With the rise of K-beauty on an international scale, Korean skincare has become a worldwide sensation, especially after the viral 10-step routine. Mostly known for its effectiveness, delivery of observable results and affordable prices, it’s no wonder why Korean skincare is such a hit. The market caters to all skin types and all skin concerns. It may be a bit overwhelming when you first dip your toes into the world of K-skincare, so here are a few cult favorites to help ease you into flawless, dewy glass skin.
- COSRX - Acne Pimple Master Patch
The COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is made for anyone who's ever had an unwanted acne breakout when they have an important event the very next day and don’t want to turn up with Mount Everest on their face.
This pimple patch will make your breakouts disappear overnight, and all you have to do is stick the patch on your pimple and call it a night. They come in three different sizes, equipped to fight off breakouts of any shape or size. This is a true miracle worker and it’s no wonder why it has been such a global hit, especially amongst those with acne-prone skin.
- Laneige - Lip Sleeping Mask
With this lip sleeping mask, you can kiss goodbye to dry lips for good. The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a super moisturizing lip mask that will salvage crusty, dry lips overnight so you wake up with fully-hydrated lips the next morning. It can also be used as a lip balm during the day or even used before you apply your makeup to ensure your lips stay smooth. The berry flavor is the most popular, but if that’s not quite your taste, there are also grapefruit, apple lime, and vanilla flavors to choose from.
- COSRX - Low PH Good Morning Cleanser
The Low PH Good Morning Cleanser is another cult favorite from the brand COSRX, and is especially popular amongst more oily and acne-prone skin types. This cleanser has won awards across Korea and is only around 8,000 Korean won, which is roughly $8 USD. It is a gentle cleanser that is perfect for the morning, hence the name. The Low PH Good Morning Cleanser lightly exfoliates to remove dead skin and excess oil so it leaves you feeling super clean and smooth after every wash without completely stripping your skin.
- Innisfree - Green Tea Seed Serum
Innisfree is one of the top K-beauty brands that can be found around almost every corner in Seoul, and can be purchased from a range of different online stores for those living outside of Korea. The Green Tea Seed Serum is one of Innisfree’s best-sellers, known particularly for its ability to moisturize and lock in all the hydration into your skin. The serum is super lightweight so it won’t leave your skin feeling sticky or oily, making it perfect for all skin types.
- Nature Republic - Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
The Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel from Nature Republic comes in a hefty tub and after you give this product a try, you’ll know exactly why they sell them in tubs of such size. This gel not only moisturizes and firms but also soothes, making it perfect for sunburns or skin that is in need of deep hydration. It can be used anywhere on the body — from your face, legs, arms, and even your hair and nails!
Korean skincare places a lot of emphasis on moisturized and hydrated skin to give off a natural dewy glow. With this K-beauty skincare crash course, you are now ready to tackle the world of Korean skincare head-on and achieve that flawless glass skin!
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Written by Stephanie Leung