A look inside Korean skincare

Annyeonghaseyo aleumdaun

Translation: Hello beautiful.

The latest beauty craze sweeping the states comes from overseas. That’s right. Korean skincare has helped create flawless and supple skin for ages. Sadly, the rest of us are just now finding out. But, that’s okay, because it’s way more affordable now. Score!

Korean skincare is simple, yet prides itself on combining many products into a single routine. You can add or omit products, as majority of them work in skincare harmony.

Dr.Jart+ in the Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 comes in one shade that adjusts to your skin tone.

Although parts of Europe are credited for creating these creams, the BB and CC craze gained a lot of traction in South Korea. Many Asian countries also perfected these creams into what we love today.

BB stands for beauty or blemish balm and CC stands for color corrector. I have tried both, but I am more of a fan of BB. If your skin tone needs color correcting, I don’t think just using a cream will do the trick. My favorite brand is Dr. Jart+. They are light, but blend well and blur minor skin imperfections like a dream. Keep in mind, these are not foundations, but lightweight balms, so coverage is minimal.

The hot pack uses volcanic ash, egg whites and sulfur to create a warming sensation and also helps remove blackheads.

I'm a fan of the brand Skinfood. Skinfood prides itself on creating affordable skincare that is natural and mostly food-derived. I recently went on a Korean skincare shopping spree and purchased the Pineapple Peeling Gel, the Egg White Pore Hot Shot Pack, Aloe Vera Soothing Gel and the Wash Off Rice Mask. The only item I am indifferent about is the aloe vera. I would recommend obtaining an aloe plant or purchasing the real stuff at your local health-food store.

Although the aloe was kind of a bust, the other products work fabulously. I use the peeling gel, hot pack and mask about once or twice a week, alternating all three. All are considered exfoliants, so use one at a time if you plan on trying them out.

I plan to try more Korean skincare in the future, but I can easily see why this part of the world has a leg up on us Westerners. -S

Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.