If you’re new to the world of Asian Beauty / K-Beauty, then you might not yet be familiar with the obsession it can create in terms of skincare ingredients. K-Beauty not only revolves around makeup trends but also that of skincare chemistry. If you’re planning to hop into the world of Asian Beauty via skincare, then be prepared to become obsessed with skincare ingredients.
The Top Loved K-Beauty Skincare Ingredients
Over the years, K-beauty has become more and more of a global sensation and trendsetter, where western skincare brands have started to take on K-Beauty principles when it comes introducing a stronger presence of ingredient based skincare marketing. Where brands now advertise their product by the main key player ingredient, for example, a product that would once be called “Skin Renewing Treatment” would now be called “AHA Exfoliating Serum”. The difference in them is that one does not disclose the main ingredient, function, and type while the other titles the key ingredient, function and type of product it is. This new take on the skincare would is due to the global awareness that has occurred due to the mass popularity growth of K-Beauty / Asian Beauty skincare. More consumers globally were turning towards purchasing their skincare from South Korea, instead of purchasing from their own local brands.
So if you’re new to K-Beauty or you find yourself seeking K-Beauty skincare instead of whats locally available to you, then you’ve come to the right place. As K-Beauty revolves around the public awareness of ingredients and their functions, it is important that you are familiar with what the top love k-beauty skincare ingredients are on a global scale. Not only will this help you better understand the k-beauty you’re buying, but it will also help you to hunt out the truly good skincare products that will work best for you, both in local beauty products and k-beauty products.
- Snail / Snail Mucin
Let’s start off with the most surprising Ingredient, Snail Mucin is collected on a sanitary glass surface (no harm to the snails), the mucin collected is revolutionary for speeding up the skins healing process while providing hydration. The These factors play a big part by aiding in acne recovery, skin dehydration, and Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
AKA Vitamin B3 or Nicotinic Acid, this holy grail skincare ingredient can be found in the mass majority of Korean skincare products thanks to its versatile usage on all skin types and concerns. Control excessive oil production, stimulate collagen and ceramide synthesis, increases moisture levels, and reduces sun damage and dark spots. It’s no wonder this is one of the top love K-Beauty skincare ingredients. Great for those with fine lines and wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, skin discolourations such as PIH/PIE, acne scarring and in some cases, Melasma.
This ingredient became a sensation in Korea back in winter 2014-2015 where all the mainstream k-beauty brands were launching entire lines dedicated to the ingredient, but this ingredient is no stranger to the global market as the brand Elizabeth Arden has revolved around the ingredient for generations. But don’t worry, this skincare ingredient is not just for your grandma, ceramide is a lightweight restoring molecule. Think of ceramide as the “glue” for our skin cells, as we age, that “glue” diminished, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. By using ceramide in your skincare, you’re restoring the “glue” for your skin cells, aiding in skin anti-aging and restoration. This ingredient is great for those in their mid 20’s, all skin types, sensitive skin and even acne prone skin as it stimulates skin healing.
- Ferment Filtrate
Fermented skincare ingredients are widely popular in Asian beauty making them not only common, but also some of the top loved k-beauty skincare ingredients to keep your eye on. Fermented ingredients are loaded with anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, skin healing effects and more! Making them a great choice for those with aging skin, dull complexions, and even acne prone skin.
A yeast ferment with anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient stimulates skin healing and restoration making it an ideal anti-aging ingredient.
Derived from yeast, sugar and oats, this ingredient has powerful skin calming and anti-inflammatory benefits making it ideal for those with sensitive skin and redness.
If you have a dull and uneven complexion, then this is one ingredient to look out for. Contains Kojic acid to gently exfoliate the skin while blocking melanin(naturally occurring in our skin to create pigment, an example being how we tan in the sun or develop PIH) production via tyrosinase blocking.
Melanin Inhibitor aiding in the fading of PIH/PIE to repair uneven skin tone and dark spots. Making this one of the top K-Beauty skincare ingredients that is quite common in skin brightening products.
- Vitamin C
Most common in anti-oxidant and skin brightening serums, Vitamin C is a classic anti-aging and uneven skin tone repairing ingredients in both K-Beauty and Western beauty. Most commonly found as Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid/L-AA and not so common, but also as Vit C MAP & Vit C SAP. Vitamin C works to stimulate our natural collagen production, fades PIH/PIE, dark spots, and sun spots with anti-oxidant benefits.
A type of acid that works to exfoliate the top layers of the skin to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, PIH/PIE, rough skin, bumps on the skin, and fight acne. AHA is not new to the scene but has become a global sensation thanks to the global k-beauty boom. Common AHA’s are Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Lactic Acid.
Similarly to AHA, BHA became a sensation thanks to the global k-beauty boom but certainly was not new on the scene. Salicylic Acid may be one ingredient you’re familiar with if you ever sufferer with teenage acne as this ingredient is very common in acne treatments in western drugstore brands. When formulated corrected BHA’s such as Salicylic Acid and Betaine Salicylate provide gentle and effective acne treatment in both teenage and adult acne cases. Betaine Salicylate being the gentler of the two, yet both provide anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, oil-control, exfoliation and gentle collagen-boosting effects.
- Centella Asiatica
Becoming a sensation in the K-Beauty world for its healing benefits on adult acne and damaged skin, this plant extract is rich in fatty acids, amino acids, beta-carotene, and phytochemicals which help to stimulate collagen in the skin, aiding in fast skin healing a soothing.
If you’re a sensitive skin sufferer then this is one of the top K-Beauty skincare ingredients you can’t skip over. Containing powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant care, this ingredient help to reduce all signs of skin trauma caused by acne, hypersensitivity, sun exposure, burns and much more.
Is there more?
Of course, with K-Beauty always evolving, the trends for what the lasted top K-Beauty skincare ingredients are can indefinitely change. However, with this introductory list, you are already on the right start to knowing what some of the most famous and renowned ingredients are. So tell us, which one of these ingredients do you already know and/or love?