The 32 Best Korean Skin-Care Products That'll Transform Your Complexion
"Koreans are serious about their skin care," says Charlotte Cho, the founder of sokoglam.com, an online retailer specializing in Korean beauty products. "They also know what they want, like innovation, gentle ingredients, pleasing packaging, and they definitely don't want to pay a fortune for it." Here, the latest, greatest, and price-savviest innovations in skin care, including the Acropass Trouble Cure acne patch, Harumada Triple Balance One-Step Cleansing Foam Pads, and Easydew Derma Roller Special Program Special Kit — recommended by the founders of Glow Recipe, Soko Glam, and Peach & Lily — straight from Seoul.
If you're a fan of those clear, acne-healing stickers, then consider this your next-level upgrade: Acropass Trouble Cure uses innovative microneedling technology to penetrate the skin with ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to speed up healing time. Additionally, it's a game-changer for stubborn cystic acne, which can sometimes be harder to treat with traditional acne-fighting ingredients.
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In need of some real TLC? Slather on this Peach & Lily K-Beauty Rescue Balm, which is rich in sunflower seed oil, coptis root extract, and ceramides, to instantly heal and pamper dry, irritated skin. (Pro tip: It works everywhere from cuticles to lips to heels, and a little goes a long way.)
$28 (Shop Now)
A common misconception about treating acne is that you should only use zit-zapping products once you see a visible breakout. However, the more you use daily products that prevent pimples from forming, the less acne will actually show up on your face, says dermatologists. Our advice? Follow up your cleanser with a tea tree extract-infused toner laced with exfoliating BHAs, like the Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner, to keep skin clear and breakout-free.
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If you have dry skin, you may have avoided incorporating a toner into your routine out of fear that they would dry out your skin even more. Luckily, we've progressed beyond the harsh, alcohol-based formulas of yester year. After all, a good toner balances your skin, which regardless of your skin type, is always a good thing. "This toner is formulated with over 86 percent bamboo water extract and 15 natural oils to hydrate the skin and protect the skin barrier," Cho — who is also a licensed aesthetician — recommends. "It works best when you shake it to activate the oils and the water, and then tap it into your skin."
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The Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick, a TSA-friendly tube is made with truffle oil (you know, the really fancy fungi that is to die for on pizza) to keep your parched, stressed-out skin hydrated — even while on the go. Keep it in your handbag or on your desk for midday touch-ups; we do not suggest drizzling it on your popcorn, as tempting as it may be.
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