The Korean Beauty Show Podcast

The Korean Beauty Show Podcast

Lauren Lee
Aug 03, 2020 20 min

Snail in K-Beauty Products

It’s one of K-Beauty’s favourite ingredients.And with its ability to repair skin damage, actively hydrate and fight wrinkles and it is little wonder. Today, on the Korean Beauty show we’re going to be taking a look at the truth about snail mucin Topics Discussed WHY SNAIL MUCIN IS SO GOOD FOR SKIN Snail mucin naturally contains a whole heap of skin-friendly goodies, including proteins, elastin, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and copper peptides. Some of the benefits include: Firming and tightening the skin Giving plumper, softer and more youthful-looking skin Reducing visible scarring (from acne and pimples) Reducing hyperpigmentation Hydrating dry, dull, rough and taut skin However, perhaps surprisingly (given how famous Koreans have made it!) the use of snails in cosmetics and medicine is not new or unique to K-Beauty products. The ancient Greeks knew of snail mucin’s potential to heal skin, and also used it internally. Despite its many benefits to the skin, people rightly often wonder how snail mucin is collected, and in particular, whether it is harmful to the snails. HOW SNAIL MUCIN IS HARVESTED? Traditional methods of harvesting snail mucin were cruel – the snails were essentially dunked in pots of water with salt, vinegar or other chemicals to force them to excrete mucin. Thankfully, the methods for harvesting snail mucin have changed considerably. These days, there are a variety of “cruelty-free” methods of snail production and slime extraction. In fact, research shows that the quality of the mucin itself depends on breeders keeping good environmental conditions for their snails. As a result, breeders themselves regulate what the snails eat, how they are kept and how the slime is extracted. This also helps in certifying snail mucin products as cruelty-free. In Italy, for example, snail mucin is extracted by immersing the snails in a special steam bath that acts like a spa for snails. The snails are not harmed in this process. In other farms, the snails are simply placed in an environment where they can move over a bumpy surface, because this causes them to make slime like they do naturally. The mucin is then harvested this way. WHAT KIND OF SNAILS ARE USED? The land snail (achatina fulica) is one commonly used breed of snail. This is the one you’ll find in COSRX’s popular snail products. WHO COLLECTS THE MUCIN? Snail mucin is collected by the snail breeders who raise the snails. IS SNAIL MUCIN CRUELTY FREE? Yes, it is possible for snail mucin to be cruelty-free. As the actual snail itself is not harmed or killed in the process of collecting the mucin, it is possible for Korean Beauty companies to obtain cruelty-free certification for their snail products. The snail mucin used in Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence, Steam Cream and Mask is all certified cruelty-free by PETA. Similarly, COSRX’s Advanced Snail Cream and Essence are also cruelty-free. It is NOT possible for snail mucin products to be vegan, because snail is the by-product of an animal. CAN THE QUALITY OF MUCIN DIFFER BETWEEN PRODUCTS? Yes. The quality of the snail mucin can differ. However, the thing that makes the biggest difference is the concentration of snail mucin in the actual product. The higher the concentration, the better the resulting effects on the skin. Some products, like COSRX’s Snail 96 Mucin Essence contain as much as 96% snail mucin. This means that the benefits of the mucin on the skin are maximized. Other products, like iUNIK’s Black Snail Restore Serum and APLB Healing Moisture Snail Cream combine snail mucin with other complimentary ingredient to improve the efficacy of the formula, which maximises the benefits for your skin. HOW DO I USE IT IN MY BEAUTY ROUTINE? You’ll find it in a wide range of Korean Beauty products, from essences to moisturisers, face masks and even BB Cream. Tips To see maximum results, try using it for at least 2-4 weeks. This is the same as any new skincare product; Snail mucin is suitable to use both day and night. It’s light enough to apply under makeup during the day. BUT IT’S A MUCIN! Don’t be put off by the fact that it is mucus. Despite its name, snail mucin is not gooey. It is most often light in texture, with a minimal to neutral fragrance. Due to its viscosity, it makes a great binding agent. It’s perfect to include as one of the final steps in your beauty routine when layering products. WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT USING SNAIL MUCIN? You can expect the look and texture of ageing, damaged, acne-prone and/or scarred skin to be improved. This is because snail mucin supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase skin’s firmness and suppleness. SOME K-BEAUTY SNAIL PRODUCTS TO TRY APLB Healing Moisture Snail Cream – When skin is damaged and sensitive, it is more easily prone to breakouts and looks dull and lacklustre. That’s when you should reach for this gentle calming, skin repairing moisturiser. It addresses a wide range of skin concerns – from pores and dull skin to acne and fine-lines. Benton Snail Bee Set – the perfect pair to tackle blemishes, acne scarring and pigmentation. They work together to target the key signs of skin damage. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence – made with 96% all-natural snail secretion filtrate, this is a powerful treatment that transforms the complexion. Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream – this moisturising cream from one of Korea’s best loved beauty brands works beautifully with dull, damaged, acne-prone, mature and scarred skins. It helps repair and improve the look and texture to give your skin a healthy, radiant glow. SOME BY MI Snail Truecica - Formulated with Snail Truecica™ which contains black snail, and 5 types of ceramide components to strengthen skin’s barrier. This cream can be applied to any skin type without leaving it sticky – just soft and moisturised. Mizon Snail Mask – Enjoy the feeling of firm, healthy skin with this nutritious sheet mask made with Mizon’s signature snail mucin extract. Resources For this Episode: What To Do If You Liked This Episode Rate and review the Korean Beauty Show! Don’t forget to leave your Blog, YouTube or Instagram handle if you have a Korean Beauty related channel so that others can discover you as well.
Jul 27, 2020 19 min

