Hey all! So if you don’t know, I’m very into Korean skincare and cosmetics, although it’s not often I can get my hands on the products, for various reasons. Still, that doesn’t stop me from creating a little wishlist of them especially so I can keep in handy on the occasion where I can splurge a little bit (well, my definition of splurge).
And because I think it might be interesting for you as well – not just as introductions to new brands – but also because there are some Korean skincare products that you may find interesting and want to try out. None of these are incredibly expensive, and you can find them relatively easily online.
1 | MISSHA PERFECT COVER BB CREAM SPF 42 P+++
I’m going to start off with one of two makeup products in this list: Missha’s Perfect Cover BB cream. At first, I didn’t understand BB cream at all – I thought it was basically a lighter foundation and I saw no use for it until I tried the Enprani sample I got a really long time ago. Now I’m hooked.
This product comes in a variety of shades, and apart from disguising blemishes, evening skin tone and providing your SPF, it also has anti-aging and brightening effects. Not life-changing or particularly special, but I’ve had some things from Missha that I like, and I’d like to venture out into their makeup range.
I am also intrigued by the packaging, only because it looks like a tube with a pump at the top, so I’m not sure how that works, but I can see this being a good travel necessity.
2 | SKIN79 SUPER+ BEBLESH BALM TRIPLE FUNCTIONS
Not going to lie, this BB cream is really similar to the Missha one, but a dollar cheaper. Honestly I don’t see a huge difference, so I’d be happy with one or the other but there are a few differences to take note of.
Firstly, this BB cream only comes in one shade which can be very limiting. However it does have another counterpart (the VIP Gold) which is similar but provides heavier coverage if that’s what you need.
The biggest thing I like about this BB cream compared to Missha is that it’s supposed to moisturize and hydrate as well as disguising blemishes. For someone like me with drier skin, that sounds pretty good.
3 | SON & PARK BEAUTY GEL / BEAUTY WATER
First things first. The Beauty Gel and Beauty Water are two different products for $30 each. Just to clarify.
Now the Beauty Water is apparently a pretty big thing in Korean skincare right now, but I have to admit it reminds me of a mix between micellar water and something like Mario Badescu’s facial spray. It’s a toner and cleanser that has mild exfoliating abilities so you can prep your face before makeup to create a flawless base. They say you can use it all day – in the morning to prep your face, during the day as a refresher and at night as a cleanser. That sounds like a lot of claims to me, especially when you throw in the fact that it has ingredients like rose water to add hydration, etc. etc. Still, I’d love to try out this favorite and see how it compares to micellar water, as well as to see how it would work on my skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, but I know a lot of products say that while being designed for one.
The Beauty Gel is more of a moisturizer and primer in one. Compared to the Beauty Water it does a lot less, but at the same time I like that it moisturizes and primes in one step. I’m sure there are other products that will do the same thing and probably for a cheaper price tag, but I would love to pair it with the Beauty Water. Usually products like this (same brand, similar names, but a different purpose) have a tendency to do well together.
4 | NEOGEN GREEN TEA REAL FRESH FOAM CLEANSER
I don’t know what it is with me and cleansers lately, but I can’t get enough of them. And because I have so many is partly the reason why I’m holding off on purchasing this one, even though it’s one of my more coveted Korean skincare items on this list.
The biggest thing I think is really cool about this particular cleanser is that there’s not just green tea extract in it, there’s green tea leaves. This water-based cleanser is supposed to hydrate and brighten your skin, and it seems from the raving reviews that it makes a noticeable difference. Obviously I take these with a grain of salt, but it’s promising to see rather than a bunch of terrible reviews.
And if you’re not a fan of green tea, they have plenty of other options, each with their own benefits: cranberry to prevent premature aging and cereal to brighten and hydrate as well, to name a few. These are supposed to be suited for all skin types, but especially sensitive skin as it’s a foam and not stripping at all. I don’t have sensitive skin myself, but I like that it’s not really harsh as opposed to my other foam cleanser (the Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser) which I like, but it is quite stripping.
