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Asian Beauty ⋆ Beautymone
Published by Simone de Vlaming on August 22, 2022

Asian Beauty, especially K-Beauty, aka Korean Beauty, has become extremely popular in the last one á two years. Known for their innovative formulas, smart packaging designs, and gentle but highly effective ingredients, Korean beauty products are beloved by many beauty lovers for achieving dewy and plump skin.

But if you’re like me, you may struggle with figuring out where to start, which products are suitable for your skin, and which brand you should try. I’ll be answering all your burning Asian Beauty questions, and at the end of this post, you’ll know…

  • Which are some of the best Asian skincare products
  • What skin concerns these 20 best products fight
  • Which products are best for your skin type
  • Which Asian Beauty brands you should try
  • My experience with purchasing at YesStyle

Top Asian Beauty Picks

Asian Beauty, Natural Ingredients

Isntree – Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel

Keep harmful UV rays at bay with this watery sun gel that contains eight types of hyaluronic acids in different molecular weights to replenish moisture. Further enriched with astaxanthin to improve skin elasticity, ceramide to strengthen the skin barrier, and Centella Asiatica extracts to soothe skin. 
Asian Beauty, Natural Ingredients

LANEIGE – Cream Skin Refiner

LANEIGE products combine modern technology and high-quality ingredients to reveal clear, youthful beauty. Deriving its name from the French word for “snow,” the Korean beauty brand emphasizes the importance of water, applying Water Science technology to create skin care products that give skin hydration.
Asian Beauty, Natural Ingredients

LANEIGE – Lip Sleeping Mask

Your lips also deserve overnight pampering. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask helps dissolve dead skin cells while you slumber, making it look younger and plumper. Berry Mix Complex with Vitamin C and antioxidant-packed berry ingredients make lips firmer, while hyaluronic acid helps overnight moisture absorption. 
$16.80

I have tried some K-Beauty products here and there, but many brands in this post were new to me. I’ve heard from most of them before; some of them I didn’t, but I never actually tried them. So I had the YesStyle “bestselling selection” guide me in finding the most popular and well-loved products.

YesStyle offers the largest selection of Asian fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products online. They’re an authorized retailer of over 300 beauty brands from Korea, Japan, and more. They offer several clean beauty, cruelty-free, organic, vegan, and eco-friendly brands alongside internationally-known and popular big brands. 

YesStyle is available worldwide, including in the United States, Canada, Australia, and European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and The Netherlands! On top of that, they have a very helpful mobile app which you can download here.

The 20 Top Asian Beauty Products With Natural Ingredients

Asian Beauty
1

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

The advanced snail mucin essence from Korean beauty favorite COSRX adds intense moisture to hydrate skin while helping to repair damaged skin, reduce redness, and improve skin texture and pigmentation. 
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COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
  • Best For: Dry, Damaged Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Skin Damage
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Chondroitin, Allantoin
POSITIVES
  • Very hydrating and leaves the skin glowy
  • It’s non-irritating and didn’t cause any breakouts
  • It reduced some of the redness I had
NEGATIVES
  • Slimy (but you could expect this from snail mucin lol)
  • I haven’t seen significant results after one month of use
2

PURITO – From Green Cleansing Oil

Gentle cleansing oil that removes all traces of sun cream and heavy makeup thoroughly without irritating. Infused with five kinds of essential oil derived from nature to melt the makeup while moisturizing your delicate skin. The hydrophilic oil emulsifies perfectly, gently breaking down any makeup and impurities, and sebum deep in the pores.
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100% Vegan
PURITO – From Green Cleansing Oil
  • Best For: All Skin Types
  • Skin Concerns: All
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Olive Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil
POSITIVES
  • A rich but not too heavy oil cleanser
  • It emulsifies nicely and gets rid of sunscreen and makeup
  • It doesn’t irritate or strip the skin
  • Skin feels clean, healthy, and happy after using this
NEGATIVES
  • Eye makeup was harder to remove
3

