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Hyaluronic Acid in Korean Skincare

June 22, 2021

Hyaluronic Acid in Korean Skincare

Hyaluronic Acid in Korean Skincare



Episode Description:


Today we’re taking a look at hyaluronic acid in Korean skincare - why it’s a wonder ingredient and some of the best K-Beauty hyaluronic acid products on the market. 






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Episode Summary:


K-BEAUTY NEWS HEADLINES - Korea Cracks Down on False Advertising Claims 


The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) recently published a notification of cosmetics violating the advertisement requirements. As online shopping for homecare products surged during COVID 19 pandemic, MFDS inspected over 500 cosmetics sold online, finding that 336 products made false claims of medical efficacies, most of which were cellulite cream. 

Phrases like “scar treatment” and “fat reduction” were being used to describe ordinary cosmetics, rather than registered drugs and treatments. 

In Korea, cosmetics are products that “apply, rub, spray, etc. to the human body in order to clean, beautify, maintain or improve the health of skin and hair, and have minor effects on the human body.” By their definition, these are not products that have ‘medical’ effects’ and therefore brands need to be very careful in the types of claims they make about products that are ordinary cosmetics. 

The authority emphasized the importance of promoting products legally, and showed the examples of non-compliance advertisement cases for brands to use as a guide. 




If you answered “acid”, you’d be wrong. Unlike the name might suggest, hyaluronic acid is actually ahumectant (a molecule that attracts water).

Firstly, it is important to note that it is in a different category than actual acids like BHAs, AHAs and the like. 

That's because hyaluronic acid has a very different function. Hyaluronic acid is actually naturally found in the skin as well as the connective tissues in the body, where it acts as a cushioning and lubricant for joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes.

Part of the reason young skin is so smooth and elastic is that it naturally contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid, which helps it stay healthy. Hyaluronic acid is even used in lip fillers for cosmetic surgery as it is great for plumping.


Hyaluronic Acid in Korean Skincare


One gram of hyaluronic acidcan hold up to six liters of water.

This water-binding and attracting property allows it to fill up the spaces between the collagen and elastin in the skin, which helps skin stay supple and prevents wrinkles forming in dry skin.

In additionq this quality also makes hyaluronic acid great formoisturising skin.

Dehydration is one of the main reasons behind skin ageing. For this reason, hyaluronic acid – which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have ingredient. It is also essential when it comes to repairing skin’s moisture barrier.

Hyaluronic acid also promotes collagen formation.

Collagen fibres are broken down naturally as they are exposed to free radicals and UV radiation. This causes premature wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Reducing free radicals is the key to promoting normal levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin.

 Hyaluronic Acid in Korean Skincare




  1. Firstly, Hyaluronic Acid- although it does occur naturally in the body, the ingredient in your skincare products has gone through chemical processing in order to be effective in a topical formula. This form of hyaluronic acid is characterised by a large molecular weight and is therefore unable to penetrate the skin. 
  2. Secondly, Sodium Hyaluronate- this is a common way to turn pure hyaluronic acid into a topical form. It involves extracting its sodium salt. The benefit of sodium hyaluronate is that it has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. It’s great for plumping the skin and reducing the look of wrinkles. 
  3. Thirdly, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid - this breaks down the hyaluronic acid in a chemical reaction with water. This works on the skin’s surface to attract and bind water to the skin.


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Jelly Ko Bubble Tea Steam Cream contains sodium hyaluronate. This is ideal for giving you the K-Beauty glow because it restores, replenishes and plumps skin.

APLB Glutathione Hyaluronic Acid Essence

This essence provides elaticity and nutrition to skin because it is infused with Glutathione (100ppm), Niacinamide andHyaluronic Acid (100ppm). It helps give you more youthful looking skin.

iUNIK Vitamin Hyaluronic Acid Toner

This revitalizing post-cleanse toner contains Hyaluronic Acid (45%) and Seabuckthorn Extract (5%), offering deep hydration while nourishing and soothing sensitive skin. It’s the perfect choice to revitalize rough, dry skin.

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence

This potent hydrator gives skin the optimum level of moisture, offering deep nutrition with Sodium Hyaluronate (4,000ppm). It feeds and enriches the skin for a healthy glow. 


Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask is also made with sodium hyaluronate, meaning it really goes to work on plumping and smoothing your skin overnight while you sleep. 

COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream

This intensely hydrating cream boosts the skin’s moisture content and seals hydration inside, protecting it from further loss of hydration. With sea buckthorn oil providing nourishing vitamins and amino acids, it’s an excellent antioxidant to help repair cells and slow signs of aging.


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For makeup:


Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream – STYLE STORY’s all-time best-selling Korean BB Cream combines makeup and skincare in one, containing SPF42+ sun protection, anti-wrinkle and skin brightening properties. It also contains star beauty ingredient hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides, which helps protect your skin’s barrier.


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"Dehydration is one of the main reasons behind skin ageing. For this reason, hyaluronic acid – which attracts moisture to your skin—is a must-have ingredient when it comes to repairing skin’s moisture barrier."

- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast

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