The K-Beauty Secret To Great SkinHydrate, soothe and strengthen your skin barrier with K-Beauty 

The K-Beauty Secret To Great Skin

HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO BOOST YOUR SKIN BARRIER

There are many ways in which Korean skincare practices differ to Western skincare regimes. One of the main ones? Forget strong actives like retinol. The basics of a K-beauty routine stems from caring for your skin-barrier. If your skin is hydrated and calm and your skin barrier is as strong as possible, Koreans believe that this is how you’ll be guaranteed good skin. This is why K-beauty products have a strong focus on soothing, hydrating and barrier strengthening ingredients. They’re mainly formulated to be low-irritant too. Here, we share everything you need to know to get great skin, the K-beauty way…

Why does K-beauty focus on soothing and strengthening skincare?

Besides knowing that great skin comes from an intact skin barrier there are a few other reasons that K-beauty focuses on preventing skin concerns with soothing and strengthening solutions. High stress and pollution levels are big concerns for Koreans so they tend to look for gentle ingredients in their skincare products that help to strengthen the skin barrier. Plus, Koreans often look to dermatologists for ‘active’ skincare solutions rather than finding these amongst their at-home skincare products. 

What exactly is a compromised skin barrier?

When the lipids in your skin become damaged or depleted, the skin's defense system (aka your skin barrier) can get small holes or cracks in its structure where moisture can escape and lead to dehydration and premature ageing. It can also let irritants in which can ultimately case other skin concerns like acne, redness and sensitivity. This is a compromised skin barrier. You’ll see all kinds of skin issues when your barrier is compromised. If your skin is dry from too much moisture loss you can get an overproduction of oil to compensate for this dehydration causing blemishes and breakouts. On the other hand, dehydrated skin typically looks dull and can show premature signs of aging, like surface wrinkles and loss of elasticity.

Do Koreans have more sensitive skin?

No, not typically. As mentioned above, high stress and pollution levels are a big concern for Koreans. While this is a global problem, Koreans are often more aware of the effects of these factors on their skin and so tend to look for gentle ingredients that help to strengthen the skin barrier to bolster skin’s defenses and prevent unwanted skin concerns from occurring in the first place.

What ingredients should I look for?

K-beauty ranges typically offer loads of hydrating toners and essences rich in botanical ingredients that not only help to hydrate skin but soothe and build up the skin barrier too. Some examples are Centella Asiatica, Mugwort, Willow Bark Extract, Houttunya Cordata, Tea tree, Green Tea (or fermented tea) as well as tried-and-trusted ingredients like Niacianmide, and Hyaluronic Acid.

What are the top barrier-strengthening products I should be using?

I'M FROM Mugwort Mask 110g
I'M FROM Mugwort Mask 110g
I'M FROM Mugwort Mask 110g
I'M FROM Mugwort Mask 110g

One product that’s a cult classic for bolstering irritated skin is the 

I'M FROM Mugwort Mask 110g

Use it once to twice a week for best results. It’s chock full of Mugwort which is packed with vitamins and minerals to nourish and heal stressed-out skin. 

ONE THING Centella Asiatica Extract
ONE THING Centella Asiatica Extract
ONE THING Centella Asiatica Extract
ONE THING Centella Asiatica Extract

A favourite of our founder Jin is 

ONE THING Centella Asiatica Extract

as it calms redness, boosts elasticity and texture and simply cocoons distressed skin. 

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is rich in fermented tea which is also extremely soothing for over-stressed, compromised skin. 

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Finally, 

By Wishtrend Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule 30ml

is a gentle antioxidant serum that truly works wonders for a compromised skin barrier. Pair it with a Vitamin C serum to reap the most antioxidant benefits. 

What products are best for hydration?

It really is key to step up your hydration in order to help with protecting and supporting your skin barrier as when your skin barrier is properly intact it will help to minimize moisture loss. Again, choose products with hyaluronic acid as it’s an excellent hydrator which attracts and holds onto moisture in your skin. 

Dr. Ceuracle Hyal Reyouth Ampoule 50ml
Dr. Ceuracle Hyal Reyouth Ampoule 50ml

We love 

Dr. Ceuracle Hyal Reyouth Ampoule 50ml

which banks on a 6-hyaluronic complex to deeply moisturise. 

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ONE THING Hyaluronic Acid Complex 150ml
ONE THING Hyaluronic Acid Complex 150ml
ONE THING Hyaluronic Acid Complex 150ml
ONE THING Hyaluronic Acid Complex 150ml

ONE THING Hyaluronic Acid Complex 150ml

is a single ingredient formula that offers a mix of low and high weight HA molecules to penetrate all layers of the skin.

What are the best hydrating and barrier-protecting products for oily skin? 

The trick here is to avoid heavy creams and stick to a super-hydrating essence or serum layered into skin instead. When it comes skin barrier repair it’s all about what ingredients you choose – Mugwort, Propolis and Prickly Pear Seed Oil all help to strengthen the skin barrier and repair damage done. 

HUXLEY Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like 5ml
HUXLEY Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like 5ml

Try

HUXLEY Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like 5ml

which offers hydrating, plumping and nourishing skin results in a lightweight texture. 

HUXLEY Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like 5ml
HUXLEY Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like 5ml

Try

HUXLEY Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like 5ml

which offers hydrating, plumping and nourishing skin results in a lightweight texture. 

I'M FROM Honey Serum 30ml
I'M FROM Honey Serum 30ml
I'M FROM Honey Serum 30ml
I'M FROM Honey Serum 30ml

I'M FROM Honey Serum 30ml

blends seven bee-based active ingredients like royal jelly, bee pollen, bee venom and propolis for the ultimate hydrating and nourishing formula. 

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I'M FROM Mugwort Essence 160ml
I'M FROM Mugwort Essence 160ml
I'M FROM Mugwort Essence 160ml

And

I'M FROM Mugwort Essence 160ml

is our go-to for layering on Mugwort extract’s skin restoring, soothing and hydrating benefits.