I can recall exploring the skin care market as a teen. There weren’t that many good products on the market place at that time. No one had even heard of  Korean beauty products aka “K-beauty”. They existed but limited a to where you could find them. In Koreatowns across North America, sure. But never did I ever think that they would go to mass consumer skincare and beauty retailers like Sephora let alone have their own stand-alone shops like The Face Shop.

If you speak with anyone in the beauty industry they will tell you the K-beauty category has well-deserved attention in research and development of skincare and beauty. They are in the forefront of the industry and it’s not just for asian skin. Skincare fans globally have turned to k-beauty for high quality ingredients and noticeable results.

I’ve been a big fan of k-beauty for many years and was thrilled when The Face Shop opened a few locations in Toronto (Eaton Centre and Yorkdale). Here are some of my favourites!

Jeju Volcanic Lava Anti-Dust Pore Cleansing Foam: ($16) made with volcanic lava that is rich in minerals this cleanser helps gently draw out impurities, clarifies skin and cleans enlarge pores. It also has antibacterial and antioxidant benefits with ingredients Rosemary, Lavendar, Grapefruit and Roseflower oil. My teens also use this.

The Face Shop - K Beauty

The Therapy Vegan Moisture Blending Cream: made with Swiss Edelweiss flower and leaf extract (clean beauty) this product appears to have two types of moisturizers in one: a transparent gel and a rich cream for a deeper hydration ideal for winter. Includes Calendula, Olive Oil, and Noble Laurel to help improve elasticity in the skin as well. Great for sensitive skin.

The Face Shop. Photo credit Sonya D

Tea Tree Toner Pads: ($45 clean) Tea Tree is well known for its antibacterial properties. These toner pads help to return balance clarify the skin and prevents future breakouts Triple Acid Complex – Salicylic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, and Poly Hydroxy Acid Hyaluronic Acid – A humectant that draws water into skin. Each pad has a smooth side and an exfoliant side. Great for teens and acne prone skin.

The Face Shop - K-beauty

Jeju Volcanic Lava Impurity Removing Nose Pack: ($8.50)I recently discovered this easy to use “masque” for the nose. If there’s such thing as a skin care addiction this would definitely be high on the list. Apply the creamy substance to the skin and let it dry. Then peel away from the skin. I love it because normal masks may not necessarily fit properly around our noses. We also know that the nose strips aren’t great for the skin.  This offers more coverage and helps to draw out impurities as well as diminish the appearance of enlarged pores.

The Face Shop - K-beauty

Mascream Lifting Sheet:  Face mask containing anti-aging cream. WE know we don’t love the term anti-aging (booooo!) but we do love the richness of the cream that helps to promote elasticity in the skin. This deeply firming sheet mask contains marine collagen and truffle extract. As the seasons change to cooler temperatures I love how my skin soaks up the ingredients leaving it feeling nourished. Pro tip: there’s enough goodness that you can get a second use. Just put it back in the packaging and seal up. Place in the fridge and use it once more within a couple of days.

The Face Shop - K-beauty

Rice Water Bright Cleansing Tissues: ($16 for 50 sheets) are my go-to face wipes when I need a quick refresh when I’m home or away. I’ve also popped a pack so I can easily wipe away  sweat at my boxing class. I always carry a pack in my bag. Great for sensitive skin with vitamins A, B, E and ceramide to help hydrate skin.

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