My love for Korean skincare was mostly inspired by my high school best friend, shoutout to Noor because I don’t know where my skin would be without her. Since then, I have spent hours on end searching for the best products and making sure I look up everything from their ingredients to customer reviews. Now I’m not an expert but most of my friends do come to me when they are looking for skincare advice which is why I decided that knowledge needs to be shared with a wider audience. So, here is a list of my favorite Korean skincare products

1. COSRX Aloe Soothing Sunscreen

[Image description: Two bottles of aloe soothing sunscreen on a green background.] Via COSRX
If there is one skincare product that you should never skip it’s your sunscreen, yes even in winter. UV rays from the sun are one of the leading causes of premature skin ageing and can lead to other problems such as dark spots. Now I know that finding the perfect sunscreen can be so hard, especially for POC looking to avoid something that leaves a white cast. I have tried a lot of sunscreens, but nothing has come close to the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sunscreen. Not only does it block UVA and UBA rays it also moisturizes your skin. The star ingredient, Aloe Vera is not only highly moisturizing but is also known to help fade hyperpigmentation and repair a damaged skin barrier. Most importantly, this sunscreen never left a white cast on my skin.

2. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

Benton snail bee high content essence.
[Image description: Benton snail bee high content essence.] Via SokoGlam
An essence is often labeled as one of the most important steps in a Korean skincare routine but what exactly is it? Not only does this powerhouse product carry a high dose of active ingredients meant to treat your skin it also prepares your skin for the rest of your routine making sure that it is a lot more effective. The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is one of the best on the market if you ask me. Now I know what you are thinking, why would you put snail mucin and bee venom on your face? Well, for starters snail mucin not only helps promote collagen production but also helps in healing and regenerating your skin and the bee venom is believed to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This essence also contains niacinamide which is well-known for its brightening effects.

3. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

Klairs rich moist soothing cream.
[Image description: Klairs rich moist soothing cream.] Via Klairs.
If you have dry skin like me, you probably can’t live without your moisturizer which is why I spent years looking for the perfect one. When I found the Rich Moist Soothing Cream from Klairs it was basically love at first use, my skin had never felt so soft and supple. The best part was that it did not feel heavy on my skin or make it feel greasy as a lot of past moisturizers had. The product has powerful ingredients such as Jojoba seed oil and Shea butter which are not only great at moisturizing your skin but also protect it from free radicals and environmental damage. Additionally, the presence of Glycerin means that it also helps your skin retain moisture while Niacinamide supports your skin barrier.

4. Son & Park Beauty Water

A bottle of Son & Park beauty water.
[Image description: A bottle of Son & Park beauty water.] Via NudieGlow
Tired of spending so much money on multiple products for your skincare routine? If yes, then you will definitely love this two in one product which acts both as cleansing water and toner. We all know how important it is to cleanse your skin properly and use a toner to make sure your skin is back to its natural pH level after being washed and cleansed. The papaya extract in this beauty water acts as a mild natural exfoliator to reveal brighter and smoother skin while the witch hazel water gives a calming effect. The benefits of this product don’t end there as it also contains orange fruit extract, lavender water, and rose water which give your skin subtle hydration and moisture.

So, what are you waiting for? Time to fill your shopping cart with some amazing skincare products.

  • Saleha is currently completing her undergraduate in Asian and International Studies from the City University of Hong Kong. As someone who is highly opinionated and believes that words can be extremely powerful she spends most of her time writing about everything from politics to fashion.