Latest K-Beauty Product Release Round-Up

If there’s one thing you can always count on with K-Beauty it’s new beauty. Koreans are obsessed with the “next big thing” in beauty and are never content to keep using the same old stuff. Cue - Korean skincare companies, always keen to find the season’s next trend!From new products, ingredients and concepts Korean skincare is always coming out with the newest and latest trends. Today, we’re running some of the best new Korean skincare releases . 1 - APLB Idebenone Ampoule Serum (50ml) Idebenone is a new antioxidant ingredient that’s trending in K-Beauty and it’s not hard to see why. Not only can it assist with managing wrinkles and fine lines, it is ideal for skin that has been damaged by the external environment, and helps with textural issues. Antioxidants are, rightly, having a big moment in beauty. This is because they help prevent or delay damage to skin cells from free radicals such as pollution and sun damage. APLB has combined hard-hitting antioxidant Idebenone with patent ingredients that have the added benefits of brightening and improving elasticity. Considering it is a fraction of the price of other popular Idebenone Serums on the market, this is one serum not to skip! WHO SHOULD USE IT All skin types Anyone looking to add antioxidants to their routine Those with signs of premature aging Those looking to brighten dull skin Skin lacking in elasticity Those who need pH balanced products to prevent further skin damage Cruelty Free No Synthetic Dyes Paraben Free. 2 - Beigic Regenerating Oil (35ml Winner of Multiple Allure Beauty Awards Beigic Regenerating Oil is a fast absorbing blend of pure oils that brightens up the skin while keeping it hydrated, healthy and glowing no matter the weather. It is at a higher price point to reflect the fact that it is fair trade, vegan and cruelty free (the certifications don’t come cheap) WHY I LOVE IT The lightweight formula penetrates the skin straight away to leave our skin intensely hydrated with a dewy glow. All Beigic products use only organic and Fair Trade certified premium coffee beans from Peru. The watery consistency is light enough to wear under makeup for an extra glow but rich enough to moisturise and nourish the skin. The formula is made without silicones, SLES, SLS, parabens, artificial colours or fragrances. It is 100% vegan and cruelty free. GOOD FOR Skin that is lacking vitality Dryness and tightness STAR INGREDIENTS Beigic Regenerating Oil contains: Organic Green Coffee Bean Oil Argan Oil Jojoba Oil Rosehip Oil Almond Oil 3 - Purito Centella Unscented Serum & Toner You asked for it and Purito heard you – behold a 100% unscented version of their best-selling Centella Serum and Toner These are both great options for super sensitive skin. If you have been hesitating to use the existing Centella Green Level Buffet Serum or Toner because your damaged skin is particularly sensitive to fragrance and alcohols, then this is the product for you! WHY I LOVE IT If essential oils are a problem for your skin, it can be a struggle to find products to use, especially in K-Beauty. With this unscented version of their popular Centella Serum, Purito has upgraded the product’s safety while maintaining its efficacy, removing essential oils completely from the formula. Not only that, it is completely free of alcohol and other harsh ingredients. BENEFITS Mild serum for truly sensitive skin Does not contain any essential oils Promotes the synthesis of collagen Strengthens the skin’s barrier with Centella Asiatica Provides excellent effects of skin regeneration and skin problem Makes the skin stronger and healthier, starting from the inside out Provide radiant vitality energy to the uneven skin tone and skin darkened from scars. STAR INGREDIENTS Purito’s Unscented Serum contains: 49% Centella Extract, which prevents premature aging and calms damaged skin and skin with a weakened barrier. APLB Propolis Collagen Eye Cream (70ml) Ideal for wrinkles and fine lines. Combines functional ingredients like peptides with propolis and collagen WHY I LOVE IT For many people, the under-eye area is more delicate and thinner than the skin on the rest of our faces, which necessitates a different approach to dealing with damage and signs of aging. This formula beautifully hydrating and provides lasting moisture to dry, dull, damaged and aging skin. BENEFITS Intensely nourishes and hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes Improves brightening, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and a weakened surface Beauty of Joseon Repair Serum: Ginseng + Snail Mucin (30ml) Hanbang style serum that incorporates some of the ingredients used in Korea’s Joseon Dynasty in a modern formulation 63% Ginseng Root Water and 3% Snail Secretion Filtrate. BENEFITS Toxin-free formula using only EWG Green Grade rated ingredients Protects the skin from external stimuli by retaining moisture deep in the skin Helps maintain skin elasticity STAR INGREDIENTS Beauty of Joseon Snail Mucin Serum contains: Ginseng (63%) Snail Mucin (3%) Niacinamide (2%) Adenosine (2%) Tosowoong Spot Whitening Vita Clinic Ampoule Serum This serum is packed full of brightening Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Licorice and Sea Buckthorn fruit extracts to lighten up dull skin tone, pigmentation, melasma and more It gives instant hydration to the skin, filling it with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are great for fighting aging. This is an ideal serum for skin of all types and ages. The Vitamin C content comes from the star ingredient sea buckthorn extract, which contains 200 times more Vitamin C than apples and 30 more than lemons and Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a stable form of Vitamin. It gives faster visible results, and offers a much better stability profile than any known direct-acting form of Vitamin C, such as L-Ascorbic Acid BENEFITS Helps to manage dull skin Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients STAR INGREDIENTS Vitamin C (Stable form Ethyl Ascorbic Acid) – unlike other Vitamin C derivatives, this ethylated form acts directly like Vitamin C, is closer in molecular weight to actual Vitamin C which allows for faster visible results. It offers a much better stability profile than any known direct-acting form of Vitamin C. Niacinamid Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract, a Vitamin-C packed ingredient that helps to brighten, calm and moisturize the skin. Sea Buckthorn Oil, which has potent antioxidant properties. Licorice Nicotinoyl Tripeptide-1 – is expected to have both skin brightening and anti-wrinkle effects. Green Tea Leaf Extract SOME BY MI Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Line SOME BY MI Snail Truecica is formulated with the brand’s patented Snail Truecica™, which contains black snail, and 5 types of ceramide components to strengthen skin’s barrier. They protect skin from external stress and can also help prevent it from experiencing sensitivities. The brand claims that their snail cream in particular is a good option for those who dislike sticky snail creams. WHY I LOVE IT Formulated with snail, tea tree, cica and mugwort, it has a good formula that skips out on artificial fragrance and colors, parabens, sulfates, animal products, mineral oil and silicone. WHO SHOULD USE IT Those with redness Acne scars A damaged skin barrier BENEFITS Provides soothing care for skin APLB Aloe Hyaluronic Cream (70ml) This cream strikes the right balance between hydrating and mattifying in a texture that won’t weigh the oily parts of your skin down. APLB’s unique blend of patented ingredients adds aloe vera, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate and more to your skin, leaving it fresh and hydrated. BENEFITS pH 5.5 balanced, like most APLB products Soothes and calms skin Hydrates and tightens pores for a clearer complexion Locks in moisture and delivers intense nutrition to skin What To Do If You Liked Today’s Episode Don’t Forget to Leave a Rating for the Podcast on Apple iTunes
Jul 21, 2020 20 min

