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Here at allbeauty, we like to stay ahead of the curve, keeping you up to date with all of the latest trends. In the last few years, one country in particular has been taking the world by storm with their beauty secrets, South Korea. 

We love the concept of K-Beauty! It involves assessing your skin’s needs and amending your traditional beauty routine, possibly giving it a major, much-needed shake-up to help it fall in line with the Korean way of beautifying. 

In essence, K-Beauty is fully focused on skin health, prioritising protection during the day, and following up with a thorough routine each evening.

Sun Protection

In the UK, we’ve shifted our love of tanning to realising the harmful effects of too much sun, and the K-Beauty concept is the perfect natural progression for beauty-focused folks. Acheiving flawless, youthful skin, free of pigmentation, is the goal of Korean skincare, which is why sun protection is so important. 

The majority of Korean women don’t leave the house without applying an SPF cream, even if they’re spending all day in an office. In fact, many women will wear both an SPF specific skincare product, as well as additional SPF infusion in their makeup. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

The K-Beauty Routine

We admire how K-Beauty focuses on skin health to such an extent that the need to follow up with additional cosmetic products is minimal. K-Beauty creates the perfect flawless canvas, with or without makeup.

The K-Beauty skincare method is tailored to your individual skincare needs, this could mean up to ten steps of beauty magic – it all depends on what you’re starting with. 

The core skincare routine is completed in the evening, with a paired back version used in the morning. Here’s the run down:

Step 1: Cleanser

For morning cleansing, use water to remove any impurities on the skin and give the skin a hydration boost.  In the evening, opt for an oil-based cleanser to ensure you remove all traces of makeup and SPF from your face. 

Step 2: Cleanse again

Follow up your oil cleanser with something water-based to remove any remaining residue and impurities.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Once or twice a week, buff off any dead skin cells with a gentle enzyme exfoliator. This will prevent pores from clogging and ensure your products get maximum absorption. 

Step 4: Essence

A sort of hybrid product that falls somewhere between a serum and a toner, essence hydrates your complexion and encourages healthy skin at a cellular level. 

Step 5: Ampoule

Ampoule is another product which has similar properties to serum, but it usually contains an even higher concentration of active ingredients. Choose one that best suits your personal skin complaints. 

Step 6: Serum

Use a targetted serum on the areas of your face that need a pick-me-up. From dark spots to fine lines, serum plays an important role in reversing any signs of damage. 

Step 7: Sheet mask

Sheet masks are hugely popular in Korea and are a regular part of the nightly skincare routine. Perfect for all skin types, everyone can enjoy the convenience and skin-nourishing benefits of a sheet mask treatment.

Step 8: Eye cream

After letting your skin absorb the ingredients of the sheet mask, smooth an eye cream around the brow and socket, moving from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. This area is not only delicate, but prone to dryness, so hydration is incredibly important.

Step 9: Moisturiser

At the end of your routine, finish with a day or night moisturiser to lock in all those beneficial skin-loving ingredients. 

Step 10: Sunscreen

The final step in K-Beauty skincare is a layer of sunscreen, year-round. This wouldn’t take place during the nighttime routine, will always, always, always, be part of the morning routine.korean beauty glossary

K-Beauty Favourites

While the main focus of K-Beauty is the in-depth skincare regime, the products which are used also play a key role. Korean women have access to an enviable range of skincare products, many of which aren’t imported to our side of the pond. However, at allbeauty, we have curated a collection of finds to cover all your beauty needs, so you can fully immerse yourself in K-Beauty without having to step foot out of your home.

#1 Seoulista

Seoulista is a revolutionary brand that packs a wealth of skin benefits into one convenient sachet. Bathroom space is at a premium in many Korean homes, so these no mess, no fuss sachets offer an easy way to get spa-style results in your own home.  

While the K-Beauty regime can contain up to twelve different steps, the Seoulista range combines multiple steps in one, making it a breeze to get your beauty fix when you’re pressed for time. From super hydration to antioxidant-rich formulas that nourish the skin, there is a formula in this range for every skin type. 

With an offering that includes everything from facials to pedicures, Seoulista products are formulated with powerful botanicals and are free from harmful parabens, oils, sulphates and artificial colours. They’re also never tested on animals and are reputably manufactured – what’s not to love?!

#2 Erborian

Our next featured brand describes itself as ‘Korean Herbal Science meets Modern French Luxury’, a fusion that creates innovative skincare. Whatever your skin type, there is a product created for you at Erborian. From cleansers and moisturisers to flawless makeup, these wonder creams will revive and overhaul your look.  

Achieving perfect skin with simple and unique products is the mission and mantra of Erborian. This is a brand that combines the most sophisticated Korean technologies with high-quality ingredients, derived from herbs found in traditional Korean medicine.  The brand not only has skincare and makeup, but nails the hybrid products with their famed BB and CC creams. South Korea is home to the inventors of the CC cream and Erborian brings you compact versions to unlock your inner glow whilst on the go. 

