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In 2020, minimalism is on top of our list, which means two-three effective products chosen over 10-12 extra, unnecessary fare. Self-care embedded into beauty is the ritual of skincare complete with candles and feel-good vibes. And then the way we have begun to ignore multiple products that do little for the skin with highly effective products that are not just versatile but are double-duty in every way. This is where the new K-Beauty trend of cream skin begins its journey. 

While layering on oils to create ‘glass skin’ was in effect a few years ago, this new trend is about taking it a bit further and creating a creamy, dewy complexion that is more hydrating than ever. The mirror-like shine that was coveted a while ago has paved the path for a more nourished, soft, and smooth look, which can only come from using lotion-like, shine-free, and non-greasy hydrating products.

The idea that this look requires minimal products brings us additional joy. It requires a serum-moisturiser or a toner-serum hybrid that does the job without letting you pile on too much. Hybrids in skincare is a coveted trend if a product has enough power in terms of consistency, texture, and ingredients to give your skin more nourishment while taking care of specific skincare issues. It’d be a boon for working women who want nothing more than saving another 10-minutes of their day. The result? A dewy, silky, and well-moisturised face.

Here are the best products that help you get cream skin –

Laneige Cream Skin Refiner, Rs 1,850

The one product that started it all, the Laneige cream skin refiner is an effective two-in-one product that is not toner or a moisturiser; it’s a lotion that seals in moisture and gives you a satiny, cream-like complexion in minutes.

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Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Rs 5,600

Another moisturiser and primer combination that contains shea butter means deeply moisturised skin. Though this cream is rich, it never makes you feel greasy. Instead, it hydrates and softens while making your skin appear flawless.

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Shiseido White Lucent Overnight Cream And Mask, Rs 7,700

This spectacular multi-purpose night cream is perfect for those suffering from hyperpigmentation. It moisturises, hydrates, and gives your skin a dewy feel by morning.

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Farsáli Skintune Blur, Rs 1,750

Farsali was always known for its multi-layered products that are not just effective but effortless. The skin tune blur is a unique product that provides the hydration of a moisturiser while giving your skin a serum-like effect. The filter-like fine-tune effect gives you moisturised, soft and velvety skin.


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The Face Shop Rice & Ceramide Moisturizing Emulsion, Rs 820

Another lightweight option that is known to I’ve your skin a much-needed hydration boost. This revolutionary rice-ingredient based emulsion reduces pigmentation while giving your skin enough moisture to last you all day long. It contains rice extract, rice bran oil, and ceramide that not only boost the skin barrier but also offer a more radiant complexion.


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Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Emulsion, Rs 1,400

A one-of-a-kind serum emulsion combo, this lightweight product made with freshly-squeezed Jeju pomegranate and pomegranate seed oil nourishes your skin and gives you a glowing effect. It’s a slightly milky type lotion that balances the skin’s moisture levels too.

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.