Best K-Beauty Dupes and Swaps For Expensive Products

Episode Summary If you have a western or expensive beauty product you love (but don’t love the price tag of), then stick around because in today’s episode I’m going to run you through a list of products that incorporate similar ingredients, textures and results from some of the biggest beauty brands on the market - from Estee Lauder, Eve Lom, SK-II to Sand & Sky. Topics Discussed CLEANSING BALM SWAP: Eve Lom Cleanser > Banila Clean It Zero The Eve Lom Cleanser is a rich and oily cleanser containing chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil and more. It works to break down makeup and remove stubborn eyeliner and mascara. Swap it for the equally effective Banila Clean It Zero which works just the same, but comes at a third of the price. The original Clean It Zero is a cult product in its own right, with one of these cleansers sold every 3 seconds! ESSENCE SWAP: SKII Facial Treatment Essence > Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence We’ve all heard of SK II’s pricey essence, which contains “Pitera” as its star ingredient. This is a yeast ingredient that’s a by-product of the sake brewing process. Missha’s First Treatment Essence also contains a yeast derived from the same family as Pitera. The beloved Time Revolution essence is packed with 90% fermented yeast concentrate, as well as purple barley and lactic acid. Missha First Treatment Essence is free from parabens, fragrances, alcohol, colorants, silicon and mineral oil. SCRUB SWAP: Fresh Sugar Face Polish > Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask Fresh’s Sugar Face Polish is an exfoliating scrub with a brown sugar base that contains strawberry seeds to exfoliate, as well as Candelilla wax and fruit seed oils. Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask contains many of the same ingredients as Fresh’s version, but is available on Style Story at a fraction of the price. No wonder it is one of Korean beauty brand Skinfood’s best-selling products! It was also the winner of Sure Magazine’s “No 1 Facial Scrub of the Year”. BHA SWAP: Biologique Recerche P50 Lotion > COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid Biologique’s Lotion P50 is an all-in-one toner, balancer and exfoliating lotion that helps speed up the epidermis’ natural exfoliating process. COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is a cult Korean Beauty product in its own right, thanks to its ability to prevent the formation of blemishes before they even occur. This oil-soluble chemical exfoliant clears dead skin cells from deep within pores to minimise their appearance and prevent breakouts. SERUM SWAP: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair > Missha Time Revolution Probio Ampoule Estee Lauder’s Night Repair serum contains the active ingredient Bifida Ferment Lysate, as well as other ingredients that claim to heal, repair, hydrate and aid cell turnover. Missha’s Time Revolution Science Activator Ampoule, affectionately known as the “Borabit” Ampoule thanks to its purple colour (“Borabit” means “purple” in Korean), also contains Bifida Ferment Lysate, along with a whopping 9 other fermented ingredients, multiple peptides, plant extracts and niacinamide. MOISTURISER SWAP: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream > d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No-Sebum Repair Cream Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream includes a combination of peptides, growth factors, and amino acids in a thick cream that claims to reduce lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. The amino acids act as support by strengthening and fortifying the skin’s barrier. d’Alba Piedmont’s Peptide No Sebum Repair Cream comes with the same base of low molecular peptides and 20 essential amino acids and minerals, which work to help firm and improve skin elasticity, wrinkles, and fine lines. It’s also formulated with calamine powder and BHAs to help fight acne, gently remove old skin cells, target sebum, and soothe sensitive skin. d’Alba’s version is going to be better suited for oily, combination and acne prone skin types, and is a good option for those looking for an anti-aging moisturiser in their 20s. It won’t weigh skin down like other anti-aging creams do. PINK MASK SWAP: Sand & Sky Pink Mask > Cosmetea Pink Clay Mask If you spend any time on social media, chances are you’ve seen the popular Australian Pink Clay Pore Refining Face Mask from Sand & Sky and a few other brands. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option that doesn’t miss out on any of the skin-refining benefits, then K-Beauty favourite Cosmetea Black Tea Pink Clay Mask might just be your perfect fit.Don’t let the marketing trick you though - the ‘pink’ in pink clay masks come from dyes, not nature. EYE CREAM SWAP: SKII RNA Power Anti Aging Eye Cream > Benton Fermentation Eye Cream SKII’s RNA Power Anti Aging Eye Cream is made on a base of galactomyces ferment filtrate. It is packed with skin conditioning ingredients in an easily absorbed texture to moisturise, restore suppleness, and reduce fine lines. However, retailing for a few hundred dollars AUD it doesn’t come cheap. Cult K-Beauty favourite Benton Fermentation Eye Cream ranked highly in blind tests on popular K-Beauty program “Get it Beauty“. Made with the same star ingredient (galactomyces ferment filtrate) as SKII’s version, it also works to hydrate, repair, and protect the skin from damage. It also contains other anti-aging superstars like bifida ferment lysate, beta glucan, aloe, and adenosine to soothe and plump skin, and hyaluronic acid and panthenol to hydrate. FOAM CLEANSER SWAP: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant> Tosowoong Enzyme Power Wash! It might seem funny calling it a dupe (as Tosowoong’s powder wash has reached cult status in its own right), however, when compared to Dermalogica’s popular Daily Microfoliant there’s no denying that both products do have similar star ingredients and a similar texture. Both contain papain, licorice extracts and starches. However, Tosowoong’s Powder Wash works for sensitive, hypo-allergenic and acne-prone skin, as it preserves the skin’s delicate acid mantle, meaning its gentle formula is better suited for daily cleansing. What To Do If You Liked This Episode If you have other Korean skincare swaps I would love to know about them - come and find me on Instagram @lauren.kbeauty and let me know!
Jul 13, 2020 20 min

