After Glass Skin and Mochi Skin, Cream Skin is the Hottest Korean Beauty Trend for 2020


Forget the 10-step Korean skincare routine.

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Whether you're short on time or simply cannot bring yourself to carry countless skincare products while on the go, the latest Korean Cream Skin trend, known as a look achieved through a simplified skincare routine of products with a milky texture, may just be what you need.

Say goodbye to the 10-step skincare routine; the new 3-step Cream Skin ritual promises a dewy complexion with less time and effort. While it may sound daunting to those who are used to an elaborate skincare regimen, making the switch to less products may prove beneficial to the skin.

In fact, Alicia Yoon, the founder of Korean skincare and K-Beauty products Peach and Lily says that certain ingredients should be used together with caution as they may cancel each other out. When ingredients counteract each other, the irritation and dryness caused may do more harm than good.

The bottom line is, do your research and make sure there aren't any clashing ingredients in your products. Luckily, most Cream Skin products are designed to be multi-tasking (think toner-moisturisers packed with ultra-hydrating ingredients) and yield the best results with the least amount of time.

Want to start your Cream Skin journey but not sure where to start? Here is a list of products you can start adding to your beauty cabinet:

Step 1:Cleansing

Always start with a clean and fresh base. When wearing makeup, double cleanse if possible.

Banila Co. Clean it Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm

The Banila Co. Clean it Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm is a hypoallergenic cleansing balm that can melt away any stubborn waterproof make-up and skin impurities in a single step. This cleansing balm doesn't disturb the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving the skin hydrated and fresh. It also contains active botanicals, hot springs water, vitamin E and C to enhance the complexion.

CosRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

CosRX's Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a deep facial cleanser and doubles as a gentle skin exfoliator. It features a natural BHA component that gently exfoliates the face and removes any dead skin cells while maintaining moisture.

With a pH-balanced formula, it restores the skin’s optimal pH level to reduce irritation, seal in moisture, and create a firm skin appearance. This product is especially great for sensitive and dry skin types as it also includes tea tree oil to tighten pores and control oil production.

Step 2: Toning and Moisturising

Now that we’re done with prepping the skin, it’s time to use Cream Skin products! We’ve selected the best products to help you kick start a minimalist skincare routine.

SIORIS Time Is Running Out Mist

Best for those who barely have time for skincare in the morning, this all-in-one toner, mist and serum makes sure even the busiest workaholics leave with bright and hydrated skin. Its powerful hydrating ingredients such as macadamia seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil promise plumped and nutritious skin for all skin types—you can thank us later.

re:p Nutrinature Ultra All-in-One Multitem

Steps up your skincare routine with this all-in-one toner, essence and emulsion. Featuring superfood ingredients such as olive and avocado oil, this multi-tasker helps moisturise and protect the skin while reducing wrinkles with amino acids and antioxidants. Balancing oil and moisture level with naturally-derived ingredients, this hydrator is one of the bestselling K-beauty products on the market.

Laneige Cream Skin Toner and Moisturiser

Known as the product that started the Cream Skin trend, this toner-moisturiser blends the benefits of a cream and toner to maximise the skin’s hydration level in one step. The star ingredient is white leaf tea, which is rich in amino acids that protect the skin's internal and external ageing process by building elastin and collagen.

Peach & Lily Lazy Day All-in-One Moisture Pads

Formulated with hyaluronic acid to contain moisture, panthenol to defend against external stressors and inflammation and bamboo extract to hydrate and calm the skin, these moisture pads deliver a refreshing and hydrated glow to your skin overnight. In just one swipe, they deliver the benefits of superfoods like spinach, broccoli, carrot and pomegranate extracts, which rejuvenate the skin with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Mizon Multi Function Formula All in One Snail Repair Cream

When it comes to skincare innovation, the Mizon Multi Function Formula All in One Snail Repair Cream is something you cannot miss. Containing 92% snail extract, it not only reduces fine lines but also acne scars and hyper-pigmentation. The star ingredient is snail mucin, which helps keep your skin moisturised all day. This product is much loved in the K-Beauty industry and is perfect for those who have oily or combination skin.

VENN Age Reversing All-in-One Concentrate

VENN's Age Reversing All-in-One Concentrate helps increase the elasticity and firmness of your skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Beneficial for all skin types, it’s powered by green tea extract which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This is also packed with amino acids and different botanical extracts to reduce acne scars and blemishes while keeping the skin firm and healthy.

Step 3: The Final Touch

Products for AM and PM to seal in and give your skin a final boost.

A’Pieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream

A skin routine is not complete without sunscreen. The A' Pieu Pure Block Natural Sun Cream has a matte and light-weight formula to keep those harmful UV rays away from your skin. It contains amazing natural ingredients such as aloe vera, watermelon extract and berry blossom complex (6 different kinds of fruit and flower extracts) to help calm, hydrate and protect your skin.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is a world-renowned overnight mask best for reviving tired skin, retaining moisture and soothing your skin as you sleep. With over 16 million sales since its release, this is a must-have item to achieve that healthy youthful glow without using multiple products. For the best results, simply apply it once or twice every week in the last step of your skincare routine.

Let us know what you think of the Cream Skin routine! Most of these Korean beauty brands are clean and vegan so feel free to splurge on these products knowing they do not contain harmful ingredients for your skin.

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