Exploring the Dark Side of K-Beauty: Products Koreans No Longer Use
The Shift in Korean Skincare Trends
Hello, beauty enthusiasts!
When we think of Korean skincare, visions of 10-step routines, sheet masks, and the promise of dewy skin come to mind. But did you know there are popular products that many in Korea no longer swear by? Today, I’m peeling back the layers of the K-beauty world to bring you the inside scoop. Let’s dive in!

Aloe Gel in K-Beauty: A Surprising Revelation
1. The Aloe Gel Enigma: A staple in many skincare routines, aloe gel has been lauded for its soothing and hydrating properties. However, it seems there’s a caveat. A significant number of Koreans believe that certain aloe gels can dry out the skin over time. Now, this isn’t to say all aloe gels are off the table. Dermatologists in Korea recommend specific brands that retain the skin’s moisture while giving the soothing effect we all crave. So, if you’ve incorporated aloe gel into your regimen, it might be time to scrutinize that ingredient list a little closer!
2. The Scrub Foam Controversy: While the West often leans towards intense physical exfoliation, many in Korea are saying “no more” to scrub foams, especially those with large, abrasive particles. These can be quite damaging, leading to irritations and possibly even setting the stage for long-term skin issues. Gentle is the name of the game in modern K-beauty.
3. Toning it Right: The use of toner is non-negotiable in a K-beauty routine. But not all toners are created equal. While some offer exfoliation, the trend in Korea is shifting towards moisturizing toners. These provide hydration while balancing the skin’s pH, giving you that coveted glow without compromising your skin barrier.
4. Top Toner Recommendations: From my deep dive, a few toners stand out in the Korean skincare scene. The ‘took the toner’ from Landry is a rave favorite, known for being gentle on the skin and even suitable for pregnant women. Two other notable mentions are products from Dr. Idi and Misuk Erskin, both celebrated for their nourishing properties.
5. Final Thoughts: K-beauty is a realm of innovation, but it’s essential to know the changing tides. While some products may be popular abroad, they might not be staples in a Korean beauty guru’s routine. Stay informed, be selective, and always prioritize the health of your skin!
Remember, beauty aficionados: It’s not about having the most products, but the right ones!

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