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Korean Beauty

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

Hyaluronic Acid

There are a lot of things to appreciate about Autumn – back to school vibes, pumpkins, the return of great TV dramas and cosy nights in, to name just a few.

With Fashion Week approaching, there’s also the new season saga of what to wear. Love it or loathe it, when Autumn hits, it’s time to start considering some extra layers – and at allbeautyhq, we’re not just talking clothing. September is a key month to adapt your skincare routine, ensuring that you dedicate additional nourishment and care.

What’s in your face?

Step into our Autumn skincare ingredient of the month – Hyaluronic Acid. Hya-what, we hear you cry? Upon first impression, Hyaluronic Acid does sound a bit extreme, but don’t worry – we’re here to demystify this skincare saviour and highlight some top tips on its properties.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is actually a sugar molecule (a polysaccharide, if we’re feeling fancy) which occurs naturally in your skin. An antioxidant; it supports up to 1000 times its weight in water and by doing so, helps to support collagen structures, keeping skin supple and tissues lubricated.

If it’s already part of my skin, why should I consider using this ingredient now? 

Our natural production of Hyaluronic Acid actually diminishes as we age, which is why it is recommended to start incorporating hyaluronics into your routine to rebalance levels after the age of 25. 

As mentioned above, Autumnal temperatures can be unpredictable, and using a hyaluronic acid can also help to protect your skin from dehydration due to extreme temperature changes. That’s right – the combination of cold air outside and having the central heating on inside may leave you feeling snug, but it can also have a drying effect on your skin.

In addition to adding much needed hydration, Hyaluronic acid also has an anti-bacterial effect, making it ideal for those dealing with broken skin, redness or inflammation. Being an antioxidant, it can also help to limit the damage of air pollution or sunlight.

So, what should I look for on the label?

  1. Hyaluronic acid is commonly listed as follows: Hyaluronic acid, hydrolysed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetyl hyaluronate or sodium hyaluronate.
  2. Sodium hyaluronate is, as the name suggests, a salt derivative of the molecule and is smaller in size, allowing for better skin penetration.
  3. You should look for a product which contains an ingredient percentage between 0.25-2.5% to allow for optimum penetration of your skin cells.

What to use to replenish those pesky deficits – allbeauty’s top picks:

 

#1 Laboratoires Novexpert Paris Micellar Water with Hyaluronic Acid 200ml (Our Price £20.00) should be used at the end of the day with a cotton pad to remove all traces of make-up and dirt. 100% natural, this micellar water is hydrating and restorative.

 

 

 

#2 The Organic Pharmacy Serum 30ml (Our Price £30) contains Hyaluronic Acid & Sodium Hyaluronate. Apply a dropper of serum before moisturising as part of your usual skincare routine to fill, hydrate and restore volume to the skin.

 

 

 

#3 Gatineau’s Melatogenine Futur Plus Anti-Wrinkle Radiance Mask 75ml (RRP, £46.00, Our Price £26.95) can be used as a 10-15 mask or overnight for an intensive treatment. This Parisian beauty incorporates collagen and hyaluronic acid with youthful radiance molecule Melatogenine to form a rich and creamy mask. Gentle enough to be used around the eyes; this is our favourite for a Sunday night skin therapy session.

 

 

#4 Founded in Milan, Collistar’s products combine Italian style, research and innovation. The Collistar Hyaluronic Acid Aquagel 50ml (RRP £41.50, Our Price £23.95) is a speciality moisturising treatment that can be massaged into skin mornings and evenings to provide extra elasticity, hydration and comfort.

 


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How To Use: Elemis Superfood Regimen

NEW from Elemis, the Superfood Skincare System range that contains pre-biotics for healthy, glowing skin.

Ever popped into Wholefoods for a green juice in the hope that it would make you healthier and transform your skin overnight? Formulated with plant-based, nutrient-dense superfoods and prebiotics, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System does just that!

Formulated with nutrient-dense, plant-based superfoods, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System is made from a variety of grains, greens, fruits, seeds and oils, including ginger, kale, broccoli, avocado, matcha and flax seeds. Designed to help replenish, nourish and hydrate skin, the Superfood System feeds your skin from the outside in.

Introducing The Super Squad!

These award-winning skincare savaiours will make any skincare routine SUPER:

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

Step 1: Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

Loaded with nutrients and an active sugar-based prebiotic, this gel cleanser helps keep skin looking clean, healthy and feeling refreshed throughout the day. RRP £25.00allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Mix in your palms with water and apply morning and evening by gently massaging over the face. Rinse off and gently pat dry.

 

Elemis Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly Exfoliator

Step 2: Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator

NEW Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly is jam-packed with anti-oxident rich extracts, including Nordic Bilberry and Black Tea, to help remove the build-up of dead skin cells and leave skin feeling soft and smooth, and looking radiant. RRP: £28.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply to a  dampened face using light, circulr motions. Add worted to transform into a milky scrub and remove with a wet flannel.

 

Elemis Anti-ageing superfood oilStep 3: Anti-ageing Superfood Facial Oil

This award-winning, nourishing facial oil has been designed to re-energise and hydrate skin. Enriched with the power of concentrated antioxidants, omega 3s, vitamins B and E, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and supple. RRP: £45.00, allbeauty price: £32.60

To use: Apply 3-4 drops every mmorning tocleansed face and neck. Massages over the skin before or instead of your daily moisturiser.

