K-Beauty Talk with Hyram: 5 Things He Loves about Korean Skin Care and His Current Favorites

K Beauty skin care products use a lot of skin-loving ingredients that are less familiar to the western beauty industry. So, Korean skin care and USA skin care, which one is better? This time Stylevana is collaborating with one of our favorite beauty experts on Youtube Hyram, also a TikToker now — a new title Hyram told us — to reveal 5 things he loves about Korean skin care, along with his favorite K Beauty skin care ingredients and tips to step up your Korean skin care routine.


#1 Centella Asiatica as the Staple Ingredient

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Featured K Beauty product: 9wishes - Calm Ampule Serum

— What do you love about Centella Asiatica?

Hyram: Centella Asiatica is what I talk about all the time on my channel, also known as pennywort. This is a plant extract that works great for soothing the skin, reducing redness and sensitivity, having antioxidant benefits and being really good for the health of the skin.

— Which K Beauty skin care products do you recommend?

Hyram: I love 9wishes’ Calm Ampule Serum because of its ingredient list. The first ingredient on the list is centella asiatica water which is water that is steeped with centella asiatica to get as much benefit as it can from that extract. Centella asiatica is not really that cheap of an ingredient and having it at the front of the ingredient list means it is what you are getting the most of in this Korean skin care product.

Shop Hyram’s K Beauty Pick for Centella Asiatica

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#2 Mild Skin-Healing Solution with Green Tea

— What do you love about Green Tea Korean skin care products?

Hyram: Green tea is such a high-quality ingredient but it is so hard to find in western skin care. When I do find it in western skin care products, it is so expensive. Green tea is an incredible ingredient for so many different purposes; it is a great antioxidant, which will soothe redness and sensitivity within the skin; it is good for maintaining the health and hydration of the skin; it also has possibly some anti-aging abilities and skin-healing properties, making it a very coveted skin care ingredient.

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Featured K Beauty product: Isntree - Green Tea Fresh Toner

— Which K Beauty skin care products do you recommend?

Hyram: One of them would be the Isntree’s Green Tea Fresh Toner. I do not always find toners necessary in a skin care routine but looking at the ingredient list of this product, the first ingredient is green tea extract. There is also gingko biloba extract (which is a great antioxidant), centella asiatica, willow bark extract and a bunch of others. I know that some skin care products from western brands that claim to be a green tea toner, which is like USD200 and green tea is actually way on the bottom of the ingredient list.

— Any skin care tips for using toners?

Hyram: Korean toners usually have a lower concentration of ingredients. What you are putting on your face are mostly water and standard hydrating ingredients that will disappear very quickly but this toner from Isntree definitely does not. If you have not checked out Isntree before, they are all fragrance-free and they have crazy good formulas.

Shop Hyram’s Favorite K Beauty Toner

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#3 Buzzworthy Superstar Ingredient: Mugwort

— What do you love about mugwort?

Hyram: Mugwort is also known as artemisia princeps extract, which interestingly sounds like a Harry Potter spell. Mugwort is a very popular skincare ingredient in Korea and it is slowly getting more popular here in US. Some of Mugwort’s benefits to the skin would be its anti-redness, soothing and antioxidant properties.

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Featured K Beauty product: I'm From - Mugwort Mask

— Which K Beauty skin care products do you recommend?

Hyram: One of my favorite products on my channel is the I'm From’s Mugwort Mask but this one can be a little bit expensive. I found a substitute that is a little less expensive without fragrance – the Isntree’s Real Mugwort Clay Mask. Clay masks are great for getting rid of all the impurities within your pores. This one specifically has kaolin and bentonite clay, as well as glycerin to compensate for any loss of hydration.

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Featured K Beauty product: Isntree - Real Mugwort Clay Mask

Hyram: Mugwort is a really expensive and high-quality ingredient and in a lot of products, that is found at the bottom of the ingredient list. So, when I see it high up on the ingredient list, I'm always impressed. This Isntree mugwort clay mask is a great alternative to the I’m From one, also having an amazing concentration of mugwort.

Shop Hyram’s K Beauty Picks for Mugwort

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#4 Innovative Formula with Plant-Based Ingredients

— What plant-based ingredients should we look for and why?

Hyram: I love Korean skin care products that utilize plant-based ingredients for innovative formulas that aren't going to overly irritate and damage your skin but rather serve the health and benefit of your skin, like Umbrella Pine extract. It's a great antioxidant, and is found to be antimicrobial and good for balancing oiliness within the skin. It works for reducing irritation and pushing off aging.

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Featured K Beauty products: iUNIK - Black Snail Restore Serum and iUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serum

— Which K Beauty skin care products do you recommend?

Hyram: Several Korean skin care products that exemplify the K Beauty innovation of plant and root extract are the 9wishes’ Vitamin Ampoule Serum, iUNIK’s Tea Tree Relief Serum and Black Snail Restore Serum. The iUNIK serums are some of the best serums I’ve ever found in my life that I constantly talk about. Such high quality formula, high quality bottles which make them look luxurious, and not to mention really affordable. The last thing I want is for people to feel excluded from getting good skin care formulas simply because of how much money they make.

Shop Hyram’s Favorite K Beauty Serums

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#5 Skin-Friendly Korean Sunscreen Technology

— What do you love about Korean sunscreens?

Hyram: I used to be the person who hated sunscreen because they always felt so heavy and sticky. But once I started using Koraen sunscreens, wow, mind-blown. Korean sunscreen technology is far ahead of the US because the UV filters that they use in Korea are much more innovative, less sensitizing, and overall better for your skin and the planet.

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Featured K Beauty products: PURITO - Centella Green Level Unscented Sun , PURITO - Comfy Water Sun Block and Dear, Klairs - Soft Airy UV Essence

— What is Hyram’s first impression on these Korean sunscreens?

Hyram: FIrst of all, incredible formulas. If you’re a person of color, I highly recommend you to try Korean sunscreens because they have no white cast whatsoever. That’s why I’m constantly telling everyone to use Korean sunscreens. Also the reason why I won’t shut up about these two PURITO sunscreens, the Comfy Water Sun Block and Centella Green Level Unscented Sun, and also the Dear, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence. These Korean sunscreens are definitely on my summer skin care routine.

Shop Hyram’s Favorite K Beauty Sunscreens

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Do you feel the same way about Korean skin care products? It’s never too late to upgrade your K Beauty line-up, you just have to learn from the best. Check out Hyram’s FULL video on our Stylevana Youtube Channel. Don’t forget to use code [INF10HYRAM] to save up to 15% on selected K Beauty skin care brands like Isntree, 9wishes, iUNIK, PURITO and MORE (and also 10% OFF sitewide! Now, let’s get a good start on your Korean skin care journey!

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