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11 Korean Sunscreens You Need In Your Skincare Routine ASAP



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For decades, South Korea has led the beauty industry with product innovations (think: cushion compacts and essences), and sunscreen is no exception. Korean sunscreens have become a superior option for sun protection because of their skincare-like properties and advanced ingredients. Michelle Shieh, Scientific Communications Manager at Amorepacific US, notes that sunscreen and skincare hybrid products have been a part of K-beauty since its inception. “With mature and constantly evolving advanced technologies as well as formulation techniques, we have developed effective sunscreens infused with skincare benefits like hydrating, soothing, and additional antioxidant protection,” she says. “On top of making sure the texture is super comfortable with minimal to no white cast.”

Ahead, Shieh shares why Korean sunscreen deserves a spot in your skincare roster.

K-beauty prioritizes sunscreen.

The essential step in the K-beauty skincare regimen? The application of sunscreen. “In Asia, the concept of daily usage of sunscreen dates way back,” Shieh explains. “Daily sunscreen wear has been a prevalent practice that has been passed down for many generations already. It’s been considered to be more as a part of the skincare routine to prevent sun damage rather than an extra step for outdoor occasions to prevent sunburn.”

Korean sunscreens are comparable to skincare.

Thanks to advanced technology and ingredients, Korean sunscreen has a similar texture and feel to regular skincare products. “When compared to traditional western sunscreens, K-beauty sunscreen formulations are a lot more lightweight and more like skincare,” Shieh says. “It’s also common for users to carry around a cushion compact for easy reapplication of sunscreen (or a foundation with SPF) throughout the day.”

Korean sunscreens offer more coverage.

When it comes to the broad spectrum rating system, Korea differs from the U.S. “SPF value indicates the level of UVB protection, which is responsible for causing sunburn on the skin, while UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and causes damage that leads to extrinsic aging,” Shieh explains. “Both Korea and the U.S. use the same SPF numbering system to indicate UVB protection level. However, when it comes to the UVA protection level, Korea uses the P.A. system. So when you look at a sunscreen sold in Korea, you need to make sure that both SPF and P.A. levels are indicated to know that the sunscreen protects the skin against both (SPF 50+/PA ++++).”
The U.S. doesn’t follow the P.A. system for UVA. “If a sunscreen covers both UVB and UVA protection, it would be labeled as ‘broad spectrum’ along with the SPF value,” Shieh adds.

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Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

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Get coverage in more ways than one. This cushion compact contains a tinted moisturizer loaded with SPF 50+, so you can refresh your complexion and sun protection on the go. 


Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36



A lightweight formula and water-based formula makes this pick gentle on the skin but effective against UV rays. 


Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 / PA+++

You won’t believe this formula isn’t a moisturizer. With soothing aloe and a featherlight texture, this sunscreen seamlessly blends into skin without white cast. 


UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ / PA++++



A gel formula hydrates dry skin without feeling oily or sticky. Try it under makeup for smooth foundation application. 


Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF50 / PA+++

Address all your skin concerns—age spots, fine wrinkles, blemishes, and elasticity—thanks to Neogen’s multi-tasking formula. 


Daily SPF 32

Mineral-based and reef safe, this daily SPF is ideal for protecting skin and the environment. 


Laser Sunscreen 100 SPF 50+ / PA+++

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A combination of chemical and mineral ingredients combat ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B rays, which contribute to premature aging. 


Sun Project Light Sun Essence

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Not only does this formula protect against UVA and UVB rays, but it also repairs the skin barrier, thanks to ingredients like aloe leaf extract, lotus flower water and soybean lipids.


I’m Safe For Sensitive Skin



The 70+ reviews on Soko Glam say it all. “I have sensitive skin and live in a hot humid climate,” one customer wrote. “This goes on smooth and doesn’t feel heavy. I adore this!”


Our Vegan Basic Daily Sun Cream



Innovative ingredients like licorice root extract, broccoli extract, and lavender flower have anti-inflammatory properties and work to equalize the skin’s pH balance


Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF50+ / PA+++

Etude House


An Amazon favorite, this milk formula contains 100 percent mineral ingredients, soothing aloe vera, and Barbados cherry—all under $15. 

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12 Drugstore Concealers That Will Leave You Looking Alive



12 Drugstore Concealers That Will Leave You Looking Alive

The beauty industry convinced you that the best concealers come with a hefty price tag—and they couldn’t be more wrong. While high-end concealers are great, the best concealers can be found one aisle over from your vitamins and laundry detergent. Drugstore concealers hit all its claims: Camouflage pimples? Check. Hide dark circles? Double-check. They work so well your friends will ask if you’ve just stopped reading the news altogether. So while we can’t fix everything in this world, we can offer the best concealers you can pick up in the drugstore beauty aisle, ahead.


