While travel might still be on pause, it doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on your favourite K-beauty stash – and yes, that even includes indie brands too. From fuss-free and effective formulations to playful and interesting textures, here are three K-beauty brands that you can start the year with.
The result of 33 dermatologists, 80 nurses and 100 aestheticians bringing together over 20 years and more than 1 million clinical experiences, DrG has become one of the most trusted K-beauty brands, winning awards over the years.
Launched in 1998, Dr.G is the brainchild of Dr Ahn Gun-young, CEO of Gowoonsesang Cosmetics, who was burnt by boiling milk when he was a young boy, which left a scar on his face. This accident would later fuel his passion to become a dermatologist and in turn create skincare solutions to help others achieve a healthy complexion.
And while there is a full range of products from sun care to body care and even base makeup available in South Korea, Singapore currently offers four of the brand’s more popular skincare ranges – R.E.D Blemish hydrates sensitive skin prone to breakouts, Aquasis keeps skin’s oil and water levels balanced, Hydra Intensive soothes and hydrates dry, ageing skin, and A-Clear is for blemish-prone skins, as well as a small selection of cleansers and sunscreens.
Our top picks from Dr.G:
A two-in-one hydrator that not only infuses skin with moisture but also doubles as an overnight sleeping mask to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. Most importantly, it has a non-comedogenic formula that won’t clog pores and is ideal for acne-prone skin too.
A dense foam cleanser containing tea tree, salicylic acid and sage extract to remove dirt and impurities, as well as excess sebum, blackheads and whiteheads to keep the complexion clean and clear. Plus, it won’t dry out the skin.
A gentle exfoliator that uses natural cellulose to remove dead skin without irritating the skin. Also contains vitamins C and E, and black willow, honey, trehalose and hollyhock to hydrate the skin, leaving it smooth, supple and instantly brighter.
Available at Watsons stores and Watsons.com.sg
With its down-to-earth, back-to-basics approach to skincare, Celloom combines the best of nature and science, thanks to its 30 years of clinical experience, research and development. The result is effective products that allow you to build a simple, bespoke skincare routine that suits your unique skin concerns, no matter what your age or skin type. It’s all about forming healthy skincare habits.
The brains behind the brand are South Korean dermatologist Dr Grace Cho and her daughter, Daye Kim. And the Celloom range of seven products is vegan, cruelty-free, EWG-certified and GMO-free as well.
Celloom really ticks all the boxes – not only are the products gentle on skin, the lightweight textures are perfect for Singapore’s humid weather, and the clean, minimalist packaging looks great on our dressers too.
Our top picks from Celloom:
A powerful vitamin-infused serum (vitamins C, B and E) that brightens and evens skin tone, reduces the appearance of pigmentation and helps you achieve that lit-from-within glow. Also contains sea buckthorn extract to promote cell regeneration for a youthful looking you.
Packed with lotus flower water, kale and centella asiatica extracts, this sheet mask instantly soothes and intensely hydrates dry, dull and tired-looking complexions. Use before bedtime and be prepared to wake to a glowing complexion in the morning.
The brand’s motto is that your skincare routine should be easy and fun. And with its brightly coloured packaging, fun names – Cake My Day, Namaste Kitten and Thirst Things First – as well as interesting textures (iridescent and glittery masks, anyone?), I Dew Care makes caring for your skin feel more like a party than a chore.
Designed and conceptualised in San Francisco and meticulously developed in South Korea, I Dew Care formulations are not only innovative and effective, but also 100 per cent vegan, cruelty-free and even gluten-free. Plus, it’s also received rave reviews from industry insiders.
And while not available in Singapore as yet, we’re so looking forward to getting our hands on the most adorable tools and accessories the brand has to offer as well.
Our top picks from I Dew Care:
Mix and match according to your skin concerns with this mini masking trio. Disco Kitten transforms dull skin into a glowing complexion with a white flower complex, diamond powder and oat extract, Sugar Kitten gently sloughs off dead skin with ruby powder while leaving skin supple with rose water and hyaluronic acid, and Space Kitten combats and purifies an oily T-zone with charcoal and volcanic ash. Plus, the iridescent, shimmer and pearlescent peel-off masks make for a fabulous self-care session every time.
A dual-layered moisturising gel enriched with antioxidant-rich lemon extract and vitamin C, and banana extract-infused cream that you mix together before application, to achieve a radiant and supple complexion.
A wash-off facial treatment that instantly revives tired-looking complexions with antioxidant-rich green tea and vitamin B3 while soothing with aloe and glacier water. Skin feels refreshed, soft and smooth after each use. Perfect for an “end-of-day” treat.
Available at Asianbeautyx.com