10 Best Korean Skincare Products 2016

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Top 10 Korean Skincare Products that Will Transform Your Skin 2016

Korean women are known for their beauty secrets and steadfastness in their skincare routine, and it shows. Their flawless skin of Korean girls is attributed to a vast number of routines and habits that have been taught to them since an early age, and this reflects in the products that are made by korean companies. Korean beauty products are some of the most sought after products in the world. To the uninitiated, K-beauty may seem very daunting due to how many steps are involved, so we at VNA decided to decode it for you by suggesting a round up of 10 of the best korean skin products you should try in 2016! You’ll thank us, we promise.

List of Top Ten Skin Care and Beauty Products by Koreans:

1. Start with a Cleansers and Balms

k-beauty-7An obvious step, but Korean beauty entusiasts feel that this is the most important of them when it comes to skincare. If you want a naturally glowing skin, you’re going to need to dig a little deeper than just a cleanser. It’s important to know what works for your skin and doesn’t. If you’re oily skinned, maybe try a gel based cleanser that is oil-free. If you’re dry skinned, why not opt for a solid or cream cleanser?

It is a korean beauty secret. The brand Banila Co. has a solid, fragrance-free cleanser called clean it which transforms into a silky oil on the skin, it removes all impurities and stubborn make up off without stripping the skin of its oil. This is the perfect korean product for sensitive and dry skinned women.

2. Moisturize with Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream


k-beauty-1Korea has some of the most uniquely shaped moisturisers that contain some of the wackiest ingredients in the world, because they understand that ultimately, beauty and make up must be fun and cute if we’re gonna enjoy it! They have some fruit-scented moisturisers that look like fruit and creams that contain snail mucus, snake venom and fresh bee’s honey. The Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream is perfect to nourish your skin and hydrate it. A very popular beauty product in Korea.

It is a best seller all over Asia and South Korea due its highly effective properties. This also helps reduce acne scarring and blemishes. It is highly useful for oil skin and acne-prone skin. Dry skinned ladies can use this if they use it with a heavier cream.

3. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

k-beauty-3While most of the world calls it toner, essence is what the korean’s prefer as it’s between a toner and serum. It’s far less drying and doesn’t burn your skin but helps it feel refreshed. That is why it’s sometimes called the refresher in Korean circles. Essence is a crucial step after cleansing as it allows the products you put on after to be absorbed by the skin. This is especially useful for people who live in areas with a lot of smog as your pores tend to close up and get very dirty.

The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence has snail and bee “stuff” in it so while you might say ” No way!” you’ll change your mind after you know how it repairs all those years of junk food and bad habits right before your eyes. Essence is a korean beauty staple.

4. Skin Food Black Sugar Scrub

k-beauty-8The popular Korean make up artist Pony once said that scrubs are essential because if you do not remove the dead skin cells from your skin, there’s no point of putting on even the best skin products as your skin won’t absorb any of it. Skin food makes an excellent scrub called the Black Sugar Scrub which smells delicious and sloughs away all that crap from your face. It contains caramel and lanolin which smell yummy and also hydrate your skin while scrubbing it. This korean product is also really cool because it works as a mask, so you get the exfoliation and hydration in one! One of the best selling korean skin care products.

5. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

k-beauty-4Korean names are quirky, and it’s probably because of this cutesy naming that it has caught the attention of every brand in the West. Brands like L’oreal and Maybelline are trying to cash in on what Korea has been doing for years by making their own formulas and mimicking their Korean counterparts when it comes to products. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (wow that’s a mouthful) is exactly as it sounds, it’s a carbonated bubbly mask that effervesces the second it comes into contact with oxygen.

It is very popular in South Korea. The pack removes all the junk off your face and gives you the time of your life like you put that crackle candy all over your face. Massaging it and rinsing it out is the most satisfying feeling in the world.

6. Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Mask

k-beauty-2If there was one product that was quintessential K-beauty, it’s the sheet mask. These babies are the key to hydrated, glowing, dewy skin and K-beauty has upped its game after it came up with masks that have prints on them. These can make you look like anything from a cat to a pirate. TonyMoly makes a wonderful sheet mask that contains rice, this helps control oil on the face and also hydrates the skin. It is a must have korean skin care product. The best part of the sheet mask is that it’s not actually cotton or paper as most sheets are, but actual rice paper.

This mask also doesn’t come doused in essence, but requires you to pour the liquid from a separate pouch 3 minutes before you put it on your face. It is refreshing and has a slight scent of gardenia.

7. Honey Balm All in One Ampoule

k-beauty-9What exactly is an Ampoule? An ampule is fairly new to our world but they’re basically supercharged serums that contain active ingredients that target problems in the skin like scarring and dullness. Sharashara’s Honey Balm is an all-in-one ampoule that’s in a really cool jar that looks like a genuine honey jar. It contains three kinds of honey which includes, royal jelly, propolis extract and Manuka honey from New Zealand.

You can use this popular korean beauty secret in place of a toner, moisturiser or serum which means that you can skip a few steps. Must say, a very innovate beauty product by the Koreans.

8. Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Out Oil Gel

k-beauty-6If there’s one thing Koreans and Indians share in common, its the need to use ingredients that come from our own homes. Egg is a very popular ingredient in korean skincare and is often used to reduce blackheads, pores and whiteheads. Tony Moly has an Egg Pore Blackhead Out Oil Gel that looks just like an egg! Besides its adorable packaging, it contains white egg extracts that help clean excessive sebum and keep it under control.

It also removes accumulated waste, white heads and black heads. It also helps in tightening enlarged pores and leaves you with beautiful skin. This product by Koreans is eco friendly and you can use the eggshell to grow your own plant after the product is done. This is K-beauty at its cutest best.

9. Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil

k-beauty-5Oil cleansers are very gentle on the skin. In the event that you’ve always found regular cleansers too much for you, clearing oil might be your saving grace. Aromatica makes an amazing Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil. So now you know your mother was always right about Coconut Oil. Who knew it’s the answer to everything?

This product is made with virgin cold-pressed coconut oil. It is also formulated with omega-3s and lavender oil. It contains sunflower and almond oils that leave you silky skinned. This is ideal for sensitive skin. One of the top favourite korean skin care products for acne.

10. Lindsay Modelling Rubber Masks

k-beauty-10Possibly the next step to the sheet mask is the modelling rubber mask. This rubber mask completely changes to fit the contours of your face and allows minerals and nutrients to flow your skin without risk of evaporation. You’ve basically encompassed your own face into its own spa room. It’s useful for all skin types. It comes in a powder that turns into a soft gel when you mix it with water and helps detoxify and tighten the skin. Lindsay Modelling Rubber Masks are particularly popular.

Which is your favourite Korean beauty product? Share your reviews with us.

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Divija is a former New Yorker and UMass graduate, and exciteded to jump right into the Indian beauty scene. She is all about the perfect 90's nude shade and classic red lip, and can't live without her daily dose of mascara and highlighter. She is an avid pop culture junkie and spends hours getting the scoop on every current political issue. Her current favourite TV shows are American Crime Story, Modern Family, Master of None and Doctor Who.

8 COMMENTS

  1. It is worth a mention that even though they use so many products, all of them to a great extent aren’t chemical-laden. They are either outright natural or slightly processed. It goes without saying that Korean girls are cute. All of them :)
    That’s well summed up, Divija. Kudos!

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  3. I’ve heard a lot about how Korean skin care products are really effective, so I really appreciate these product suggestions. I have oily skin, so I’ll be sure to use “a gel based cleanser that is oil-free”. I really want to try out the Black Sugar scrub, and the the Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil!

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