Korean Skin Care Products 2014

The Latest in Korean Beauty Products - W Magazine

It’s prime time in Seoul, and on the TV in my hotel room a panel of women are conducting a painstaking analysis of facial cleansing wipes. And the very thorough panel on my TV has left me with only one question: Where can I buy this stuff? “Consumers get very spoiled.” Indeed, the discoveries Peach and Lily has brought to the U. A favorite is the Ten Cremor for Face Smooth Pudding, an antiaging cream that feels like custard and melts into the skin. Yoon decides to introduce the potion, and 11 other Cremorlab products, on her site immediately. Glowing, über-moisturized, babylike skin has become the hallmark of Korean beauty in the past five years, and it has not only set off an avalanche of nuanced terms for glowiness like chok chok (which essentially translates to “plump and moist”), but also sparked a boom in innovative products that go well beyond BBs. It’s located in the plastic surgery district, which is plastered with before-and-after ads and chockablock with hotel-hospital hybrids. And they’re hardly the only procedure on the Dr. The category was kick-started by the success of the Japanese brand SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence and has snowballed throughout Asia, with countless varieties now on the market. Made with maple tree sap, it boasts hydrating molecules said to be the ideal size for penetrating skin and has acne-fighting antibacterial properties. more...



Best Korean Skin Care Products – Our Top 10 Picks

The Koreans are famous for their wide range of skin care and beauty products. So, let’s have a look at the top 10 Korean skin care products: [ Read: Skin care ] It moisturizes the skin, improves its texture and composition. Thus, it helps in giving you a clear and glowing skin. It helps to rebalance the skin. It refreshes the skin. This is one of the oldest South Korean brand skin care products. It helps repair parched and dry skin. It moisturizes and hydrates the skin. So, try these popular Korean skin care products for a glowing and clear skin. more...



Airi's Blog : As requested, my best Korean skincare products

Although I’ve tried my fair share of Korean products (and swatched/sampled an even fairer share), it’s still but a teeny fraction of everything that is out there! But more often than not, I find that most products (in this price range) perform comparably to one another. And lastly, it turns out that many of the products that did stand out to me have been discontinued! Out of the small handful of oil cleansers I’ve tried, I liked this Etude House one best: But other than that, I think there are many toners that do the job (of hydrating and softening) just fine. This is actually the 2014 upgraded version, but I reckon it’s similar to the one I tried…From what I remember, it was good to my dry skin. But other than that one, I liked this one too: At the time I had dry, rough, and oily skin, and this serum put everything in check. Anywho, this eye cream is moderately rich (but not greasy) and has done a great job of lightening my dark circles. And as it turns out, this eye cream lightens acne scars well, too! more...



Korean Skin Care Lines Added to Retail Giants' Shelves

From the usage of ingredients such as snail secretions, wine, chia seeds, and starfish in their skin care brands to their sought after BB creams, Korean skin care products and regimens are beginning to make their mark, or more appropriately, helping to prevent the appearance of and conceal the marks, on North American consumers. South Koreans are known the world over for taking their skin care very seriously, and while the phenomenon of Korean produced BB creams (all-in-one beauty balms) have gotten the attention of skin-care manufacturers, retail outlets, and beauticians around the globe, it hasn’t been until recently that the general North American public have been offered the opportunity to make use of the regimens and products that the Korean market offers. Omona Journal noted the fact that the skin care regimens which originate in Korea are not entirely a trend, “[I]nterest in Korean skincare isn’t so much an American trend as the far-reaching ripples of a massive Korean beauty craze fed by competitive suppliers, a supportive government and, most of all, incredibly demanding consumers.” Katie Becker of W Magazine noted the apparent phenomenon that is Korean skin care earlier this year, and highlighted the fact that the market for these products is so competitive that there are ongoing message boards across Korea on which reviews of newly released products are posted “where reviewers can make or break a product overnight.” Are Korean products actually otherworldly in comparison to the products that North Americans are accustomed? The one obvious difference noticed when comparing North American skin care products to those of Korea is that American products focus heavily on covering up imperfections and blemishes, whereas the majority of Korean brands and regimens are intended as preventative measures. How to have great skin is not a secret, and lastly, there are good and bad products from brands in all corners of the world.” There are products all over the world that work for various individuals. Are South Korean products the Holy Grail of skin care? more...



