What Is All The Hype About K-Beauty?

In recent years, Korean beauty and skincare products have gained notoriety and have increased in popularity in the United States and around the world. Many women are so eager to try these products because of their proven effectiveness and positive results when used regularly. In Korea, girls are taught the importance of skincare from an early age, so they carry this philosophy throughout their lives. For this reason, Korean women are known for the longevity and youthful appearance of their skin.

In addition, Korean beauty and skincare products are increasingly preferred over those created in other countries. That's because Korean products are formulated especially for young and sensitive skin. These products are also advanced in comparison to other beauty and skincare products in other markets. There’s no denying that Korea is one of the leading countries in developing some of the best beauty and skincare products in the world. So, it is with due respect that these products are being highly sought after.

One of Korea's notable brands is Nature Republic. This brand is a South Korean brand created in 2009. It has spread its branches all over the world including within the United States. They sell a variety of beauty products, which includes skincare, makeup, and hair care. They are also known for using natural and organic ingredients in their products.

For those looking to start their K-Beauty skincare regimen toward Korean-like skin, Nature Republic is a good start. For the most favorable results, K-Beauty experts highly advocate a 10-step routine, which involves toner, cleansers, masks, serum, moisturizer, etc.

Here are several different Nature Republic products for the skin, face, and hair that you may want to look into:

Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack ($13 - $15)

If you have bad hair days, then the Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack from Nature Republic is the solution to your problem. This hair pack has Argan oil, which is known for making the hair silkier, softer, and more controlled. The purpose of this product is to repair hair damage and to detangle frizz caused by hair dyeing, perms, hair straighteners, harsh dryers, and constant exposure to the sun.

How to use: 

  1. Make sure to wash your hair with shampoo only. After that, squeeze your hair to remove as much water as possible, then dry it off with a clean towel.

  2. Spread enough amount of mask onto your palm and apply it gently to your hair.

  3. Leave it in for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water.

  4. You can use a conditioner after using the mask.

Skin Smoothing Body Peeling Mist  ($17 - $20)

Different peeling gels have been popular in Korea because of its immediate smoothing effect on the skin. The Skin Smoothing Body Peeling Mist balances the skin and gently exfoliates impurities and dirt deep within the skin's surface. It leaves the skin moisturized and refreshed.  

Nature Republic produces smooth, body peeling products that come in the form of a mist. Since it is a mist, you can easily spray it onto your body by the use of a spray nozzle. The mist has a milky texture, and its fragrance will quickly disappear after applying it in a few minutes. This peeling mist helps to get rid of your dead skin, exfoliate, and will encourage the development of a new, smoother layer of skin.

How to apply:

  1. Spray a light amount of the skin-smoothing peeling mist.

  2. Rub your skin gently.

  3. When you noticed that there is dirt and it has turned gray, you can remove it.

Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel  ($12 - $15)

The Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel is a cooling and hydrating gel with 92% pure aloe vera that is perfect for daily hydration. It has California CCOF- certified organic aloe vera, which gently moisturizes all skin types, including sensitive skin. It refreshes and soothes dehydrated, inflamed, sunburnt and dry areas; naturally protects skin with vitamins E, C, and other minerals, and firms the skin. Its fast-absorbing gel will not leave any greasy feel. 

The said soothing gel is very versatile in the moisturizing skin. You can use the gel all over the body, such as the face, legs, arms, and even hair to add a dab of moisture.

5 Colors By Flower Triple Meringue Tint ($10 - $15)

The 5 Colors By Flower Triple Meringue Tint is a long-lasting lip tint, which has a size of around 4.5 grams each. This texture of meringue allows a soft application of the product. It has a silicone elastomer that gives a smooth finish, and with just one touch, it provides a rich and natural color payoff.

The tint comes in 5 colors: Rose Macaron 01, Carrot Cake 02, Red Brownie 03, Pink Peach 04 and Coral Tangerine 05.

Real Nature Hydrogel Masks ($4 - $5)

These masks have Hyaluronic Acid to retain moisture of the skin, and Neem leaf extract to soothe the skin. They are also perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin. These masks contain chamomile, which is an antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory while it is considered to be hypoallergenic and can neutralize skin irritants.

Here are ten types of natural ingredients formulated in the hydrogel mask:

  • Aloe leaf extract soothes skin

  • Shea Butter makes the skin radiant through its hydration and nourishment to the surface

  • Argan oil firms the skin texture through supplying nourishment deep into the skin

  • Kakadu Plum extract creates radiant skin

  • Green Grape  extract smoothes rough skin

  • Grapefruit extract brightens dull skin

  • Pomegranate extract creates healthy skin

  • Chamomile extract soothes rough skin

  • Manuka Honey extract nourishes the skin, creating glowing skin

  • Green Tea seed extract produces a clearer skin

Micro Slim Fit Eyeliner ($8 - $10)

This eyeliner is perfect for achieving an intense and long-wearing eyeliner. The eyeliner's fine tip will let you create precise lines that you initially wanted. This eyeliner is perfect because it's small, lightweight, and affordable.

Skincare is so important, and the sooner we start a regimen, the quicker we can protect our skin and be assured that we are doing all that we can to prevent premature aging. The K-Beauty products mentioned in this article are inexpensive alternatives to entering the world of Korean beauty and skincare without having to make a huge investment. At the end of the day, consider that the products that you choose are being absorbed into your skin, so you want to be using quality ingredients and products. Doing your research prior to using anything on your skin is always a must and will go a long way in your skincare journey.

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