Mar 9, 2015

Beginner's Guide to Korean Skincare : Top 3 Brands to Try

Korean skincare and make-up have been really popular recently. It's not hard to see why- Koreans have beautiful skin. I do know a handful of Korean ladies, and each of them seem to have this smooth porcelain complexion with hardly any imperfections or pore in sight. They are definitely doing something right in their skincare routine, and I know I definitely want in on their secret.

For the past two months I have had the opportunity to work in a cosmetic duty-free shop at the airport, which had both the common high-end brands we all know and love, but also a wide variety of Korean brands. So I was able to learn some of the well loved Korean products and I'm here to share with you some of them.



1. Leaders Insolution and Mediheal sheet masks


These two sister brands makes the best sheet masks out there. Don't underestimate these humble sheet masks, but these masks packs a serious punch. The sheets are drenched in its solution, which means you don't get a run for your money like some other masks out there. More importantly, they are so effective in what they do. It really feels as if my skin transforms each time I put it on. The most obvious results comes from the whitening masks. I got a little shock when I washed off the remains of my mask to see my skin get a shade lighter instantly. (You don't have to wash your face after, it's just that I personally prefer it) Even though they have a wide variety of masks to cater to different skin concerns, each masks provides intense hydration too. My skin feels plump and supple every single time. I'm in love. 

Those found in the duty-free shops typically comes in a pack of ten, and sells from a range of SGD  $23.00 to SGD 48.10.


Alternatively, some of the masks are sold individually at selected Watsons and Guardian from a range of SGD $3.10 to SGD $ 3.50. The drawback is that they are extremely hard to find and they only carry a limited range.

What to look out for: 



 

1. Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampuole Masks

2. Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Mask


3. 
Leaders Insolution Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch(Coincidentally also mentioned by Zoella in her Feb favourites)


Beware, the products specified above flies off the shelf everyday even though it is regularly restocked.

2. Laneige


Laneige is slowly getting more international recognition in recent years with the release of it's Laneige BB cushion. With a few special mentions in Michelle Phan's and Lisa Eldrige's video as well as participating in subscription boxes like Ipsy in the US and Bellabox in Singapore.

More recently, they're skincare line have proved to be a big hit in the Asian market. Sleeping Packs are such a big thing right now, and their Water Sleeping Pack_EX is currently leading the charts.

What is a Sleeping Pack though?

It's basically a cream/gel mask, jam packed with hydration and benefits that is applied before sleep and washed off only in the morning. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and is even said to contain essential oils to relax the mind for a good nights rest.


What to look out for:




1. Water Sleeping Pack_EX

2. Water Bank Water Essence_EX & Water Bank Gel Cream_EX

2. Moisture Foam Cleanser


3. Innisfree


Innisfree too, is slowly becoming more internationally recognised with it's best selling Jeju volcanic pore clay mask. It's Jeju volcanic pore cleansing foam is also my current favourite cleanser. I have written reviews on the clay mask and cleanser that you can check out.


People generally like this brand because it is so affordable and different from most brands out there. Using ingredients unique to Asia, they have crafted a wide variety of skincare lines to suit different skin types and concerns. It is also a brand that heavily promotes itself as being natural and eco-friendly.

What to look out for other than the ones already mentioned:


 


1. The Green Tea Seed Serum


2. Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack

3. Green Tea Seed Cream



Of course, there are a multitudes of Korean brands out there, and I have barely scratched the surface of them. Yet, I really believe that these three brands are a good introduction to the world of Korean beauty, for now at least. Do tell me what you think of them if you have tried some of these already!

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Till then,
-C

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