Your Beginner's Guide to Understanding Asian Skincare

From the main differences between Asian and American skin products, to their predictions on the “next big thing” from Asia to take the U. When asked about the main difference between Asian and American beauty products, Yoon and Kim both referred to the influence of the consumer. Kim says that Korean women are very demanding about the products they use on their skin, mainly because they’re more well-versed about skincare than the average American women. “What’s interesting is that—like in any eco-system—you’re only going to be as good as your consumers are demanding, and Korean consumers are the most demanding globally,” Yoon says. She mentions that a lot of outside brands will use Korea as a testing ground for new products: “If you can meet the Korean “bar,” your product can succeed anywhere else in the world.” In other words, since Asian consumers demand and expect more, their products often deliver more. Another big difference between Western beauty products and their Korean and Japanese counterparts are the ingredients. She explains how Korean women will immediately notice if a certain product is filled with cheap ingredients or harsh chemicals, and that they tend to favor more natural ingredients—one reason why botanical-based products are so popular in Asia. “It’s not an obsession with looking young—it’s more the belief that if you respect your skin, it will respect you back and reward you with a beautiful complexion for a long time.” Though they run the full price spectrum, she says that the value you see in Korean products are usually better than with other countries. “Because of the way consumers look for things, brands can’t get away with using cheaper ingredients and hiking up the prices,” she says. Since Yoon and Kim are constantly traveling to Asia to learn about new products and innovations, we asked them to share what they think the next “big thing” in beauty will be to hit the U. Plus, keep clicking the slideshow above for the groundbreaking Korean and Japanese products you NEED to know about! more...



Create Your Own Korean Skincare Routine - The Wanderlust

Then you have the extra stuff: the sheet masks and spot treatments and sleeping packs and all sorts of things. What are the must have essentials that you need? I’m here to help you create your own Korean skincare routine. First things first, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to use Korean skincare products in a Korean skincare routine. If you have a ton of stuff from Sephora, you can use that. Second, analyze what type of skin you have. All of these things will effect the type of products you use. One of my favorite things about Korean cosmetics is that each brand has multiple skin care lines, so if you have acne prone skin, you can head to Etude and pick up the AC Clinic line, or if you like Innisfree you can pick up the entire Jejubija line. You know you need to wash your face, use a toner, and a moisturizer. You don’t have to spend a hundreds dollars at first. Introduce new products into your routine slowly and carefully, and before you know it, you’ll have no where to put all of your Korean goodies! Cleanser A cleanser is possibly the most important thing you can buy, so make sure to buy a quality one that won’t dry out your skin. If you wear makeup, you also need to get an oil cleanser, as a good oil cleanser will break up all the makeup and dirt from your day. more...



New Splash Masks Korean Skin Care - Marie Claire

Basically, these splash masks are unlike any mask you've tried before, mainly because they come in liquid form and take all of 15 to 30 seconds to use (meaning that I could have been on time to those parties). The masks are a blend of botanical extracts and lactic acid, which helps to re-texturize your skin. To use this mask, you mix about a capful of the stuff with a bowl of water, and then splash (as the name suggests) the mixture on your face for under half a minute, rinse, and boom—you're done. If you are mess-prone or just really not into adding extra dirty dishes to the ever-growing pile in your sink, you can also take the mask into your shower, pour a capful of product into your palms, and pat onto your face for 20 seconds or so. The video below shows just how to use the mask, with music, graphics, and all. Results included soft, radiant, and glow-y skin, and the masks have been selling out at glowrecipe.com . Blithe Splash Masks come in soothing and healing green tea, (energizing) yellow citrus and honey, and rejuvenating purple berry, with green tea as the fan favorite. more...



