KOREAN VS WESTERN PRODUCTS: WHAT SETS THEM APART?
Often dubbed the new mecca of skincare, the beauty industry in South Korea is celebrated globally for its trend-setting innovations in beauty and skincare. It is no surprise then that the Korean beauty industry has been thriving to make a firm foothold in the global beauty industry. Without a doubt, k-beauty brands have been giving fierce competition to their western counterparts. This does not indicate that one is better over the other. While both the Korean and western beauty brands have been creating world-class products in skincare, some key factors set them apart.
We are here to decipher the differences between Korean and western products. Ultimately, it is your choice to decide which product to pick. Take a look.
One of the significant differences between Korean and western products is how they differ in the skincare approach. Korean skincare stresses on the importance of maintaining a healthy skin barrier, so most of their products are formulated with a low pH level and are soothing and calming for sensitive skin. On the other hand, western beauty products aim at solving a particular skin concern. Korean skincare delves into maintaining and restoring a healthy skin barrier while preventing further damage. While the western skincare approach is fixing the skin problem, you already have. So, it all rest on making your own choice again, what skincare approach fits your bill.
Apart from the skincare approach, if you consider the ingredient lists of both Korean and western products, you will notice a vast difference in the product formulations. Korean skincare products are usually very gentle; they pride in creating healthy and nourishing products for the skin. They avoid active ingredients in high quantities that may be too harsh on your skin. They take the gentler and more natural route. Most K-beauty brands choose to use mild derivatives in place of active ingredients that may be too harsh on the skin. For example, you may find gentle ingredients like betaine salicylate or willow bark extract formulated in products that require a salicylic acid.
Of course, using milder versions of active ingredients does not mean it will result in less effective treatment. It is not necessary that the higher the acids, the more effective it will be. Indulging in a high level of actives could result in skin irritations. Though it is vital to get the right amount of concentration for your particular skin concern, they all have their limitations.
Korean skincare is famed for its choice of natural ingredients infused in the beauty products. Popular ingredients include centella asiatica, licorice root extract, mugwort, ginseng, snail mucin, and many more. These ingredients are known for the brightening effects, minimizing fine lines, and healing acne scars. Often backed by science, these ingredients are proven to show visible outcomes.
The debate may continue, about whose product is better and which one is more effective? But as consumers, we also need to realize that there is no single product that fits all skin types. And no skin approach can be right for everyone. It’s all about understanding your skin type and what it needs to keep it happy and healthy. So, pick the products that suit your skin and follow a good skincare routine.