation of wrinkles.
  3. Serum or eye serum. Either of these steps is easy to apply. So take stock of your face and consider which you need more. If you have time to apply both, great!
  4. SPF. Many makeup and cosmetic products combine SPF with color coverage so you can look polished and protected with this final step. 

      Best for: Save this routine for times when you are really in a rush, and it will have you out the door without anyone knowing you slept through your alarm.

      The Relaxed 20-Minute Skincare Routine

      1. Double cleanse. Start with an oil-based cleanser. Massage a small amount of the cleanser over the entirety of your face and then rinse it off with warm water. Once all the impurities are off your face, use a water-based cleanser to get rid of the slight oil residue.
      2. Lymph massage. Popular in Japan and making headway into other skincare cultures, lymph massages encourage the flow dead cells, impurities, and pathogens out of the body. Massage behind the ears, along the sides of the neck, in the hollow of one’s collarbone, and under the armpits.
      3. Toner or lotion. This step is to prepare and soften the skin to make it receptive for lotions that follow. Apply toner by patting it onto your skin.
      4. Moisturize. Cream, gel, oil, you know the drill.
      5. Your serum or booster of choice. Depending on how your skin is looking, apply what you need. You can target dark spots, puffy eyes, wrinkles, etc. Remember to apply lighter solutions first and then move up to heavier creams.
      6. SPF. Apply before your cosmetics routine. 

                Best for: For any day of the week, as it covers all the most essential aspects of a skincare routine.

                The Indulgent 30-Minute Skincare Routine

                1. Double cleanse. Same as described in the routine above, but if you want, you can skip the water-based foam and go straight to exfoliating, as described below.
                2. Exfoliate. Not something you need to do every day, exfoliating is perfect once or twice a week when you have that extra time to pamper yourself. Use an exfoliating scrub to shed dull skin cells.
                3. Lymph massage + facial exercise. Along with lymph massages, facial exercises are popular in Japan, with many new inventions dedicated to helping you firm up your jawline and help give your face a little more definition. A simple exercise to help combat sagging cheeks is to say the vowels, A-E-I-O-U, opening your mouth wide as you slowly pronounce each sound. This step can also be done at the end of your skincare routine; the order isn’t important.
                4. Toner or liquid lotion (read more about these here). The priming stage. Prepare your skin to soak in all the good stuff that will follow.
                5. Sheet mask. A full skin care routine would not be complete without indulging in a sheet mask. From brightening your complexion to combating acne or reducing fine lines, you are sure to find something that can target a point of concern for you. Put on some soothing music, or take a 10-minute snooze and wake up bright-eyed and glowing.
                6. Moisturize. Yes, you still need to moisturize, even after having done a sheet mask.
                7. Your serum or booster of choice. Here, as with the previous routine, apply based on what your skin needs. Remember to go from thinner consistency formulations to heavier formulations.
                8. SPF. An immovable part of all skincare and make up routines, always finish off your skincare routine with sun protection.

                Eun-Ha Park

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