Korean BB Cream Picks from Beauty Blogger

Koreans have been at the forefront of the beauty industry for centuries, but it wasn't until a little product called  BB cream hit the market that cosmetics companies from around the world wanted to know everything there is to know about Korean beauty innovation. Read on for more information about Koran beauty, skincare and BB creams. A BB cream is sort of like foundation, except it's light in consistency and coverage, and, most importantly, it improves the quality of your skin. Hanskin became the first Korean beauty company to specialize exclusively in BB cream and the product quickly spread all over the country. You really need to know your skin type in order to find the BB cream that best suits your skin, but for those of you outside of Korea who are curious, these are the Top 5 best BB cream brands in my country: My favorite BB cream is Caolion Sensitive BB Cream, but before you go ahead and order a tube, it's important to address your skin type first. Caolion works best for me, but it might not be the best BB cream for you. My skin was highly sensitive after treatment, but this BB cream helped calm the irritation and was surprisingly soothing on my skin. Caolion Sensitive BB Cream doesn't provide the best coverage, but the application is very smooth. I personally love to put a bit of BB cream on the back of my hand and apply it with a beauty blender sponge. The following brands are the biggest and most influential Korean brands: more...



11 Korean Beauty Secrets You Should Definitely Know

Whether they’re born beautiful, or whether it is their beauty regime, we all cherish and idolize the radiant, acne-free, and flawless skin that Korean women possess. But what is the secret of their beautiful skin and can we get a flawless skin like them too? The main difference between the Korean skin care and the other skin care regimes is that Koreans are taught to take care of their skin right from childhood. They consider skin care as the ultimate investment and spend considerable time in taking care of it. A good skin care regime reduces the chances of unwanted blemishes and other skin problems and makes your skin radiant . Cleansing and exfoliating help remove the impurities from the skin and unclog the pores for a smooth and refreshed skin. Toning sets the skin after cleansing and exfoliating so that the skin absorbs the moisturizer well. They replenish and nourish the skin, and simultaneously, shrink the size of pores. This is what toners actually do – refresh the skin and set it for the next skin care regime. It helps to brighten the skin and preserve its elasticity. more...



The 5 Biggest Skin Trends and Innovations of 2014

The 5 Biggest Skin Trends and Innovations of 2014. From a truly cool under-eye bag treatment to a now-popular Korean import, here are the five most newsworthy skin care moments from the past year: The uber-trendy skin care additive this year can likely be found in your grandma’s back yard. The filler technically gained FDA approval at the end of 2013, but has been making the rounds in a big way and gaining kudos from dermatologists this year. Additionally, because of the physical qualities of Voluma, dermatologists can use it for sculpting and lifting because it’s so malleable and easy to work with. Oils can protect skin from free radicals, moisturize, and even theoretically help whatever skin care product you apply after the oil to absorb better. L’Oreal Paris released its Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil this year, the first mass market brand to do so, thus cementing facial oil’s slippery hold on the skin care market. Interest in the Korean skin care regimen has really picked up here in the U. Over the last year, and sheet masks are an accessible way to try out the trend. You open the package, unfold it, put it on, and then basically lie on your couch and luxuriate in it for 20 minutes. more...



Gift Guide : Korean Skincare Products For Flawless Skin

Oil cleansers literally make your makeup melt off your face without all that tugging of the skin. Cleansing Foam. All you did with the oil cleanser is remove the makeup – in other words, you didn’t CLEAN your face. Foam cleansers thoroughly clean without drying out your skin. Think of toners as the last step of your cleansing process – it removes any residue left over from your cleanse. Different toners also target different things and most importantly, they help prep your skin for the the next steps. It’s a fun way to add variety to your routine without changing the core of it, which is great if you’ve got a skincare routine that works for you. more...



