As obsessed as we are with the 10-step K-beauty skincare routine in theory, in practice it's just completely at odds with our lazy disposition. So when I met with Christine Chang, co-founder of Glow Recipe, and she enlightened me on the new "supertasker" trend that's essentially a hack for the traditional diehard regimen, I was into it.
"It's a new class of multi-taskers from Korea that are not only versatile, but don't compromise on results," she explains. "These are a perfect for the time-starved urban woman and will get you out of the door faster in the morning."
Here, Chang breaks down the must-haves that will cut your stash (and routine) in half including a pressed serum/moisturizer (🙏) and waterless facial mist packed with botanical extracts for extra potency.
"Lumpoule is a new category short for 'luminous ampoule' that helps to leave skin glowy, dewy, and supple. This multi-balm is perfect for skincare strobing."
Primary Raw Soy Milk Bio Lumpoule & Multi Balm, $65; glowrecipe.com.
"This liquid toner is a great way to cleanse and prep the skin without the hassle in the morning. Simply dispense the toner onto a cotton pad round and gently wipe the face, then start the rest of your skincare. We love this for its gentle cleansing and hydrating properties."
Primary Raw DoYou Soy Milk Ferment Cleanse Toner, $35; amazon.com.
"Inspired by Korean bathhouse traditions, splash masks are a new in-shower treatment that you splash and pat onto the face for baby soft skin in just 15 seconds. While you can use splash masks on cleansed skin during the evening, they also work as a great cleanser and mask two-in-one in the morning. Simply splash a capful of the liquid treatment in the shower and gently pat for instantly softer, glowing skin."
Blithe Patting Splash Mask in Yellow Citrus and Honey, $48; amazon.com.
"This fermented, waterless mist is a true multitasking wonder, in that it not only functions as a toner to soothe and balance the skin after cleansing, but also a 24/7 hydrator in your purse to refresh the skin throughout the day. You can also spritz it over makeup to set it and give your face a gentle dewy sheen."
Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist, $38; amazon.com.
"This puff, infused with vitamin C and AHA, starts to lather when gently squished. Use it (it has a exfoliating mesh on one side) to gently cleanse and exfoliate from head to toe and buff away dead skin cells."
Wish Formula Squish-and-Bubble Mesh Mask, $7; glowrecipe.com.
"A category game-changer in Korea, this hybrid serum and moisturizer has the potent concentration of a serum (it's formulated with 60% antioxidant rich chaga mushroom extract) and the comforting hydration of a cream. Use this bouncy-textured product after cleansing and toning."
Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum, $49; amazon.com.