Korean cosmetics have been making waves in the global market lately and continues to be one of the most sought-after in the field of beauty. So what’s so special about them? Well, for one, they are affordable, and they come in really cute packages. The product, itself, works wonders on the skin. That is why, people keep coming for more. The best thing about Korean cosmetics is that there’s always something new to look forward to. Whether it’s a new lip color or a new BB cushion, people are always curious and want to try it out. Below are some of the reasons why Korean cosmetics keep popping out and continues to be the bomb in the beauty industry nowadays.






1. Promotes cruelty-free products


Although there are some Korean cosmetics that are not all natural, most Korean brands are guaranteed natural and safe. They do not include harsh chemicals in their products that can harm the skin rather than care for it. Brands like Holika Holika, Tony Moly, and Skin79 contain parabens in their products and chemicals like BHT and Triclosan. These chemicals cause concern among its consumers, but BHT has lately been considered safe to use. Here are some natural, cruelty-free cosmetics for you to try.



Mamonde Bloom Harmony Blusher & Highlighter


Mamonde Bloom Harmony Blusher & Highlighter is another cruelty-free product that has pearl particles that effectively reflects light to illuminate the skin. It also contains rose extracts that act as a barrier to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the environment.


Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm


The Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm contains Shea butter, honey, canola, and muru-muru oil, which are great for dry and dehydrated lips. They are also cruelty-products which are is very safe to use.



2.They have very cute and attractive packaging


The packaging alone is enough to make you want to buy a product. Well, Korean cosmetics are very popular when it comes to their presentation. You can really see that there is so much effort put into the concept of a product’s packaging. Here are some of a few products you may find interesting.



A. Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar


The Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar shaped as gloss lip pencils are very convenient and comes in an array of colors. It’s very moisturizing and creamy that it glides smoothly on the lips. The bonus part is the packaging, which looks like little bunnies. Each bunny has different expressions, which you can collect.


B. Peripera Peri Tint Water


A cute and sexy picture of a catwoman appears outside the bottle, Peripera Peri Tint Water appeals even to sophisticated women. This tint water is very easy to use because it glides smoothly on the skin. It can also be used on the cheeks and lip, which is very convenient.



C. Tony Moly Berry Lip Balm


The Tony Moly Berry Lip Balm shockingly comes in a realistic-looking berry container. With its reddish color, it sure is eye-catching and stands out among shelves of beauty products. The packaging is not the only one to look forward to because this balm is very effective in moisturizing the lips.



D. Banila Co. Friday Night Eye Palette Shadow


What’s so cute about this Banila Co. Friday Night Eye Palette Shadow is its outer pink packaging which would immediately catch the eye of a pink-lover. Not only that, the palette inside is gorgeous as well.





3. Emphasis on Nude Make-up


Koreans are fond of natural-looking make-up. They want their natural beauty to shine through and just emphasize their facial features instead of hiding them behind a face full of make-up. They also want to reflect the skin’s natural brightness and radiance.



A. Laneige BB Cushion


The Laneige BB Cushion has gained popularity for a reason. It is possibly the best among all BB cushions in the market today because of its great coverage. The good thing about Laneige’s BB cushion is that the skin appears natural-looking, as if there’s nothing on it. Just beautiful and clear skin.





B. Innisfree Face Designing Duo


Contouring is slowly making its way to Korea and other cosmetic brands like Innisfree have come up with their own contouring kits, too. The Innisfree Face Designing Duo can really highlight specific facial features and can create an illusion of a smaller face naturally.





C. The Face Shop Concealer Dual Veil


Concealers are essential because it helps create flawless skin. A good concealer is what everyone needs to have that effect. The Face Shop’s Concealer Dual Veil does exactly that. The coverage appears natural and doesn’t look fake at all.




D. Laneige Intense Lip Gel


The Laneige Intense Lip Gel gives color to the lips that look natural and does not appear as if you’ve applied layers and layers of lipstick on. It sticks to the lips strongly as if you’re not wearing anything at all.




4. Practices Skin Care Routine Religiously With Natural Ingredients


The 10-step Korean routine has become well-known ever since the rise of the K-pop stars in the international scene. They were complimented of their clear and dewy complexion, which naturally made everyone curious how to achieve it. Such beautiful skin is no joke and takes a lot of patience and determination to achieve it. Here are some steps to help you start.



1. Remove make-up


Koreans always make sure to remove their makeup before anything else. They usually invest in a good cleanser, water or oil-based, that’s non-stinging and great for sensitive skin. An oil cleanser is probably the best for thorough cleansing.


The Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero Purity, which is a solid balm that turns into an oil cleanser that effectively dissolves make-up and dirt. It also contains Papaya extract and Vitamin C, which are good skin exfoliators and skin brighteners.