SK-II – Facial Treatment Essence

Revolutionary moisturizer remains to be SK-II’s most famous and most loved product. With over 90% Pitera, this hydrating essence provides a light exfoliating effect that boosts metabolism and supports the skin’s natural renewal cycle. Within as little as 14 days of continued use, skin attains a crystal clear finish with blemishes and dark spots rendered considerably lighter.
  • Best For: All skin types
  • Skin Concerns: Dullness, Aging, and Uneven Tone
  • From: Japan
  • Natural Ingredients:
POSITIVES
  • Very gentle and nourishing 
  • Skintone is more even
  • Pores are reduced in visibility
  • It leaves the skin looking glowy
NEGATIVES
  • Quite expensive
  • The scent isn’t my favorite
4

MIZON – Snail Repair Eye Cream

Containing 80% snail mucin, this MIZON bestseller fortifies, nourishes, and moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes. The formula helps diminish lines, wrinkles, sagging, dullness, dryness, and dark circles around the eye area to instantly rejuvenate your look.
  • Best For: Dull, Dry, And/Or Sensitive Eye Area
  • Skin Concerns: Dullness, Dryness, Wrinkles
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Adenosine, Sweet Almond Seed Extract, Birch Sap, Portulaca Oleracea Extract
POSITIVES
  • Very hydrating and moisturizing 
  • It has a nice creamy consistency
  • Brightened my dark circles
  • Reduced my fine lines when smiling
NEGATIVES
  • My dry eye area responded a little irritated to the eye cream
5

Beauty of Joseon – Glow Serum

Power up lackluster skin with this potent serum infused with 60% propolis and 2% niacinamide to fight inflammation, control sebum production and treat hyperpigmentation while keeping moisture levels high. 
  • Best For: Dull Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Pores, Acne, Dryness
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Hwang Jini/Propolis, Bird’s Foot (this is a flower lol), Tamanu
POSITIVES
  • It has a quite thick formula but isn’t sticky
  • Reduces the look of pores
  • It leaves the skin looking glowy
NEGATIVES
  • I wasn’t able to see a huge difference in my skin after ~3 weeks of use (I think it needs some more time)
6

COSRX – Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches protect pimples from secondary infections and further swelling. Available in various sizes, the hydrocolloid acne patch covers the affected area and absorbs excess sebum for easy and effective blemish control. This spot treatment speeds up the healing process of the pimple and helps prevent acne scars.
  • Best For: Acne-Prone Skin, Dry Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Impurities, Pimples, Acne
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Cellulose gum, Styrene Isoprene Styrene Block Copolymer, Polyisobutylene, Petroleum Resin, Polyurethane Film, Liquid Paraffin, Tetrakis Methane
POSITIVES
  • You can barely see or feel them
  • Decreases redness and size of pimples
  • So Affordable
NEGATIVES
  • The pimple was gone, but I had the biggest rash; clearly, I’m allergic. 🙁 It did what it’s supposed to do, but sadly I can’t use these myself
7

MUJI – Mild Cleansing Oil

Gentle yet powerful cleansing oil containing olive and jojoba seed oils efficiently removes makeup and dirt. It’s enriched with apricot juice and peach leaf extract to leave skin soft and pampered post-rinse. The formula is free of alcohol, artificial fragrances, colorants, and mineral oils.
  • Best For: Normal to dry skin
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness, sensitivity
  • From: Japan
  • Natural Ingredients: Olive and jojoba seed oils, apricot juice, peach leaf extract, and sodium hyaluronate
POSITIVES
  • Fragrance-free, coloring-free, mineral oil-free, alcohol-free.
  • Quickly and firmly removes makeup
  • Lightweight but powerful formula
NEGATIVES
  • A pretty strong olive oil scent
8

Isntree – Green Tea Fresh Toner

A hydrating daily toner infused with 80 percent fresh green tea from Jeju and infused with 80% of green tea extract from Jeju Island to soothe and revitalize tired skin, formulated with Anti Sebum P (HD) to absorb excess sebum for clear skin.
  • Best For: Oily/Combination Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Excess oil/sebum, Acne
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Green Tea from Jeju, Longleaf Pine Leaf Extract, David Elm Root Extract, Evening Primrose Extract, Arrowroot Extract
POSITIVES
  • It controls oil in my T-zone area
  • It worked as some sort of spot treatment to keep pimples under control too
  • I think this will work fantastic for oily skin types
  • It has soothing properties and doesn’t irritate my skin
NEGATIVES
  • At the moment, my skin is dry-to-normal, so I haven’t seen a huge difference (this is not the product’s fault)
9

