As the cofounder, esthetician, and curator behind Soko Glam and the skincare content site The Klog, I'm passionate about scouring Seoul for the latest and greatest innovations and bringing them to the U.S. so that your skin will see results.
Every year, Korea faces harsh below-freezing temps in the winter and humid monsoon summers, so the people who live there are experts in pairing the right skincare products with the seasons. As we turn the corner into cooler fall weather, your skin will benefit from the right assortment of lightweight serums, toners that can double as a light moisturizer, as well as fermented ingredients that can hydrate you deeply. Here are some of my favorite Korean formulation innovations that will give your skin a dewy, hydrated glow for fall.
Korean skincare is all about lightweight serums that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Instead, serums are formulated to achieve the optimal water and oil balance for your skin. The Fresh Herb Origin Serum has a blend of water lily extract and amino acids to add moisture to the skin and double on a layer of protective oils to cocoon your skin.
One of the biggest Korean beauty trends right now is the emergence of cream toners. They function as a hybrid toner and moisturizer by having a unique milky texture that melts into your skin. This Avocado Cream Skin from Hanskin has nourishing avocado extract and natural seed oils so that your skin stays hydrated longer. If you’re particularly dry, layer this on twice for an added hydration boost.
This eye cream is considered a skincare gem in Korea thanks to its blend of eight peptides and fermented ginseng roots. The skin smoothing, de-puffing effect it has on the skin is the reason it's a viral success in Korea and a best-seller on Soko Glam.
Korea popularized the essence category in skincare, and it has now become an essential step in any skincare routine because of its ability to deeply hydrate and brighten the skin using fermented ingredients. The Son Rêve stays true to the Korean essence philosophy, as it is infused with 90 percent galactomyces ferment filtrate and rice ferment filtrate. It also contains a powerful antioxidant, sea buckthorn extract, to tackle free radical damage and prevent premature aging.
Cleansing is one of the most important steps in your routine that can do more than just cleanse the skin if it's formulated with the right ingredients. I fell in love with this gentle and slightly acidic foaming cleanser, which is infused with rice extract and deep sea water, because it washes away impurities while brightening the skin. Bonus points for Commleaf being a vegan and cruelty-free brand.
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