5. Pyungkang Yul
Looking at the number of glowing reviews online, this brand has surely and quietly achieved cult status! When you discover its origins, you’ll understand why…Pyungkang Yul was created by the Pyungkang Oriental Medicine Clinic – an institution renowned in Korea for treating atopic skin disorders with the use of Korean traditional ingredients or hanbang. If you’re used to getting dizzy looking at too many ingredients on your cosmetic label, you’ll be pleased to discover that this brand just focuses on what’s necessary to deliver results and benefit the user. In fact, some of its products have just five ingredients in them! The product formulas are based on two traditional roots – the Coptis japonica root (hwangryun) used for oilier skins and Astragalus membranaceus root (hwanggi) used for drier skin types. The brand tries its best to steer clear of chemical substances with its minimalistic approach, is fragrance-free, has no textural enhancers and isn’t tested on animals.