Just look at the glass-skinned beauties from South Korea and it is no wonder why Korean beauty products are adored by women all over the world. Known for product efficacy and technological breakthroughs, a mind-boggling array of beauty products are churned out every year to woo consumers with promises of great skin and flawless makeup.
We understand that it can get rather overwhelming to choose one out of the many brands so we have compiled a list of cult-favourite top Korean Beauty Products that you need to try!
Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream ($49)
Created by scientists at Chaum (a renowned wellness centre in Seoul, South Korea), Saturday Skin’s Waterfall Glacier Water Cream is developed with cutting-edge research and has won the hearts of many beauty fans worldwide.
A patented concentration of the CHA 7 es complex™ targets signs of early aging by improving your skin’s moisture level, texture, and tone. Mineral-rich Alaska Glacier Water, Amino Acids and Plant Extracts are used to shield skin from free radicals and dehydration while encouraging optimal absorption of moisture.
Enveloping your skin with moisture, this nourishing hydration gel-based cream also helps to soothe irritated skin and boosts vibrancy and suppleness to matured skin that has lost elasticity! You can now own that glowy skin that all Korean girls have too!
Oh K! Avocado Sheet Mask (~ S$6.90)
Is your skin lacking lustre from late nights and ageing? This is another fantastic sheet mask by Korean cult beauty brand Oh K! that will erase years from your face and flood it with lasting moisture!
Harnessing the power of nature’s superfood, this nourishing Oh K! Avocado Sheet Mask softens and hydrates the driest of skins, leaving your face feeling baby-soft and supple again. Made using extracts of avocado fruit and chamomile flower, these natural ingredients revitalise dull and uneven skin. If you do not know, avocados are an excellent source of vitamin E, an important antioxidant that protects your skin from damage and encourages collagen growth.
Pop a few into your travel bad to keep your skin radiant and young for beautiful travel pictures!
COSRX Acne Pimple Patch (~ $5.50)
These little hydrocolloid pimple patches are overnight fixers that work like magic to make pimples, whiteheads and blackheads disappear! With no harsh chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, the COSRX Acne Pimple Patches work by providing a protective barrier and absorbing excess fluid such as pus to reduce swelling.
Not only does these miracle patches improve your pimple breakout recovery time, they also protect pimples from secondary infections and prevent further inflammation. However, one thing to note is that the COSRX Acne Pimple Patches are most effective on ripe pimples and open comedones.
Typical of smart Korean products, each packet cleverly comes with 24 patches of various sizes to suit zits in different shapes and positions. With the super affordable pricing, just stick them on after your shower and wake up to pimple-free skin again!
Banila Clean It Zero (~ S$20)
It is no secret that a thoroughly clean face is the key to attaining dewy glass skin. Using gentle fruit extracts, the Banila Clean It Zero comes in a surprising sherbet-like texture that emulsifies to remove all traces of impurities and makeup effortlessly. This oil-based cleanser also mildly exfoliates without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry.
The multi-purpose Banila Clean It Zero not only cleanses deep but is also packed with antioxidants to prevent early ageing. This winning concoction contains Papaya extract, Raspberry Leaf extract and Cherry extract, all which help to protect your skin and leave it soothed and hydrated.
Hugely popular in Korea, this winning formula has also become highly sought after by anyone interested in Korean beauty regimes. Effective yet non-drying, this cult-status cleanser comes in 4 variations to suit different purposes – Original, Nourishing, Purifying and Revitalising.
Mizon All-In-One Snail Skin Repair Cream (~ S$20)
If you just recently discovered the miraculous benefits of snail mucus and you are inundated by the sheer variety of products in the market, the Mizon All-In-One Snail Skin Repair Cream is a perfect start to your snail journey!
Do not worry, this cream is not slimy. In fact, it is surprisingly lightweight and absorbs quickly into your skin leaving a non-greasy and soft texture.
A truly innovative face moisturiser formulated with a whopping 92% snail extract. This best-seller Snail Repair Cream is renowned for its high efficacy ingredients. It not only hydrates but it also helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and uneven skin tone by encouraging skin renewal process. All hail the snail!
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (~ S$15)
Bubble clay mask? Yes you read right! The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask may seem strange but it is a wonderful product that has been positively raved by beauty bloggers in Korea and everywhere.
Chock-full of great ingredients including Charcoal powder, Green Tea, Pomegranate extracts, and Collagen, this powerful pore cleansing mask fizzes up upon application and the tiny bubbles formed help to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores! At the same time, nutrients from the mask penetrate deep to nourish the skin. The resulting effect is cleaner, tighter pores and bright, clear skin!
Not only effective, this fizzing clay mask bubbles up on your face just like the popping candy we eat when we were young. We say Yay to a fun pore-cleansing session anytime!
A. by BOM Ultra Royal Leaf Mask (~ S$22 for a box of 5)
Another much-loved and raved about product is this 2-step Ultra Royal Leaf Patch and Mask. A luxurious patches and sheet mask combination that is specially formulated to promote healthy glowing skin and tackle the onsets of aging.
Making use of the benefits of natural components such as Gold, Royal Honey, Black Bee Propolis, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Althaea Rosea, Black Truffle extract and more, this exquisite mask set delivers intense hydration, plumps up fine lines and injects elasticity to dehydrated and tired skin.
Dreary skin due to the harsh environment? Are your laugh lines and wrinkles becoming more apparent? Well, just one use is enough to see the effects of radiant, supple and bouncy skin! Also, the patches perk one’s mood up as they come in oh-so-cute shapes of gold leaves!
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist (~ S$55)
Indulge your thirst-quenched skin in Glow Recipe’s super-hydrating Watermelon Ultra-Fine Mist! The ingenious use of watermelon as the key ingredient translates into an award-winning face mist that has to be on every girl’s bag and shelf.
Consisting of a mixture of 84% watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and hibiscus AHAs, this delicate yet invigorating face mist envelops and refreshes skin like a silky veil.
Made up of a nourishing oil layer and a water-based layer containing the active extracts, this pretty pink ultra-fine mist works its way deep into your skin for instant hydration and softening. A few spritz of this face mist also enhances your makeup and gives a natural dewy glow that Korean women love. Saranghae!
Which is your all-time favourite Korean beauty product? Let us know in the comments below and add them to the list!