The Secret Behind K-Beauty: Why You Need to Try This Trend

First came the sheet masks that were ridiculously cheap and surprisingly effective. Then came the adorable little cushion compacts for foundation and blush. After that, the all-in-one BB and CC creams were everywhere. And let’s not forget about glass skin, snail slime, and the 7-skin method! The K-Beauty trend has certainly claimed its spot at the top of the skincare and cosmetics industry.

Guest post by: Donna Maurer


The Secret Behind the Success of K-Beauty

Everywhere you look, beauty enthusiasts are obsessed with K-beauty makeup and cosmetics, not to mention the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine. K-beauty seems to be here to stay, while other trends come and go. So, what’s the secret behind K-beauty that makes it so popular?

It all comes down to the fact that Korean beauty shoppers are some of the most demanding beauty customers around the globe. They don’t settle for perfect skin. They want glass smooth, radiant, nearly translucent skin that looks like porcelain. Basically, their standards are so high, they’re impossible to meet.

It’s these impossibly high standards that keep the Korean beauty industry at the top of its game. K-beauty brands have to continuously release new products and technologies to keep up with their competition. And, since Korean beauty customers have such a voracious appetite for quality skincare and cosmetics, successful brands can afford to invest money into extensive research and development.

All of this makes for an extremely competitive and advanced market that stands out at the top of the beauty industry.


Why You Need to Try This Trend



  • Cutting Edge Technology and Innovation


Many innovations brought to us by Korean beauty – such as sheet masks, cushion compacts, and BB creams – are now thought of as beauty staples throughout the rest of the world. The industry is always the first to introduce things like cutting-edge formulations and textures or cool packaging that looks great and improves the function of the product. 

Korean consumers gravitate toward the latest trends and technology. If you ever visit Seoul, you’ll see just how passionate Koreans are about their beauty and skincare. This beauty mecca has 112 skincare and cosmetics shops in a mere eight city blocks.


  • No Harsh Ingredients


Korean beauty consumers tend to shun away from harsh ingredients and toxic chemicals in their skincare and cosmetics. Their beauty traditions focus on natural ingredients that have been tested over generations. K-beauty brands create their formulations around nourishing botanical extracts, fruit acids, and natural skin-loving oils, rather than harsh, drying ingredients. 

When you read the label on a Korean beauty product, you’ll find that the names are easy to pronounce, and the ingredients are things you’ve actually heard of before.


  • Unique Formulations


Korean beauty brands use the most effective tried and true ingredients, but it goes so much further than that. They also incorporate groundbreaking ingredients (like bee venom and snail mucin) into their unique formulations that deliver amazing results you don’t see from other beauty brands.


  • Focus on Long-Lasting Results


Korean skincare philosophy focuses on achieving long-lasting results over time. They know that truly radiant, perfect skin can’t be achieved with quick fixes. Korean brands focus on maintaining the health of the skin and nourishing it with hydrating ingredients down to its deepest layers for long-lasting results.


  • Better Products for Your Money


The hyper-competitiveness among Korean beauty brands is a great thing for beauty consumers. With such fierce competition, brands are forced to keep their prices fair without sacrificing the quality of their formulations.


  • The Korean Skin Care Routine Actually Works


By now, most of us have heard about the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine. That’s probably a lot more steps than you’re used to, and you’re probably wondering if it’s worth all that extra time and effort. Simply put, yes! It’s worth it because it really works.

Korean skincare products are formulated for all the major skin types, but it goes much deeper than that. Korean women focus most of their efforts on skincare, rather than makeup. Because of this, products are formulated with effective active ingredients that target just about every skin issue imaginable.

The great thing about a Korean skincare routine is that it’s totally customizable. You don’t have to do every single step each morning and night. Instead, you should pick and choose your steps and products based on how your skin looks and feels when you get up in the morning.

Skin looking a little dull? Try a brightening sheet mask that day. Need some extra hydration? Apply a few layers of a hydrating toner before you put on your moisturizer and serum. It’s all about you and what your skin needs. There really are no rules.


It’s clear that the Korean skincare and cosmetics trend is here to stay. With its natural formulations, emphasis on effective yet affordable products, and customizable routines, it’s easy to see why so many people love K-beauty!

Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!