Korean Celebrities Skincare Routines

From K-Pop to K-Drama stars, today we’re going through the skincare routines, tips and secrets of Korean stars with some of the most perfect skin going. Topics Discussed: Staple Steps of the Stars’ Skincare Routines Double Cleansing Toning Most celebs don’t even consider these to be ‘steps’ in their skincare routines, because they go without saying. Individual Celebs Skincare Routines We go through the skincare routines of K-Pop stars: Jihyo of TWICE Joy of Red Velvet Hyebin of Momoland Tiffany Young of Girls Generation Cha Eunwoo of Astro Baekyun of Exo Korean Celebs with Special Skincare Tips Son Ye Jin - Famous for using masks every day Monsta X’s Minhyuk - does the 3 skins method IU - mixes facial oils with her makeup to prevent her skin from drying out Bae Suzy - Famous for the 424 method of double cleansing Jeon Ji Hyun - does facial massage to promote blood flow to her face. Jang Nara - also a fan of facial massage. BTS Jeong Kuk - Washes his face once a week with apple cider vinegar Kim Tae Hee - famously picky with her skincare products and refuses to use anything with a strong scent. Ha Ji Won - Known for not using a towel to dry her face, because the rough texture is too harsh on her skin. She takes cold showers too.
Jul 06, 2020 14 min

The Double Cleanse Method

The Korean Beauty Routine differs from a typical western skincare routine and one of the steps in the routine that stands out is the double cleanse. On today’s episode, we’re going to be talking through everything you need to know about the Korean double cleanse method (and how to do it!) Topics Discussed: What is the Double Cleanse Method? The Korean Double Cleansing Method is a two-step process that involves washing your face with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based one. Using two different cleansers at night is designed to remove makeup, dirt and build-up for cleaner, softer, and smoother skin. It can also assist with the prevention and spread of blemishes. The Best Double Cleanses to use for Every Skin Concern Not all double cleansers are made the same, and neither is every skin type. Here’s the best combinations to use depending on your skin’s condition: LARGE VISIBLE PORES Step 1: APLB Blackout Cleansing Oil Combining luxe avocado oil, macadamia seed oil and salicylic acid with a nutrient enriched black food complex, APLB Blackout Perfect Cleansing Oil is the perfect option for skin that becomes easily sensitized, red or clogged with impurities. Step 2: JJ Young Black Cleansing Stick This pH balanced cleansing and exfoliating stick is for oily and combination skin, and works to remove blackheads without causing any irritation. Its perfect for keeping large, visible pores clear and tight. SENSITIVE SKIN Step 1: Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm This buttery-soft balm made with minimal ingredients cleanses skin and makeup off thoroughly but gently. Unlike other cleansing balm formulas, it doesn’t cause cloudy eyes or cause any irritation when used all over the face. Step 2: Etude House SoonJung Whip Cleanser Sensitive and damaged skin is gently cleansed with this soft foams that avoid over-sensitizing the face. This non-irritating cleansing foam contains 98.9% naturally derived ingredients, which help to cleanse skin in the gentlest way possible. OILY SKIN Step 1: d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser This mildly acidic gel cleanser restores moisture to skin and prevents excess oil. Step 2: JJ Young Soap Eliminates toxins and impurities from the skin. It cools and soothes, removes sebum and keratin. DRY SKIN Step 1: Beauty of Joseon Radiance Cleansing Balm This buttery-soft balm made with minimal ingredients cleanses skin and makeup off thoroughly but gently. This cleansing balm doesn’t dry out or tighten the skin. Step 2: Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash With its pH balanced formula that is perfect for sensitive skin, this powder type wash is similar in acidity to human skin. It cleanses gently without leaving your face tight or dry and also supports the skin’s protective barrier. ACNE PRONE SKIN Step 1: B-Lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Oil This natural cleansing oil contains 4 types of organic oils and cleans away dirt and makeup without leaving any residue. It is also animal-testing free. Step 2: APLB Sensitive Micro Cleansing Foam Made with K-Beauty’s hottest trending ingredients – Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside and Asiatic Acid – this natural cleanser soothes skin, strengthens its barrier and improves acne-prone skin Resources
Jun 29, 2020 19 min

What is Skin Brightening?