2. Skin cleanser


This is what the term double-cleansing came from. After you have removed all the make-up you need to do a second cleansing, which is believed to remove make-up and dirt residue effectively. A water-based cleanser is best for this procedure to remove remaining dirt and other impurities.


The Innisfree Minimum Facial Cleanser is an effective skin cleanser that is safe to use even for those with sensitive skin. It contains surfactants from coconut and palm and is made of 90% natural ingredients. It is guaranteed safe, gentle and excellent for sensitive skin.







3. Exfoliate


Skin exfoliation is also a must in order to achieve smooth and flawless skin. Exfoliate at least once or twice every week to slough off dead skin cells and clear out clogged pores. Exfoliation also allows other skin care products to get absorbed by the skin effectively.


The Faceshop Smart Peeling Honey Black Sugar Scrub contains natural ingredients such as honey, sugar etc not only effectively remove dead skin cell but also make your skin feel moisturized and smooth. 




4. Tone


Toners are important because it helps hydrate the skin and balances the pH. You can also put some product on a cotton pad and swipe it on the skin for better absorption.


The Beyond Phyto Aqua Toner is perfect for dry skin. It effectively hydrates the skin because of its high moisture content. It also contains essential nutrients for the skin. The toner gets absorbed through the skin quickly, without the sticky feel unlike other toners.



5. Essence


Essences are quite popular because they can sometimes double up as toner and serum. These two are essential for skin repair, rejuvenation and cell turnover. This is best applied after toning.


HERA Cell Essence has a special technology that makes the skin turn soft and have a smoother texture. It also effectively improves skin complexion. This essence is formulated with Cell-Bio Sync, which is a water-like substance that is the same as the water contained in the body.






6. Treatments


This part of the skin care regimen refers to the use of boosters, serums, and ampoules. They are very concentrated products that target skin problems at the core and almost instantly. They are very potent products against large pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, and even acne.


The Laneige Perfect Renew Night Treatment is a great product for the skin. It is highly concentrated and contains Ceramide SLN that enhances the elasticity and revitalizes the skin overnight. It has also been proven to improve dull, rough, and dry skin.





7. Sheet Masks


Sheet masks are very important in Korean skin care culture. If your skin needs an instant pick-me-up, these masks are perfect for you. They already contain intensive moisturizing and hydrating properties, vitamins and minerals and more. Just apply a mask of your choice and leave it for 15-20 minutes for baby-soft and hydrated skin.


ETUDE HOUSE Therapy Air Mask Sheet consists of different types. It has Aloe, Tea Tree, Green Tea, Pearl, Lemon, Hyaluronic Acid, and many more. It effectively soothes dry skin and keeps it hydrated and pampered.




8. Eye Cream


Eye Creams are a necessity in Korean skincare. They help hydrate and protect the delicate area under the eyes. They also help diminish dark eye circles for brighter and healthier-looking eyes.


Its Skin Brightening System Eye Cream is a perfect product for the eyes. It contains Soft Pearl Light and Vitamin C to effectively brighten dark circles under the eyes. This eye cream also moisturizes and revitalizes dull and tired-looking eyes.





9. Moisturize


In order to achieve a dewy, almost transparent complexion, the skin needs moisture. Korean moisturizers come in gel, lotion, cream, or emulsion forms. Just choose what you think best fits your needs and lifestyle. Most importantly, choose a moisturizer that’s right for your skin type.  Moisturizers help plump the skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles that will surely give you a youthful appearance.


NoTS 20 Remedy Balancing Night Moisturizer provides great hydration and moisture to the skin. This product improves elasticity, skin tone, and even soothes tired and stressed skin. It contains lots of nutrients that will nourish the skin, like Adenosine and Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 that heals irritation, acne, pigmentation, and improves dull skin.





10. Sun Protection


Lastly, the Koreans never forget to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. They use a trusted sunscreen with an SPF of 50 and above to get the full effect of the product. Sunscreens also help prevent premature aging and the most dreaded disease-cancer.


Hanyul Pure Sunscreen is a low-irritant sun cream, which is great for those with sensitive skin. It contains Elm Extract that provides moisture and is soothing to the skin. It has an SPF of 30, that can help protect your skin from the harmful UV light.



People are now crazy over Korean cosmetics for so many reasons. Among those reasons are the natural ingredients they use in their products and their stand against animal cruelty. This, alone, encourages vegans and animal cruelty activists to try out their products, too. Some of the ingredients they incorporate into their products range from snail slime to volcanic ash to pig placenta, which makes people all the more curious and wanting to try it. Other than that, the best thing about Korean cosmetics and beauty products is that they don’t lie about what it can do for the skin, because they really work! That is probably the reason why Korean beauty products are now getting global attention.








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