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Korean influences are very much evident in the Philippines - their fashion, music, shows, cuisine, and culture have trickled down to us over the last few years. But even more apparent is the influence the Koreans have on taking care of our skin as a number of Filipinas have infused Korean skincare products into their personal skincare and beauty regimen. And, with good reason.
Korea rightfully should be hailed as the world’s skincare superpower for it has long been obsessed with formulating and using the best skincare available on the global market, and they have more than a handful of awesome products to prove that their skincare innovation is top-notch.
The dedication to looking and feeling their best is deep-rooted in Korean culture as it’s not uncommon for Koreans, girls and guys alike, to flock the skincare shops for the latest holy-grail products. This phenomenon has created a demand for high-quality beauty products and services which thus, resulted in a hyper-competitive beauty industry.
If you are new to Korean skincare and beauty, do not feel apprehensive because you are in good hands. To give you a rundown, here are seven (7) reasons why you should switch to Korean beauty products, if you have not already done so!
1. They have gentler formulations and are made with only the best ingredients
Korean beauty legacy is anchored on natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This custom continues today but with strict scientific formulations that avoid harsh chemicals and draw goodness from natural and organic ingredients instead. Korean beauty products usually incorporate natural ingredients such as honey, fermented yeast, green tea, volcanic clay, and yes … snail mucin. It is a bit discouraging if you think about it, but snail extract is actually packed with beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycoprotein enzymes that help fade pigmentation. The infusion of these natural ingredients into their skincare products prove that Koreans are not afraid to try out new ingredients, making their products a cut above the rest.
Stand-out Brand: Pyunkang Yul | Only the safest and most necessary ingredients
Top Brand: Dear, Klairs | Simple but enough
Best-selling Brand: COSRX | New Cosmetic Standard
2. They are more advanced than their Western counterparts
The Koreans invented sheet masks, BB creams, cushion foundations, to name a few. In this day and age, these are essential beauty staples. From groundbreaking formulations to genius packaging that not only looks good but allows easy application, the Korean beauty market is a candy store of visually appealing and highly innovative products that are never seen anywhere else in the world.
Recommended Sheet Mask: Innisfree My Real Squeeze Masks
Must Try Cushion: COSRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion (Available in shades #21, #23, and #27)
3. They are highly affordable in this PhP 53 to $1 climate
Spending on a tub of La Mer is a luxury not many Filipinas can afford and with the Philippine peso losing traction, Filipinas ought to be smarter and more practical in their purchases. Thankfully, the competition among beauty brands in Korea is very high which makes their prices lower than their Western counterparts without ever sacrificing quality. Switching to Korean beauty products is something your skin and bank account will thank you for.
4. Oil cleansing removes not only makeup but oil and gunk as well
In Korea, the cold weather plays a big role in keeping their skin pristine all the time. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about our climate. The first step in the Korean Skincare Routine is washing your face with an oil-based cleanser. While it is the most effective step in removing all traces of makeup (and SPF), it also effectively removes oil and gunk that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. Basic science tells us that water and oil don’t mix, hence, “melt” oil on the skin with an oil-based cleanser and splash a little water to emulsify thoroughly remove the all the day’s gunk.
Best-selling Oil Cleanser: Heimish All Clean Balm
5. Korean Skincare routine is a little treat to yourself after a long day
With our busy schedules, there is no better way to treat ourselves than to get a little pampering. With the Korean Skincare Routine, our me-time becomes more enjoyable as the gentle massages and tap-tap motions used in applying the Korean skincare products give our skin the TLC it rightfully deserves. Facial massages and gentle tapping of the face help for better blood circulation making sure oxygen flows right through the vessels of your face giving you the glowing skin that you always wanted.
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6. Prevention is always better than cure
Korean Skincare emphasizes wearing sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harsh rays. UV exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation and formation of wrinkles, on top of the natural aging process of our skin. So slather on sunscreen every day to keep sun spots and wrinkles at bay.
Must Try Sunscreen: Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk
7. You want glowing (not oily) skin, in this humid, albeit already rainy, weather
Clear, luminous, seemingly transparent skin, or otherwise known as "glass skin", is taking over social media. While rainy days are here for the next couple of months, Filipinas still get a taste of hot humid weather here and there. Our battle with the oil is common, that is why the Korean Skincare Routine is perfect as there are products that specifically target oily and combination skin.
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