Skin brightening refers to fading dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation, sun exposure and ageing. Unlike skin bleaching, which involves changing the colour of the skin, skin brightening simply refers to the process of removing any dark marks that discolour your original skin tone. To start with, let’s unpack what it causes skin pigmentation. MELANIN AND MELANOCYTE – The Roots of Pigmentation You’ve probably heard of melanin, also known as the pigment that provides colour to our hair, eyes and skin. Melanin is controlled by melanocyte – the cell that manages melanin production. While melanocyte normally cares for melanin on the basis of our genetics, external factors can have an influence. The big one is sun exposure. The sun’s UV rays trigger melanocyte to produce melanin in order to protect you from skin damage. Additionally, melanin is also produced when your skin is damaged or inflamed. This could be if you have acne, or if your skin is damaged through daily life (think small burns when cooking, scraping your knee etc). These marks are often referred to as “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation”. SKIN BRIGHTENING INGREDIENTS Some of the most common ingredients that reduce melanin formation are: Hydroquinone Vitamin C Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacinamide) Vitamin E Licorice Extract Arbutin Glycolic acid (a form of alpha hydroxy acid or AHA) A few pointers here. Hydroquinone has traditionally been regarded as the most effective way to brighten skin. Higher concentrations lead to skin bleaching, which is usually done under medical supervision. Current research suggests that hydroquinone combined with UV exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer. The Australian Government regulates cosmetics containing Hydroquinone and Arbutin. Formulas that contain more than 0.02% of these ingredients fall under the the Poisons Schedule. They are “Prescription Only Medicine” and are only allowed to be sold by pharmacists. At STYLE STORY, we only stock products that offer safe forms of skin brightening. Vitamin C Vitamin C has many great benefits to the skin, including antioxidant and anti-ageing properties and increased collagen production. It also provides the skin with a brightening effect. This can reduce and improve the appearance of pigmentation from sun damage and post-acne scars. Ferulic acid Ferulic acid is a natural ingredient with excellent efficacy that helps to remove melanin. Melanin is responsible for causing age spots, dark spots, blemishes and imperfections. It also has wonderful antioxidant properties. Niacinamide Niacinamide is form of Vitamin B3 that works well for overall brightening, lightening of hyper-pigmentation and acne. Retinoids Retinoids contain high concentrations of Vitamin A. This helps to increase skin cell turnover and enhance brightening results while reducing the signs of aging. These are the big guns of anti-aging, but you’re going to need a prescription for retinoids in Australia. Note also that Vitamin A-based products must be avoided by pregnant and breast-feeding women, as it has been proven to cause birth defects. Glutathione Glutathione is an outstanding ingredient for minimising and preventing dark spots on the skin. It makes your complexion brighter and more even. INCORPORATING THEM INTO YOUR ROUTINE It’s worth remembering that brightening ingredients work differently depending on their formulation and how you use them. For example, serums suit oily and sensitive skin, and are great if you have multiple steps in your skincare routine. Creams and moisturisers are made for dry/combination skin, and might be better for simpler routines. Most importantly though…stay sun safe and remember to apply sunscreen! Prolonged UV exposure can undo all the hard work you put into skin brightening. MY FAVOURITE SKIN BRIGHTENING KOREAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS Some of my favourite Skin Brightening K-Beauty picks include: Toners SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner Essences Tosowoong Propolis Brightening Essence Serums APLB Glutathione Serum d’Alba Piedmont White Truffle Intensive Ampoule APLB Glutathione Serum Moisturiser APLB Glutathione Brightening Tone Up Cream Tosowoong Spot Whitening Cream Resources:
Jun 22, 2020 12 min

