The time has come to choose between a well-known western cosmetic product or novelty Korean cosmetic. Which one do you add to your cart, why are you hesitant? Read this article on Korean cosmetics and you will have the answers for your questions regarding Korean skincare and I will make you forget the slightest insecurity you have about Korean cosmetics!
Cultural and environmental differences
South Korea is only 10,000 km2 larger than Hungary but when it comes to population, this Asian country is almost 5 times denser. This has an effect on air pollution, which is a negative factor in skin care, for example. Dust, smog and other contaminants clog pores and can lead to premature skin ageing. In this respect, the majority of Hungarians are in a better position, but we hear more and more about air pollution in our larger cities too, so it’s worth paying attention to.
Both countries are located in the temperate climate zone and the majority of the lands have a continental climate in both areas. South Korea has slightly higher hours of sunshine than Hungary and is closer to the Equator which is why the Koreans place great emphasis on sun protection. I think the use of sunscreen also highlights cultural differences. Most people in Hungary wish to have tanned, golden-brown skin, unfortunately, there are many regular visitors of tanning beds and I hardly know any people in my immediate environment who regularly use sunscreen. In contrast, in South Korea, light skin is ideal and the use of sunscreen every day is like taking a breath for others.
It is well known that Hungarian cuisine is unique and I declare it boldly, we Hungarians really love our stomachs! Similarly, our Korean counterparts think of food as “eating is heaven itself”. The most well-known Korean food is kimchi, moreover, several fermented foods or ingredients that contain beneficial probiotics are regularly consumed. Instead of sugary soft drinks they drink herb tea in Korea and consume seaweed regularly, which is a mineral-rich plant. A crucial part of Korean cuisine, is the collagen-rich bone broth base that can be flavored in different ways. So South Koreans eat their ways to beautiful skin and good health day-by-day. With these in mind, we can see that there are many parallels between the gastronomy of the two countries and that the foods listed here also have a beneficial effect on the skin. So bring out the broth, pickled vegetables and herbal teas that are also popular in Hungary!
What is the difference between eastern and western cosmetics?
The purpose of Korean cosmetics
Basically, in Eastern cultures, the emphasis is on prevention, while in the West, treatment is in the spotlight. There are a large number of anti-ageing and acne treatment cosmetic products in Hungary and skin rejuvenating and wrinkle-care treatments are popular amongst beauty therapists. What I usually miss from the drug store shelves are skincare supplies that I can use even if I don’t want to treat a specific skin problem. I feel that in Hungary I can only buy cosmetics if I want to eliminate acne or my skin is oily and over 40 years there is anti-ageing and nothing else. In contrast, in South Korea, the customers’ primary goal is to achieve and maintain healthy skin and strengthen the natural defensive function of the skin barrier. You can achieve the same results if you use Korean cosmetics.
Categories in Korean cosmetics
I am often asked for which skin type a certain Korean cosmetic is for and at first I was uncertain how to answer: “well, there is a little tea tree extract that is antibacterial, so this is suitable for problematic skin”. Side note: cosmetics that contain tea tree extract are not only used to treat acne, it can benefit all skin types due to its soothing and cleansing effect as well. Today, I confidently state that Korean cosmetics are not categorized as we are used to having them tagged and most of the time we vainly search for “oily skin” or “50+ night cream” labels on products. It is much more important to be aware of the purposes and effects of cosmetic ingredients. Let’s take the Benton Snail Bee High Content product line as an example, the main ingredients of which are:
- Snail secretion filtrate: packed with nutrients beneficial for the skin, contains glycolic acid, which exfoliates and promotes cell renewal and also contains hyaluronic acid to help dehydrated skin
- Bee venom extract: Helps to repair damaged skin cells, promotes collagen production
- Vitamin-B3 (Niacinamide): makes the skin radiant and supple. More specifically: it reduces dark spots, regulates sebum production, hydrates, stimulates collagen production and treats acne just as effectively as some antibiotics.
Based on these, for whom would you recommend the above-mentioned Benton products? I am pretty convinced that everyone should try them, whether he’s a teenager battling acne or a 40-year-old woman with a few wrinkles.
Active ingredients in Korean cosmetics
Another striking difference between Eastern and Western cosmetics is the concentration of active ingredients in products. K-beauty brands often use active ingredient derivatives as a more gentle, stable alternative. An excellent example is betaine salicylate and willow bark extract, two ingredients often used in place of salicylic acid in Korea. The reason? In South Korea, the maximum percentage of salicylic acid in cosmetics is regulated because it can be too irritating to the skin. Here, however, this is unregulated and cosmetics can contain as much salicylic acid as they are not ashamed of. This does not mean that K-beauty products are less effective in solving skin problems but rather that Korean skincare followers swear by a reliable, irritation-free and long-lasting effect. Unfortunately, there is a huge misconception regarding that the higher the proportion of an active ingredient, vitamin or acid in a cosmetic product, the better and faster we can achieve results. It is very easy to carry things too far and do more harm than good, especially if we have to deal with sensitive skin later.
Trustworthy Korean cosmetics at Minji cosmetics
Many people are uncertain about Korean cosmetics. There are brands that you have never heard of, you don’t know where and under what conditions they are manufactured and foreign texts on the labels might also be alarming. It is a natural reaction, a fear of the unknown for which, fortunately, there is an easy and simple solution: education. I think it’s important for today’s customer to be conscious, make informed decisions, and not fall victim to disingenuous marketing texts.
Strict compliance of Minji cosmetics products
Minji cosmetics exclusively sells Korean cosmetics that meet all of the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council. This is a very detailed piece of legislation that covers many areas related to cosmetics. To cite just a few examples, the regulation addresses supply chain transparency, good manufacturing practice and lists prohibited substances. The Regulation places particular emphasis on the rejection of animal testing:
The Regulation prohibits the marketing in the European Union of cosmetic products which final composition has been determined on the basis of animal testing or which contain ingredients or combinations of ingredients determined on the basis of animal testing.
This regulation applies to all cosmetic products marketed in the EU, so Korean cosmetics available on minjicosmetics.com meet the same strict requirements as popular western products on store shelves too.
Choose from the reliable, trustworthy Korean cosmetics at the Minji cosmetics online store! Your skin will definitely be grateful for it.