Following on from our previous article on The Korean skincare diet. K-beauty has been making waves in skincare community for ages. It’s become known for offering luxurious, unique products at an affordable price point. It can be overwhelming to sort through all of the different lotions and potions available, so we have gathered here a short list of popular products by some of the most popular K-brands, spanning through all 10 steps of a Korean skincare routine:
Rice is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids, so it’s no surprise that rice water has been a staple in Asian skincare for centuries, as it offers brightening, smoothing and softening effect. Enriched with jojoba oil, this cleanser gently melts away all impurities and even heavy makeup. Another useful tip: give yourself a relaxing, 15min massage and see this oil draw the dead skin and congestion out of your pores!
This sulfate-free foaming cleanser gently cleanses, brightens and hydrates your skin. The star ingredient in this cleanser is fermented green tea. Green tea is known for its soothing and antioxidant properties and the fermentation process boosts those benefits. You can even see the leaves on the bottom of the bottle!
Gentle enough to be used daily, these pads contain a mild form of BHA that helps remove dead skin cells from the top layer of epidermis, creating a smooth and glowing complexion. It is also infused with panthenol and allantoin, to soothe skin, and tea tree leaf oil, which works as an anti-microbial.
This low pH toner is an absolute bomb of hydration! The star ingredient here is panthenol, a soothing ingredient, great for every skin type. This toner also packs a few anti-aging benefits with collagen and three peptides!
This essence has only one ingredient – artemisia, or mugwort, which helps soothe sensitive skin. This product is perfect if you have dry skin or acne prone skin that requires a soothing step due to acne treatments.
Designed to gently combat various signs of aging, it’s perfect for anyone, regardless of age. The dual peptide formula in this serum is strengthened by EGF (sh-Oligopeptide-1) and bFGF (sh-Polypeptide-1). Its signature blue colour comes from guaiazulene, a chamomile extract with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Ginseng is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that aid in skin renewal and improve skin elasticity. This masks gently detoxifies skin while its heating action helps deliver beneficial nutrients deep into the skin.
This lightweight cream nourishes the sensitive skin around eyes and even diminishes wrinkles and dullness! It contains 80% snail filtrate, that strengthens skin and promotes cell renewal. Meadowfoam seed oil is a rich source of antioxidants, which aid in preventing further damage to the eye area. This eye moisturiser also contains everyone’s favourite brightening ingredient – niacinamide!
This powerful skin barrier saving moisturiser is formulated with 8 (!) Different forms of hyaluronic acid, to replenish skin’s hydration through and through. It also contains astaxantin, a powerful antioxidant and ceramide, an ingredient that helps restore skin barrier. This formula is also hypoallergenic, toxin-free and cruelty free.
This lightweight sunscreen offers high SPF protection as well as a soothing effect, as it is formulated with multiple centella asiatica extracts. Though most glorified as a must-have sunscreen for combo and oily skin types, it is also suitable for dry skin, because it contains hyaluronic acid - a powerful humectant.