16HR Camo Concealer

The creme de la creme of drugstore brands, E.L.F Cosmetics’ Camo Concealer has a creamy formula and perfectly designed applicator, plus two different finishes—hydrating and matte—that puts your favorite high-end one to shame. 


Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector, SPF 25

Vitamin E, antioxidants, chamomile, and soy work to brighten and depuff those pesky bags under your eyes, while the flow-through brush applies the perfect amount of product for flawless coverage. 


Mega Last Incognito AllDay Full Coverage Concealer

The sorcery this concealer does makes it hard to believe it’s only $4. This drugstore staple is full-coverage, so it can be used without foundation to conceal impurities and blends seamlessly with your other makeup players. 


True Color Flawless Perfecting Concealer Toast

Built like lipstick, the Black Opal concealer has a pointed tip that fits perfectly around the corners of your eye to cover all bases.


HD Pro Concealer

Everyone has had a LA Girl concealer at one point in their life because it’s just that good. A little goes a long way with this concealer. Plus, it has an expansive shade range so you’ll be able to highlight, concealer, and contour with multiple shades.


Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer

To be a regular full-coverage concealer is one thing. But Milani conceals while nourishing the skin with hyaluronic acid, shea butter, olive fruit oil and more. 


Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer

If you’re a fan of the foundation, the concealer will be your new favorite. The applicator is large enough to help you sculpt all over your face. You don’t have to worry about it separating because it’s also water-resistant and transfer-resistant.


PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer

A concealer with anti-blue light ingredients? Revlon spoke to the social media influencer in all of us. No need to worry about dark circles or puffiness, this concealer erases it all. 


Fit Me Concealer

This concealer hides blemishes but allows for the real you to shine through with it’s light-but-effective coverage. Reviewers suggest using a darker shade as contour and a lighter shade as a highlighter because the formula works so well together.


Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand

Photoshop in a tube. The full coverage formula can cover the worst of breakouts and rivals Nars’ cult-favorite concealer, but at a fraction of the price. It goes on smooth without caking under your eyes, which is a major indicator of a great concealer. 


Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

Dark circles disappear with this concealer thanks to Gogi berry that brightens the under eye area and leaves your face illuminated for up to twelve hours. Tip: Spend the other twelve hours in the day sleeping to get rid of those dark circles for good.


ColorStay Concealer

The salicylic acid in Revlon’s ColorStay concealer is a pimple’s worst enemy as it eliminates blemishes in no time. Treatment plus coverage equals happy skin. Cover up now then say goodbye to your zit for good.

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The Five Best Nail Polish Advent Calendars of 2021



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If this year has taught us anything, it’s the true importance of little luxuries like a pop of color on your nails or the excitement of opening a small present each day. So why not combine the two joys? Introducing nail polish advent calendars: a reminder to slow down and make time for yourself, especially as the holiday season rolls around—you’ll be so glad you did when you catch an uplifting glimpse of your mani.

Whether you’re in the market to pamper yourself or brighten up a loved one’s lacquer collection, here are the best nail polish advent calendars of the 2021 holiday season.

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Ciaté Mini Mani Month® 2021 Vegan Nail Polish Advent Calendar

We’ll never say no to cute minis, especially when they’re entirely recyclable. This holiday season, Ciaté is bringing you 22  mini colors to create the manis and pedis of your dreams alongside one full size polish and a hydrating lip oil.


OPI 40th Anniversary Advent Calendar


Available October 1st

This year, OPI turned 40! Join them in celebrating all year long with these 25 adorable mini lacquers from their Celebration Collection and some classic favorites from along the way.


Olive & June Hanukkah Calendar

Wishing you love, light, and all the manis! Celebrate 8 nights of Hanukkah magic with mini polishes in sophisticated colors, all the tools you’ll need to perfect your nails, and absolutely adorable nail stickers.


Olive & June Christmas Calendar

Can’t make it to Olive & June’s elevated nail salon in sunny LA? With 9 mini polishes, essential mani tools like cuticle serum, and the cutest mini stickers, let them bring their magic to you this holiday season.


Essie Advent Calendar


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In the past, Essie’s advent calendars have been stocked with full sized lacquers, mini polishes, and surprise treats like cuticle oil, nail stickers, or polish remover.  Be sure to check back to see what the brand comes up with for 2021—it’s sure to be good.

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16 LED Masks That Make You Look Like Hannibal Lecter With The Skin of Jodie Foster



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A futuristic-looking face mask that’s supposed to kill bacteria, prevent breakouts, and reduce the appearance of aging skin? It seems too good to be true, but LED masks are essential to transforming the skin in ways topical products cannot. You’ve probably seen your favorite celebrities don this type of tool before a big night of red carpets, but what do they actually do? And do you actually need one? To get all the ins and outs before splurging, we turned to Dr. Ife J Rodney, for all the information.

What Are LED Face Masks?

