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Up your Gangnam style with these Korean beauty products
History of Whoo Bichup Ja Saeng Essence
45ml, S$205, from Tangs at Tang Plaza
Based on the concept of balancing one's yin and yang energies, the Bichup line is similar to the concept of traditional Chinese medication. The hero of this product is an essence that contains oriental herbs selected for improving qi and blood circulation for good skin health. After applying a suitable toner and lotion, apply an appropriate amount of this essence on the entire face and lightly massage for better absorption.
Moonshot Microfit Cushion (SPF 50+ PA+++)
S$36, from Sephora
Nicknamed the "GD Cushion" and "Dara Cushion" after its trendy brand ambassadors G-Dragon and Dara, the ultra-light and non-oxidising cushion compacts have taken the Korean market by storm. These babies allow for multiple afternoon touch ups, without having to worry about caking. The anti-darkening formula instantly brightens the skin, while the unique blend of bamboo sap leaves a refreshing, cooling effect - great for our weather.
Crystal Moist Hydra Ion+ Moisturising Face Essence
30ml, S$25.90, from Guardian
The secret to Korean women's flawless skin is not only in the routine but also in the very ingredients of skincare. This light essence contains deep ocean mineral water sourced from Korea to infuse skin with moisture, boosted by hyaluronic acid and even the extract of a lalang grass rhizome originating from France to aid hydration. A silky texture also ensures comfort.
Laneige Vitamin Brightening Cleansing Water
Doubling as both a makeup remover and skincare product, this sounds like a Korean upgrade of the French micellar water trend. While ridding skin of makeup, it also revitalises the skin with an antioxidant-packed berry extract, vitamin C derivative ethyl ascorbyl ether and niacinamide - a form of inflammation-fighting vitamin B3.