Belif boutiques have been popping up like white-and-blue daisies around town over the past two years. The Korean brand, which many mistake for a Western label, had gained tremendous traction abroad, particularly in the US.
Its sleek, apothecary-like packaging may have something to do with it, but it’s Belif’s dedication to all-natural products that really wins hearts. The high-end brand pairs herbal ingredients with modern Korean skincare innovations to create its products, and each is backed up with no-fluff scientific research.
You’ll find herbs in almost every one of its products, and its dedication to this vein of raw materials stems from a curious place — Scotland. Belif utilises the knowledge of Duncan Napier, an Edinburghian botanist, as well as an adaptation of his 150-year-old herbal processing methods in its products for maximum efficacy. Belif is also vegan and doesn’t use mineral oils, fragrances, dyes or synthetic preservatives.
Here are some of the best Belif products to get your hands on, because you know you’re curious.
Lady’s Mantle is an ultra-hydrating herb infused in this gel-like cream that’s beloved across the globe. Anyone with dry skin will thoroughly appreciate the wonders of the Aqua Bomb cream — it smells refreshing, is nourishing to the skin, and contains natural humectants to keep the moisture in. Those with oily skin who don’t need intensive hydration can look to the Aqua Bomb’s lightweight sister, the Water Bomb cream.
Made with Hungarian Water, this cooling essence is both moisturising, and has anti-ageing properties to keep the skin looking plump and youthful. The essence also contains rosemary, which prevents the oxidation of skin tissue, and gotu kola, a botanical ingredient known for fortifying the complexion.
Targeted at those who are showing visible signs of ageing, this serum is made with 20 percent peat extract, an up-and-coming product that’s reputed for accelerating cell turnover, and improving the elasticity of your skin. The light, viscous serum dries down fast, making it convenient enough to be used both night and day.
Used like an essence, this tincture is a soothing suspension of 93 percent chamomile. Chamomile is said to enhance blood flow to the skin, hydrate and reduce skin texture issues. Also in the mix is power ingredient, niacinamide, which reduces blemishes of all kinds, be it large pores, scars or fine lines.