When the member of the community Ann sent me an article from board a Korean beauty routine 10 steps, I felt very conflicted. Korean beauty is definitely a trend right now, but is it really lived up to all the hype? And while Slate columnist was eloquent feminist on how you can be a ritual of skin care “a radical act of self,” My own reaction was 10 steps! Actually!?
So what’s going on with this trend K-beauty and how can we tell the good from the bad? I found myself in the middle of a motley collection of balms rebound strange names, the baba inevitably snail and thought they might as well start with sabbatical beauty, which is mentioned in detail in the article of the board and made in the USA ., but it claims to be “influenced by trends in the beauty of Korea.” One of these trends, it appears that the names of eccentrics products. Cabin Fever turns out to be a shower gel, which makes a nod to Korea with soy and has a strong dose 25% water aloe, but suffers from an irritating surfactant that even the CIR says should only have brief contact with skin before rinsing. Anti-aging serum Dorian Gray (I told the names were eccentric) looks quite good with copper peptides, and yeast ferment. Still, everything looks very western, besides orchid extract.
The next step was to find some beauty products-K more serious, so he went to the exit of the Korean Deptartment at Sephora. The first jump was a mark that looks like a typo, belif. Interestingly, it has a product called Hungarian Essence of Water. This is the water and herbal extracts. Not exactly in the trend. Belif does, however, have something that assured me it is a big trend of Korean beauty, a balm rebound.
bounce creams are all about hydration for creating and taut skin moist. Some of them have even been made to shake in their jars. The notion itself was enough to put a spring in my step. Once such beauty balm rebound texture is made by Dr. Jart +. Not only Dr. Jart + BB Beauty Balm bounce jiggle, which is made of Nordenau water. This water comes from a disused slate mine on the property of a hotel in beautiful German city of Nordenau and has been attributed to the cure of most diseases known to mankind. Belif better that (sorry).
K-beauty I associate with those masks sheet that you leave on your face for 20 minutes. Check out peach and Lily, curators beauty of Korea, saw they had one for $ 6 from a company called leaders. Unfortunately, the second ingredient is butylene glycol , but most of the rest of the list is pretty good, especially considering the price, with a lot of amino acids, peptide and botanical extracts. Another mask was much less attractive and not because of the snail. Ethanol, parabens, PEG, phenoxyethanol … ..
The other permanent feature of K-beauty is a concern for skin whitening and shine. Bypassing the essence White Power misnamed, I have observed that most Korean beauty products contains a skin lightener such as arbutin, AHAs or niacinamide.
My prediction is that the trend of Korea will try to insert “essences” in our schemes. And if you are prepared to go with the idea of 10 steps, then why not. An essence is a precursor of a serum and Korea is where they seem to have been invented. Peach and Lily have called raw salsa has some good antioxidants and botanicals. But like the above products, Koreans seem unable to formulate without butylene glycol, parabens and alcohol.