9 Korean Beauty Essentials You NEED This Winter
Posted by Jacqueline Kilikita in Makeup, Skin Care, Hair
You only have to glimpse their flawless hair, skin and makeup to realise that the Koreans know a thing or two about looking amazing all year round, and luckily for us, K-Beauty has gone boom over here in the UK, too.
We’re talking highly intelligent products that will transform your skin with ultra - hydrating ingredients, makeup that promises to shave minutes off of your morning routine, and some seriously cool textures.
Check out the Korean skin, hair and makeup products you need to stockpile this winter.
Erborian’s CC Cream, £17 easily clinches the top spot - and not just for the genius way it adjusts to your skin tone or the added skincare benefits! At first, the product comes out white, but teeny tiny pigment capsules pop on contact with the skin to tuck away redness, blanket blemishes, and impart a sunroof - down glow – even if it is minus two degrees outside.
If you’re a full coverage kinda gal, a light layer acts like velcro for any foundation you apply on top, making it ten times more flawless and less likely collect in certain areas. So clever.
Once the stuff of kid’s parties, jelly has established itself as the beauty sphere’s most intelligent and hydrating texture, which makes Skin79’s Jeju Sandorong Jelly Mask Aloe, £4.90 a must-have. Wonder ingredient Aloe Vera instantly alleviates any redness or irritation all while moisturising and nourishing parched skin. To maximise the soothing benefits, pop it in the fridge for a few minutes beforehand. And relax…
Not only will RE:CIPE’s Cleansing Oil Rose, £23.36 look absolutely gorgeous on your dressing table (yep, those are real rose petals suspended in the oil formula), but it will dislodge even the most stubborn makeup, from mascara to brow pomade. It transforms into a milky texture on contact with water and is so careful not to strip your skin of the good stuff during a time when it can be prone to drying out. Obsessed.
Oiliness doesn’t stop in the colder months and investing in a foaming cleanser is the easiest and gentlest way to keep your skin looking matte and fresh for longer. Mizon’s Egg White Bubble Cleanser, £13.80 is filled to bursting with egg white extract to minimise the appearance of pores and papaya to slough off the paste-like mixture of sebum and dead skin cells that can often lead to breakouts.
Hair masks are a must if you have parched, colour - ravaged hair but the latest in K - Beauty is nothing like those currently lining your bathroom shelf. Enter OH K!’s Nourishing Steam Hair Mask, £6. A mask that comes in a savvy sachet complete with a steam cap which works twice as hard to revitalise your tresses by harnessing the heat and moisture of your just-washed hair to really lock in the ingredients. It left my thick, course hair twice as sleek as usual.
Don’t let the Snail Secretion Filtrate in Tony Moly Perment Snail Hand Cream, £28 freak you out – it’s an amazing moisturiser, don’tcha know. With added aloe, it comforts and heals chapped winter hands and makes ragged cuticles a thing of the past. A handbag essential if ever I saw one.
Forget what you know about pink and red, because Fashion Week has just made a huge case for the bold duo and Laniege’s Two Tone Lip Bar No 5 Daring Darling, £17.60 is the easiest (and most affordable) way to rock the look. The savvy rectangular bullet really hugs the contours of your lips so there’s no need to trace with lip liner first. It’ll brighten up gloomy winter days in an instant.
It’s Skin Power
Winter face is a totally a thing, but you can combat the lackluster look and feel with a dose of It’s Skin’s Power 10 Ve Glow Serum, £12. Vitamin E is so intensely moisturising that parched patches don’t stand a chance and it also bolsters your skin’s defense against pollution (which can contribute to dullness) and heaps of other environmental aggressors. The best part? It won’t break the bank.
If your hair is more straw-like than soft and shiny, the Mizon Moroccan Treatment Shampoo, £9 will save it – and after just one wash. A super-squad of argan oil, fitokeratin and salicylic acid work to cleanse from root to tip, prevent dreaded flakes (hey, we all get em) and inject lost moisture back into the hair shaft to banish frizzy bits. A little goes a long way.