#3 MISSHA

MISSHA is another fantastic brand that offer a wide range of products. So, whether you want to expand your beauty regime to include a few more steps, or you’re time-starved and want to experience K-Beauty on the go, you’ll find the perfect addition to your skincare ritual.  

Along with their more familiar products like sun protection and face masks, are some truly exciting items that we know you’ll love. With ingredients spanning bee pollen, snail gel and black ginseng, you’re sure to get your fix with MISSHA.


Everybody knows prevention is better than cure so the sooner you start looking after your skin the better – apply today and reap the benefits tomorrow. Shop now!

*information correct at the time of publishing

Seoulista Q&A: An Exclusive with Founder Una McGurk

Seoulista Beauty sources innovative skincare from Seoul, widely regarded as the epicentre of beauty. We explore this exciting industry – known as K-beauty – to discover the latest, award-winning innovations and bring them to your doorstep. South Korea, the country that brought you the BB cream and other game-changing beauty staples.

Here’s everything you need to know about Seoulista Beauty.

Where does the Seoulista brand take its inspiration from?

‘Glass skin’ was first made famous by the women of South Korea, with their luminous, plumped, poreless and oh-so-smooth complexions. World leaders in beauty innovation, we take inspiration from their flawless complexions and revolutionary hi-tech skincare staples, to bring K-Beauty to the discerning beauty lovers of the Western world.

What is your mantra and how do you live by this?

Great Skin. No Fuss. No Drama.

Sometimes there is just too much to do for busy people, so we have dedicated ourselves to making radiant healthy skin one less thing to worry about. The Seoulista mantra is about delivering professional-grade treatments in the time it takes to have a cup of tea; our Instant Facials infuse the epidermis with 25ml of active ingredients to deliver instant, long-lasting results all in one simple step. No Fuss. No Drama.

What has been the highlight of the Seoulista story so far?

At Seoulista we like to make skincare fun, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t serious; the exceptional reception we have had from industry insiders proves that, and each of our 8 awards so far ha been an incredible highlight for us. It’s made every long-haul flight to Korea and late-night phone-call with our wonderful team of dermatologists totally worth it!

How do your masks works?

Unlike many other typical ‘sheet masks’, our hi-tech fibre is made from a 100% natural and biodegradable ingredient called biocellulose, created from fermented coconuts. First used in medicine to treat skin burns, it has an unrivaled ability to work in synergy with the skin and hold and distribute more than 100 times its weight in water.  So it drinks up our serums, and then once on the skin, drives the powerful ingredients in to the epidermis for instant transformational results.

What makes your masks different?

Biocellulose, mentioned above, is one of the key factors that make our Instant Facials stand-out from the crowd, as well as the quality ingredients we use in our serums. But what separates us even further, is that every product has been formulated and tested by dermatologists to ensure the utmost efficacy and results for the skin.

What’s your number one tip for choosing a face mask this spring?

With the spring comes glorious days enjoying the sun and the great outdoors, so choosing products that protect the skin from external aggressors is key. Look out for products that use vitamin C as this offers an antioxidant shield for the skin, as well as helping to stimulate collagen production at the same time – what’s not to like?! Our Brightening Instant Facial is perfect for that vitamin C infusion and dewy springtime glow. Don’t forget your SPF too though!

 

Shop Seoulista Beauty at allbeauty.com 

K-Beauty must-haves from Seoulista

K-Beauty must-haves from Seoulista

Inspired by the flawless skin and the effortless style of South Korean women, Seoulista Beauty sources innovative skincare from Seoul, widely regarded as the epicenter of beauty. Known as ‘K-beauty’, these trends and innovations are regarded as the best kept secrets in skincare, and are often credited with youthfulness.

Seoulista Beauty products are forumlated with powerful botanicals, free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphates and artifcial colours. They are never tested on animals.

Instant facials

Seoulista Beauty Brightening Instant Facial

Seoulista Beauty Instant Brightening Facial 

Made from natural ingredients, this one-step brightening face mask is infused with vitamin C and AHA’s to brighten dull, uneven skin tones. Created by dermatologists, the Brightening Instant Facial is a natural coconut gel-like mask infused with an antioxidant-rich formula to help correct your skin tone.

Vitamin C and AHA’s exfoliate the skin and smooth its texture while fading dark spots and pigmentation caused by sun damage. After just 20 minutes, your skin is hydrated and smooth, revealing a more radiant and even-toned complexion.

Super Hydration Instant FacialSeoulista Beauty Instant Brightening Facial 

Made from natural ingredients, this one-step hydrating face mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to quench dry, dehydrated skin. Created by dermatologists, the Super Hydration Instant Facial is a natural coconut gel-like mask infused with hyaluronic acid to provide intense hydration.

