5-step skincare routine that you need right now

The only minimalistic, skincare routine that you will ever need

Gautham Dinesh
2 min readFeb 20, 2024

If you want a minimalistic skincare routine that takes just 5 minutes and delivers the maximum result, then this is for you.

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I start with a toner, gently patting it around my face and letting it absorb all of that goodness to hydrate and nourish my skin. The toner I use is Haruharu Wonder: Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner.

  • Balances pH
  • Removes impurities
  • Hydration
  • Prepares skin to absorb other products
  • Refreshes and soothes
  • Tightens and firms


After absorbing the toner, I apply a few drops of serum: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. This serum protects the skin from dryness and breaking. It also provides a wonderful glow that radiates throughout the day.

  • Anti-aging
  • Brightening
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Repair and renewal
  • Pore minimization

Eye Cream

I tend to have very puffy eyes and dark eye bags so I apply the Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream but feel free to skip this step if you have good skin under your eyes.

  • Minimize dark circles
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Reduce puffiness


To lock in all the products, I apply a generous amount of moisturizer. I recommend either CeraVe or Cetaphil as these are highly reputable and you can find them in almost any pharmacy.

  • Hydration and barrier from the outside world
  • Reduces sensitivity
  • Balances oil production


Finally, to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, apply a good amount of broad spectrum, SPF 50+ sunscreen to your face and neck. I use the CORSX aloe sunscreen but any SPF 50+ sunscreen works well.

  • UV protection
  • Sunburn prevention
  • Decrease the risk of skin cancer


I also use the Bulldog beard balm for my beard to keep it tidy throughout the day and some leave-in conditioner to give my hair some curls and keep it from drying out.