If you think the Korean beauty craze is a passing fad, think again. Korea is still at the top of its game when it comes to clever—and effective—beauty products. Just check out these innovations.
1. CLOUDLESS SKIN
Unlike most Korean beauty trends, cloudless skin isn't tied to a product or treatment. Rather, it's a term used to describe a flawless, radiant, unblemished complexion that is the result of clean eating, a regimented
2. CHOK CHOK SKIN
The term Chok Chok translates to “damp” or “moist,” so it makes sense that it’s used to describe a super hydrated, bouncy complexion. For a serious all-over dew, choose a gel-based cream like Tony Moly’s The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Moisture Cream. It's designed to retain moisture in skin thanks to its antioxidant-rich green tea extract.
If you want to really step up the gloss factor in a major way, use a hydrating essence first before applying a sheet mask (like this video). Afterwards, apply your moisturizer.
The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Moisture Cream, $14.32
3. FILTER CREAM
It’s the skincare equivalent of your
Shiseido IBUKI Smart Filtering Smoother, $23
4. GRADIENT LIPS
It's K-beauty's take on the ombre lip. To pull off the trend correctly, apply a darker hue on the
Laneige Two Tone Lipstick, $27
5. TRUFFLE INFUSED SKINCARE
Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick, $24
6. SPLASH MASKS
For the working woman or anyone who feels like they don’t have time to indulge in an at-home mask, this effortless treatment has your name written all over it. There isn't an easier way to pamper skin. All you do is mix one to three pumps of a splash mask (like Boscia's Tsubaki Splash Mask) with warm water and literally splash it onto
Boscia Tsubaki Splash Mask, $28
7. THE MAGIC STONE
Maybe it's us, but we think all bar soap should take a page from the Korean skincare playbook and rebrand as “magic stones.” It just sounds fancier, doesn’t it? April Skin's Magic Stone is the best-selling complexion soap in Korea for a reason: it’s filled with all-natural oils like coconut, olive and grape seed along with
April Skin Magic Stone, $15.11
8. POWDERED ESSENCE
Thanks to SK-II, essences are commonplace in our skincare routines. Now, these pre-serum treatments are getting a high-tech formula upgrade. Meet
9. STEAM HAIR MASK
A sheet mask… for your hair? Leave it to the Korean beauty masterminds to come up with a paper cap (like Meg's Steam Hair Mask) that infuses strands with replenishing silk amino acids and vitamins.
Meg Steam Hair Mask, $10
10. AQUA PEELS
As the name suggests, this at-home treatment combines the exfoliating benefits of a peel with the hydrating properties of water. The mix of lactic and glycolic acid in Murad’s Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel turns over skin cells, resulting in a lit-from-within glow while also minimizing the look of fine lines.
If you’re feeling lazy, try a spray-on peel like O.R.G. Skincare’s Mineral Peel Face. Just spritz it all over or spot-treat your problem areas. If you're hooked on
Murad Hydro-Glow Aqua Peel, $48
O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Face, $23.10
A mixture made from beeswax and bee's saliva, propolis might not sound like the most appealing thing to put on your face, but it actually works. Bee byproducts have long been revered as an excellent natural skin care remedy. Honey, in particular, can be found in everything from lip balm to shampoo. So, it makes sense that a product made with other bee byproducts can cleanse your skin and give it a healthy glow.
12. EGG WHITES
Egg whites are rich
Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream, $36
13. FACIAL MISTS
Just a quick spritz of facial mist can be used to hydrate skin, set makeup, and nourish a dry complexion. While it may seem simple, a facial mist like Tony Moly's Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist is huge in the Korean beauty community. This one, in particular, is made from a fusion of fruit extracts and controls oils on the face, without drying out the skin.
Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist, $12
14. PEARL EXTRACT
You might have tried putting avocado and oatmeal on your face—and maybe even flakes of gold. But there's one other precious material that has some natural skin-enhancing magic inside of it: pearls.
Pearls are rich in antioxidants and amino acids, which help to repair skin damage on a cellular level. Extract from pearls can also be used as an
My Beauty Diary® Black Pearl Mask, $12.99 for a pack of 10
15. DIAMOND POWDER
Diamond formulas and diamond-powder products are becoming more and more popular in the Korean beauty market. Just the idea of having diamond dust on you sounds like something only a royal would be able to enjoy. But using products with diamond powder in them can actually create an illuminating effect on the skin that makes it appear healthier and more radiant.
And the best part is products like this Shangpree Diamond Luminous Cream don't cost nearly as much as a pair of diamond earrings or a gorgeous diamond engagement ring, which means you can save money and have your skin look like it's worth $1 million.
Shangpree Diamond Luminous Cream, $47
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