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Beauty bandwagon: Honey skin is the latest Korean skincare trend

We first heard about the ‘7 Skin Method‘ earlier this year, where applying seven layers of toner or essence is said to allow your skin to absorb all of the hydration properties from each layer. Then there is the famous 10-step skincare routine which — despite being time-consuming —  has proven to deliver spectacular results.

What these trends have in common is that they all hail from South Korea and are dominating both Asian and Western beauty brands.

South Korea — home to electronic juggernauts like Samsung and K-pop bands has emerged as a powerhouse of sorts when it comes to beauty regimens. Honey skin is just the latest Korean skincare trend to reach this side of the world. Though we first interpreted it for honey skincare products, it’s actually a skin description. “Honey skin” is a term used to describe complexion that is hydrated, plumped and dewy-looking. A quick search on hashtag #꿀피부 (which means honey skin in Korean) on Instagram for instance threw up a whopping 180,000 photos.

Since hydration is key to nailing this skincare trend, we’ve listed down five hydrating products that can amp up your skin’s hydration levels, so it can look fresh, dewy and plump, like how actual honey looks like.

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KOSÉ's One by KOSÉ

KOSÉ implemented their signature ingredient, the Rice Power™ No. 11 into this hydrating booster serum. With its high efficacy in restoring hydration and increasing the skin’s ability to retain moisture, you’ll find your skin softer to the touch.

KOSÉ One by KOSÉ, RM218

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Swiss line's Force Vitale Aqua-Vitale Gel-Serum

Hyaluronic acid is always the ingredient to go to when it comes to hydration. This oil-free and refreshing serum has ample of this renowned ingredient, which penetrates quickly to revitalise and provide the skin with visible long-lasting moisture.

Swiss line Force Vitale Aqua-Vitale Gel-Serum, RM538. Available at all 50 Cheerful Beautique member beauty salons nationwide.

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Grown Alchemist's Antioxidant + Facial Oil

Not only does it contain antioxidant properties that stems premature ageing, the rosehip oil helps nourish the skin and balances out all skin conditions. It is also naturally astringent, which treats acne and eczema while leaving your skin feeling comfortable.

Grown Alchemist Antioxidant + Facial Oil, RM22

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REN's Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream

Skin emollients are highly recommended when it comes to achieving honey skin. It’s thick and rich in nutrients and hydration, leaving a glossy, plumped finish when applied on the skin. This emollient cream restores skin that is dry and damaged.

REN Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream, RM149

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Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster

If you are always indoors and in air-conditioning, your skin is most likely not hydrated enough. Boost it with this super-saturated hydrating fluid that intensely moisturises thirsty skin, resulting in a smooth, and wrinkle-free skin.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, RM328

Beauty bandwagon: Honey skin is the latest Korean skincare trend

Jolin Lee


Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.

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