South Korea’s scientifically advanced, adorably packaged, and amazingly affordable cosmetics industry has made the country a must-go destination for beauty enthusiasts the world over. And it’s not stopping here, ladies! Korean beauty is the trend that keeps growing and never stops giving.
What’s so intriguing about their products? Their efficacy! It’s no secret that Korean beauty products work. The only evidence you need is the radiant skin of Korean women! No, that’s not Photoshop, honey; that’s Korean beauty. Here are some Korean skin care products that deserve a place in your skincare routine.
Korean Skin Care Products You’ll Love
1. Missha – Super Aqua Perfect Water Deep Cleanser
This water-based cleanser will remove every trace of your makeup and leave your skin moisturized. All you need to do is prepare a few cotton pads, gently swipe them over your skin, and you’re good to go. Bonus points for the convenient pump!
2. W-Lab – Black Kill Pore Cleaner
Goodbye, blackheads, and hello clean, clear skin! This bottle comes with a silicone brush attached to it that gently cleans and massages the pores. The Black Kill Pore Cleanser has a cooling effect on the skin and works like magic at tightening the pores.
3. Innisfree – Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
It’s called the double-cleansing method–you remove your makeup with a cream-based remover, then wash your face with your cleanser of choice. After cleansing, you continue your routine with this Volcanic Pore Toner which removes sebum and tightens pores. This is an essential addition for those with acne-prone or oily skin.
4. Skin Food – Egg White Pore Mask
This product is perfect for your designated day of pampering (you do dedicate a day to pamper yourself, right?) Apply a thin layer over your face, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. You’ll immediately notice clearer, smoother, firmer skin.
5. Innisfree – Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
Another mask for those who love exfoliating! Say goodbye to dead skin cells and hello to tighter pores with this Volcanic Pore Clay Mask!
6. It’s Skin – Power 10 Formula PO Effector
Are enlarged pores your largest skincare concern? (Get it?) If so, it’s time to shrink them with this bad boy! The PO Effector promises to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and give skin a porcelain-like finish.
7. Missha – Time Revolution First Treatment Essence
This watery serum, which also happens to be Missha’s best-selling product, works wonders. Apply this on problem areas — like fine lines and blemishes — with a cotton pad and enjoy moisturized, protected skin.
8. Tony Moly – Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base
This is a great multi-tasking product. Not only is it good for brightening dark undereye circles, it can also be used as a highlighter or eyeshadow primer. Plus, there’s no way you could resist the cute packaging!
9. Petitfee – Gold EGF Eye Spot Patch
Bye bye, dark eye luggage! Store this baby in the fridge, apply it on your undereye circles or blemishes, and revel in its gentle, cooling sensation. These patches are great for treating wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles.
10. Nature Republic – Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist
Want to lock moisture in? Do it with this Soothing Gel Mist that won’t leave you feeling sticky. It comes in a portable bottle for grab-and-go application, which means that any excuses are now out the door. Get the bottle, spray it all over your skin, feel its soothing benefits instantly.
Press play the video below and watch Morgan of the TheBeautyBreakdown as she shares us her top 10 most favorite Korean skincare products:
Koreans have a different approach to beauty, one that is similar to the French. Without a great canvas, you’re not going to have great makeup, so start taking care of your skin and add these top Korean skin care brands to your everyday skincare routine ASAP. I, personally, am a huge fan of Skin Food’s products. I’ve used several of their essences and masks and love them!
Which of these products have you tried already? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on May 11, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.