From a beautiful glass skin (“Chok Chok”) look to lustrous eye makeup, Korean Beauty continues to be all the rage in the industry. It has impacted the way that we view our skincare and makeup routines & products. A beauty routine with multiple steps, the objective of K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) is to get radiant, reflective skin that is smooth in both appearance and touch while also having visibility intense hydration.
View our Asian Beauty Roadmap
or discover more on the principals of Asian Inspired Beauty to learn more about the individual steps in this routine.
The origins of K-Beauty is based on a regime of 8 key steps:
- Double cleanse (oil-based cleanser followed by water-based foaming cleanser is the most popular)
- Alcohol-free toner
- Essense or mist
- Serum or oil
discover alternate buzzwords that stem from the Korean “kkandalgyal” or “peeled egg” and how they differ.
Speaking the Same Language
The Perfect Skin refers to a combination emphasizing a clear and bright complexion with a transluscent finish and a smooth texture. K-Beauty consists of various terms used to describe the skin. Some of these terms include:
The texture and reflection of the skin that is so smooth, poreless, and shiny it resembles glass
A bright, hydrated, and supple more even and natural tone. Can include “Honey Glow” step, which is finishing the skin with oils to mimic honey’s luster
A plump and glistening look that is reminiscent of spring dew and indicative of freshness and youth
Exhibiting a parallel between the properties of lacquer and varnish to provide shiny, glossy, transparent finishes while protecting the surface underneath
Baby-like complexion with a pinkish flush tone, void of effects from aggressors and exemplifying health
A literal transformation from dull, tired, and stressed appearance to glowing, vibrant and radiant. Clearly evident of improvement rather than enhancement or concealment
Appearance that is absolutely flawless, with no discoloration or spots and boosting with inner radiance
Amps up the glow by incorporating both skincare and makeup for hydrated, clear and illuminated skin
Kkul = Good Idea or “Honey Tip”
Why not incorporate ingredients with the namesake!
Formulations Containing or Inspired by Honey
How Kkul! Launches Climb Steadily & There is Plenty of Room for Opportunities
The number of launches that deliver hydration and moisturization and promote “Dewy” or “Glow”, “Glaze”, “Glossy”, “Glass” has nearly tripled since K-Beauty broke on the scene in the western world.
The majority of launches by far remains face care, which means there is plenty of opportunity for body care, color cosmetics and sun care even! Consider breaking into Active Beauty!
Glazed Like a Donut, But Not so Greasy
Factor in your target audience and speak to their skin type to help them understand the levels necessary for optimal hydration. “Fresh Sweat” (light perspiration) is no longer a total negative as it fits with the health proponents sweeping the beauty industry. Achieving that fresh out of the gym look. For those with combination skin, controlling sebum is a must in order to prevent greasy looking skin.
Gloss Like a Boss
Adding ingredients that target to adjust to just the right level of gloss and shine is key, the following ingredients do just that!
Natural W/O emulsifier that can deliver highly visible shine value in all skin and color formulations.
Forms more soft films with a glossy appearance yet “dry feel”. The added benefits of wear and water resistance combined with superior SPF boosting.
reduces visible shine for a more customised shine appearance by almost 30% from base application of Isolan GPS.
Artichoke Leaf Extract has been shown to increase moisture retention in the skin and to tighten pore enlarged by environmental aggressors. Other Actives targeted to pores:
It’s Not Necessary to Over Dew It
To break it down to it’s 2 most basic steps:
- Exfoliator to buff skin for its smoothest texture
- Hydrating serum/essense/mist to help give a fresh spring morning appearance
We suggest a serum hybrid/base. Try out this Diamond Gal Shimmering Serum!
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More Ingredient Inspiration from Food
Fermented ingredients have had a long standing use in both food and personal care in Asia and Korea specifically. An ingredient such as active yeast for instance, help in cell regrowth. Other fermented ingredients deliver a myriad of benefits such as soothing and brightening properties.
Other ingredients that are derived from fermentation include:
Keep protection at an all time high by including SPF and antioxidants in your formulation. We have already listed them out for you here!
Consider adding color or focusing on target areas of the face. Looking to go Bigger?
Big Name Brands Bring Dew to all Skins Surfaces
There is a term in Korean “Kkulbeogji” very roughly translated to sexy honey thighs. In reality it is bringing the healthy glowing focus from just the face to the entire skin surface. Helping to reveal a total glow from within healthy appearance.
Check out this B³ (Beautiful-Body-Bronzer) Tone-up formulation.
Routine Formulas for a Polished Start
- Facial Cleansing Peeling Cream
- Relipidification Crystal Cleanser
- Micellar Gel
- AquaMilk Cream
- Hydrating Water Cream Base
- AquaHydrating Serum
- Hydra Plus Day Cream
- Turmeric Non-Nano Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
- Light as Air Moisturizer
- Endless Emotion Day Cream and Second Skin Mask
- Hydrating Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil Gel
- 8 Hour Cream
- On-The-Go Cleansing Stick
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