Battle Of The Pimple Patches

Today on the Korean Beauty Show Podcast we're gearing up for an epic battle of the products - in this episode, Pimple Patches! The contenders are Subi Perfect Pimple Patch, COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch and SOMEBYMI Clear Spot Patch. Topics discussed in this episode: Why Pimple Patches While pimple patches have been a beauty staple in Asia for years, they’ve only burst onto the scene in Australia and the US quite recently. Thanks to their reputation for rapidly healing pimples, there has been an explosion of products on the market. From medicated to microneedles, the options can be overwhelming. If you’re not sure where to start, the safest way to give pimple patches a go is stick to the options from countries that have perfected the art of pimple patching. What is Hydrocolloid? A wound dressing. It began in hospitals, but has been adapted for a skincare solution. First used by the medical community in the 1970s, hydrocolloid combines gelling agents like gelatin and pectin with adhesives to form a dressing. This applied to open wounds to treat them by suspending liquid from the wound on the patch itself. How does Hydrocolloid work? Wounds heal best under wet conditions. The main benefit of hydrocolloid is that it creates a moist environment to heal wounds. The gelling agent used in hydrocolloid is water binding, meaning it draws fluids to it. Therefore, hydrocolloid draws fluid out of wounds (like, for example, the pus out of pimples). The result is a white dot appears on your patch once you’ve left it on for long enough – this is actually the fluid, which has been drained from your pimple and suspended on the patch. Typically, hydrocolloid is combined with a protective polyurethane barrier that protects wounds and prevents them from drying out. When to use Hydrocolloid Pimple Patches on Pimples Hydrocolloid pimple patches work best on pimples with white heads (i.e. pimples with pus in them that are close to the surface of the skin). BEST ALL ROUNDER For the thinnest, stickiest and most invisible patch on the market, Subi Perfect Pimple Patch has got you covered. This high-grade patch is made from 10mm medical quality hydrocolloid and is 100% vegan, drug free and cruelty free. The thinness of Perfect Pimple Patches makes them ideal for repairing pimples in hard-to-reach places (like the side of your nose or near your mouth). Unlike regular patches, which often don’t stay on the skin long enough to be effective, Subi’s patches are ultra-sticky, meaning they stay in place no matter how much you toss and turn at night or sweat during the day. Who Should Use Them: Everyone! If you’re looking to use the most high-end, up to date pimple patch technology available, then these are the patches for you. Even sensitive and dry skin types can safely and comfortably use them, and if you have a pimple emergency during the day you don’t have to interrupt your treatment – simply pop on one of these barely visible patches are you’re ready to go (with or without makeup!) MOST BUDGET-FRIENDLY If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch has long been an affordable entry point for many into patching acne. These patches do a great job of sticking on and help to speed up the breaking healing process by reducing bacteria and absorbing debris from whiteheads. The hydrocolloid in these patches mean that you won’t experience any dryness or flaking when using them. The only downside is the thickness and bulkiness of the patch, which stands out too much to be worn comfortably during the day. Who Should Use Them: Anyone looking to save money who doesn’t mind using an older version of pimple patch technology. BEST MEDICATED PATCH If you’ve done your research and want to try a medicated patch solution, SOME BY MI Clear Spot Patch uses a unique blend of salicylic acid, tea tree and eucalyptus oil to control sebum, boost anti-inflammatory properties and further speed up the healing process. As an added bonus, these patches come in two sizes, making them perfect for treating pimples both big and small. Who Should Use Them: Anyone prone to infected, pustule acne that requires medication to dry out and disinfect spots. FINAL VERDICT Which patch is better for you will depend on which type of acne you’re treating, as well as your skin’s sensitivity to any of the ingredients. If you find salicylic acid, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus oil or tea tree to be too drying and harsh on your skin (as many people with sensitive skin do), then we recommend skipping SOME BY MI’s patches in favour of COSRX or Subi What to do if you Liked Today’s Episode | Ep 07 Join STYLE STORY’s Facebook group K-Beauty Down Under on Facebook
