5 Beauty Editors Share Their Fave K-Beauty Secrets

In the six years since Korean beauty first arrived in the U.S., we’ve learned a remarkable amount about how we take care of our skin.

We’ve learned how to pat on essence, the secrets of the no-makeup glow known as “gwang,” and became familiar with the beauty powers of superfood ingredients like artichoke and watermelon. But we’re not the only ones who learned a thing or two from K-beauty.

We checked in with some of our favorite beauty editors — who get to try literally every beauty product under the sun — and asked them to share the tips, tricks, and life lessons they learned from Korean skincare. To find out what made it into their permanent routines, and steal some of their best hacks, read on.

Gina Way
“Sarah and Christine taught me this cool tip that I use all the time: patting on layers of a watery, hydrating essence (I really like using the Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Serum Toner for this). You pat this all over your face and neck, and then do it again and again — I usually do it three to five times. After the layers of patted on essence,  I top it off with a layer of Pressed Serum (which is a super-light moisturizer for my skin) — I love Blithe’s Tundra Chaga.”

Joane Amay
“I’m really into the K- beauty philosophy of cloudless skin by achieving a clear, flawless complexion through a healthy inner and outer aura. I try to eat healthy by incorporating colorful fruits and vegetables into my diet. I also believe stress ages people, so I try to maintain a positive attitude and stay away from negative people who give off bad vibes. And to outwardly manifest radiant, vibrant skin, I use a lightweight clarifying serum, like Make P:REM’s Radiance Peeling Serum, to whisk away dead skin cells for an even, smooth complexion, and then I top it off  with a face oil (try Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia Soombi Essence Face Oil) for a gleaming, healthy glow.”

Daley Quinn
“K-beauty has taught me not to fear cleansing oils. I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin, and I’ve always steered clear of anything oil-based since I thought it would be irritating. Turns out, cleansing oils are the best thing to happen to my acne-prone complexion. When you’re stripping your skin with harsh cleansers all the time, your skin will start to overproduce oil, causing major breakouts. Washing my face with cleansing oil has helped balance out the oil production of my skin, meaning fewer pimples and a more confident me!”

Deena Campbell
“K-Beauty has taught me many things, but the lesson that’s had the most impact is the art of blurring via products like cushion compacts (try the ID.AZ Dermastic Cica+ SPF 30 PA++ Cushion for day). I basically use a brush to apply the product to blur out imperfections. I can use this technique to go from sheer to full-coverage in seconds.”

Celia Shatzman
“While I’ve always loved drinking green tea, it was K-beauty that made me realize it was good for my skin, too. Packed with antioxidants, this multitasking ingredient does everything from help zap zits to protect from environmental stressors like pollution and cigarette smoke, and help you fake a full night of sleep, thanks to its de-puffing powers. That’s why for me, it’s always tea time.”

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