It’s no secret that Korean beauty products and cosmetics caused quite a stir in the US skincare scene in 2014. From BB Creams to water packs and sleeping masks, New Yorkers have been clearing the shelves in lust after the beautiful porcelain skin promised by the Far East. Are Korean beauty products truly more advanced and effective? We don’t know for sure – but they sure are different and fun! Here are some Row A favorites:
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream:
This busy moisturizer, made with 74% snail extract, provides essential nutrients to your skin to hydrate and firm, while fighting blemishes and acne scarring – as well as wrinkles! The secret is the snail enzyme – made of protein, glycol acid and elastin – that works on multiple levels to promote an even complexion. Bonus: this gel is cruelty and fragrance free, so it is safe to balance even the most sensitive skin!
Available here ($18)
2. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
This heavenly nighttime moisturizer is made with ionized mineral water and ceramides to deliver intense hydration to all skin types while you sleep. Whether your skin is oily or dry, this lightweight gel cream will leave your skin feeling balanced, matte and refreshed. It also features a Sleepscent formula, which includes rose and apricot extracts, for some added purifying luxury!
Available here ($23)
3. Memebox Vita-A Capsule Ampoule
Apply one of these vitamin A capsules each night to skin to tighten pores and brighten skin. Also available, Vitamin C Ampoules!
Available at Memebox ($15)
4. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream
A bit more of a sophisticated (and expensive!) option for those who are serious about youthful looking skin, Sulwhasoo is the first brand to incorporate age-correction ginseng into their formula. This cream – made from the roots and water of rare six-year old Korean ginseng – promotes cell regeneration for younger looking skin. Additional herbs act to moisturize and condition.
Available at Bergdoff Goodman ($220).