The Best Korean Beauty Regimes To Try
I’m endlessly fascinated by all things skincare and have been following America’s obsession with Korean beauty or K-Beauty since it became a trend. E-commerce website Glow Recipe has been on my radar for quite a while now. However, it wasn’t until they opened a pop-up store in NYC this past winter that I had the opportunity and absolute pleasure to meet with the co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang themselves.
Stepping into their charming space in Soho I was instantly drawn to a small set up along the walls displaying various types of products creating the perfect Korean 5 step beauty regime for some of today’s biggest skin issues. The concept, I thought, was genius. While totally enamored with the idea of Korean skincare, I do admit that their 10 to 12 skin care systems can seem daunting at times, even to the most avid of beauty lovers. Also with all the amazing innovations coming from Korea, a girl can find herself a little unsure of what to choose. Should you use an essence? What is a rubber mask? The list goes on. But the women of Glow Recipe broke it down for me in five easy steps. They have over 20 years experience working in the beauty world with some of the industries top brands both in Korea and here in the US so who could be better at being my personal beauty gurus?
Now that Glow Recipe is on the cusp of becoming a mainstream juggernaut, thanks to the many industry insiders and beauty enthusiasts alike obsessing over everything the website carries and the even more exciting news that they have launched two of their very own exclusive products, (which sold out the first day they became available for sale!) Sarah and Christine are sharing their must have Korean essentials with you pretty birds. So check out their favorites and words of wisdom below.
Dry And Dehydrated Skin
“For dry, dehydrated skin, use a hydrating cleanser and a toner free of alcohol, to avoid drying out or stripping the skin of natural oils. Try the life changing “7 Skin Method” that every Korean woman swears by. In a nutshell, it’s layering a hydrating toner up to 7 times to maximize skin’s hydration.”
Cleanser: The Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser is an unexpectedly bouncy makeup eraser + cleanser that hydrates skin and acts as a tightening toner
Mist: Mists are a great way to replenish hydration instantly after cleansing – never leave your skin dry for more than 30 seconds after cleansing by spritzing with Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Mist, a water-free mist of olive, green tea extract and aloe vera extract to aid parched skin.
Essence: The Blossom Jeju Essence Serum is a serum treatment packed with antioxidant rich camellia, that quickly absorbs but also leaves skin plumped and glowing. Essences are the modern version of a serum, with uber-lightweight, watery textures that are great for layering.
Cream: Huxley Anti-Gravity Cream is formulated with Saharan Prickly Pear Cactus Oil to nourish skin with antioxidants while locking in hydration for quenched, supple skin.
Sunscreen: We love the Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel, an innovative gel, serum sunscreen that completely disappears into skin without any white cast. This unique sunscreen can be used as a perfecting primer and can be applied under makeup while moisturizing your skin without the thick and greasy residue.
Acne Prone Skin + Oily Skin
“For acne prone, oily or combination skin, we recommend using tea tree, it has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities it works to balance, clear and brighten skin. Also remember to go for lightweight, gel textures that can treat the skin without leaving it heavy or greasy.”
Oil Based Cleanser: Use Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Cleansing Oil,an oil based cleanser formulated with a high percentage of pure Camellia oil to remove impurities and makeup while imparting lasting nourishment.
Foam Cleanser: Use LJH Tea Tree 30 Foam Cleanser to gently deep clean and refresh the skin, while leaving it hydrated and comfortable.
Essence: Next, apply a lightweight serum, such as LJH’s Tea Tree 90 Essence, that’s 90% tea tree extract to brighten and even skin tone as well as soothe troubled skin.
Cream: Add an additional layer of moisture with Blithe Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum, a refreshing gel cream to soothe and hydrate sensitive, irritated and troubled skin without dryness
Mask: The Linday Cool (Tea-Tree) Modeling Rubber Mask improves the complexion overall by delivering a refreshing dose of hydration, and providing a calming sensation to sensitive, easily irritated skin.
Dull and Rough Skin
“A combination of skin-brightening and anti-aging ingredients such as niacinamide and antioxidants to combat environmental damage are the building blocks of a strong skincare routine for healthy, youthful skin – and don’t forget hydration is a must for each step as well!”
Cleanser: Use BlitheAnti-Polluaging Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water, an essence-like cleansing water. This elixir effectively sweeps away makeup while detoxifying and purifying skin due to its formulation with over 44% mineral-rich Himalayan Pink Salt to reveal brighter, more radiant skin without drying.
Toner: One of the first essence textures to have vitamin microcapsules inside, the peptide rich Blithe 8 Bean Pulp Essence Toner is a great way to kick start hydration and nutrients to the skin vs. using an astringent toner that could potentially dry out skin.
Ampoule: Packed with 50% propolis extract and niacinamide, LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule is an advanced treatment that works to minimize lines and smooth skin. Ampoules are used as a 2~3 week ‘boot camp’ program for skin, but this versatile treatment can also be layered on top of a serum or as a stand-in.
Cream: The Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum condenses a serum into a moisturizer format, making a skincare routine faster and more efficient. Formulated with 60% Chaga mushrooms, this unique dessert-like texture seamlessly melts into skin to plump and fill.
Mask: The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is a skin-smoothing, radiance-boosting sleeping mask with watermelon and hyaluronic acid for post-facial results, all in one jar. While you’re sleeping, AHAs and hyaluronic acid work to leave your skin soothed, smoothed, glowy, and radiant by the morning.