The Best Korean Skincare Products to Swear By

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Surely, you have heard about the superiority of Korean skincare which is the foundation of their ageless beauty and flawless skin. And let me tell you, there’s a reason why there’s all this buzz around it lately. People from all over the globe started embracing everything from the Korean 10-step skincare routine to double-cleansing to achieve as flawless and glowy skin as theirs is.

That is why I decided to make a list of my favorite K-beauty products that are good for your skin and show actual results. From skincare masks to facial cleansers and blemish patches, this genius—gentle yet highly effective—Korean skincare products will help you have radiant, glowing skin that you’ve always dreamed of.

Clean Skin is Happy Skin

A lot of innovations that upped the beauty industry standards came from Korea, inspired by their philosophy of skincare. They rely on double-cleansing, pure hydration, natural skin brighteners, and exfoliators.  Rice extracts, vitamin C, and licorice are just a few of the gentle, natural ingredients they look for in their beauty products. Imagine how quality vitamin C Korean skincare products are. Exactly.

K beauty routine starts with a double-cleanse, to create a clean base for their makeup. This process is the base for the great skin complexion as it rids the excess oil, bacteria, dead skin cells, and dirt from your skin—basically, anything that can lead to premature aging, breakouts, or can cause dark spots on the skin.

Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm

BANILA CO NEW Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover, Balm to Oil, Double Cleanse, Face Wash, 2 sizes

I simply adore multitasking beauty products and this one is the best for a double-cleanse beauty routine. Not only does it remove even waterproof makeup, but it also gently cleanse your skin from dirt, oil, and other impurities thanks to its ingredients like glycerin and Centella Asiatica extract. Clean It Zero is formulated with hot springs water, vitamin E and C, and active botanicals, all combined to help you achieve a healthy complexion, quickly and easily.

Hanskin BHA Pore Cleansing Oil | For Sensitive Skin Type

Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil, Gentle Blackhead Cleanser and Makeup Remover for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you should definitely use mild oil cleansers to clean pores of excess sebum. This is where Hanskin’s BHA Pore Cleansing Oil comes in handy. This oil cleanser is specifically created to give effective results for sensitive skin acting as a gentle exfoliator and makeup remover.  After just one use, you will feel your skin is purified and smooth. Tea tree oil helps soothe the skin as well as fight and control breakouts while oils such as jojoba, grape seed, and olive oil, in combination with aloe vera extract, will ensure your skin maintains hydrated throughout the day.

Hydration Is The Foundation

Korean women are all about the ‘Mul-Gwang,’ that sheeny glow of the skin that looks clean, bright, and almost wet. Translated, the term stands for ‘water-light’ and mimics the after-shower glowy skin, achieved through their thorough skincare routine.

The best way to achieve the luminous ‘Mul-Gwang’ is to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate. What do I mean by that? For extra hydration rely on Korean skincare for dry skin—use hydrating mists, sheet masks, keep your skin radiant by layering moisturizers, and add face oil to the foundation to improve skin hydration.

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist

ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Essence Hydrating Face Mist

This balancing essence mist is one of the top-selling K-beauty products for a good reason. It provides instant moisturization, brightens, and hydrates your skin thanks to its skin-soothing ingredients, especially the licorice water and licorice root extracts. If you are looking for a product for moisturization on the go, this hydrating face mist is the right thing for you. It works immediately and gives your skin a  wonderfully dewy look.

Rich in plant-based ingredients, Acwell’s mist refreshes the skin, smoothens, and improves its texture. The best part? It can also be used as a setting spray for makeup.

I Dew Care Straight Chillin’ Cooling Biodegradable Aloe Sheet Masks

These fun sheet masks are perfect for deep hydration and colling down sensitized skin. Use them for fresh-looking skin and to soothe redness and irritation from, let’s say, wearing face masks all day.  The combination of natural ingredients such as lemon balm, cucumber, glacier water, and hyaluronic acid provide deep moisturization and cool the skin. The package comes with a pair of tweezers to make it easy to pick out a mask at a time (super useful!). It is suggested to keep the package in the fridge for a stronger cooling effect.

If you’re still unsure if you should include these sheet masks in your skincare routine, let me just say that I Dew Care’s Straight Chillin’ sheet masks are Allure’s 2021 Best of Beauty Award: Skin Category winner. And that, my friends, is a big deal.

Blemish Control Skincare Products: Say Bye To Breakouts

We all know how hard it is not to mess with your skin as soon as you see the first sign of a pimple. If you’re anything like me, you probably just touch it up a bit, aka, make a whole lotta mess on your face from something that started as a simple zit. Well, there’s a quick and easy solution that Korean women swear by—pimple patches.

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX Acne Pimple Patch

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches is quite praised product among popular Korean brands, specifically for breakouts and acne. These patches act as a barrier against bacteria, prevent irritation, and most importantly—stop you from touching it and making things worse (guilty as charged).

Quick, easy, and effective, Cosrx’s hydrocolloid patches extract impurities, making the healing process much faster and completely painless. I don’t really feel comfortable wearing these patches during the day, so I simply put them on before sleep and wake up to much better-looking skin.

Acropass Trouble Cure

 Trouble Cure Plus acne patches

If you’re dealing with stubborn cystic acne and can’t seem to find products to help your skin, you should definitely try Acropass Trouble Cure instant acne and pimple patches.

If you’re looking for Korean skincare for acne scars look no further. These patches are the best solution for clearing up acne in no time while reducing inflammation and fading acne scars. The innovative micro-needling technology behind these Trouble Cure patches expedites the healing time. It works by gently penetrating your skin with dissolving microneedles to deliver ingredients.

I hope that this list helps you better understand Korean beauty principles and inspires you to make some changes in your skincare routine. Don’t hesitate to try out some of my aforementioned favorites or basically anything by IOPE and KraveBeauty (again, very popular among women for a good reason!).

Having radiant, dewy skin is not that hard when you use quality, effective beauty products that are good for your skin, and apply just a few changes in your daily routine. So, don’t be afraid to spice things up a bit and try something new! Especially when that ‘something new’ is, in fact, tried and tested K-beauty skincare products.


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