Skin Care Routine

Minimalising skin care routine for busy people.

A must-have steps in skin care routine.

Have you ever walked by someone with a smooth and flawless skin? You really want to get it but your life is too busy. So this post is for you. In this post, I will walk you through a minimalism routine, that improves your skin appearance which just take you about 5 minutes a day. 5 minutes a day for a healthier skin, why not?

What is “minimalism” in skin care?

Obviously, the word “skin care” already denotes its meaning, taking care of your skin, particularly facial skin. “Minimalism” is a popular art style in New York in the 1960s, which dignify the value of simplicity. So “minimalism skin care” suits for who want to look beautiful but still don’t waste to much time on it. It absolutely not as good as the complete but, yee, better than none.

Skin care at night.

Nighttime is the most suitable time to take care of your skin. This is the time when your skin needs to get rid of dirt and sebum after a long day working. You need to cleanse and apply some nutrients to your skin. As mentioned above, Korean have created a standard skin care routine a long time ago. However, their routine is involved 10 different steps, really complicated and time – consuming, isn’t it?

To build an appropriate routine for your skin, first and foremost, you need to understand what does your skin need? So the purpose of this post is to elaborate the most standard steps that every routine need to have, no matter you are a “pros” or a “newbie” in this area. As you go “down the road”, you may find there is some advance ingredients that you want to add to upgrade your skin, that’s fine, but at this stage, I highly recommend you follow these basic steps, just to “warm-up” your skin and get you to the new area. Am I talking too much? Let’s start.

1. Cleansing


This is obviously the first and the most important step of your routine. Imagine after a long day working under the sun, sweat, sebum, dirt, bacteria attracted to your skin, you absolutely don’t want to sleep with all that stuff on the face. So a deep cleanse is never more essential than in the evening. If you cleanse well, your skin can breathe and pores can open so that every stuff you put later on can be absorbed to your dermis layer. I would recommend you do the “double cleansing” process, as I would explain clearer below.

“Double cleansing” involves using a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water to breakdown make-up, SPF, and sebum within the surface of your skin. Remember that, oil-based cleanser. Research shows that stuff is more likely to dissolve which is in the same solvent, this is called “like – dissolve – like”, so the oil-based product is the great choice to remove anything that exist in your natural facial oil.

When everything is removed on the surface, you follow with a deeper water-based cleanser, water molecules are much smaller than oil molecules, therefore it would penetrate to the deeper area of your skin, you should use a mild cleanser at here, cause we don’t really want to over- strip our face, leaving a little amount of your natural oil is not a bad idea. But, please, do remember that rinse your face carefully after cleansing, don’t leave any cleansing products on your face. The whole process should take around 1-2 minutes.

I promise that I will list some best and affordable cleansing products that I used in the next posts. Really sorry for this inconvenience.

2. Exfoliating

This step really useful to get rid of dead cells. Dead cells can not be removed just by cleansing, therefore you need a thing that much stronger, more reactive, and that is exfoliator. Some exfoliating ingredients are AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), BHA ( Beta Hydroxy Acid), less commonly, PHA and LHA. BHA works well with oily skin, while AHA is more favoured to dry skin, but that is not mean oily skin can not AHA and dry skin can not use BHA, as I said, you have to feel your skin, listen to its request and figure out what your skin needs.

The use of BHA and AHA I might talk clearer in some post later. At this stage, I recommend you start with a low concentration of these acids, as these can cause some break out to your skin, especially who with sensitive skin. You can use exfoliator daily once your skin gets used to with it. Please be aware that exfoliating is different from peeling, peeling is using a really high concentration of acid to peel your skin, like a renewal, and this can not use daily. But your skin does need to exfoliate every day like you need to brush your teeth or take a shower in the morning. Researches show that exfoliate can be useful for whom have acne and pimple, as this removes your surface dead skin cells, provide an exit pathway to these acnes.

3. Treatments

skincare serumThis involves using serums, cream which contain ingredients that mainly focus on fixing problems of your skin, like acne, pigmentation, hyperpigmentation. Treatment products take away a deep linkage between dead skin under your skin. This is the cause of many skin issues. Some treatment products may contain recovery ingredients, which help recover your damaged skin.


4. Moisturizer

moisturizerImagine your face is like a vessel, you clean it, fill it with a lot of nutrition, but you forgot to lid it, all of your nutritive would evaporate or polluted. Moisturizer acts as a lid, it locks the humid in your skin, prevent anything go outside or contaminants come inside.

Skin care at morning.

At this time, your skin really needs to be protected and moisturized. In the morning, people have to go to work, go to school, generally is going outside. There is a ton of factors that can attack your skin out there, UV light, smoke, bacteria,… If you don’t protect your skin well in the morning, I would say that every high- price serums that you put on last night are useless. Trust me!!

1. Cleanse

This step is optional, if you feel your skin a little bit greasy you can use a mild cleanser to clean it. But normally, I just use lukewarm water to rinse my face in the morning, to leave some oil still on my face.

