Skincare is one of those things that everyone wants to get right. There are so many different Korean, American, British (the list goes on) skincare brands and products on the market, it may be difficult to know where to start. We got you covered, sis.
There is no straight answer to whether Korean skincare is better than American, or vice versa. They both have advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on individual skin type and preference. However, some American skincare brands often contain harsh or unnecessary chemicals and fragrances, which are less common with Korean brands.
Korea Vs USA
In Korea, skincare is regarded with a much higher importance than it is in the USA. Koreans basically frown upon anyone who doesn’t look after their skin. It is in their culture.
It is much more common practice to have a skincare routine there, whereas many Western countries such as the USA and UK still have a long way to go when it comes to convincing the whole population to get on board.
In addition to it being so common, Korea also is one of the leading countries when it comes to new skincare ideas and innovations. Take for example their 10 step skincare routine – that was popular years ago in Korea, and many Americans are still only hearing about it now.
Korean sun-care products are also next level. That’s right: no white cast, no thick and heavy formula, and high UV filters to prevent you from premature ageing.
This is one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding what products to go for. And, you guessed it, Korea is up there with the best ingredients (which means lots of organic, natural, soothing ingredients and less of the harsh unnecessary chemicals).
This is a great Korean serum from 9wishes that contains healing and soothing ingredients. It is also fragrance-free which is amazing.
Some good ingredients to search for include:
- Camellia Sinensis Extract: Otherwise known as Green Tea Extract. Targets redness, sensitivity, hydration, and is an antioxidant.
- Centella Asiatica Leaf Water: This ingredient has calming properties and is perfect for sensitive skin.
- Mugwort (from the Artemisia genus): Antioxidant which also has anti-redness and calming properties. This ingredient is very high quality and hence often fairly expensive. However, some Korean brands are able to include it within their affordable products (and at reasonably high concentrations, too)
- Honey: Very popular in Korea, you often find honey in face masks.
- Root extracts: These are very popular in Korean skincare products which are full of antioxidants and contain healing and anti-aging properties.
If you live, or have visited, a Western country, chances are you’re familiar with how expensive some skincare can be. This is very typical of US skincare brands as they see their products as luxuries and only to be used by the rich. Whereas, in reality, skincare goes far beyond class and wealth; good skincare should be accessible for all to use.
Granted, this is not the case for a lot of brands, so let’s give credit where it’s due. The Ordinary is a great place to start. With their extremely affordable range of products and transparent ingredient lists, it’s no wonder that they are becoming increasingly popular.
Many Korean skincare brands are very inexpensive and therefore accessible to everyone.
Here are some of Bevoir’s favorite afforable Korean brands:
- Some by Mi
- I’m from
However, that being said, it may not be cost-friendly (or time-friendly) to ship Korean products to where you live. You also won’t be able to walk into a shop and try out the product first hand before buying, because most shops simply don’t stock them. I recommend Yesstyle as they stock thousands of Korean skincare brands and can ship to most places in the world.
Although there are pro’s and con’s to any specific skincare brand, Korea seems to be doing it pretty well. So, if you can, I recommend getting your hands on some of these amazing, too-good-to-be-true products and companies who have innovative technology, high standards and low prices.
And that’s not to say that American skincare is all bad, there are thousands of great products on the market, just know your ingredient lists and make sure you’re not paying more than you should.