Originating from Korea, multiple beauty brands in the Far East have utilised pastes with ingredients like Cica, to strengthen the skin barrier and restore a youthful bounce, for years.
Full of radiance-boosting ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and prebiotics, pastes work to reduce the appearance of pores, promote brightness and soothe irritation, all without resorting to a ten-step routine.
But their complexion-boosting credentials don’t stop there. Most are formulated to work overnight, so they contain more active ingredients at higher concentrates, allowing everything to penetrate deeper down into the dermis without causing redness or irritation.
Keen to tap into the trend? Reap the skin-soothing benefits with one of these picks below...
Liz Earle Cica Restore Skin Paste, £29
Utilising the benefits of K-Beauty hero, Cica, Liz Earle’s paste helps to even out and improve the tone and texture of skin, all while boosting hydration with luxe botanicals such as bilberry and wild plum. Leave a thick layer on overnight to boost skin’s moisture barrier and come morning you’ll see your complexion is noticeably refined – not to mention soft to touch. Extra points go to the fully recyclable tube, too.
Available at JohnLewis.com
Malin & Goetz 10% Sulfur Paste, £19
With 10% sulfur and zinc oxide, this potent formula is ideal for anyone looking to treat spots and prevent future scarring. Apply a small amount to the tip of a cotton bud and leave the paste on your skin until it’s hard – preferably overnight, while you sleep. In the morning, rinse off for a clearer and smoother complexion.
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk
No7 Laboratories Clearing Skin Paste, £13.50 (was £18)
Using salicylic acid, bisabolol and licorice, this clever paste works to exfoliate away dead skin cells, refine pores and soothe inflamed complexions. The addition of pre-biotics encourages healthier, more balanced skin, too, so you’re left with a clear, fresh-looking complexion. Apply it to problem areas only, or leave it on overnight for a deep exfoliation.
Available at Boots.com
YourGoodSkin Cica Repair Sleep Paste, £12
With endless five star reviews and impressive results, this ‘mini facial in a tube’ lends instant hydration and dewiness to skin. Packed with antioxidants like cica and panthenol, it strengthens the skin’s barrier, while ceramides lock in moisture and plump up the skin from the inside out. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly, and only use at night – you’ll find it’s a little slick for daytime.
LixirSkin Vitamin C Paste, £32
This vitamin C laced paste can be applied both morning and evening post-cleanse. It works to brighten your complexion, and protect against UVA and UVB rays to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots. You can leave the formula on, but founder of LixirSkin, Colette, suggests washing it off after five minutes or so for the most luminous results and minimal irritation.
Available at CultBeauty.co.uk