With a brand new year comes a whole set of new beauty trends for us to try out! Much like the rest of the global beauty market, Korean beauty rituals have also evolved to accommodate our changing skincare needs. Since we all seem to be taking the minimal route in 2021 with an increased focus on gentle ingredients and multitasking products, K-beauty has a lot of potentials this year as well. These are the top five K-beauty trends that we are excited to try in 2021...


01. Skin microbiome friendly skincare

Skin microbiome friendly skincare

Skin microbiome refers to the numerous bacteria, fungi, and viruses present in each sq. cm of your skin. Microbiome friendly products consist of pre-, pro- and post-biotic ingredients that help maintain the synergy of good bacteria on your skin. This helps in avoiding issues like skin inflammation, rashes and fungal infections, among others. The trend also focuses upon keeping your gut microbiome healthy to keep your skin healthy from inside out.


02. Carrot seed oil

Carrot seed oil

Not to be confused with carrot oil, the carrot seed oil is a type of essential oil extracted from the wild carrot plant. This lesser-known ingredient is rich in vitamin A and contains anti-ageing, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been used in Korean skincare for over 10 years. You can mix this essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it topically to reap its benefits.


03. All about that body-ody-ody!


Spending months in quarantine got people super into skincare, and there is only so much you can do on your face! Body care in Korea is huge. With soothing ingredients like oatmeal and milk being a staple in their lotions and potions. The idea is to treat your face skin and body skin as a unit, and giving every inch of the skin on your body the same TLC as your facial skin.

BB picks: St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash


04. Milder alternatives to retinol

Milder alternatives to retinol

The viral anti-ageing ingredient can be credited for the youthful glow we see on most Korean women. But retinol is known to irritate sensitive skin, and thus the Koreans use gentler alternatives to retinol. So, you should either opt for a lower percentage or look for variants known to be less irritating, like retinyl palmitate.

BB picks: Lakmé Youth Infinity Skin Firming Night Creme


05. Hybrid skincare

Hybrid skincare

Hybrid skincare is formulated by combining two or more actions in a single product to cut down on the number of products you have to use daily. A result of the ‘skinimalism’ trend, hybrid skincare can help you downsize your beauty collection, and stick to using just the essentials, rather than splurging and making impulse buys.

BB picks: Dermalogica Total Eye Care With SPF 15