2. Moisturizer

This step helps your skin feel hydrated throughout the day long. People with oily skin can get benefits from this step. As if your skin is hydrated, it is less likely to release oil. But this is still essential for dry skin. A good moisturizer can help to repair your skin barrier, create a shield that prevents bacteria attack to your epidermis. Moisturizer also provides a base, which helps make up on your face look much prettier, have you ever feel that put your make up on and it cracked on your skin, that is because make up can not stick to dehydrated surface.

3. Sunscreen

sunscreenAnd here, this is the most most important in your skincare routine. 80% of skin problems are caused by ultra violet (UV). UVA can cause aging to your skin, it penetrates to your hyper dermis, destroy the collagen linkage and make your skin age faster. UVB causes sunburn, pigmentation by destroying the cell on your epidermis. I might not need to consider about UVC at here cause you may know how it affects our life, if it can contact us, it would be a disaster. Thanks to our dear friend, Ozone. So, please remember to use sunscreen every day, with SPF 30 to 50 is the best, it not takes a lot of time but the effects it brings is undeniable.

Everything has to be paid, even your beauty.

This is true, the cost might not be money, it can be your effort, your time. It takes me a lot of time to find videos on YouTube, read articles. Fortunately, you don’t have to do so, SkinCareIsLife will generate information to you as accurate and short as possible. See you next post. Thank you !!

If you have any question, please leave a comment below or you can send to my email, I would be more than happy to figure out the problem with you guys.

P/s: This is the first time I write a blog, if there is something I did wrong, or some point make you feel uncomfortable, please let me know (please be harsh on this☺️ ).



  • Rajith

    Hi Stephen,

    Thank you for this article. Contains a lot of important skin care tips. Exfoliating is new to me I have to admit. It seems to be really helpful in taking care of the skin. At the speed of skin regeneration, I totally understand why it is important. I have one question regarding moisturizing. Is virgin coconut oil a good moisturizer for the skin?

    • admin

      Hi Rajith, I would answer your question by saying that coconut oil is a really good natural emollient (it soften and make your skin smoother by filling holes on your skin surface, help to heal, really really helpful in coping with eczema, and to trap water deep in your skin), rich in Vitmin E, anti- bacterial, anti- aging properties ,so it does a good moisturizer. However, I would highly recommend you to use coconut oil on your body skin only as facial skin is much more sensitive. Coconut oil would combine with natural oil, sebums, dirts on your skin can block your pores (as it’s a strong emollient 😊) and lead to acne and inflammatory. So if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you definitely want to avoid it, but if your skin is dry, I would also suggest you avoid it also, there are many many good and affordable moisturizers out there so it’s not worth for you to take a risk. You should also avoid using coconut oil on your body if you have body acne or skin conditions due to Malassezia.
      I hope my reply is helpful. Thank you, Rajith!!

  • Jack

    Thank you for your information about skincare. Before, I just used cleanser for my face at the morning and before go to bed and I thought that is enough for my skin. But now I know more about exfoliating, treatments, moisturizer and sunscreen. But I don’t know which products are good for my skin. I have a lot acnes, mostly blackheads.

    • admin

      Hi Jack, I know this may be weary when having acne and you definitely want to get rid of it as soon as possible. In the next few posts, I would list down some products for each skin condition, so let’s wait. Thank you!

  • Ali

    What a nice post you wrote Stephen! I really enjoyed reading it and could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post. Actually I was looking for information about the daily skin care routine and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details and it was exactly what I wanted to know.
    I’m happy that you’ve decided to write about this topic and share it with others. It’s very useful post in my opinion and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested to know about this topic.

    I will definitely come back to your site again to read more posts. Keep up quality articles! 🙂


  • Delqna2001

    Thank you for this informational post. I think this is a post that every single person should read. I mean not only women but men as well. Skin care is something extremely important. If we don’t take care of our skin in our early ages we will regret it later as we get older. What do you recommend for products for a teenage skin with blemishes and scars?

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment. I totally agree with you that everyone needs to take care of their skin every single day. It don’t need to be so complicated, basically, your skin just needs to be hydrated and protected from UV lights and free radicals from the environment. To deal with teenage blemishes and scars, I suggest you use exfoliation, typically chemical exfoliation, as this helps your skin to remove dead cells and help your skin create brand new baby skin cells, some products that I find it’s work well and affordable is (2% BHA Paula Choice’s), if your skin is sensitive, please start with a lower concentration. Another ingredient that you should look for is Retinol, this is a type of Vitamin A, I will explain more about Retinol in the next post cause this is a holy ingredient, I can’t list all of its benefits in just a comment, however, this is a very powerful ingredient so please be aware when using this, or you can wait for my another post talking about this 😁. Lastly, Niacinamide is also good for blemishes- prone and acne- scars skin conditions, this is a very friendly ingredient so you can test it yourself, I fall in love with The Ordinary 10% Niacinamide (very affordable and effective). I hope your skin can get well soon, many thanks!!

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