Korean skincare brands have taken the global beauty market by storm, and after just a few weeks of product sampling, it’s clear why everyone is so intrigued. Korean beauty, or K-beauty, brands are well-known for their innovative skincare products, which favor gentle-but-effective ingredients, affordable price points, and aesthetically pleasing packaging. After all, who can say no to a sheet mask that is fun and comfortable to apply, leaves you and your skin feeling post-spa rejuvenated, and costs just a few dollars?
While there are a plethora of fantastic brands worth investigating—especially depending on the sensitivity of your skin and your own unique skincare requirements—we’ve discovered a few standout options that are consistently delivering products that truly help to take your skin to the next level.
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water
Koreans want to see that you’re lifting up and moving around and this water is a part of their daily skincare products list. They have a tradition of starting at the bottom, near your chin, and working your way up over your cheekbones. It’s a circular motion that’s gentle.
This product contains 85 percent active hydrogen mineral water, which is mineral water that has been infused with hydrogen gas. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of hydrogen water are well known. Dirt and other impurities are gently removed by the water. According to the brand, this product also helps tone and brighten.
Peach and Lily glass skin refining serum
Treatments can range from serums and ampoules to boosters, and they can address pigmentation, fine lines, and dullness. According to the brand, this one by Peach & Lily, which contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and yam extract, treats dullness by hydrating the skin. As the brand is known for popularizing the “glass skin” look, this is the first of its kind.
To apply the serum, pump it into your fingertips and pad it in. Make use of your three finger pads. Do not smear it around your under eyes and around, but rather take a small amount and pad it around.
Face Shop Rice Water Bright Right Cleansing Oil
Don’t you think skincare products are important but a cleansing oil is equal? Consider this The Face Shop cleansing oil for a gentle makeup remover. According to the brand, because the product is enriched with vitamin B and minerals, it not only gently removes impurities but also helps calm irritated skin.
To achieve the best results, apply this to dry skin in a circular motion to dissolve makeup before rinsing with water.
Hanskin Hyaluro Skin Essence
According to the brand, this essence contains sodium hyaluronate, which helps the skin retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The formula also contains hydrolyzed collagen, which is suppose to promote supple and plump skin.
HERA Signia Water
While some skincare water can leave a sticky residue, this one by HERA does not. It has great absorption, leaves no residue, and leaves skin looking even and bright. According to the brand, the product contains extracts of narcissus flower, leaf, and root and provides deep hydration for glowing skin. Start with a clean face, then “put a few drops on your face and let the water sit it.
Laneige Lip Mask
If you’re looking for a product to keep your lips hydrated, consider Laneige’s lip mask, which has a 4.4-star rating from over 13,000 Sephora customers. The leave-on lip mask with vitamin C and antioxidants seals in moisture. The lip mask prevent drying out and chapping of lips, especially during the winter. It also helps to plump up your lips, especially right after using the mask, and in a more natural way than lip liner. It can also help reduce the signs of ageing caused by the thinning of the skin on your lips.
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream
This cream soothes redness and irritation while providing rich hydration to those with dry and sensitive skin. The cream, which contains shea butter and ceramides, forms a protective layer to help prevent moisture loss. The product is free from dyes, fragrances and animal-based ingredients, according to the brand.
Neogen Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen
Sunscreen is by far the most important part of your skincare routine. Light Protection Airy Sunscreen is known for its lightweight texture that won’t leave skin greasy while blocking UVA and UVB rays and preventing premature aging. The formula, which is made up of twenty different plant extracts, including aloe, avocado, acai, and others, works to moisturize skin without clogging pores by controlling sebum production.
Pro tip: Use sunscreen indoors and outdoors.
Dear Klairs’ Rich Moist Soothing Cream
Dear Klairs’ vegan and cruelty-free products are ideal for those with sensitive skin. The Rich Moist Soothing Cream is a fan favorite; thanks to rich shea butter and slippery glycerin, it never feels thick or goopy, but rather pleasantly hydrating with a barely-there slippery feel for easy application and absorption.
LAPCOS Revitalizing Sheet Masks
LAPCOS has a diverse lineup of sheet masks that are inexpensive but highly effective. They have lip, eye, and full-face masks with a variety of active ingredients to address whatever skincare issue you’re having, from soothing honey to oil-controlling charcoal. They also come in metallic, gleaming packaging, adding to the overall opulence.
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