We have long been enthralled by South Korean beauty and the promise of healthy, youthful dewy skin.
And no one else embodies that coveted look and ethos as much as Korean celebs who stand as representatives on the global stage.
That is why we’ve rounded up the skincare favourites of eight popular Korean celebs ranging from Blackpink members Jennie and Rosé to Tiffany Young and Ive’s Wonyoung. From hydrating essences to moisturising, lightweight sunscreens, here are the skincare products they depend on.
While it is called a serum, Somi floods multiple cotton pads with the Mixsoon essence, places them across her cheeks and uses them like a facial sheet mask to boost hydration levels. She then uses various gua sha tools to give herself a facial massage as her skin soaks up the essence.
The Mixsoon serum is made with Alaskan glacier water and three weights of hyaluronic acid to impart hydration and glow. The soothing formula is also great for sensitive skin types as it is free from fragrance and alcohol.
Housed in a portable mist that can be slipped into a handbag, Aespa’s Giselle brings the Purcell ampoule along with her as she travels. She sprays it on her face during flights to rescue her dry skin from the even drier air.
The key ingredient in the Purcell ampoule is a super-milk protein that has a structure similar to skin lipids. Together with various fermented ingredients, the ampoule helps to balance skin hydration and moisturise levels.
While Blackpink’s Rosé shared that she doesn’t get breakouts often, the pimples she does get are relatively larger ones. She taps on the adorable pimple patches from Starface to help her get rid of the blemishes and make “getting pimples more fun.”
The Starface pimple patches are made only with hydrocolloid, a material that has been used in wound dressing. It aids in absorbing fluid, reducing inflammation and helping pimples heal. The physical barrier also prevents you from picking at the pimple, which can cause scarring.
Referring to the La Mer oil as a “cure-all”, actress Lee Na-young uses it often as she applies it to her face, cuticles and any dry spots. She also has dry skin so a facial oil would provide much-needed moisturising.
Infused with La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth of fermented giant sea kelp that’s rich in vitamins and nutrients, the oil also contains the Miracle Broth Oils which consists of various plant oils. Together, these nourish, moisturise and impart a natural glow.
Like many of us, Blackpink’s Jennie occasionally wakes up with a puffy face. To help her look her best, especially with the intense public scrutiny she faces daily, she taps on the ReFa face roller to help her depuff in the mornings.
Her facial roller of choice from ReFa is a pocket-friendly model that has four kneading rollers to mimic the massage techniques one gets during a facial treatment. The other side can be used to lift and sculpt the face too.
Itzy’s Yeji religiously applies the Carmex lip balm in the mornings before heading to the salon. Not only does it moisturise the lips and create a glossy effect, but she also likes that the minty sensation seemingly plumps her puckers even just a bit.
The minty sensation of the Carmex lip balm comes from camphor and menthol. Meanwhile, petrolatum, lanolin, paraffin and cacao seed butter soothe any dryness.
Tiffany Young has also fallen in love with the Beauty of Joseon sunscreen, which has been one of the most well-known and bestselling Korean sunscreens.
The Beauty of Joseon sunscreen has a lightweight texture suitable for hot, humid climates and doesn’t leave a white cast. It is formulated with 30 percent rice extract and probiotics and could even double as a moisturiser for certain skin types.
As someone who loves cica products, it is no wonder that Ive’s Wonyoung likes the cica-containing sunscreen from Innisfree. She likes that it has a tone-up effect, thereby incorporating it into her makeup routine as well.
As the name implies, the Innisfree sunscreen contains five types of cica-derived extracts to soothe and moisturise. The sunscreen also has a green tint that counteracts any redness while brightening the complexion.
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