 

What is good for your body is also good for the skin, and this nutritional oil – packed with superfood ingredients and rich in antioxidants – is the key to a glowing, radiant complexion’ – Georgia Louise, Elemis consulting facialis

Elemis superfood day cream

 

Step 4: Elemis Superfood Day Cream

This nourishing day cream instantly hydrates your skin with a combination of  ginger, matcha and goji berry, leqaving skin looking plumped, refreshed and replenished. Promoting dewy radiance, the softening cream will revive a luminous complexion while balancing and protecting against the environment. RRP: £42.00, allbeauty price: £32.95

To use: Apply in the morning to cleansed skin after Superfood Facial Oil and Serum.

Step 5: Elemis Superfood Night Cream Elemis Superfood Night Cream

This cream works throughout the night to keep skin healthy by supplying it with a superfood grain complex and an active pre-biotic. In the morning skin will be healthy and restored with a fresh new look. RRP: £46.00, allbeauty price: £29.95

To use: Apply in the evening to cleansed, dry skin. Rinse thoroughly if in contact with eyes.

 

Superfood Vital Veggie MaskStep 6: Vital Veggie Mask

Nourish, hydrate and brighen skin with NEW prebiotic face mask. Packed with supergreens and radiance-boosting fruits including vitamin C, omega-rich avocado, wheatgrass and nettle extract.  RRP £30.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply a generous amount to to clean, dry skin twice weekly. A slight-tingling may occur while it works its magic. After 10 minutes, remove with a damp cloth.

 

Step 7: Berry Boost Mask

Mattify, balance and purify skin with NEW smoothie-inspired face mask. Packed with omega-rich SuperBerry Complex, Brazillian purple clay to help draw out impurities, gentyl exfoliate and mattify the T-zone.  RRP £30.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply a generous amount to to clean, dry skin twice weekly. A slight-tingling may occur while it works its magic. After 10 minutes, remove with a damp cloth.

Shop Elemis online at www.allbeauty.com 
Prices correct at the time of publishing

Source Essentielle – NEW from LÓreal Professionnel

Enter the world of natural haircare with L’Oreal Professionnel Source Essentielle, a new generation of professional haircare.

How the new  Source Essentielle range from L’Oreal Professionnel  is helping to revitalise our haircare, one plant at a time…

With a minimum of 80% organic ingredients, L’OREAL  is our new go-to when it comes to plant-based locks! After all, you’re far too ‘worth it’ not to know what you’re putting on your hair.

The creation of Source Essentielle

These beautifully crafted products are practically designed with eco-friendly values. The packaging is fully recyclable, and each shampoo bottle is also stack-able to add a modern, trendy feel to any bathroom. And, as a reminder of just how natural each bottle is, each bottle is infused with natural leaves and petals, too.

A specifically designed duo for your hair needs

L'oreal source essentielle daily nourishment duo

Daily nourishment duo, for dry hair

Perfect for those with normal to dry hair, this duo contains the Source Essentielle Daily Shampoo and Source Essentielle Nourishing Hair Balm, and is almost completely made from natural ingredients.

With 96% naturally derived ingredients, nourishing shampoo is made with jasmine flowers and sesame oil gently cleanses and purifies the scalp, eliminate impurities and excess oil, and add nutrition and shine to your hair’s texture.

Made almost entirely from natural ingredients (99%) Source Essentielle Nourishing Hair Balm leaves dry hair feeling nourished, soft and supple. Made with sesame oil, split ends will be smoothed and hair will feel silkier, shinier and nourished from root to tip.  This daily hair treatment nourishes dry hair, to provide nutrition and shine.

L'oreal source essentielle colour protect duo

Daily radiance duo, for dull or colour-treated hair

Perfect for those looking to add some shine to dull hair, or protect their coloured hair from fading , this duo contains the Source Essentielle Delicate Shampoo and Source Essentielle Radiance Hair Balm.

With 80% naturally derived ingredients, the delicate shampoo is enriched with calendula and chamomile flowers to remove impurities and oils, leaving your hair feeling soft and supple.  Silicone free.

With 99% naturally derived ingredients, Source Essentielle Radiance Hair Balm is made from fig pulp, to moisturise colour treated hair, preventing breakage and maximise colour durability and radiance. Hair will feel conditioned with redeemed lightness, softness and shine

L'oreal source essentielle daily detangling duo

Daily detangling duo, for tangled or frizzy hair

Perfect for those with normal to dry hair, this duo contains the Source Essentielle Daily Shampoo and Source Essentielle Nourishing Hair Balm, and is almost completely made from natural ingredients.

With 80% naturally derived ingredients, daily shampoo gently rinses and cleanses the scalp to eliminate impurities and excess oil. With organic acacia leaves and aloe essence,  it is a perfect everyday shampoo to improve your hair with suppleness gloss and strength – without weighing hair down.

Derived from 99% natural ingredients, Source Essentielle Daily Detangling Hair Cream helps you to  regain manageability of tangled hair, to minimise damage, split ends and breakage. This lightweight hair cream will help to detangle fine hair prone to knots, enhance shine and leave hair supple and full of life.

Duos are available in a number of combinations to suit all hair types.

To begin your newer and more natural lifestyle, shop the L’Oreal Source Essentielle range at allbeauty.com