Jun 15, 2020 17 min

Intro to Korean Makeup

Today on the Korean Beauty Show we’re taking a look at Korean makeup and some of the differences you’ll see between makeup in Korea versus western makeup. Topics discussed in this episode: Primer Unlike western makeup trends, the dewy moisturized look is very in when it comes to Korean primers. They tend to be packed full of moisture and many have a bit of a sheen that leave your skin with a pearlescent finish. Most contain SPF My Top Korean Primer Picks VDL Lumilayer Primer Heimish Artless Glow Base BB Cream Over the past five years, BB creams have become a staple in most beauty cabinets but the stuff western companies are making is a bit different to Korean BB Creams. At its core, BB cream (aka beauty balm or blemish balm) is an all-in-one product that combines moisturizer and sunscreen with anti-aging and brightening benefits, plus the coverage of face makeup. It is an alternative to foundation To apply it, you can use your fingers, a makeup sponge, a makeup brush or any device. My Top Korean BB Cream Pick Skin79 BB Cushion BB Cushion Compacts are one of the latest and greatest beauty innovations to come out of South Korea. Korean cushion technology is so popular it has even been adopted by western beauty companies, including Lancome and Dior. A BB cushion is a Korean Beauty invention that involves a BB formula soaked into a sponge that comes in its own compact. The formula is more watery and lightweight than liquid bases, which also necessitates a slightly different application technique. Cushions come in their own sleek compact kits, including an applicator puff, so they are perfect for touch-ups on the go A few points to note on Korean BB Cushions. Unfortunately, they come in very few colours (the most common are Shade 21 (Light Beige) and Shade 23 (Natural Beige) They almost always have SPF 30+ or greater Mostly a wet, dewy finish although there are some with matte finishes these days Light, liquid formula Tips for applying BB Cushions: First, insert your fingers under the puff applicator that comes provided with every BB Cushion. Rather than using a “wiping” motion over your face, pat or press the applicator puff into your face. One of the best things about BB Cushions is that you can apply multiple layers without the formula caking or flaking. To get the most out of your cushion, as you reach the end of the formula, turn the cushion over and squeeze the last drops from the underside of the cushion sponge My Top Korean BB Cushion Picks April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Black – perfect for Normal and Oily Skin Types, this Cushion was so popular in South Korea it sold out completely 5 times when it was released in 2015. April Skin Magic Snow Cushion White – this is the version of the uber-popular K-Beauty cushion for Dry Skin! Korean Eye Makeup Koreans prefer to go for a simplistic and clean look Eyeshadow often comes in light, pinkish colours to widen the look of the eye You’ll usually find palettes that have lots of sparkle in them When Koreans apply their eye makeup they tend to use eyeshadow that only covers the lid (rather than applying it all the way to the brow) Korean Lip Makeup Glossy corals, pinks, and cherry red tints A popular Korean lip look is called the gradient lip To try this, cover the lips with concealer Place some tint in the inner portion of the mouth, and then disperse the tint a little outwards to create a gradient look. My Top Korean Lip Tint Pick Romand Juicy Lasting Tint Korean Lash Trends Korean lashes tend to be shorter in length so the mascaras they use have great formulas that are very heavy duty The shade ranges come in black and brown mostly Korean coat both the top and bottom lashes to make the eyes appear larger Fake lashes exist but aren’t commonly worn day to day Lash extensions are very popular Contour Not really a thing but if done, very little and natural looking My Top K-Beauty Contouring Palette Pick Too Cool for School Powder Quite hard to find in K-Beauty due to the preference for a glossy finish. This is especially the case for loose powder - not many brands make one If used, it will often be an oil-blotting powder, especially in summer My Top K-Beauty Powder Picks Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact What to do if you Liked Today’s Episode | Ep 06 Join STYLE STORY’s Facebook group K-Beauty Down Under on Facebook
Jun 08, 2020 20 min

