How to Cut Down Your Skin Care Routine to 90 Seconds or Less

How to Cut Down Your Skin Care Routine to 90 Seconds or Less
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A proper skin care routine can seem daunting, overwhelming and time-consuming. We all want beautiful complexions, but let’s be honest, it usually requires more time and effort than we actually have. We’re told to use a cleanser, exfoliator, toner, serum, moisturizer, night cream and the list goes on. And to top it off, it’s suggested that we do this both morning and night.

If you’re anything like the modern woman (or me) and a professional juggler of many things, spending 20 minutes on a skin care routine may not be the best fit for you. However, it is possible to harness the same healthy benefits within minutes…even seconds. Ahead, we’ve rounded up advice from skin care experts and discovered how to master a routine in 90 seconds or less.

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Know the Non-Negotiables

With skin care steps multiplying each year, the days of a simple cleanse seem far, far gone. The dermatologists we spoke with agree that there are three essential steps: cleansing, moisturizing and SPF. “The benefits to a skin care routine lie in the ingredients that are being used, not the amount of products you’re using,” shares Dr. Francesca Fusco, NYC Dermatologist. “It is possible to get all the skincare you need from 2-3 products.”

Dr. Suneel Chilukuri, M.D., Houston Dermatologist, believes a common consumer mistake is purchasing a multi-step regimen that isn’t customized for your particular skin. “Many will turn to these kits as an easy solution, but true experts create a regimen that works best for what you need,” says Dr. Chilukuri.

If you take the time to pick effective and appropriate products, we can spend less time applying them to our faces.

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Eliminate Extra Steps

There are serums, peels, night creams, masks and more that we invest in to target specific needs. However, if you’re narrowing your skincare routine down to 2-3 products, it’s simply not possible to include all of these. “Toners and serums are bonus steps that are okay to skip,” shares Dr. Dan Behroozan, Director of Dermatology Institute of Southern California.

Though these steps can be effective, they aren’t absolutely necessary to achieving a healthy complexion.

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Pick Multi-tasking Products

We know which steps are essential and which we can nix. Now, let’s talk about the products. Whenever you’re cutting on time or money, you want to find products that are multi-tasking. “A great way to cut down on your routine is using multi-use products to provide extra benefits without additional time and steps,” shares Dr. Behroozan. For example, find a moisturizer infused with SPF or a serum that hydrates. Ahead are dermatologist and editor-approved multi-taskers to consider before downsizing your routine.

STYLECASTER | Multitasking Beauty Products | Dove Bar


Dove White Beauty Bar

This bar, which is made up of ¼ moisturizer, cleanses and hydrates your body and face.

$1.29, at

STYLECASTER | Multitasking Products | Starskin Pads


StarSkin 7-Second Morning Mask

Dual-sided pads soaked in a serum meet all your skin needs in a simple swipe. The front side of the pad exfoliates and tones for a brighter complexion. The back side of the pad penetrates serum, moisturizer and a leave-in mask for extreme hydration and nourishment.

$30, at Barneys

STYLECASTER | Multitasking Beauty Products | La Roche Posay Substiane

La Roche Posay

La Roche-Posay Substiane

Keep skin uber hydrated while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. This moisturizer is packed with anti-aging properties that keep skin tight, firm and youthful.

$56.99, at La Rosay-Posay

STYLECASTER | Multitasking Beauty Products | SkinMedica HA5


SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair 

A moisturizing serum packed with anti-aging properties and vitamins to keep skin supple and nourished.

$68, at SkinMedica

STYLECASTER | Multitasking Beauty Products | VENN Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate


VENN Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate

Talk about a powerhouse product! This concentrate replaces toner, essence, serum, lotions and oils in just one application. On top of hydration, this cream reduces aging skin, hyperpigmentation and improves texture and tone!

$185, at VENN Skincare

STYLECASTER | Multitasking Beauty Products | PCA Skin Hydrator Plus Broad SPF 30

PCA Skin

PCA Skin Hydrator Plus SPF 30

A light-weight SPF that hydrates skin without a sticky film or white residue.

$35, at PCA Skin