The high-performance formula is packed with vitamins, which deeply nourish the skin and prevent the signs of ageing. After just 20 minutes, your skin is moisturised and plumped, revealing a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion.

 

Charcoal Detox Instant Facial

Seoulista Beauty Instant Charcoal Detox Facial 

Made from naturally derived bamboo, this one-step, no mess, no fuss cleansing face mask is infused with charcoal and volcanic ash to purify and decongest your skin. Created and tested by dermatologists, the Charcoal Detox Instant Facial is a natural bamboo mask designed to help purify and cleanse the skin.

This clever no-mess face mask has been infused with an impressive duo of charcoal and volcanic ash. After just 20 minutes, your skin is cleansed, defined and detoxified, revealing a healthy, clear complexion.

Correct & Calm Instant FacialSeoulista Beauty Instant Brightening Facial 

Made from natural ingredients, this one-step facial mask is infused with witch hazel and eucalyptus leaf to smooth and soothe problematic skins. Created by dermatologists, the Correct & Calm Instant Facial is a natural coconut gel-like mask infused with witch hazel and eucalyptus leaf to reduce redness, skin irritation, blemishes and large pores.

The antioxidant-rich formula repairs and replenishes the skin, leaving it hydrated, calm and revived. After just 20 minutes, your skin is smoothed and soothed, revealing a more even, blemish-free complexion.

 

Instant Pedicure

Seoulista Rosy Toes

Seoulista Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure

Made from natural ingredients, this patented, double-layer foot mask is infused with rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax to soften and nourish your feet. Created and tested by dermatologists, our Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure is a patented anti-ageing treatment that provides much-needed TLC for your precious feet.

The powerful blend of antioxidants, vitamin C, beeswax and Bulgarian rose oil heals, protects, hydrates and scents skin, nails and cuticles. After just 30 minutes, you’re ready to reveal soft, smooth and sandal-ready feet.

Instant Manicure

Seoulista Rosy Hands

Seoulista Rosy Hands Instant Manicure

Made from natural ingredients, this patented, double-layer hand mask is infused with Bulgarian rose complex to treat and nourish your skin, nails and cuticles. Created by dermatologists, the Rosy Hands Instant Manicure is a patented anti-ageing treatment that provides much-needed TLC for your precious hands.

The powerful blend of antioxidants, vitamin C, beeswax and Bulgarian rose oil heals, protects, hydrates and scents skin, nails and cuticles. After just 30 minutes, you’re ready to reveal soft, smooth and more youthful-looking hands.

Shop the Seoulista Beauty range at allbeauty.com

 

Laneige Skincare & Cosmetics: Our New K-Beauty Brand

Laneige UK fans are smiling right now! Let us introduce you to the exciting K-Beauty brand, available from allbeauty.

You can now shop Laneige UK (and worldwide) at allbeauty. Prices and information correct at time of posting.

Using natural water from the Himalayas as its key ingredient, Laneige skincare creates ‘moisture energy’ for clear, supple, glowing skin. Together with a range of cosmetics, this innovative K-Beauty brand is suitable for all skin types. From cleansing products to serums, sun care and anti-ageing, there are products for every person of every age. In fact, over 20 years of technical research led to the discovery by Laneige that water enhances the effects of brightening and anti-ageing products. It’s incredible to think that something so basic and everyday as water can be key to the skin you’ve always wanted.

The Laneige Water Bank Range for perfect skin hydration – shop here

A Little About The History and Philosophy of Laneige

You are born with your physical appearance, but your unique appeal can be created.
Sparkling Beauty is what Laneige pursues to discover beauty within you.

Created in 1994 in South Korea, Laneige (French for ‘the snow’), recognised that a woman’s skin is the foundation on which she builds her beauty. But over time the skin loses its ability to hold moisture, which in turn leads to damage and aging. If cells can be helped to hold onto moisture, then youthful, glowing skin can be achieved.

Beyond clear, radiant, and glowing skin, we also seek to unleash that dazzling charm within you.

Following the success of their skincare line, Laneige revealed a range of cosmetics in 2007. Today they have over 200+ stores located in Asia, the United States and Canada, New Zealand and Russia. And now you can shop Laneige online in the UK, right here at allbeauty!

Laneige BB Cushion is a worldwide bestseller – shop here.

Laneige Skincare

Using their patented Water Science (TM), Laneige focusses on 5 key areas:

  1. Moisturising
  2. Special Care
  3. Whitening
  4. Anti-ageing
  5. Boosting

Laneige is endorsed by popular actress Song Hye-kyo (who believe it or not is 35!)

We’re very excited to welcome Laneige to allbeauty, but we’d love to hear from you. Are you already a fan of the brand or excited to try it? Comment below and tell us, and don’t forget to tag #allbeauty in your Laneige hauls.