12 Bestselling Beauty Products From Peach & Lily You Need To Try, As Told By The Brand's Founder
In 2012 — a year after the K-beauty innovation of BB creams reached the U.S. and sparked an unending trend — Alicia Yoon knew that Korean-inspired skincare routines were set to become the next big thing in beauty — and that there'd be a need for an authority in the space. (Someone had to explain why ingredients like snail mucus and bamboo were necessary in a complex 10-step process to the American market.) As a South Korean businesswoman and a trained aesthetician with a degree from Harvard Business School, Yoon wanted to be that authority, and eventually reached her goal with her bestselling line of Peach & Lily beauty products.
She left her consulting job to launch Peach & Lily, aimed at demystifying K-beauty and providing shoppers with a highly-curated selection of Korean skincare formulations — all of which have to pass Peach & Lily’s rigorous testing phase. (Only 15 percent of the brands tested make the cut.) In the six years since, the brand has developed a devoted following; and earlier in 2018, the eponymous collection of skincare products was launched, complete with 12 instant cult-classics.
Many of the in-house products, like the Super Reboot Resurfacing Mask and the Glass Skin Refining Serum, sold out immediately. (Months later, there’s still a waitlist for the latter.) But what makes them so compelling? “It's resonating because it doesn't overdo it on skin and cause other issues,” Yoon tells The Zoe Report. “The gentle nature of the Korean beauty approach helps people achieve big results over the course of a few weeks rather than overnight. It really focuses on creating a foundation of healthier skin.”
Yoon herself has suffered from eczema since childhood — “I resigned myself to the idea that I’d always be stuck with itchy, rashy, dry skin,” she’s said on the company website — which is why she insists on gentle, clean, and 100 percent non-toxic ingredients in her own skincare routine.
But don’t think gentle means less effective. There’s a reason Peach & Lily can’t keep the collection in stock: these products work. In fact, when the brand was developing the product formulas for the collection, it didn’t hold itself to a set-in-stone production timeline; instead, it was dedicated to researching, testing, and reformulating as necessary in order to release products with real, measurable results. Judging from the hundreds of five-star reviews on the Peach & Lily site alone, you could say the brand nailed it.
Ahead, Yoon walks The Zoe Report through her personal Peach & Lily favorites, along with details on how she incorporates them into her morning and nighttime skincare routines. (Don’t worry, low-key beauty lovers; she doesn’t follow that whole 10-step rule.) Stock up on what you can and join those waitlists. As any K-beauty fan will tell you, Peach & Lily is worth the wait.
Yoon’s Daily Skincare Routine
"After double-cleansing, I then go right into the Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence," Yoon says. "It's pH-balanced to be used as a toner, too, so I love how hydrating and balancing it is. I do anywhere from one to five layers with this and pat in with my hands."
“I can't go a day without the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum. This serum truly transformed my skin and has made my skin look so much healthier and more radiant — poreless, see-through, smooth skin. There are powerful peptides to firm skin, hyaluronic acid molecules that are properly hydrolyzed to sink deep into skin to hydrate from deep within, niacinamide to brighten up dark spots, peach, and mountain yam extracts to blast skin with antioxidants, and madecassoside to help soothe skin.”
“I also love the Peach & Lily Lazy Day All-in-one Moisture Pads. This is a skincare hack on mornings you're in a big rush or in the evenings when you're super tired: It's a toner, serum and moisturizer in-one, and it's not just basic hydration. It's a super green juice for skin, so you get carrot, pomegranate, spinach, broccoli, bamboo, ceramides and hyaluronic acid all with one swipe. Cleanse skin, swipe one pad, and you're all set!”
“On days I'm feeling dry, I follow up with the Peach & Lily Pure Beam Luxe Oil. I love this oil as it's 100% cold-pressed plants and it doesn't feel greasy, and doesn't make my makeup slip-slide over it. It gives me instant radiance. This helps to balance skin — everyone gets 'normal' skin with this oil. None of these oils clog pores, they're 100 percent cold-pressed and untouched by chemicals, and provide anti-bacterial and anti-oxidative benefits.”
“My evening routine looks very similar to my morning routine, but on some nights, after the essence, I also do a sheet mask, and either follow up with just a moisturizer or do the rest of my routine for a more intensive facial type session.”
More Peach & Lily Must-Haves
Make sure to stock up on this jelly-textured mask. Made with gentle concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, it gently sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, bright skin waiting underneath.
As if the name wasn’t enough of a reason to try this moisturizer, it has an all-star line up of hydrating ingredients as well: Matcha, lilac extract, and niacinamide work together to protect skin from pollution while plumping beyond belief.
With The Good Acids, Peach & Lily makes acid toning less scary for sensitive skin. The blend of AHAs and salicylic acid doesn’t just unclog pores and remove dead skin cells — it also balances the skin’s pH level and hydrates, thanks to aloe extract.
Anyone with dry skin knows it’s easily irritated, which is exactly why KBeauty Rescue Balm is such a lifesaver. It’s made with natural ingredients like sunflower seed oil and coptis root extract to soothe flaky skin, and spiked with ceramides to add extra hydration.
The ultimate K-beauty staple — the sheet mask — gets a super-hydrating makeover with chia seed (full of skin-healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids) and algae (to moisturize while neutralizing the effects of pollution on the skin).
Consider this your go-to anti-aging face mask. It contains iconic K-beauty ingredients, like ginseng and snail secretion filtrate (aka, “purified snail mucin”). It might sound a little slimy, but once you see how plump your skin looks afterwards, you won’t mind at all.