Top 10 best selling DeVita Natural Skin Care Products 2014

Top 10 best selling De Vita Natural Skin Care Products 2014. Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ Now it’s May – so I thought I’d toss out a quick, little Happy “Spring Cleaning” Blog and make mention of our first ever Mom-a-Palooza EVERYTHING’s ON SALE sale –  in honor of Mother’s Day (you did get your mom something for Mother’s Day, right?!?).  It is going on through the month of May – so you have time to get in on it (and if you missed Mom’s Day – you can atone by buying her lots of De Vita – on sale!) Many people ask me what our “Top 10” Best Selling De Vita Natural Skin Care products are. And every one of those fabulous products is on sale now for 20% Off  – that makes for a great opportunity to “Spring Clean” your cabinets and read those labels.  And since we are running our big sale, replacing any toxic filled products with clean and natural De Vita products will be more affordable, and certainly more HEALTHY! And just maybe “cleaning out the cabinets and tossing products with toxic chemicals” was one of your New Years Resolutions for 2014.  If so, we are happy to help you cross one off of your list!  Happy New Year, Happy Spring Cleaning and Happy Skin! more...



My Updated Korean Skincare Routine - The Wanderlust Project

This one is focused on my nighttime skincare routine, using all Korean skincare products, and following the typical Korean skincare routine. It’s wintertime now, so my skincare routine is focused on getting the most amount of moisture into my skin as possible. I use one pump and massage it into my slightly damp skin. I use this one when I feel like my skin is extra dry or dull, as it’s a very moisturizing toner. If it’s around that time of the month, or I feel like my skin might be having some issues, I use the AC Care Water Essence, which I reviewed here . Before Winter really hit, I was using the AC Care Bee’s Cure Serum and the Repair Complex as my serum and emulsion, but I found that my skin didn’t feel moisturized enough (winter is rough), so I switched to the Missha Super Aqua Marine Cell Intensive Serum and Control Emulsion. I pump the serum into my hands, rub them together and gently pat it on my face. My nighttime routine is when I pile on the moisture, so that’s why I use both a cream and sometimes a sleeping pack. I use the Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Cream, which was totally an impulse buy after the sales woman tested a bit on my hand and I sort of melted. It’s perfect for people with dry skin, or for people who want a little moisture boost in the winter. I like this cream so much I actually use it in the daytime too. After applying my cream, I will sometimes opt to add just that extra layer of moisture and use my Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Deep Moisture Sleeping Pack. And I know some people may think that my skin must look like an oil spill by the time I go to bed, but nope. That’s the beauty of Korean products, they all seem to magically absorb into my skin, instead of just sitting on top of it. more...



The Korean Skincare Routine and Steps - The Budget Beauty

The Korean Skincare Routine and Steps. Over the past few months, I've been receiving emails from readers wondering about Korean skin care, such as the steps involved and what the best products are. Since then, I've been seeing a lot of articles in magazines talking about Korean skincare products and the multi-step routine that's popular in Asia. It's not just about the products (although there are some amazing ones out there), it's also about taking care of your skin and making it a priority. I'll be the first to admit that I barely had a routine for my skin.  My outlook has completely changed now that I'm taking the time to show my skin some love and it's looking healthier and younger, resulting in me having to wear less makeup. This is a guide that will introduce you to the world of Korean skincare and some of the products I've been using in my own routine. Korean Skincare products are very focused on quality ingredients and since the market is extremely competitive there, they have some very cutting-edge ingredients for a lot less than you'd find in Western skincare products.  I'm amazed at some of the serums and creams you can get from Korea that are packed with potent anti-agers or whiteners that are a fraction of the cost for the same thing in the U. The Routine. A lot of care is used to remove makeup and apply products gently to the skin, by either patting them in or using a light massaging motion.  Start by applying it to a dry face and massaging it into the skin to melt away the makeup. In the morning, just use a regular cleanser and skip the oil since your skin is pretty clean already from the night before. more...



