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With rising interests and popularity of Korean dramas and Pop music that lead fans all over the world, myself include, become more aware and intrigue by Korean travel, food, and especially skin care products. When is come to Korean skin care products, there are too many choices or shinny things to try. So what is the best Korean skin care products out there?
There are some classic products that still popular this year and there are some new interesting products to try as well. I have compiled my current favorite products. Some of them, I use and love. Some of them are from the research that I conducted from various websites to scope out what to try next.
It’s kinda a little long. Here is my list of 2018 Best Korean Skin Care Products that you should try if you haven’t already:
Top 3 Cleansers
The good stuff: Acerola (rich in Vitamin C) and Hot Spring water
What I like: It is a makeup remover/cleanser that does amazing job melting away your makeup without removing your natural oil. It has no scent and melt like butter when you apply onto your skin. I use it for the day that I wear makeup to pre-cleanse before my regular cleanser.
Personal Tip: If it feels little oily for you, cleanse it with your water cleanser or otherwise you don’t have to. You can use also it as eye makeup remover by apply some amount onto your cotton pad first before cleansing your eye area.
The good stuff: mild acids, plant oil and extracts
What I like: this wake-me-up gentle cleanser that make you feel super clean and refresh. It effectively removes makeup and oil residue without irritation. It is fragrance free and smell like a fresh clean sheet. Ideally pH of your skin should be around 5.5. SoThis cleanser has pH around 5 like black coffee which help bring your skin close to its natural pH. This my go-to cleanser for my boring routine.
Personal Tip: This is perfect for a wake-me-up moment. Whenever you need to feel refresh, simply wash your face with this cleanser. You will instantly feel invigorating.
The good stuff: amino acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) and botanical extracts
What I like: it likes using cloud to wash your face. This super soft cleanser is perfect for cleansing while hydrating at the same time thanks to its ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe leaf extract. It has a pH range of 5.6 to 7.6 which help to restore skin’s natural pH. This cleanser perfect for all skin type especially gentle for sensitive skin.
Personal Tip: one pump will do the trick! It does a good job calming and soothing the skin. I use this when I have rash or sun burn. It doesn’t stink so bad.
Top 3 Toners
The good stuff: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide and Adenosine (brightening and anti-aging), Bee Venom, botanical and fruit extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen. No added fragrance.
What I like: clean up the rest of residue and get the skin ready for absorption. It is very gentle on the skin even work for people with rosacea because of its natural ingredients. This toner has a pH around 5 to 6. I love the smoothing and hydrating as well as brightening and anti-aging effects of this toner. I like the fact that this toner has no scent.
The good stuff: made mostly out of Milk Vetch root extract which rich in antioxidants. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen. No added fragrance. Less than 10 ingredients.
What I like: the shortest list of ingredients that I have seen for a skin care products. Fill only with essential nutrient ingredients. The antioxidant from the milk vetch root extracts help calm irritated skin and retain moisture of the skin so your skin can stay hydrated all day long. It has thicker texture than most toners. This toner is good all year round and even best for winter and dry condition. This is a MUST toner for those who want to add some glow to their skin.
Tip: apply it to cotton pad and leave it on the skin for a few minutes before your next step to intensify the hydration and amplify your glow.
The good stuff: amino acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) and botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen. No fragrance.
What I like: there are two versions of this toner, one with essential oils and this one without any essential oils. This version is more prefer for me since I don’t like things that have strong scent. This toner is great for all skin type especially people with oily and sensitive skin. It is easy absorb and leave your skin hydrated and soft.
Top 8 Treatment Products
The good stuff: 90% snail extract and bee venom. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol, EU Allergen, and fragrance.
What it does: anti-wrinkle and brighten
What I like: it has gel-like texture which surprisingly fast to absorb. Snail extract provide hydration while repairing damaging skin. Been venom aids helps with irritation and redness. This essence contains gentle ingredients. I have been using my 5th bottle and would say this is my go-to essence for my morning routine. Now my skin has some glow and dewy look to it.
The good stuff: ascorbic acid (5%) and botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol, and EU Allergen.
What it does: even skin tone, brighten dark spot, reduce fine lines
What I like: it has low concentration of ascorbic acid and has pH around 3.5 which means my skin won’t be irritated. If you are new to vitamin C, I would recommend trying this first before using higher concentration ones. Another plus side of this serum is long shelf-life due to its low concentration of active vitamin C ingredient. This serum has no scent which is a plus for me. I’m on my 4th bottles of this serum. After a bottle, my sun damage spots have been lighter to less visible, but I do have freckles that didn’t go away which is expected. I do see a glow in my skin as well.
The good stuff: Sodium Hyaluronate and botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol, and EU Allergen.
What it does: hydrating, calming, soothing, promote healing
What I like: it has light scent and fast absorption. This serum does well in calming redness and dry skin while softening skin texture. It leaves no sticky residue on the skin. I use this when I experience a break out or skin allergy. It’s gentle enough and doesn’t stink.
The good stuff: 90% Fermented Yeast Extract, Niacinamide, Adenosine and Lactic Acid. Free of paraben, sulfate, alcohol, and EU Allergen.
What it helps: moisturizing, anti-aging and brightening
What I like: this is the 3rd gen of Missha essence products. It has fast absorption and doesn’t feel sticky. Many users experience clearer, brighter, hydrating and glowing skin within a week of regular usage. This essence also instantly reduces redness and adding a dewy finish look. I haven’t personally use it but this is on my to-try list.
