Korea is far beyond us when it comes to beauty products and skin care regimes. From cushion compacts to sheet masks, and everything in between, we’ve found the top ten beauty products that you’ll want to import right now. (Thank goodness for international shipping!)
Snail Secretion Face Washes
Snail secretions are used in spas around the world due to their proteins, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid which moisturize, reduce inflammation, and heal damaged skin. With all of these benefits, Korean companies such as Mizon have created full lines of beauty products using snail slime, like creams, serums, and face washes that almost all Korean women have added to their daily beauty routines.
What's known as toner in the East is called refresher in Korea. According to Into The Gloss, refreshers are said to remove pollutants and residue that can get trapped in the skin, while also helping to restore the skin's pH balance. Korean refreshers are said to be better than toners because they have less harsh ingredients, such as bamboo extracts.
SU:M37 Water-Full Skin Refresher, US $50.
According to Elle magazine, essence is considered the most important step in the skin care process in Korea. These essence sprays affect the skin on a cellular level to promote the cell renewal which leads to a softer, smoother, and brighter complexion.
According to Lucky magazine, ampoules are thicker, silkier versions of essence that are used to directly target any aging concerns on the skin, such as wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines. This particular Missha product is made with Bifida, Lactobacillus and Lactococcus that are added to beauty products to renew and strengthen skin's appearance, while also visibly reducing signs of aging.
Did you know that, according to Fashionista, our beloved BB and CC creams are one of Korea's most successful imports? The trend started in the 1990s in Korea and then exploded in 2012 in Canada and the United States. These blemish balms are used as an alternative to foundations with a lot of coverage and help to blur out any imperfections leaving flawless and fresh-looking skin.
According to xoVain, these Korean sheet masks are the broke/lazy girl's facial. These masks, usually made of microfibre, are shrouded in different ingredients to help nourish, moisturize, and fix any issues you're having with your skin. This particular mask comes in two pieces for the top and bottom half of your face to ensure the perfect fit, and even has an extra flap to cover the neck--an area that is often overlooked.
The latest in cosmetics technology is this cushion compact straight from the Korean company, Amore Pacific. What's so special about it, you ask? According to Fashionista, this non-traditional compact features a sponge that is loaded with a BB or CC cream. It comes with a pad that you press onto the sponge to transfer the cream and then lightly dab onto your skin. The difference between using this compact and a regular cream is that because of the sponge and pad, the BB/CC cream transferred onto your skin leaves a dewy and glowing complexion, while still covering any imperfections. When the cushion compact was first introduced, it was patented by Amore Pacific, which made it more difficult for the idea to cross borders.
Don't worry: we've never heard of a sleeping pack either. According to Fashionista, these creams are meant to be used at night on top of your daily night cream. The purpose of these creams is to pack as many nutrients into the skin between 10pm and 2am, when your skin is healing. Use these sleeping packs a few nights a week to see a drastic change in your skin's health.
If you're in need of a good foot scrub but don't have the time or money for a pedicure, you need to try a Korean foot peel. To use these foot peels, you put each foot into the slipper-like foot covers, add the solution to both slippers, and then tie the booties closed. While you will see a noticeable difference immediately with this product, you'll see less dead skin and more moisture in your tender tootsies a week after use.