South Korean Skin Care Secrets - Cult Beauty Blog

South Korean women are renowned for their agelessly beautiful skin – but their flawlessness isn’t just down to good fortune, for many it’s hard-earned through a dedicated (and elaborate) skin care ritual, that makes even the most devoted ‘double-cleanser’ look as lazy as an adolescent boy. It’s taken a surprisingly long time, but western women are finally wising-up to the allure of Eastern beauty – and as usual, Cult Beauty are more than a few steps ahead of the masses. One step to take everything off, and another to eliminate any residual oils or grime which could compromise the efficacy of the products that come after. Firm believers in the motto ‘less is more’, South Korean women only physically exfoliate 2 – 3 times a month, gently buffing skin with black sugar (try Mizon’s { Honey Black Sugar Scrub }), to slough away dulling dead skin cells and refine skin texture. Applied to damp skin immediately after ‘refreshing’, essence often comes in sheet mask form – which creates a barrier to optimise the penetration of the actives and amplify the targeted effects. Caudalie’s { Polyphenol C 15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum } is also ideal – bursting with grape polyphenols and brightening vitamin C – to keep skin protected from the elements without suffocating or exacerbating congestion. Look for the latest and greatest regenerative ingredients, such as starfish extract and snail secretion filtrate, to optimise cellular efficacy and stimulate collagen synthesis. {Day Cream} South Korean moisturisers are rich but easily absorbed – delivering intensive levels of day-long hydration alongside protective, regenerative and anti-ageing benefits. Yes, this dedication takes patience (and a little bit of getting used to), but your skin will quickly thank you for your efforts – and it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in some much-needed ‘me(zon)’ time. more...



Why I Love Korean Skin - Care : One Vogue Editor on Where to

In terms of beauty, we were diametrically opposed: Where I existed in the easy, low-maintenance, zero-to-one-step French skin-care camp, my roommate followed a strict, traditional Korean regimen of as many as ten serums, lotions, patches, and creams. Our respective shelves in the bathroom cabinet looked like two different planets—it was the first time I had ever looked at a shelf of beauty products and thought to myself, “What is all of this stuff?” The more I use the accessibly priced and adorably packaged K-beauty products, I realize that if skin care is considered a luxury in America, in Korea it’s a right, and they make it fun, which is why everyone is doing it. I’ve built an arsenal of facial mists, oils (both for cleansing and for moisturizing), face masks, sponges, serums, lotions, and masks for day, night, and a longer, more nourishing routine on the weekends. The trick, for me, has been figuring out which ingredients work best for my skin, and then finding the best products that contain those ingredients. One of the best parts about the surge in the popularity of Korean beauty is that now these products are so accessible: If you don’t want to place orders from stores halfway around the world and wait weeks for things to arrive, it’s as easy as getting on the New York City subway. If you’re going to embark on your own Korean beauty shopping excursion, and I recommend that you do, I can tell you that the best part about these stores are the people who work in them: expert women who will speak to you openly and enthusiastically about their skin-care routines. more...



Korean Beauty : 8 Must - Try Products

Many Koreans have flawless complexions–it’s no wonder, with the time and diversity of products they have available. No matter your ethnicity or skin tone, you can incorporate these products into your routine and target just about any issue imaginable. Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off – If a sheet mask isn’t your thing, try this black sugar mask with vitamins, glycolic acid and nourishing minerals. The mask’s texture will exfoliate your skin, sloughing off any oil or dead skin cells and tighten all over in just 10 minutes. Because you apply with a sponge, there is no getting carried away with too much product and the consistency won’t leave harsh lines or leave you with a cake finish. Innisfree Green Tea Mask - This mask is loaded with herbs and antioxidants to help revitalize your skin. This skin smoothing favorite can be applied multiple ways–all over, just on affected areas, alone or before moisturizer, and twice a day or only before bed. Tonymoly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch - This cute lip mask claims it will hydrate and smooth your pout with just one application. The product works without causing over-drying and irritation on every skin type. more...



Korean

March 8, 2016 Leave a Comment. October 30, 2015 Leave a Comment. E&Q Master has the same battery charging system as the mobile phone. In line with the trend, one of Korea’s leading outdoor brands, Millet, has lately unveiled a line of outdoor wear for younger customers […] March 17, 2016 Leave a Comment. In the same year, it launched a new brand BIGNBIG in September and, as of November 2015, it is running 72 shops in Korea. The launching of BIGNBIG has moved the domestic plus-size market to the next stage. December 10, 2015 Leave a Comment. more...



