Cream Skin Is My New Favorite Korean Beauty Trend

Countless beauty product launches, daily, weekly, monthly. Some products fizzle out without attracting attention, while others are a flurry. And every once in a while, there are products that have the potential to be the driving force behind a whole new skincare category that changes the world.” ‘Facial Skin’ does just that, and today we’re going to delve into it.

Who is “frosty skin”? The Origin of “Creamy Skin
The creamy skin craze began when the $33 Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer, a new SKU from Korean beauty brand Laneige, hit shelves in the summer of 2019. This product was an instant success for several different reasons. First of all, it’s an exquisite recipe that applies like a dream. Second, it combines two different categories (toner and moisturizer), making it a minimalist’s dream product. After noticing the success of this product, other brands decided to follow suit and develop their own versions.

The What: What does “cream skin” mean?
There is some confusion around the topic of “frosty skin”. Mainly the assumption that Cream skin is a certain texture/look of skin similar to the glassy skin trend we’ve seen in previous years.

“Glass skin is used to describe the appearance of clear, bright, poreless, sculpted, dewy, shiny, almost translucent skin, while frosty skin describes a type of product,” explains celebrity beautician Candace Marino.” In a nutshell, it’s a blend of toner and moisturizer designed for people with normal to dry skin types who want a minimalist routine. Now more than ever, people are leaning towards a minimalist approach to skincare, and since this is a two-in-one product, many people are using these hydration products to simplify their daily routine.”

To put it bluntly, you’ll probably be using creamy skincare products to achieve glassy skin.

The How: Apply Face Cream
Creamy skincare products – sometimes called liquid face creams – should be used immediately after cleansing your skin in the morning and evening. It essentially replaces your need for separate toners, serums and moisturizers. Due to its light texture, the cream will absorb quickly (just like a toner) while providing maximum hydration. You can follow up with a serum and/or oil, SPF and makeup.

To get a taste of facial skincare for yourself, flip through the slideshow below for a look at some of the heroic products in this new category.

Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer, $33
As mentioned before, beloved Korean skincare brand Laneige is a pioneer in creamy skin, and its Cream Skin Toner and Moisturizer, priced at $33, has a dreamy, light texture and is formulated with white tea leaf water, rich in amino acids that are great for nourishing your skin.

Hanskin Avocado Frosted Peel, $30.
This creamy skincare product combines avocado fruit extract with a variety of nourishing plant oils. It quickly melts into the skin, giving it a super hydrating, silky smooth effect.

Mamonde Floral Hydro Cream, $32
The texture of this cream is slightly thicker than some of the other cream-based skincare products out there. It’s also meant to be a two-in-one product that replaces your toner and “absorbs like a gel with the moisturizing properties of a cream to quench your thirst.”

The Yeon Toning7 Hydrating and Brightening Face Cream, $19.99
While Mamonde’s products are thicker, this creamy skin moisturizer has a more sticky texture. It is rich in milk protein and multivitamins.