Why Korean Beauty
Industry insiders and consumers alike are nothing short of obsessed with Korean beauty. In fact, Marie Claire dubbed Korea the new skincare superpower, calling them about 12 years ahead of skincare innovation globally. Why the infatuation?
Simply put, Koreans are some of the most demanding beauty consumers in the world. Case in point: one of Korea’s top dermatologists told us of a client with flawless, radiant skin who said, “I know I have perfect skin, but I want it to look slightly more translucent and porcelain- like.” At that, he threw up his hands and exclaimed, “I give up! Korean women have standards that are impossible to meet.” And while those sky-high standards are taxing, they’re exactly what keep the Korean beauty industry striving to keep up.
On top of that, Korean consumers have a voracious appetite for skincare, which in turn helps fund extensive R&D. With thousands of beauty brands all competing for market share, the result is a Hyper-competitive, incredibly innovative industry that's at the forefront of the beauty world.
BB cream, sheet masks, the cushion compact—all of these now-essential beauty staples originated in Korea. From never-before-seen textures and formulations to genius packaging that not only looks good but also enables easier application, the heart of beauty innovation beats in Seoul, an industry mecca with 112 beauty stores densely packed into 8 adjacent street blocks.
Korean beauty heritage is steeped in natural ingredients passed down from generation to generation. This tradition continues today with formulations that tend to shun harsh chemicals and draw from the Earth instead.
Korean beauty products utilize the most effective Western ingredients—and so much more. With an impressively large repertoire that includes ground-breaking ingredients such as snail mucin and bee venom, their compellingly fresh formulations can deliver results you could never achieve before.
The holistic Korean beauty philosophy focuses on improving skin from the inside out. Their belief is that a truly radiant complexion doesn’t happen overnight by simply treating the skin’s outer layers. Instead, Korean skincare concentrates on maintaining a healthy, well hydrated and nourished skin environment for results that last a lifetime.
Competition among brands is a positive thing for consumers - and the competition among beauty brands in Korea is nothing short of fierce, which helps keep the prices of beauty products down (without ever sacrificing quality).