Korean skincare is an area of skincare that is quite new and foreign for me in terms of learning about a few of the many different brands available, what each brand is notorious for and of course what are the must purchase items whilst in Seoul. I nerded it up before I went to Seoul and did so by reading endless reviews and hunting down accurate ingredient listings. I also tried to develop general understanding on why and how Korean skincare is that little bit different to what I am used to. After reading some great K-Beauty blogging resources like those from Snow White and The Asian Pear, Fifty Shades of Snails and Fan Serviced B, I discovered that what perhaps sets Korean Skincare and Western Skincare apart is their use of of ingredients, their concentrations within formulas and the innovations within the research and development laboratories of big companies such are Amore Pacific and LG.
In this blog post I look into five different skincare ingredients that are widely used or popular in South Korea (and slowly making waves in the Western skincare scene). Some of these skincare ingredients have heaps of scientific research to back up their benefits whilst others, not so much. However, each and every one of these ingredients are quite popular and are used in many Korean skincare products as a main ingredient (and thus a marketing tool) or is just commonly found on a formulation listing of different products.Read More