“LED masks work by shining different colors and wavelengths of light rays onto the skin. The blue LED rays target the bacteria that live within the hair follicles and contribute to acne pimples and cysts,” Dr. Rodney, MD, FAAD, founding director of Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetic. “The red rays suppress redness and inflammation of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, by stimulating collagen production.” Now, you can get masks that come with a wide range of lights, including green, white, and amber for even more specific needs.

Do LED Face Masks Work?

While they’re mainly used as an add-on treatment when you visit your dermatologist or esthetician, the at-home versions can help to keep your skin in tip-top shape—as long as your consistent. Where in-office treatments use more powerful LED bulbs for an extended amount of time (no more than 20 to 30, Dr. Rodney says), “at-home LED masks are not monitored, so there may be a lack of consistency in the treatments.” When used consistently, however, you’ll find that the right tool can give amazing results–without the in-office costs.

Ahead, the 16 best LED masks to try, from Dr. Rodney’s splurge-worthy fave to handheld light therapy devices that target your most stubborn impurities.

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MZ SKIN Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

Oh, didn’t you hear? Devouring a plate of carbohydrates while masking is the thing right now. Here’s a fancier version that not only looks luxurious but transforms the skin using five different lights to reverse signs of aging and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 


The 4-In-1

Red Light Wand

This nifty gadget combines four powerful skin-loving benefits into one sleek tool. It has red light therapy to rejuvenate skin, micro-currents to lift, facial massage, and therapeutic warmth to allow skincare to absorb into the skin better. Plus, it’s small enough to take on the go.


The Celeb-Approved

The A-List Collection

Beloved by celebrities getting ready for the red carpet, this face and chest mask will improve the skin’s texture and tone. Over time with continual use, fine lines and wrinkles can be kept at bay with this mask’s powerful red light therapy.


The Botox Alternative

Contour Face

No need to make an appointment with your friendly derm, this LED face mask will do everything you need it to with no down time. Not only does it work against time, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, but it also reduces redness and hyperpigmentation.


For Every Need

How To Glow LED Light Therapy Mask

This mask allows you to get four different light therapies in one easy-t0-use tool. You can use the red, blue, amber, and green setting to treat everything from acne to sun damage, and more.  


The Fan Favorite

SpectraLite™ Faceware Pro

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While most masks used red and blue lights separately, this masks uses 100 LED red lights and 62 LED blue lights at the same time to target all your skin concerns. I also love DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro. Plus, it’s FDA-cleared and finishes the treatment in three minutes, which makes it a must-have in Dr. Rodney’s book.


The Custom Fit

Rejuvalight Pro Facewear

If you’re unsure of what your skin needs, Qure offers a skin consultation so you can get the right treatment out of your LED face mask. That way, you can mask in total confidence. 


The Wireless Choice

WrinkLit LED Mask

This mask offers red, orange, and blue LED light therapy to conquer your skin’s woes. It’s completely wireless, which means you can use it on the go, or at home when you want to complete your chores without worrying about the closest outlet.


The At-Home Treatment

LED Light Therapy Shield

With this mask, you can use blue light therapy, amber light therapy, and red light therapy in one easy tool. This can do everything from calming down inflamed skin, treating fine lines, and healing damaged skin–for just 10 minutes a day.


The Whole Spectrum

LUMA Light LED Therapy Facial Mask

This mask offers seven different light therapies that can all help you get to the skin of your dreams. It even offers white light therapy that can treat sagging skin and fine lines.


The Warrior’s Helmet

Near-Infrared LED Mask

You might look like a Spartan with this on, but they probably didn’t have skin this good. With fine-line reducing red light therapy, you’ll start to notice a difference in just two weeks of using this product.


For Active Breakouts

LightStim for Acne

So it’s that time of the month, and a cluster of breakouts appeared on your face. The LightStim handheld LED treatment can directly target your problem areas. “This handheld device is FDA cleared, comes with its own eye protection, and can be used to treat specific problem areas, like your cheeks or forehead,” Dr. Rodney says. The process is simple: hold the device to the area you want to correct for three minutes, then repeat until you’ve covered all areas. 


The Budget-Friendly Choice

LED Face Mask

If you want to experiment with LED masks without breaking the bank, this offering features lights that kill bacteria under the surface, calms skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, all for just over $100.  


The Smart Mask

Foreo UFO

Not your typical LED mask but it functions just the same. The Foreo UFO using hot and cold temperature settings to improve the skin in just 90 seconds. Plus, the pulsating section of the treatment feels like a spa-quality face massage. You’re welcome.  


The Acne Zapper

Quasar MD Blue

The beauty about the Quasar MD Blue is that it can be used all over your body and emits blue light to kill bacteria and stop breakouts dead in its tracks.


The Tech Neck Savior

Boost LED Advanced Light Therapy Décolletage Bib

This LED treatment uses red light to smooth out the neck and shoulder area because your neck needs love too. 

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