Do You Really Need an 8-step Skincare Routine?

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A skincare routine is the path to healthy, glowing and well-hydrated skin. Over the centuries, people around the world have come up with various tips and recipes for better skin. Now that the world is advanced, we have advanced treatments and products.

The beauty industry is one of the largest and evergreen industries. No matter what, people will always need to look after their skin. This makes knowing and following a skincare routine a must. And of course, there are multiple kinds of skin routines fitted to different skin types and target concerns.

With so many skin routines, it becomes difficult to choose and decide whether you actually need a thorough 8-step skincare routine or not.

What is an 8-step Skincare Routine?

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As the name suggests, it is a skincare routine with 8 steps to follow. This means you use 8 products in your routine throughout the day. Your day and night routines differ a slightly bit hence you use at least 10 products in a day. It is also known as the Koran skincare routine is a concept originating in South Korea. The eight steps involve:

  1. Cleanser- To cleanse your skin of dirt and impurities
  2. Toner- Hydrates and deep cleanses skin
  3. Serums- Hydrate and target your specific concern
  4. Eye cream- For dull or loose under-eye bags
  5. Spot treatment/Active treatments- Specific treatments like acne or skin conditions, treatment for dark spots
  6. Moisturizer- Lock in all the hydration with a moisturizer
  7. Face Oil/ Retinol- For the extra glow use a face oil and to prevent ageing use retinol
  8. Sunscreen- Protect your skin from harmful UV A and UV B rays

Skip the face oil and double cleanse your skin with mild cleaners if you have an oily or combination skin type. For a dry face, try using moisturizing cleaners to avoid dry skin. Retinol helps in anti-ageing and hence must be used at night as it helps build and protect your skin barrier. The golden rule is to never forget to apply sunscreen during the day.

The best part of a skincare routine is that it is customized to your needs. You can research and choose your products or get professional help. The final say is that there is no right or wrong way. There is no wrong routine unless a certain ingredient needs to follow a step-by-step basis. So now coming to the question-:

Should you use an 8-step skincare routine or not?

The fair is answer is NO.

You don’t need an 8-step skincare routine necessarily. The main things every skin needs are cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection. Apart from this, everything else is optional. Yes, following a thorough routine will no doubt give you the best skin but if you are on a budget or you just don’t have the time, follow a simple routine.

Follow a 3-step routine with first cleansing your skin and then moisturizing it. And of course never to forget the sunscreen. You can replace the sunscreen with a retinol or serum in the night as per your wish and need. Do not get into a heavy skincare routine if you’re a beginner. Your skin is the most sensitive part of your skin, don’t treat it like a guinea pig.

If you’ve never done much skincare, starting with a light routine is the best to avoid acne breakouts from too many products. Your skin also needs time to adjust to the treatments, you’re using. Let it breathe. Once time passes by you can start building up the routine by adding one product at a time.

If you have sensitive skin, it is hard to find products that suit your skin well. People with sensitive skin should avoid too many products on the skin as they may not know which product is causing a reaction.

Can I apply makeup after following a skincare routine?

Yes, you can apply makeup after a skincare routine. It is up to you if you like wearing makeup every day, you can apply makeup after the skincare. Just wait a few minutes and let the products get absorbed into your skin.

You can also use multi-tasking products like SPF and PA+++ including skin tints or foundations. If you have dry skin, you can use a moisturizing glow foundation and if you have oily skin go for a matte look. You can also use SPF lipsticks and stains which moisturize the lips as well.

Do all my skincare products have to be expensive?

No, your products don’t have to be expensive or high-end and luxurious. Yes, they are good but sometimes some products are overhyped. The best way is to try products that suit you and then stick to them.

If a drug-store product suits you well but the  same product from a high-end brand breaks you out, what will you prefer? The drug store product unless you’re wealthy. Same way you can have a mix of generic and expensive products in your skincare as long the products do well for your skin.


When deciding what skincare routine to follow, test what works best for your skin. If something suits you well, you stick to the product. It is not needed to always follow an 8-step skincare routine, just follow a simple 3-step routine as long as you can follow it well. Spending money on skincare is necessary is a big myth so you don’t always have to buy from Sephora.

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