5 | NEOGEN REAL FLOWER CLEANSING WATER ROSE
This is one of the few Korean skincare products on this list where it’s actually aimed towards people with sensitive or dry skin. This cleansing water is actually a little more similar to micellar water than Son & Park’s Beauty Water, because this removes makeup and impurities while leaving your skin clean and refreshed.
I also have to mention it also contains rose petals inside! Apparently there’s a mesh filter which prevents the “natural sediment” from leaving, so if you’re looking for something functional but adorable to put on your vanity, you should add this to your list. They have a calendula version for the same price that’s more suitable for those with oily, acne-prone skin that also contains real calendula petals in it.
6 | NEOGEN BIO PEEL GAUZE PEELING WINE
Can you tell I’m really loving Neogen right now? This is one of the more interesting products (although I’m loving all of their stuff), and it’s all about exfoliating. It’s also sold out on Soko Glam at the moment, but once it’s back in stock I’m definitely going to try to get it as I like exfoliating products and I need some anyway.
Each tub contains 30 single-use pads that you use to scrub over your face for gentle but effective exfoliating. There’s even a little pocket to put your fingers in so you can use it easily! The “wine” part of the name comes from it’s main ingredient: resveratrol. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps in reducing damage from free-radicals which occur from pollution or the sun and create wrinkles.
So not only does this product exfoliate a take off dead skin cells but it also helps your skin!
7 | SKINFOOD STEAM MILK MASK CREAM
So I actually have a Skinfood store relatively close by, but haven’t yet made the jump to buy this (or even see if it’s there in stock) just yet. Reviews are pretty mixed, but the name really does intrigue me.
However it’s by no means a mask by how we think about it – leaving it on for 20 minutes before washing it off. After your moisturizer you apply this to your face and neck, where it’s supposed to hydrate and soften your skin. I equate this very much to a hardcore moisturizer as opposed to a normal one since you use it after your daily night routine. I’d like to get this more out of curiosity rather than need, especially because it’s not the cheapest.
8 | BANILA CLEAN IT CO ZERO CLASSIC
Probably the most popular Korean skincare product out of all of these, the Banila Clean It Co is very similar to the Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet I reviewed a while ago, but this one is also a cult Korean skincare fave for many.
Like the Grain Ferment Sherbet, it’s solid in the tub and only turns into an oil when you rub it on your face to take off your makeup. So far I love using the Grain Ferment Cleansing Sherbet to take off my makeup as it’s so easy, and it takes it off really well so I’d love to see how the Banila compares since I’m running out of my Grain Ferment.
If you have sensitive skin, there’s another version of this (the Banila Clean It Co Zero Purity) that you should use. Otherwise, the Classic should be good enough.
9 | CHIA SEED MOISTURE HOLDING FACE CREAM
I actually put this on the list because it was part of Jenn Im’s January favorites, and even though it didn’t become her holy grail moisturizer, it still did a good job and since I’m on the hunt for my own holy grail moisturizing product, I’d thought I just add it in. It is a little bit on the pricier side compared to other products on here (and considering in general it’s just a moisturizer) but I do like the idea of chia seeds, which are supposed to be more hydrating.
10 | INNISFREE SUPER VOLCANIC PORE CLAY MASK
Annnd, last but not least we’ve got the Innisfree Super Volcanic clay mask. I’ve heard amazing reviews on this mask, so it makes me really happy that I can get it on Amazon (w/ free shipping the last time I checked) for about $11. It’s probably not the full-size since the official Innisfree site sells it for $15, but I think it would be a good chance to try it out, especially since for a while volcanic ash as a skincare ingredient was in so many things. I’m curious to see how it’d fare out on my skin. Plus, Innisfree is a good brand and so far I’ve liked everything I’ve tried from them.
This Pore Clay mask claims to shrink pores, exfoliate, deeply cleanse and brighten, so there’s a lot to this. And since it is a mask, you rinse it off after 10 minutes. Now the reason I specified the super instead of the Jeju is because the purpose for the “super” is great for treating pores, which I do need some help with. With the price, it’s claims, and it’s well-liked status, I can’t wait to be able to try this out.
Are you into Korean skincare? Which of these interest you the most?