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This post contains affiliate links* Today’s The K-Beauty Podcast episode features 5 currently trending K-beauty ingredients that you can find in pretty much all of the popular skincare items at the moment!
You guys really love my trend and ingredient-focused podcast episodes, and given that I haven’t done either of those in a while I thought it was time to do a new one! And, in all truth, I also love those the most, predicting trends and learning about skincare ingredients is so intriguing, I always learn new things when I research for the episodes (and now also YouTube videos!).
In general, Korean skincare definitely is all about “natural” and “clean” ingredients these days, as is most of the global trending skincare. The pandemic gave many of us ample time to research what’s best for our skin, and – somewhat unfortunately – most people still seem to think that “natural” is better than “artificial.” This can sometimes turn into absurd phobias against anything “chemical”, which is of course nonsensical because everything in nature is also “chemical.” And, “natural” doesn’t always mean better or safer! Just think of all the poisonous mushrooms out there – not very safe, but definitely very natural. Nature is full of poisons and unhealthy substances.
Add to that the problem with “natural” preservatives usually being less reliable than good old parabens, and you have a bit of a messy trend at hand. There are, however, a number of Korean “clean beauty” brands that I cannot help but like, with really great products, so I’m not the kind of influencer to just blanket dismiss all brands with a clean beauty marketing strategy. I feel this type of extreme black and white thinking is not always helpful, personally. To me, a brand can still be great if it doesn’t resort to intense greenwashing and misrepresentation of science to a point where it’s getting harmful, e.g. pretending to be “preservative-free” and saying that’s a good thing (seriously dear brands, please preserve your products properly, thank you).
So, the five K-beauty ingredients featured in today’s The K-Beauty Podcast episode are mostly popular in products from the clean beauty movement, really. Many of them have a long history as healing herbs and/or body tonics too, though, so to me they are really fascinating. There is one currently trending K-beauty ingredient that I am not overly fond of, and you’ll probably notice which one if you’ve already seen my trend forecast video on YouTube… But, listen to the episode to find out if you’re right!
Here is episode THIRTY of The K-Beauty Podcast: 5 Trending K-Beauty Ingredients You Need to Try in 2022
Episode Notes: 5 Trending K-Beauty Ingredients
1. Prickly Pear Extract (opuntia ficus indica)
- Make p:rem Safe Me. Relief Watery Ampoule — buy this ampoule at Stylevana* or at Yesstyle*
- Make p:rem Safe Me. Relief Watery Cream — read my full blog review, buy this gel cream at Stylevana*, at Yesstyle* or at Amazon (US)*
- Whamisa Fresh Cactus Bouncy Serum — you can buy this serum at Ecco Verde* (they have international shipping!)
- Yadah Cactus Toner Pads — buy these toner pads at Stylevana* or at Stylekorean*
2. Birch Juice/Birch Sap
- Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion — buy this moisturiser at Stylevana*, at Stylekorean* or at Jolse*
- Round Lab Birch Juice Moisturizing Cream — buy this cream at Stylevana*, alternatively also at Stylekorean* or at Jolse*
- Round Lab Birch Juice Moisturizing Sun Cream SPF50+ — read my blog review of this sunscreen, buy this at Stylevana* or at Jolse*
- Suiskin Birch Drop Vegan Ampoule — buy this at Stylevana*, Germany-based people can also get this at Komawo
3. Heartleaf/Houttynia Cordata
- ANUA Heartleaf 77 Soothing Toner — you can get the 250ml bottle at Stylevana* or at Jolse*, and Olive Young* offers a special set (use my code “SUGARPEACH10” for 10% off!)
- ABIB Spot Pad Calming Touch — you can find these toner pads at Stylevana*, they are also available at Stylekorean* or at Yesstyle*, or get a special 1+1 set at Olive Young (use my code “SUGARPEACH10” for 10% off!)
- Barr Cosmetics Super Green Deep Energy Ampoule — this ampoule is available at Stylekorean*, or if you are in the EU you can also find it at MIIN Cosmetics*
4. Kombucha Extract
- Dr. Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha Tea Essence — read my full blog review of this essence, you can purchase this product at Yesstyle*, alternatively at either Stylevana* or Stylekorean* or at Jolse*
- T’else Kombucha Teatox Essence — you can buy this amazing essence at Yesstyle* or at Bemused Korea* (use code “SP15” to receive 15% off!)
- Juice to Cleanse Vinegar Kombucha Essence — this is available at Jolse*, or if you live in the EU you can also buy the essence at MIIN Cosmetics*
- Mamonde Bakuchiol Retinol Cream — buy this cream at Yesstyle* or at at Olive Young* (use code “SUGARPEACH10” for a 10% discount!)
- Neogen Dermalogy Real Bakuchiol Firming Serum — buy this serum at Stylevana* or at Yesstyle*
- Haruharu Wonder Black Rice Bakuchiol Eye Cream — buy this eye cream at Yesstyle* or at Stylevana*
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Let me know in the comments: Which of these K-beauty ingredients have you tried already?
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