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South Korea has clearly cemented itself as a hub for everything skincare and beauty related, what with its innovative products and many trends that have taken the world by storm. Besides its popular seven skin skincare method and glass skin hype, there’s now another beauty trend that’s quickly garnering attention. Known as the honey skin look, it essentially refers to skin that’s plump, dewy and healthy-looking.

Achieving this supple, dewy complexion takes time and effort, so don’t expect to receive immediate results in just one day. While the glass skin trend focuses on achieving a poreless and flawless complexion, honey skin is all about getting healthy, smooth skin with a gorgeous, glowy sheen similar to that of honey itself.


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Start with a good toner that will restore skin’s natural pH balance. This will encourage skin clarity.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Minimizing Shake Tonic ($30); Etude House Soon Jung 5.5 Relief Toner ($28.90); Laneige Fresh Claming Toner ($40); The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Toner ($24.90).


Next you need an intensely hydrating and a brightening serum to infuse skin with lots of plumping moisture and skin-illuminating ingredients.

Laneige Water Bank Essence_EX ($60); NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate ($105); SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence ($397); Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum ($268).


Turn to rich creams to smooth and moisturise skin. In our humid climate, we suggest adding this skincare step to your nighttime routine. Especially useful to keep skin’s moisture in if you sleep in a moisture-sapping air-conditioned environment. 

Clinique Dramatically DIfferent Moisturizing Gel ($28); Innisfree White Tone Up Cream ($34); Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream ($30); Su:m37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream ($108).


Treat your skin to a hydrating, smoothing facial mask every week, or every alternate day, if you can afford the time and money. (Psst… some K-pop celebs have shared that their secret to great skin is daily mask treatments!) Masks are usually infused with intensely nourishing ingredients that are meant to be easily absorbed into the skin to faster results.

Dr Jart+ Rubber Mask Moist Lover ($18); Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask ($49); Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask ($72 for 5 sheets).


One product that is guaranteed to give your skin a glow-from-within radiance is definitely a facial oil. Nothing nourishes and gives skin a luminousity like a replenishing oil does. Massage one of these dry oils into your skin after cleansing at least once a week or up to every day if you skin is parched. Blot off the access if you need to, before continuing with the rest of your skincare steps.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil ($80); Cosme Decorte AQ Botanical Pure Oil ($225); Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($80); SK-II Facial Treatment Oil ($205).


A version of this story first appeared in Female.


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