Bubbling face masks. Cushion foundations. Ombré lips. They are a few highlights from last year’s Korean beauty trends and they took the western beauty industry by storm. South Korean products and techniques are becoming recognised as innovative and the future of beauty and skincare. Which is why we are being exposed to their trends more often!
Below is a list of upcoming trends from South Korea that are making waves in the beauty industry. Have you tried any of these products? Hopefully it will tempt you to embrace Korean beauty and skincare in 2017!
There is no need to apply the Snapchat flower crown filter after this because filter creams will change the skincare game forever. Filter creams are similar to regular moisturisers, but it blurs imperfections and also makes your complexion look flawless. This alone makes us want to buy every filter cream on the market! The formula is based with pearl powder or pearl extracts which are used to make the skin look smoothed with a dewy finish.
Erborian’s Pink Perfect Crème can be used as a base or primer for face makeup. It helps refine the skin’s texture and gives a soft-focus effect- like an instant blur tool!
Aqua peels are the most common and popular beauty treatments in Korean derma clinics and it is no surprise the trend is taking off across the world. The peels are effective at exfoliating and hydrating the skin at once by sucking out blackheads and sebum from your pores. Brands like Reme+ G have developed a formula which can be used at home and saves time and effort going to a clinic for the treatment. The formula is a base of glycolic acid, a natural ingredient from sugar cane, plus a fusion of botanicals to soothe red and irritated skin after peeling.
Yoon Dermaline Marine Complex Exfoliator has one of the best applicators for aqua peeling – a “jumbo Q tip” (cotton bud if you are from the UK) soaked in the formula which can be distributed evenly onto the face.
Hair and scalp care
Forget about the 10-step skincare routine because it is time to stop neglecting our hair and scalp. Korean men and women are now showing love by upgrading their hair care routine. And this is why you should too! To achieve the best potential of hair growth and strength, it takes a lot more than shampoo and conditioner. Products such as hair masks and essences lock in the essential moisture and nutrients to achieve long and luscious looking hair.
Tony Moly’s Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack is the most popular product for super shiny and moisturised hair. Also, the packaging is ingenious! After shampoo, apply the pack to half-dried (damp) hair for 3-5 minutes then rinse off. Easy peasy hair care.
The Korean beauty industry are known for using slightly unusual ingredients in their products. Anything from bee venom to snail gel (believe it or not, but the slime snails excrete has powerful anti-aging benefits!) This year it is all about utilising natural and plant ingredients such as honey and bamboo to create products which soothe, hydrate and brighten the skin. Skinfood’s Royal Honey Essential Queen’s Cream is suitable for all skin types to defeat dryness and give you a a radiant complexion. Apply the gel-like cream after cleansing and toning and pat into the skin for the best results.
Solid balm to oil cleansers were a big deal last year especially Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleanser because it removed makeup in less than a few minutes. No more cotton pads and toner! This year formulas with transforming textures will be a craze everybody will be on board with. Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner is one of the best for changing consistency within application. It goes from being a cooling gel to a water toner as it clarifies, removes oil and sebum and even tightens pores.