Top beauty and makeup products from Korea 2014

Beauty and makeup products from Korea. The must-have beauty and makeup products from Korea for the Spring Summer 2014 season, the products every girl and every woman should always bring in her purse are. Spring and summer, we can imagine that there are beautiful flowers out there and we want to put all the lovely colors on us. So I prefer to keep it light and the IOPE Air Cushion(Cover type) can cover all my blemishes and also protect my skin from sunshine. You can even just buy the "Cushion Case" and make your own cushion BB/CC! After preparing a good barrier to the sunshine and cover our skin, time to wear lovely colors on the lips! more...



Korean Skin Care — The Dermatology Review

Korean Skin Care. When it comes to Korean skin care, the women from this region have hundreds of years of history with caring for the skin in ways that get rid of wrinkles and create supple skin. Typical Korean skin care products contain a wide array of natural and exotic ingredients to maintain healthy skin. Basics of Korean Skin Care. In a typical Korean skin care routine the day should begin with drinking a tall glass of water, followed by an invigorating facial wash. A key ingredient in many Korean skin care products is snail slime. Birds nest is another ingredient in many Korean skin care products. The syn-ake line of beauty products in Korean skin care is an alternative version of what we know as Botox in the United States. Syn-ake does not need to be applied through injections, and is an ingredient in facial serums in Korean skin care products. In Korean skin care, bee venom has many of the same properties as syn-ake. Bee venom is often applied to the skin topically, as an ingredient in creams and moisturizers. more...



The Most Popular Korean Skin Care Products Reviewed

Whether you’re looking into korean skin care products for acne or just want to try a new face routine to stamp out wrinkles or dark eyes, there is definitely a product that will work for you. Now in 2014, korean cosmetics are becoming all the rage. Between all of the rumored masks, eye creams, and moisturizers, it can be hard to know where to start. Serums and ampoules – yes, there is more to add on to your face after the essence! Our Top 10 Best Korean Skin Care Products. Beauty bloggers and vloggers everywhere have either read about, written about, or vlogged about some sort of korean skin care product recently. Have you tried any of these amazing, moisturizing, about-to-be-cult-classic korean lotions and potions? What brands and treatments have you tried? The whole product routine is very customizable depending on your skin’s specific needs, whether you are oily, sensitive, dry, or have combination skin. more...



Here's what happened when I tried a 12 - step Korean skin

The regimen is usually characterized as a 10-step process using some skin care products in categories that don't even exist in the U. In the morning, you are allowed to skip the oil-based cleanser and just use the foaming cleanser since your skin is already pretty clean from the night before. Toner: I'm a toner scoffer and I don't think I've used one since my Sea Breeze days, but it's an intrinsic part of the process. Product: Be the Skin Botanical Pore Toner , $25. Serums: "With serums it doesn't matter the order you put them on, but this is where the steps multiply and it starts getting crazy," Yoon said. I did this before the toner. You've done all that work twice a day, so in order to maintain that dewiness you've achieved and "re-activate" the products, you must mist periodically. RATING THE REGIMEN: After a few days of fumbling, this regimen, with the exceptions I noted, became pretty routine for me. I have been battling hormonal breakouts for a while, and when I embarked on this regimen, they were finally starting to be controlled - I was really concerned that all this product would exacerbate the issue. I should note that this particular regimen was very expensive, because the products were from fairly high-end brands. And I love the two-step cleansing system and toner. Ditto the sleep mask and gel peel. more...



Korean Skin Care Trends - POPSUGAR Beauty

The average Korean woman has easily over 10 products in her daily skin care routine, and the country's philosophy of good skin dates back to the Dongui Bogam, a Korean medical text from the 1600s. Traditional Herbs: A variety of other traditional herbs used in Eastern medicine are key ingredients in skin care and even cosmetic formulations in Korean products. Also, ginseng has many health and beauty benefits and Korea's ginseng is prized the most. In skin care, this herbal root has rejuvenating effects and can help restore the skin's moisture balance, fighting signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Skin Science and Technology: Amarté is one of the newest Korean skin care brands to make its debut stateside. Korean brands are constantly on the cutting edge of technology, resulting in potent active ingredients and effective delivery systems, which means you see results. Airless pumps: Another skin care innovation that has taken the Korean market by storm is airless dispensing pumps. more...



