EVERY day I rub snail slime and bee venom on my face.
Don’t be alarmed – they are key ingredients in my moisturiser.
Snail mucin is touted to be highly moisturising and bee venom is said to boost blood flow.
They are also much-hyped elements in the worldwide phenomena of Korean beauty, or K-Beauty, aimed at delivering glowing, hydrated, smoother skin.
“Those who have been following the “Hallyu Wave” (the increase in global popularity of South Korean culture since the ’90s), K-Drama or K-Pop, realise Korean men and women have one thing in common – flawless, baby smooth skin,” said Lily, founder of Perth’s first Asian skin care and cosmetics store, Cosme Hut (Northbridge and Cannington).
According to Lily, Koreans are taught from a very young age how to care for their skin.
“They put a lot of effort into their routine, which includes: doing a double cleanse, applying essence, ampoule and serum between regular toner and moisturiser, and using sheet masks during the week,” she said.
“Most importantly, they always wear a sunscreen during the day, even when they’re staying indoors most of the time.”
Lily’s top K-Beauty essentials
1. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
A moisturising serum with amazing hydrating and soothing effects and packed with antioxidants, amino acids and minerals.
It is raved about by many Korean beauty gurus and has great customer satisfaction.
2. COSRX Acne Pimple Patch
A thin and clear hydrocolloid patch to help treat acne, pimples and acne scars.
Oneof the best-selling pimple patches in South Korea, it works overnight to make whiteheads, blackheads and zits disappear by morning.
3. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
This blue/violet coloured cream is well known for calming extremely irritated, stressed and sensitive skin.
Great for calming sunburn, post-shaving redness and irritation after spot extraction and laser treatments.
4. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
An international bestseller, this overnight mask gives skin a vibrant appearance the next morning.
Skin looks fresh, plumped and glow-y.
5. Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA Toner
A cult favourite Korean product and the best-selling toner in Asia right now.
It solves acne problems and also hydrates and creates smoother, brighter skin.
Where to buy
Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Westfield Carousel, Cannington