Pyunkang Yul – Essence Toner

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner contains 90% Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract instead of water, with the least ingredient to healthily replenish moisture in the skin. A hydrating toner formulated with hydroxyethyl cellulose, arginine, and astragalus root extract to refine the complexion.
  • Best For: Dry Skin, Dull Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, Damage, Tired Skin
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Arginine, and Astragalus Root
POSITIVES
  • Very watery and lightweight
  • Absorbs quickly and hydrates the skin
  • It’s non-irritating and didn’t cause any breakouts
  • It leaves the skin looking moisturized and glowy
NEGATIVES
  • Nothing
10

LANEIGE – Cream Skin Refiner Mini

LANEIGE products combine modern technology and high-quality ingredients to reveal clear, youthful beauty. Deriving its name from the French word for “snow,” the Korean beauty brand emphasizes the importance of water, applying Water Science technology to create skin care products that give skin hydration. 
Asian Beauty, Natural Ingredients
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LANEIGE – Cream Skin Refiner Mini

If you’ve read my Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Review you know I love this product, so I had to grab a mini version to take traveling. 🙂

  • Best For: Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Amino Acid from White Leaf Tea Water
POSITIVES
  • Very hydrating u0026amp; leaves the skin looking glowy
  • It’s non-irritating and didn’t cause any breakouts
NEGATIVES
  • Nothing
11

Shu Uemura – Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil Renewal

Simplify cleansing routines with this one-step cleansing oil formulated with Japanese camellia oil – containing fatty acids like oleic acid − and other botanical oils to thoroughly remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from the skin. It also keeps skin hydrated. This cleansing oil is safe for use on those with eyelash extensions.
  • Best For: Normal, combination, and dry skin
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness, acne-prone
  • From: Japan
  • Natural Ingredients: Japanese camellia oil – contains fatty acids like oleic acid − and other botanical oils.
POSITIVES
  • Fragrance-free, coloring-free, mineral oil-free, alcohol-free.
  • Quickly and firmly removes makeup
  • Skin feels clean, smooth, and comfortable afterward
  • Safe for those with eyelash extensions
NEGATIVES
  • Quite expensive
12

Dr. Jart+ – Cicapair Calming Gel Cream

Calm sensitive skin and prevent breakouts with this soothing gel formulated with Centella Asiatica complex and 76% Centella Asiatica leaf extract. Comes with deep hydration as well as moisture retention properties.
Asian Beauty, Natural Ingredients
9.8
Dr. Jart+ – Cicapair Calming Gel Cream
  • Best For: Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Irritated Skin, Dryness,
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Complex, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract
POSITIVES
  • Immensely calming to the skin and even worked well on an irritated spot on my body
  • It absorbs quickly, feels nice, and doesn’t sting my irritated areas
  • Very hydrating and soothing + reduces redness
NEGATIVES
  • Nothing so far
13

LANEIGE – Lip Sleeping Mask

Your lips also deserve overnight pampering. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask helps dissolve dead skin cells while you slumber, making it look younger and plumper. Berry Mix Complex with Vitamin C and antioxidant-packed berry ingredients make lips firmer, while hyaluronic acid helps overnight moisture absorption. 
  • Best For: Everyone
  • Skin Concerns: Dry lips/lip treatment
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Berry Mix Complex™ that’s rich in Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid
POSITIVES
  • Soft, smooth formula while not being sticky
  • Very hydrating and softens the lips
  • The smell is great (and available in several different scents)
  • It comes with a handy spatula
NEGATIVES
  • Nothing
14

Tatcha – The Dewy Skin Cream

A moisturizing cream with a rich texture unique to TATCHA and contains a well-balanced blend of precious purple-black rice extract, hyaluronic acid, and carefully selected botanical extracts. It leads to plump, supple, and deeply moisturized skin. 
  • Best For: Normal skin to dry skin
  • Skin Concerns:
  • From: Japan
  • Natural Ingredients:
POSITIVES
  • Very hydrating formula
  • Slight fragrance but not too much
  • Nice, rich texture
NEGATIVES
  • Very expensive
15