The 10 - Step Korean Skincare Routine - Into The Gloss

The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine. Step 1: The Eye Makeup Removal. Step 2: The Cleanse. Step 3: The Exfoliator. Step 4: The Refresher. It soothes and preps your skin to absorb the next step—the essence. Step 5: The Essence. Step 6: The Ampoule. Step 7: The Sheet Mask. Step 8: The Eye Cream. Step 9: The Moisturizer. Step 10: The Night Cream. more...



Sample Hime : My Top Korean Skincare Products of 2014

As you all know, I have oily skin so many of these products are more suitable for oily skin-but I added some of my favorite dry skin winners at the end of the list just for everyone else. This one is more or less at an effective p H (you will feel the burn! Once again, Beauteque's pricing is on point and I highly suggest you give this one a try. I used the entire special set of this line for a few months despite the fact that I have oily skin and I loved it up until I moved to Hawaii. Hawaii is too hot to use this with oily skin, but the treatment step still remains one of my favorite products from this line. This cream is quite possibly the best oil control cream I've tried from Korea. I promise a review will come soon for this one. Keep in mind, this is the LIGHT version with pink packaging, and it is intended for oily skin. This is best for people with oily skin who need oil control (and works well as a makeup base), or for people who will be sweating in the sun. This cream prevents scar formation if you apply it immediately after you've popped a blemish, and will reduces the redness and healing time to nil! The cooling factor is insane with this one, and the clay doesn't get hard and crusty like some of those other mud masks so it doesn't dry my skin out too much. For me, this balm is a game changer in the oil control world. For dry skin in the winter, my personal favorite has been Seatree . more...



5 Fascinating Trends in Korean Skin Care - Skin and Tonics

There was a time when the harvesting of these birds nests from their natural caves was ecologically devastating, but the days of cave harvesting are over. I was able to find research backing the skincare benefit claims of some of the individual components of a bird’s nest, but could find no research in English that studied the bird’s nest as a whole in terms of skincare benefits. But if the skincare benefits are as real as they seem, I certainly don’t want to miss out. Bee venom has been used for years to treat arthritis, back pain, and rheumatism, but as a skincare ingredient, it’s still a newcomer. The idea is that the skin benefits from it because of a compound contained in the venom called “melitten.”  Melitten contains anti-inflammatory properties that are said to be stronger than hydrocortisone. I was unable to find a completed study specifically regarding the effects of bee venom in skincare. No doubt you’ve seen American products advertising stem cell technology, but the difference is that the stem cells in American products are plant derived. The skincare benefits of using these stem cells, sometimes called called RG 2, is increased cell regeneration and sun damage reversal. There have been many studies done on the efficacy of stem cell technology in skincare, and it looks as though the claims are true. Stem cell based skincare is huge in Korea, with many experts arguing that it’s the greatest innovation in skincare to date.  It has the potential to be huge here, but there is a lot of controversy over stem cell research and usage in this country. Most products featuring Syn-ake are serums, although there are some skincare lines that feature moisturizing creams and emulsions containing the compound. Like bee venom, Syn-ake is touted as a Botox alternative, but what sets it apart is that there have actually been studies done on its safety and efficacy. What I’ve learned from all this is that I apparently have no boundaries when it comes to skincare. more...



In Asia, Men's Skin Care Takes Off

The routine isn't cheap: He spends about 3,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$387) a month on skin care and cosmetics. Shum and a growing number of men like him are making Asia one of the fastest growing markets for men's skin care. China, including Hong Kong, is the largest market for men's skin care, at $974.8 million, an amount that's forecast to grow to $1.2 billion this year. But men's skin-care products are growing at a much faster pace, 9.4% compared with 4.8% for women's skin care. The most enthusiastic adoption, by far, is in South Korea, where male celebrities, like singer and actor Rain, have long endorsed skin care in billboards and television ads, paving the way for broader acceptance. Some retail experts attribute Asian men's relative affinity for skin care to simply following the lead of the women around them. The executive added the men's beauty market in China is growing two to three times faster than the overall global beauty market for men. Some brands say more work still needs to be done to make men's skin care seem less feminine—especially at the department stores and drugstores where it's generally sold. He says he became interested in men's skin care at the age of 17 after watching a male friend demonstrate his own routine. "Before our generation, men hated skin care and didn't want to do it," he says. more...



