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A Glimpse Into The Biggest Korean Skincare Trends Of 2021

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May 11, 2021
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Korean beauty has changed the way we approach skincare and makeup forever since its rise. Now the entire world looks forward to the newest trends and hacks that K beauty brings every now and then.

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Skincare lovers have seen a slew of k beauty skincare trends make a splash over the past five years. These trends range from outrageous practices like cleansing with donkey milk to more common practices like sheet masks.

K beauty does not stop with their innovation, making it exciting to keep up with every few months. Read more to take a look at the biggest skincare trends that K beauty has brought us over this year.

Hanbang Ingredients

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More skincare brands are turning to traditional practices for skincare these days, especially K beauty. Hangbang ingredients refer to the herbal ingredients used in ancient Korean medicine for various benefits.

“Hanbang ingredients are traditional herbal ingredients used in Korean medicines, and they’ve long been a staple in Korean life. For example, ginseng root, houttuynia cordata, sacred lotus, and Rehmannia boast anti-aging, anti-inflammation, and regenerative properties.”

Says Charlotte Cho, founder of Soko Glam

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Layering Acids

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You may notice that more acids are being added to K beauty products this year. Skincare brands are trying to find the perfect balance to yield the desired results without causing irritation to the skin.

Carrot Seed Oil

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Carrot seed oil has been a critical player in k beauty for ten years, and it is catching people’s attention once again. This vitamin A-rich antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-aging ingredient is fantastic for brightening skin.

Gut Health

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More brands are approaching skincare as wellness which has popularized supplements for gut health. One may also notice that microbiome-friendly skincare will gain popularity along with the supplements.

“K-beauty will shift more towards a holistic approach, linking skincare and internal health. I take probiotic supplements for my bouts of eczema, and I love using K-beauty products with fermented ingredients.”

Says Sarah Oh, founder of Oh My Gloss!

Clean Beauty

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More K beauty companies are taking a clean beauty approach with their ingredients this year. Consumers can expect more gentle and effective products with plant-based ingredients that are free of harmful additives.

Minimalist Routines

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Gone are the days of a 10 step K beauty skincare routine with the more minimalist offerings available. K beauty skincare brands are offering hyphenate products that offer various skincare solutions in one.

“We will be seeing more efficient and effective multitasking and versatile products — what we like to call ‘hyphenates’ or ‘hybrid’ skincare.”

Says Sarah Lee of Glow Recipe

Pimple Patches

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More people have targeted acne from wearing masks and need a solution that doesn’t affect the rest of the skin. Pimple patches are the perfect solution that K beauty is pushing for targeted results this year.

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