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5 Natural Skin Care Ingredients that are Blowing up in the K-Beauty World in 2020

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There is a reason K-Beauty is loved by everyone around in the world – it works. K-beauty brands are constantly innovating and coming up with new formulations and ingredients. 

So, what goes into these fantastic formulations that does the heavy lifting?

Natural ingredients are like bread and butter of these K-beauty brands. They are also somewhat responsible for the popularity of K-beauty. Who doesn’t love some natural Korean skin care products? 

Sure, some of them sound crazy and squicky, but they are undoubtedly effective. Even then, we are a big fan of trying out everything new at least once in the name of K-beauty. 

Read more: Ingredient Spotlight – Honey in K-beauty Products.

In our last post on K-Beauty ingredients, we covered Centella Asiatica extract, ginseng extract, aloe vera extract, lotus extract, honey, snail mucin, green tea extracts, and truffle. 

Check out: Common K-beauty ingredients that you should try at least once.

Check out our latest collection of natural K-beauty ingredients that we love! 


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It’s a new ingredient that is popping up everywhere in K-beauty products – be it masks, serums, essences. Heartleaf or eoseongcho is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with breakouts, summer redness, and irritation.

It also has some antibacterial properties and can protect against the most common acne-causing bacteria. Along with all this, it can help in regulating oil production and keep the skin from getting congested and oily.

You can find the summer favorite K-beauty ingredient in Mamonde Pore Clean Clay Mask and celimax Ji.Woo.Gae Heartleaf BHA Peeling Pad.

Mugwort or Artemesia

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Mugwort has recently risen in its popularity since last year. It is a common herb from the Artemesia family and has been used traditionally in Korean medicine for centuries. Mugwort helps in hydrating and nourishing skin. It also contributes to the overall strengthening of the skin barrier.

Antioxidant properties of the K-beauty ingredient help in easing the signs of aging and prevent sun damage. And, as if that isn’t enough, it is also antibacterial and antifungal to keep your skin free from any new breakouts. It’s like a golden K-beauty ingredient that tackles so many of our skin problems. 

It is the star ingredient in the great essence from the K-beauty brand, Missha – Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence. 

Birch Juice

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It’s the sap from the birch trees and is being hailed as the next coconut water. Birch Juice is equally rich in proteins and antioxidants. There is an abundance of amino acids, sugars, and minerals that help in maintaining a positive oil-moisture balance.

It is an extremely hydrating K-beauty ingredient, which makes it an excellent option for dry weather. Birch juice is also replacing water in many Korean beauty products as water has no skin care benefits. 

E-Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack is full of birch juice, which will give you a dewy glow in the morning. 

Tea Tree Water

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While searching for alternatives to using water in K-beauty products, many companies have come up with new ingredients. Tea Tree Water is one of them.

Tea tree has been popular for a long time, but it is gaining popularity in this specific form. It is a perfect K-beauty ingredient to cool, refresh, and clarify the skin, especially during the summer heat. 

You can find tea tree water in SOME BY MI AHA-BHA-PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner.


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Yuza is a citrus fruit that comes from the tropical Jeju Island in South Korea. It has a high content of vitamin C – almost three times as much as lemons. The K-beauty ingredient, Yuzu, can stimulate the production of collagen and brighten any dark spots on your skin.

The K-beauty formulations contain actives extracted from the peel of the superfruit. Not only the scent of Yuza is invigorating, but the fruit oil also helps in keeping you relaxed while it works on healing your skin. 

Erborian Yuza Double Lotion is a bi-phasic lotion that can be used post-toner and pre-treatment for a refreshing experience. 

Have you tried K-beauty products with any of these ingredients? Tell us below! 

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