Tons of different serums are available depending on what you’re prioritizing, such as anti-aging or brightening or what have you. -sounding royal salmon eggs and advanced snail hydrogels.
Remember: Food is medicine in TCM, and these ingredients are considered therapeutic and nutritious in cosmetics as well.
Here is co-founder Amy’s Mash-Up tips to navigating Korean skincare, just in time for your spent-too-much-time-in-the-sun-and-drank-a-lot-of-dehydrating-margaritas-end-of-summer skin. This will not involve having to learn, or be, Korean. Use essences and serums to heal problem areas — Acne? This can come pre-makeup, or if you’re wearing a Korean BB cream or foundation that has SPF in it (almost all of them do) you can skip it. The short story: Toners are used after cleansing, to balance the Ph of your skin.
But now that even mainstream outlets like Sephora and Cosmo are “discovering” the secrets of Korean skincare here in ‘Murrica, it’s time to list some basic guidelines to everybody’s favorite obsession. Finally, layer on the sunscreen, because the sun is the enemy of all things related to nice Asian skin. In the Korean context, these products mean slightly different things than they do for American brands.
They are lightweight and have a specific agenda: brightening, tightening, moisturizing, etc. Serums, or ampoules, operate much like serums in Western brands. They are heavier than essences and used to pack major beauty-enhancing punch. But since Koreans live and die by moisture and sunscreen, this will very rarely be your last step. There are day creams, there are night creams, there are so many creams. This is a good thing, and this also means that packages will boast ingredients from the benign and familiar-sounding brown sugar and rosemary to the strange and only-Asians-do-this-right?
A favorite hobby of Western observers of Korea is to obsess over Korean vanity and beauty standards. This is not the stripping-oil-weird-tingly-sensation toners we remember from puberty.
These are neutralizing products to help prepare your skin for the products to come.
It is essentially made with dried Korean red chilies.
It mainly comes in two different formats – fine and coarse.