Haruharu WONDER – Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner

A powerful toner that repairs and firms up aging skin. Formulated with 95% naturally-derived ingredients, including 2,000ppm Korean black rice extract. Also infused with hyaluronic acid and beta-glucan to provide intense hydration while promoting skin cell regeneration, leaving a taut and plumped-up finish.
  • Best For: Dry Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness, Flakiness, Tightness
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Black Rice Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan
POSITIVES
  • Very watery and lightweight
  • Absorbs very quickly and leaves the skin hydrated
  • Feels very nice, like instant hydration and smoothing
  • It doesn’t irritate my skin at all
NEGATIVES
  • A very intense smell I didn’t really like (I would get the fragrance-free version next time)
  • I haven’t seen huge results but I do feel like it works (may need a longer time period for results to show up)
16

Dr. Jart+ – Ceramidin Cream

Rich moisturizer is infused with ceramides to help strengthen the skin’s natural acid mantle while boosting hydration. Fine lines and wrinkles are minimized with regular use, and skin looks fresher and younger. Made without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.
  • Best For: All Skin Types, also Sensitive Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, dullness
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: 5 kinds of ceramide

Read the full review of the Dr. Jart Ceramid Cream.

POSITIVES
  • Thicker consistency but doesn’t feel like that when applied
  • Non-greasy, non-sticky and comfortable
  • Is very hydrating
NEGATIVES
  • I haven’t used this long enough to see real results, BUT I assume this will be a lifesaver. Especially in dry, cold months
17

DHC – Olive Virgin Oil Essential

DHC Origin of skin care DHC olive virgin oil is blended in luxury, high moisturizing cream pursuing natural origin with particular attention to plant origin. It protects the skin gently, prevents drying and roughness, and keeps it moisturized.
  • Best For: Dry skin
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness
  • From: Japan
  • Natural Ingredients: Olive Virgin Oil, Squalane, rice bran oil, and other plant-derived ingredients
POSITIVES
  • No fragrance, coloring, and paraben free
  • It plumps the skin and gives it a glow
  • Feels very hydrating
NEGATIVES
  • Quite thick & sticky cream
18

LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask

One of LANEIGE’s bestselling overnight masks, the Water Sleeping Mask is designed for use while you sleep to deeply hydrate your face overnight. Laneige-exclusive Sleeptox™ restores skin’s optimal moisture levels overnight. Finally, the Sleepscent™ containing orange flower, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood oil relaxes your mind and body and promotes a rejuvenating sleep.
  • Best For: All skin types
  • Skin Concerns: Dryness, Stress, Dullness
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: butylene glycol, lactobacillus ferment lysate, mineral water, Hunza apricot, and evening primrose root extracts
POSITIVES
  • A cult product for a reason!
  • Completely hydrates the skin overnight
  • Wake up with smooth, moisturized, soft skin
  • Lightweight, non-sticky and non-greasy
NEGATIVES
  • Nothing
19

Isntree – Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel

Keep harmful UV rays at bay with this watery sun gel containing eight hyaluronic acids in different molecular weights to replenish moisture. Further enriched with astaxanthin to improve skin elasticity, ceramide to strengthen the skin barrier, and Centella Asiatica extracts to soothe skin. 
Asian Beauty, Natural Ingredients
9.8
Editor’s choice
Isntree – Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel
  • Best For: Dry Skin
  • Skin Concerns: Sensitivity, Dryness
  • From: Korea
  • Natural Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Fig Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin, Ceramide.

Read the full review of the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel.

POSITIVES
  • Very watery and lightweight texture
  • Feels hydrating and comfortable
  • It doesn’t feel greasy or sticky
  • Satin to glowy finish
NEGATIVES
  • It may not be the best for oily skin due to the finish
20

Shiseido – Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk SPF 50+

The newest edition of the bestselling Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk is fitted with Auto Booster Technology and SPF 50+ PA++++ to provide protection against UV rays. The Anessa sunscreen comes in a milky smooth texture that adheres closely to the skin and promotes a radiant skin tone.
  • Best For: All skin types
  • Skin Concerns: Sun protection
  • From: Japan
  • Natural Ingredients: tormentil root extract and water-soluble collagen.
POSITIVES
  • It comes with a fruity floral scent
  • Waterproof and sweat-resistant formula
  • No greasy or shiny finish
NEGATIVES
  • Does leave some white cast

Some of these products definitely need some more time, which is fine and understandable for skincare products. I will update the post after testing the products longer when anything changes.

