In South Korea, beauty is a big deal—a cultural obsession—and skin care is serious business. The innovative products coming out of Korea are driving the trends here and are roughly ten years ahead of what’s stateside. That’s because it takes just six months to develop a product in Korea—that might take one to two years in the U.S. The good news is that you don’t have to book a ight to Seoul to get your hands on some of these groundbreaking lotions and potions. We’ll highlight a few of the best—no passport required—they’re available with just the click of your mouse.
IT ’S NOT CHILD’S PLAY
Don’t let the packaging fool you—just because it looks like it’s adorably appropriate for your preschooler, don’t assume it’s meant for kids. Koreans think that skin care should be fun. We like that philosophy!
PRESTIGE Snail Lip Treatment by TonyMoly
Koreans have been using snail mucin for years. It’s the slimy stuff that snails produce—but before you get grossed out, get this—it contains hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, and copper peptides which hydrate and reduce inflammation and redness, as well as fine lines. Who knew? The Koreans, that’s who!
MIZON Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack
We can’t keep all of that snail slime goodness just for our lips, can we? Enter the super-moisturizing sleep pack—a snail mucin-filled gel that goes on before bed and will have you waking up with a noticeably refreshed face in the morning.
MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
Another product getting rave reviews is this, containing 80% fermented yeast extract to aid skin cell renewal—again with the fermentation! It also contains niacinamide, a vitamin B3 component, to improve skin elasticity, and is packed with botanical extracts, from the familiar: beetroot, rosemary, and chamomile extract, to the unusual: ulmus davidiana root extract, amaranthus caudatus seed, kava leaf/root extract, gotu kola extract, purslane extract, cork tree bark, and cassia alata leaf extract.
This luxury line is bursting with botanicals like bamboo sap and the extracts of red clover flower, gold-silver flower, and hibiscus that have been fermented to release enzymes and amino acids that help moisturize and heal the skin. We knew fermentation was good for the gut, but how about the skin, too!
Pore Blackhead Out Oil Gel This cute little egg looks like it could be in your Easter basket, but inside is a slightly gritty gel that promises to unclog your pores and banish blackheads. It contains, you guessed it, egg yolk extract, as well as the extracts of camellia ower, magnolia kobus bark, lemon, sage leaf, and other botanicals too numerous to mention.
Blithe Splash Masks
Does the promise of full face mask results in under a minute sound too good to be true? Well, these little splash masks have gained quite a following and are selling out, so we think they’re worth a look. You simply add it to water, splash it on your face a few times, and then pat. That’s it! Available in soothing andhealing green tea (the most popular), energizing yellow citrus and honey, and rejuvenating purple berry.