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Back to School K-Beauty Guide

September 05, 2023

Back to School K-Beauty Guide

Back To School K-Beauty Guide

Whether you’re about to start school or returning for another semester, it’s never too early to get your skincare and makeup on point. On Episode 216 Lauren is sharing the back to school essentials from Korea. From quick-fix breakout solutions to hydrating moisturisers, this back to school K-Beauty guide will have you ready to put your best skin forward from Day 1!



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K-Beauty For Teens and 20s in Korea

In Korea, those in their teens and 20s are increasingly enjoying shopping for budget beauty products at places likeDaiso. Sales of Daiso cosmetics increased about 70% year-on-year from January to June this year. Cosmetics containing aloe are some of the most popular among Korean teens, as well as tone correcting products and pimple patches. Those in the MZ generation in particular are the main consumers of vegan cosmetics as well.   


Back to School K-Beauty Guide: On-the-go Coverage

You might prefer to go makeup-free for lectures, but what if you’re heading out for a few drinks or a catch up after class?

If you don't want a full face of makeup but do want to conceal a few red spots and blemishes, pop the 15ml version of Dr Jart’s Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment in your bag with you. It’s way more pocket friendly than the full size and perfect for dealing with emergencies on the go. 


Back to School K-Beauty Guide: Face Mist

You’ve probably got your morning/night skincare routine locked down.

But what if you need a little TLC while you’re out and about (or a pick-me-up during boring lectures!) Keep your skin hydrated 24/7 by always having a face mist on the go. 

Cute options include Heimish’s Bulgarian Rose Water Mist Serum. The primary ingredient is Rose water, which not only improves your complexion but also may also help with redness. In addition, it contains niacinamide, which is great for pores.



Back to School Korean Skincare Guide: Pimples

Pimple patches are one of the top category of products purchased by Koreans in their teens and twenties. It's little wonder why.

For whiteheads that appear out of nowhere, hydrocolloid patches are a great way to both conceal them and speed up the healing process.

Subi Perfect Pimple Patch is ideal for daytime use, thin enough to be worn 24/7 andblends seamlessly into the skin with or without makeup. Clearing up your acne without anybody even noticing? A back to school no-brainer!


Back to School KBeauty Guide:Lip Care

When it comes to lip care, you want a multifunctional product that you can pop in your bag for all eventualities.

Jelly Ko Gelato Glaze Lip Mask because it can be used so many different ways (makeup prep, lip sleeping mask, "your lips but better" look that won't get you in trouble at school or mixed with your favourite colour cosmetics). In addition, it's affordable and super bougee looking. 

When it comes to coloured lip tints, the best bang for buck to get you multiple different shades on a budget is Romand's Best Tint Edition. They're mini versions of Romand's best-selling shades. 


Back to School Skincare Guide: Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is an absolute must for all ages but especially when you're spending time outside for gym class or moving between classes.

I would avoid sunscreen mists, sticks or powders as your primary form of sun protection because research shows that you're very unlikely to apply enough product to get the stated level of UV protection. 

For the Aussies I can recommend La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid as a chemical sunscreen and Bondi Sands Zinc Mineral Face Fluid. 

For those outside Australia with easy access to Korean sunscreens Espoir Water Splash Sunscreen is one I personally enjoy wearing when I'm in Korea. 

When you’re re-applying your sunscreen over makeup, opt for liquid type sunscreens over liquid foundations. 


Back to School K-Beauty Guide: Toner

What if your toner went beyond being prepping your skin to receive the rest of your skincare routine? Multipurpose toners are perfect because they tackle multiple skin concerns with a single product and won't break the budget. 

Jelly Ko’s Dewy Glaze Toner is perfect for all skin types and also multifunctional, combining two steps in one (essence and toner). 

Back to School K-Beauty Guide

Another good option for those with oily, acne prone skin is Jumiso Yes, I'm Toner AHA 5%. This is an AHA toner exfoliant that gently removes built-up layers of dead skin to reveal remarkably smoother and softer skin. It also contains antioxidants to boost and care for skim.


Back to School K-Beauty Guide: Skin Barrier Care

Skin in its teens and 20s is often dealing with a compromised skin barrier for a multitude of reasons - consistent acne, frequent sun exposure, using incompatible skincare products and over-exfoliation.

Two Korean skincare lines that are good for this skin type are Etude House Soon Jung line and Illiyoon's Ceramide Ato Cream.


Back to School Korean Beauty: Moisturise

Even though your skin might be oily or combination, it's still important to make sure you're moisturising your skin. That's because proper moisturising can help manage the balance of oil and water in the skin. Aloe is a popular moisturiser ingredient among Korean teens. We’ve gota whole section dedicated to Aloe on our site, including soothing gels, face masks and serums. 

Back To School K-Beauty Guide

In addition, sleeping masks can also be great for this age group because they're made with gel textures. Unlike traditional night creams, which are for anti-aging and tend to be heavier creams, sleeping masks are the perfect option for younger skin. 

Jelly Ko’s Cherry Blossom Sleeping Maskis great for combination and oily skin types to manage hydration without weighing the skin down.


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“From quick-fix breakout solutions to hydrating moisturisers, this back to school K-Beauty guide will have you ready to put your best skin forward from Day 1!”

- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show podcast

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