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Back To Basics: The Skip-Care Routine!

Minimal skincare for dehydrated skin.

This is the first installment in our Back to Basics Series, as we review more minimalist skincare routines for all the skin types. Stay tuned for future installments!

Minimal skincare is one of the biggest 2020 skincare trends. But as it is with trends, we couldn’t imagine how this trend would literally become the number one alternative for all of us skincare lovers in these difficult times.  As the year goes on and the corona virus keeps on spreading around at an unstoppable pace, “Skin-malism” seems to be the most appropriate option to navigate through these waters of uncertainty without having to completely neglect our daily skincare routine.

While the whole world remains in quarantine this definitely is not the time to let yourself go and give up on your everyday self-care habits  (even when your last business meeting was in slippers and sweatpants).

And although most of us tend to believe that in order to achieve the skin of our dreams we must follow an extensive skincare regime with numerous steps and products we are  here to change your mind and let you know that “more doesn’t always equal better”. This simplified approach to skincare comes handy in times where we need to consume smartly, spend wisely and make sure we are still positive and in great emotional shape.


So here we are! To help you choose your must-haves products and structure your newly renovated “Skip-Care” Routine!  We break down the steps for a minimal skincare regime and our favorite multi-step products, especially catered to dehydrated and/or dry skin types.  

Before getting into the actual skincare routine, we need to first understand the key differences between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type affected by the lack or poor production of lipids and oils, while dehydrated skin is a skin condition due to water loss on the top layers of the dermis. They are not always interchangeable. In fact, you can have them both. In order to target these, we need to build a routine that includes emollient ingredients like lipids, fatty acids and humectant agents such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin for example.

A well-balanced, basic, yet effective skincare regime needs to contemplate two main aspects:

  1. Major skincare concerns or needs we want to target
  2. Choosing multipurpose skincare products to reduce steps without sacrificing results

A simplified routine will look something like this:


STEP 1: Cleanser

Cleansing is one key step to keep your dermis impurities and inflammation free. Look for gentle products that don’t strip your skin out, that contain hydrating and soothing ingredients and are efficient at removing all kinds of makeup. The frequency of use will be determined by your skin needs.

Our pick:

  • Drunk Elephant slaai makeup melting butter cleanser
  • Murad prebiotic 4-in-1 multicleanser
  • Bioderma sensibio soothing micellar cleansing foaming gel
  • Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing oil
  • Krave Matcha gentle cleanser

Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser (110g, 3g)

aed 130 Drunk Elephant

Prebiotic 4-In-1 MultiCleanser, 148ml

aed 142 Murad

Sensibio Cleansing And Soothing Gel For Sensitive Skin

aed 19 Bioderma

Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, 200ml

aed 100 Clinique

Krave Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

aed 59 KraveBeauty

STEP 2: Toner

A toner is essential because it provides a boost of hydration to the skin at a deeper level as the molecules in it are smaller. As well, it balances the skin’s PH right after cleansing it keeping the dermis-barrier healthy.

Our pick:

  • Laneige cream skin refiner
  • Tarte rainforest of the sea 4-in-1 mist
  • Fresh kombucha antioxidant facial treatment essence
  • Some By Mi aha-bha-pha 30 days miracle toner

Cream Skin Refiner, 150ml

aed 249.99 Laneige

Rainforest Of The Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist

aed 120 Tarte

Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, 50ml

aed 127 Fresh

SomebyMi Aha-PHA-BHA 30 Days Miracle Toner

aed 60 Some by Mi

STEP 3: Moisturizer

Moisturizers are meant to prevent water loss by creating a sealing protective layer known as lipid barrier. A state-of-the-art formulation must be packed with antioxidants, cell communicating ingredients, skin replenishing, calming components and emollients.

Our pick:

  • First Aid Beauty hello fab coconut water cream
  • Biossance squalane + vitamin c rose oil
  • Drunk Elephant protini polypeptide moisturizer
  • Bobbi Brown hydrating water fresh cream
  • CeraVe skin renewing night cream

Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream

aed 125 First Aid Beauty

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, 30ml


Protini Polypeptide Cream, 50ml

aed 258 Drunk Elephant

Hydrating Face Cream, 50ml


Skin Renewing Night Cream, 1.7 Ounce

aed 89 CeraVe

STEP 4: Sunscreen

Sunscreens are essential for protecting the skin from sunlight exposure, first cause for premature aging, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. You should wear an SPF daily even when indoors as the UV rays can penetrate clouds and windows and they bounce back on surfaces like grass, water, concrete, snow and sand.

Our pick:

  • Krave Beauty the beet shield
  • Clinique super defense city block SPF50
  • The Ordinary mineral uv filter SPF30 with antioxidants
  • Paula’s Choice skincare defense essential glow moisturizer SPF30

Krave Beauty The Beet Shield

aed 70 KraveBeauty

Clinique Super Defense City Block SPF 50, 40ml

aed 109 Clinique

Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants, 50ml

aed 36 The Ordinary

Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF30, 60ml

aed 136 Paula’s Choice

STEP 5 : Serums

They come in a variety of formulations, from water based to oils. These are more concentrated sophisticated concoctions, extremely effective and useful when it comes to target specific skin concerns. A serum with a potent content of emollients and non-irritant plant oils will do wonders for dry skin.

Our pick:

  • Dr Barbara Sturm night serum
  • The Ordinary “buffet” + copper peptides 1%
  • The Inkey List q10 face serum
  • Estée Lauder advanced night repair intensive recovery ampoules
  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos glycolic night serum

Dr Barbara Sturm Night Serum, 30ml

aed 1108 Dr. Barbara Sturm

‘Buffet’ + Copper Peptides 1%, 30ml

aed 131 The Ordinary

Q10 Serum, 30ml

aed 23 The Inkey List

Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules

aed 434 Estée Lauder

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, 30ml

aed 344 Drunk Elephant