K-Beauty for Dry Skin

Today on the Korean Beauty Show Podcast we're taking a look at some of the hottest trending ingredients that are popping up in K-Beauty stores all over Seoul! Why Skin Becomes Dry Dry skin can strike for a number of reasons – some people have naturally dry skin, but others develop it due to external factors. If your skin is not naturally dry, it can become dry because of: Medication (particularly anti-acne medications such as Retin A and Roaccutane) Seasonal changes (especially in winter) Hormonal changes Washing your skin with hard water Taking hot baths Exposure to air-conditioning and heating Aging The Difference between Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin The main difference is that dehydrated skin lacks water, whereas dry skin lacks oil. K-Beauty Techniques and Products for Dry Skin Layering Soroci Repair Softener Oils Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Activating Serum Don’t skip toner Laneige Cream Skin Refiner. Dry Lips Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask KLAVUU Lip Sleeping Mask Sheet Masking PACKage Everyday Bouncy Sheet Mask An Occlusive Layer APLB Derma Daily Repair Cream Multi-tasking BB Cream Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream K-Beauty Ingredients for Dry Skin Types Ceramides Dr Jart’s Ceramidin line Propolis extract Tosowoong’s Propolis Sparkle Ampoule, Tosowong Propolis Sleeping Mask Honey Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream and Revitalize Sleeping Mask Hyaluronic Acid Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 Resources for this episode Free 16 page Beginner's Guide to K-Beauty K-Beauty Products for Dry Skin What to do if you Liked K-Beauty for Dry Skin | Ep 05 Don't forget to hit subscribe! STYLE STORY - Your Style, Your Story
Jun 01, 2020 20 min

Top Trending K-Beauty Ingredients

Today on the Korean Beauty Show Podcast we're taking a look at some of the hottest trending ingredients that are popping up in K-Beauty stores all over Seoul! Topics discussed in this episode: Ceramides What are they and why are they so good Why ceramides are included in skincare products Who should use ceramides K-Beauty products containing ceramides: Dr Jart Ceramidin™ line APLB Derma Daily Repair Cream Tea Tree What is tea tree and why is it so good Why tea tree is included in skincare products and the different types of tea tree-based K-Beauty products you'll see Who should use tea tree K-Beauty products containing tea tree iUNIK Tea Tree line Dr Ceuracle Tea Tree Centella Asiatica (AKA Cica, Tiger's Grass) What is Centella Asiatica and why is it so good Why Cica is included in skincare products and the different components you'll see in K-Beauty Who should use Cica K-Beauty products containing Centella Asiatica APLB Centella Complex Mist Toner Purito Centella Green Level line iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream Mugwort What is Mugwort (aka Artemisa) and why is it so good Why Mugwort is included in skincare products Why Mugwort plays such an important part in Korea (food, cosmetics and oriental medicine) Who should use Mugwort K-Beauty products containing Mugwort APLB Galactomyces Mugwort Nutritional Cream Yuja What is Yuja (aka Yuzu) and why is it so good Why Yuja is included in skincare products Who should use Yuja K-Beauty products containing Yuja SOME BY MI Yuja Resources for this episode Free 16 page Beginner's Guide to K-Beauty What Are Ceramides? Benefits of Centella Asiatica in Cosmetics What to do if you Liked Top Trending K-Beauty Ingredients | Ep 04 Don't forget to hit subscribe!
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