The Fangirl’s Roundtable: Korean Skincare

Have you been itching to try Korean skincare, but have no idea where to start? Well, we’re to help! Today the Fangirls are going to talk about the skincare we’ve tried and loved. Don’t forget to ask us questions in the comments!

Jennie: This past October/November I had the chance to travel to Korea, and I was definitely planning on checking out skincare products. The only problem with this is that skincare in Korea is completely overwhelming. In a single block, you’ll pass four skincare stores and three coffee shops with only two restaurants in the mix. Basically, skincare is really abundant.

Still Jennie: Luckily I had some help. My father’s old neighbor lives in Korea, and although he’s a jack of many trades, one of his main jobs is working for an upscale Korean skincare brand—XYZ formula. I got to have a special meeting with the CEO and a few of his executives. Picture this, big-wig CEO walking into a room, followed by an entourage, and everyone bowing as he walks past. Yes, this exactly what it was like. His minions even sat through an hour-long meeting with us, all in English, with most of them probably understanding very little of what was being said.

My sister and our table full of snacks.

Still Jennie: We showed up at the single flagship store in a snooty part of Gangnam where we were greeted by not only my dad’s friend but a professional photographer. You can imagine how thrilled I was with that considering we’d just traveled back from Jejudo that day and been walking around with zero rest for several hours…but I digress. The reason I’m telling this story is so you know I underwent special training to understand XYZ formula and I’ve made it my mission to share that with y’all.

I’m the blonde next to the Korean guy.

Still Jennie: Right now, you can’t even get the XYZ website in English, and I’m not sure if they ship to the states. But they do have a YouTube channel, and this commercial is not a stunt. They actually did it.

Still Jennie: I’ve been using the 17 everlasting secret line for several months now, and I absolutely love it. It took some getting used to because the moisture level is unreal. My skin is now as soft as my two year old’s. It hasn’t decreased fine lines or redness, but with this kind of moisture, it can stop aging in its tracks. It’s made from 100% natural ingredients and the formula is so secret and coveted it takes a pretty penny to afford the line. I will say this, though. I don’t need masks anymore, and I haven’t gotten a single pimple since using it. No matter how I’m feeling, my skin looks healthy and fresh. I expect the products might last me an entire year. So yes, I will be buying it again.

Jennie one last time: I also have to put in a plug for The Face Shop’s Jeju volcanic lava scrub. It gets my face so clean I almost don’t need toner. It’s amazing! I was disappointed in how hard it was to find a good makeup remover wipe. Don’t buy anything from the duty-free store, it’s a complete rip-off and it won’t work. That is all.

Kmuse:  Sadly, I have not been to Korea.  That said, there are a few things that I have tried and love so I was thinking I would promote those.  These are the ones you can do super easy without having to think too much about it (Although, I am totally going to buy that Jeju volcanic lava scrub.  It sounds delightful.)

Kmuse: I first want to suggest that everyone try the basic face mask.  They are easily acquired (here is the link to my personal favorite brand on Amazon), they are cheap, and most importantly, they work.  I also plan to participate in, what a bunch of drama friends are calling, Face Mask February.  This is where you commit to using one face a day for a full month.  I have heard it does wonders for your skin and I am excited to find out.

Kmuse:  The second product I want to promote is The Face Shop Foot Peeling mask.  These are phenomenal.  It cleared up all that rough skin on my heels and got my feet ready for sandal season.  I personally do not like people touching my feet so this gave me the same results as having someone sand down the rough parts of my tootsies.   You will receive one set of booties per package and you simply pour in the liquid and wear them for 60 to 90 minutes.  I always plan a bit of drama watching while I soak.  Then you remove the booties and within 3 to 6 days a layer of dead skin will peel off.  You don’t help pull off the dead skin, just let it fall on its own.  If you wear socks for a few days while this happens it falls off a little faster.  After 10 days your feet will look and feel baby soft and you will be ready for summer.

This concludes our beauty suggestions.  Do you have your own Asian beauty products that are a must-have?  Let us know in the comments.

Til next time,

The Fangirls

Dramas With a Side of Kimchi

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2 thoughts on “The Fangirl’s Roundtable: Korean Skincare

  1. kay so I went to South Korea last spring and one of my main things to shop for was cosmetics…I mean I remember how crazy popular BB cream was a few years ago and I was already well aware of how innovative Korean cosmetics were even before I got into kdramas. So when I got into kdramas I knew I had to visit Korea to shop for cosmetics and to visit some of those famous Seoul and Jeju drama sites too of course.

    I actually bought that foot peeling mask but I haven’t tried it yet. I should try it soon. My cosmetics shopping there made me quickly realize how important good skin is so I definitely was sold on a few skincare items..mostly from Innisfree and Banila Co. The amount of cosmetics shops is overwhelming and I still didn’t get to see and try everything in my short 10 day trip!

    I’ve never heard of Face Mask February but now I want to join this too. I definitely bought so many face masks and it was so cool to receive free face masks with every purchase at many of the cosmetic shops! Please do a post on your favorite korean makeup items next! 😀

  2. I’d give Face Mask February a try – I actually got a lot of them for Christmas from my kids. Cheap (for a present) and Korean made it the go-to present as one of them said. One is actually that foot mask which creeped me out a bit so I haven’t tried it. Now I will . . .

    As for my Korean beauty experience, I have very dry skin. If it gets out of whack, boom, I break out. So I use very mild items from the COSRX line – the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, COSRX Galactomyces Alcohol-Free Toner, the COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap and the COSRX Centella Blemish Cream. I was sucked into buying the COSRX whitening cream but – guess what – turns out I’m white enough.

    Although I use a bunch of Sephora products for blemish coverage and foundation base, I do use the Belif Moisturizing Bomb Foundation cushion compact. Of all these products, the cushion compact is the best invention to come out of Korea. I don’t think I’ve used a makeup sponge for a year. I am not too keen on the shiny look so I use mine in moderation. It’s too late to make my skin as lovely as Hoseok’s but it’s not a rough old towel anymore either.

    Now, if. you watch some Thai dramas, you start getting self conscious about being overly hairy . . .

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