The Do's and Don'ts of Korean Skincare - Beauty Banter

The Do’s & Don’ts of Korean Skincare. As you’ve probably heard, Korean skincare is the hot new trend on every beauty enthusiasts’ stained lips these days. If your Bikram Yoga class isn’t giving you that highly coveted “inner glow”, this is the skincare regimen to try. Put simply, Korean skincare is a very different industry from what is sold and marketed here in the United States, particularly given the difference in price point. Korean women (and men!) have a dedicated routine that is motivated by prevention. Koreans stay out of the sun, yet still religiously apply sunscreen, and aim to have skin so perfect that limited makeup is even needed. As Charlotte explained, “it’s a misconception that women need to devote endless time to a Korean skincare routine and follow a tedious 10 or 12 step process. Despite this claim, Charlotte points out that “many Korean skincare products include chemicals that are naturally found in your own body.” Yes, you read that correctly — certain chemicals are good for you. Here are 5 key Korean skincare products that you should consider working into your skincare routine, ASAP: Korean toner doesn’t contain alcohol, and the ultimate goal is to soothe and soften skin. The best advertisement for these products are the complexions of those who follow a Korean skincare routine. And if you’re into that healthy, dewy skin thing (ummm, and who isn’t?), give the Korean regimen a whirl. Let us know your favorite Korean beauty products in the comment section below. more...



Top beauty and makeup products from Korea 2014

Beauty and makeup products from Korea. The must-have beauty and makeup products from Korea for the Spring Summer 2014 season, the products every girl and every woman should always bring in her purse are. Spring and summer, we can imagine that there are beautiful flowers out there and we want to put all the lovely colors on us. So I prefer to keep it light and the IOPE Air Cushion(Cover type) can cover all my blemishes and also protect my skin from sunshine. You can even just buy the "Cushion Case" and make your own cushion BB/CC! After preparing a good barrier to the sunshine and cover our skin, time to wear lovely colors on the lips! more...



Korean Beauty 10 Step Skin Care Routine

Charlotte Cho, curator and co-founder of Soko Glam , an ecommerce destination that retails popular Korean beauty products stateside, gives ELLE insight on how to get perfect skin in ten (steps, that is). On your off-nights, supplement with a five-minute facial massage to boost circulation, or opt for targeted treatments in the form of wrinkle-fighting collagen eye patches and an utterly adorable hydrating lip mask. "Quality and design go hand-in-hand." Etude House Collagen Eye Patch, 2 for $5; sokoglam.com and Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch, $4; sokoglam.com. more...



Asian Skin Care Guide : The Korean Skin Care Routine

There are a ton of whitening products in the Korean and Japanese skincare markets, and many of the multi-functioning products tout whitening properties as one of the major attributes. The nice thing about this layering technique is that you are not obligated to use Asian skincare products to do it. There are a lot of online shops as well as Amazon and Ebay sellers that carry Korean & Japanese skincare products. This is a list of online stores and sellers that I know carry authentic products from Korean and Japanese skincare brands. Wishtrend – Wishtrend is one of the first online Korean Beauty retailers to pop up on the scene, and they carry a large array of products from brands that are sometimes hard to find in other places. The selection is HUGE, products are authentic, and the prices are very, very low. They have a huge selection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean skincare products. I Am Love Shop – Huge selection of Korean skincare products from most of the major brands, such as Etude House, Lioele, Missha, OST, Aritaum, Innisfree, Ciracle, and many others. Cosmetic Love on Amazon  – This shop has a great variety of Korean cosmetics and skincare products, and the prices are very good. The Beauty Wolf – This is a newcomer to the beauty blogging scene covering a lot of Korean makeup and skincare products, as well as a few Western products. more...