The good stuff: 80% snail extract, Sodium Hyaluronate and Adenosine, so. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, and EU Allergen.
What it helps: anti-aging and promote healing
What I like: it helps promoting faster healing of redness and irritation without leaving any residue. It can be used for spot treatment with a couple applications. Some users can see the anti-aging result as soon as 7 days.
The good stuff: 50% of Hyaluronic acid, Ceramide and Raspberry antioxidant. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol, EU Allergen and fragrance.
What it helps: wrinkle, fine lines, acne, dryness, dull
What I like: it has very light and pleasant smell with quick absorption. It is very hydrating thanks to its hyaluronic acid content. Use it with vitamin C products for a synergistic effect of intense hydrating and brightening.
The good stuff: Green tea leaf, Grape seed oil, Pearl and other botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol, and EU Allergen
What it helps: hydrating
What I like: contains a lot of botanical extracts with fresh pleasant scent. Many users experience instant deep hydration and improvement in their skin overall.
The good stuff: Green tea seed oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), bisabolol and Chamomile flower oil. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What it helps: brightening, reduce fine lines, hydrating, sunburn
What I like: short and essential ingredients. It has light weight and absorb quickly with refreshing scent Many users experience a nice soft and dewy skin with a glow within 2 weeks of using. It provide moisture without feeling greasy consider it’s an oil based serum.
Top 3 Moisturizer
The good stuff: Sodium Hyaluronate, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, ceramide 3, vitamin E and other botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: with any Klaris products, they tend to be gentle on the skin and have calming effect. This cream is light and hydrate skin well all day long and all year round. It also help restore skin moisture while without leaving any greasy and sticky residue.
The good stuff: herbal based with milk vetch root extract, shear butter, macadamia oil, and Sodium Hyaluronate. Free of paraben, sulfate, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: this product best for people who live in dry and cold weather, and for those who skin seems to easy get irritated and red. It contains rich herbal extracts that gentle on the skin. The cream has thick and heavy mixture but melt easy onto skin without feeling greasy.
The good stuff: high dosage of snail extract along with Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate and other botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate and EU Allergen.
What I like: it has light texture with no scent and fast absorption. This cream also helps with fading fines lines, acne scars and even skin tone. This is perfect for a morning routine moisturizer and prevent skin’s water loss.
Top 3 Masks
The good stuff: Vitamin E, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide, Adenosine and botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: it has gel-like texture that melt onto your face. It works well for hydration and brightening. You apply this before your bed time and expect to wake up to a rejuvenate skin with a glow. For better result, combine this mask with a few drop of vitamin C. You can thanks me later.
The good stuff: Sodium Hyaluronate and botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate and EU Allergen.
What I like: this sleep-in mask is so hydrating. It will leave your skin smooth, moist and dewy. This mask is perfect for the winter when the weather tends to be drier. My skin stay hydrate all day long and this is a great way to boost my tired skin to a refreshing look without too much effort. Many users also have great experience with this product as well.
The good stuff: it’s packed with various type of botanical extracts depending what type of mask you getting. Free of paraben, sulfate, alcohol and EU Allergen
What I like: the brand is less known but the quality of the mask is on par on some top brand. The sheet is thick and soak with intensify level of essences so the mask won’t dry out during your application. You can see the different with just one mask.
Top 2 Sunscreens
The good stuff: SPF 40+ with UV absorber like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and 4 others. Beside UV protection, it contains ginseng root extract, flower and fruit extracts, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, and Adenosine. Free of paraben, sulfate, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: It is not greasy or oily. It leaves a nice matte finish. Because it has a tint of blue, if you have a darker skin this might make your skin whiter. Also for those who have light skin complex, this side effect might give your skin a glow and brighter look while minimizing redness. This is a MUST have for me in the summer.
The good stuff: SPF 50+ with UV absorber like Octinoxate, Oxtocrylene, Octyl salicylate and Avobenzone. It’s also packed with many botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, and EU Allergen.
What I like: this suncreen is lightweight and have pleasant scent. It leaves no greasy feeling or white film on your skin. You can expect to experience a soft and glow skin after applying this cream.
Top 3 Eye cream
The good stuff: fermented ingredients like galactomyces ferment filtrate and Bifida Ferment Lysate, Ceramide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine and other botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: fermented ingredients are know to repair skin damage and fight wrinkles. This cream also load with other hydration and anti-aging ingredients. It is heavy cream but absorbs fast. It helps improve skin texture around your eyes while helping with dark circle and fine lines.
The good stuff: Squalane, Meadowfoam seed oil, Arbutin, Orchid Extract, Adenosine and other botanical extracts. Free of paraben, sulfate, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: It’s definitely not an overnight miracle but it does work well to fix dark circle, reduce eye bag and fine lines for regular usage. This cream has light to no scent and thick texture. So it takes some time to absorb. Totally worth it for the value.
The good stuff: Honey extract, Sodium Hyaluronate,Macadamia Seed Oil, Ceramide, and Adenosine. Free of paraben, sulfate, silicone, alcohol and EU Allergen.
What I like: it moisturize and soften the skin around your eyes. It has no scent and thick texture but fast absorption.
Where to get them
I have a page that address this question. You can check out here. I have purchased most of mine on Amazon.com and Yesstyle.com. The Amazon links that I provide with the products are authentic products made in Korea from legitmate sellers. Yesstyle.com are authorize dealers for all the Korean skin care products so I trust them. Other US based companies also provide authentic products as well.
How is/was your experience with these products? Please free feel to drop your comments and thoughts below.
Cheers to beautiful skin,