What Is Considered Asian Beauty?

Beauty brands and their products are all across the Asian continent, especially in Korea, China, Japan, and India.

Asian Owned Beauty Brands

The American and European beauty industries wouldn’t be what it is today without the influences of Asian skincare and makeup. without Korean and Japanese influences, we wouldn’t even know what cushion foundations and glass skin primers were.

We don’t only see influences in makeup because Asian Beauty and its innovative creations have also inspired many skincare products. Sadly, the Asian community still faces discrimination and so it’s extra essential to support Asian brands and their owners.

On top of the list above, I wanted to share some Asian-owned beauty brands, but you may not realize they are. These are some of my personal favorites:

  • Patrick Ta Beauty by Patrick Ta
  • Tower 28 Beauty by Amy Liu
  • One/Size by Patrick Starrr
  • EM Cosmetics by Michelle Phan
  • Wander Beauty by Divya Gugnani and Lindsay Ellingson

How Can I Get Asian Beauty?

You can easily get products from Korea, Japan, and other places in Asia from a retailer like YesStyle or Stylevana.

My Experience With YesStyle

As this was my first order from YesStyle, I wanted to include my experience. The website is easy to navigate, and I could even change the website to entirely Dutch descriptions and prices in Euros. If you’re from another country, they have many languages and currencies, so you can easily change this to your preferred language and currency.

You’re able to see if a product is in stock and the timeframe of when it usually gets shipped. Due to COVID, you may experience delays when a product gets shipped or arrives at your doorstep. My order has been split into two shipments; there were 6 and 7 business days between my order date and the shipped date.

My orders arrived 1.5 weeks and two weeks later. Not bad in these times, as I have had US orders take longer while there weren’t even COVID delays going on. But remember, your order isn’t going to be in your hands within a week of ordering.

My products were packed safely, and none arrived broken or leaking, thankfully! Some of the product’s packaging did look a bit rough, but the products were fine, so they probably had a bumpy ride, but nothing happened. I didn’t have to pay any customs charges, which was nice! But if you have to, you can apply for a refund of this customs fee at YesStyle, with proof of the payment, within 30 days.

So overall, my first experience with YesStyle has been great! Yes, shipping could’ve been faster, but I understand that the world still struggles with COVID-related delays and everything else happening. With patience, you can get all the must-try Asian Beauty products in a period of ~ three weeks. I think that’s worth it!

You May Also Like…

I’ve written a blog post about how to create a Korean Skincare Routine, which you may find helpful as well. Moreover, you might want to check out why skincare is important or bookmark it to read later!

FAQ

Korean Beauty is very often called K-Beauty.

K-Beauty products often contain much gentler formulas because of their use of natural ingredients, and products are sold for very reasonable prices while still offering high-quality products.

Generally speaking, Asian skin is the same as any other person with skin. The only difference might be the color. Asians strive to have pale skin because that’s been the beauty standard in Asia for many years. Thus, they try to avoid the sun as much as possible.

Sun damage is a reason why we often get wrinkles and fine lines. On top of that, Asians are using skincare products to support their skin’s health. And to make us feel a little less jealous worldwide, quite a few Asians also have good genes.

You can easily get Korean Cosmetics from a retailer like YesStyle.

Je kunt Koreaanse Cosmetica gemakkelijk kopen bij een webshop als YesStyle. Mocht je bang zijn voor douanekosten, dat is niet nodig! Het is namelijk niet de bedoeling dat je invoerkosten/douanekosten moet betalen.

Mocht het gebeuren dat je opeens wel extra kosten hebt, weet dan dat YesStyle restituties voor douanegerelateerde belastingen en toeslagen voor alle YesStyle bestellingen onder US $ 1.000 (of een gelijkwaardig bedrag in andere valuta) biedt. Meer info over de restituties vind je hier.

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