Why Korean Skin Care Is SO GoodPosted on 29/01/2018
Let’s face it, many Asians have great skin. Whether they have an extensive 10 step Korean skin care routine or something simpler, there is no doubt that the majority of Asians look younger than their stated age. This is due to a combination of factors – genes, diet and most importantly, skin care. Now, the rest of the world is catching on. There is a rise in the popularity of Asian beauty & skin care in Western countries such as USA & Australia. Korea is definitely at the forefront of the skin care industry, but what is it about Korean skin care products that make them so great? Why is Korean Beauty becoming so popular around the world?
5 reasons why Korean skin care is SO amazing:
Korean skin care brands dedicate a lot of resources into research & development and take full advantage of technological advances; making them the pioneers for many new skin care innovations. The products they develop are creative, multi-beneficial and thoroughly tested to be effective. For example, COSRX Light Fit Real Water Toner To Cream, is a cream that dissolves into real water droplets (!!) and can be applied as either a toner or a cream depending on your skin type. Another great example is the NEOGEN Bio Peel Gauze Pads. These are exfoliating pads that provide a gentle chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. Just use 1 pad per exfoliation, use both sides of the pad and then rinse! Easy, quick and no mess!
You won’t find a Korean skin care product that only has one main benefit. There are cleansers that are pH balanced, gentle and effectively remove all stubborn makeup. Essences slow down the natural ageing process while brightening and plumping your skin. Clay masks and exfoliators eliminate dead skin cells, minimise pores and hydrate. Sheet masks can nourish, firm and smooth your skin all in one go. What more could you ask for?!
From cleansers to exfoliators to peel off masks, Korean skin care brands pride themselves on manufacturing skin care products that are free of harsh, toxic chemicals. Their products contain naturally derived ingredients that are gentle, safe and effective on all skin types. There is a stigma that Asian skin care & cosmetics use unsafe, harmful ingredients including many “filler” ingredients however, this is completely untrue when it comes to Korean skin care. In fact, K beauty brands often use more gentle and natural ingredients in addition to having a more minimalist ingredients list compared to some Western brands!
Some ingredients used are also quite unique and very popular due to their skin benefits (e.g. Snail Mucin, Bee Venom) but don’t worry, these ingredients are all derived in a cruelty-free way. Korea has strict laws against animal testing. In 2016, a bill was passed for all Korean beauty brands to cease cosmetics and ingredients testing on animals by the end of 2018. There are also quite a few Korean brands that are now striving towards becoming vegan-friendly for most, if not all, of their product lines.
The Korean Beauty philosophy focuses on treating the root of the skin condition / problem. The end goal is to achieve and maintain a flawless complexion without the use of makeup. Makeup is seen as an additional beauty step and is quite minimal to only subtly enhance facial features. The results are proven! Rest assured, with consistency and patience, using Korean skin care products can help you achieve the same goal!
The plethora of Korean beauty brands and products results in highly competitive pricing without forfeiting quality. Korean sheet masks can be purchased for just a few dollars and quickly revitalise your skin as well as provide 15-20 minutes of self care time. At Let’s Face It Australia, you will find most best selling Korean skin care products priced between $3-$50 AUD!! Some premium Korean beauty brands are slightly over $50, but nothing over $80 – unless it’s a whole skin care routine set!
You can Mix & Match!
Many high end Western skin care brands require you to purchase a whole skin care product line under the same brand for the routine to be effective. This can also be quite expensive. With Korean skin care, this is not necessary. Since Korean skin care products are all gentle and of high quality, using products from different brands in the same routine will still be as effective as using a set from the same brand; as long as it is suited to your skin type.
Testing different brands and products for each skin care step is actually encouraged. This is so you can find the most effective and suitable product for your skin, regardless of the brand. This means when it comes to Korean skin care, you have a lot more choice in the customisation of your routines (morning & night). Having more choice allows you to easily adapt your routine depending on the condition of your skin on a particular day. You’ll be able to take better care of your skin in general, and of your skin concerns when they appear.
Whether you’re a skin care novice or expert, it doesn’t matter – Korean skin care is so easy to use! There is also a HUGE range of products to suit for all skin types, conditions and concerns. Visit our blog to find out more about Korean beauty skin care routines, how to treat specific skin concerns, and about the Korean beauty brands we stock.
Achieve clear, glowing skin with Korean skin care!
If you’re looking to start a skin care routine but don’t know where to start, read our blog: 5 Essential Skin Care Steps For Any Skin Type.
Are you already in love with K beauty? What’s your favourite brand? Let us know in the comments below!
Updated: 8 January 2019.
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