When we say Gangnam Style, you most likely think of the song by Psy and maybe even the dance that accompanies it. What you’re less likely to think of is how the Gangnam district of Seoul, which is what the song is named after, is basically the South Korean equivalent to Beverly Hills. Both embody beauty and luxury. What is more luxurious than looking beautiful and having flawless skin? Korean beauty products are hitting the American market with full force and we can’t complain! Here are some of our tried-and-true Korean skincare products:
Erborian’s Solid Cleansing Oil removes any traces of makeup and is great for a gentle cleanse. This is different from a cleansing balm in that it’s not as heavy or waxy. To use it, apply it to a dry face and massage it into the skin until it emulsifies into a milky consistency, then rinse. In Korea, many women use this as the first step of the double cleansing method. The first step is meant for makeup removal while the second step is meant for deep cleansing. The myriad of plant oils in the product are effective at removing makeup and purifying the skin without being too abrasive. What we love about it is the scent! The scent derives from herbs traditionally used in Korean beauty products, one of which is green tea.
The Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel is a godsend for those seeking hydration, brightening and depuffing from their eye cream. The gel formula that is popular in most Korean skincare products absorbs quickly into the skin while maximizing moisture. The bamboo sap in the product promotes natural cell turnover and regeneration, making it a great product to combat dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness. The product also has a 24-hour time release formula, meaning it doesn’t need to be applied day and night. Not only does this save time in your skincare routine, but it also saves money because you use less product. What’s not to love?
Belif Aqua Bomb is a face moisturizer that also has a gel-based formula that leaves the skin refreshed, hydrated and soft. This dermatologist-tested moisturizer is great for minimizing pores and leaving skin hydrated without feeling greasy. It’s also great for those with normal to oily skin. If you’re one of our dry skin readers, try its sister the Moisturizing Bomb. The Moisturizing Bomb is even more hydrating than the Aqua bomb and is great for intense hydration and firming.
Too Cool for School Egg Cream Mask Hydration is one of our favorites because it provides intense hydration (as the name suggests) and makes our skin look brighter and more radiant. This wouldn’t be a post about Korean skincare if we didn’t mention a sheet mask. The egg extracts and coconut water in the mask provide intense moisture and radiance in the skin. This hypoallergenic mask is targeted at dry and dull skin. If you have dry and sensitive skin or are having an at-home spa day, this mask is for you!
Speaking of eggs, the Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm is an amazing product to extract blackheads from the skin. One of our biggest skincare pet peeves is trying to remove pesky blackheads. The balm contains a salt scrub, a charcoal scrub, and egg extracts. The two scrubs are targeted to remove blackheads and whiteheads, while the egg extracts nourish the skin. It also contains a heating agent that gets warm as you rub it into the skin, making it a similar experience to putting a steamed towel to open the pores. What caught our eye with this product is its adorable packaging. It’s literally an egg-shaped jar that you open to reveal the product. How cute is that?
Are you still looking at another product to detox your pores? The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask is an innovative mask that acts like a bubble bath for your face. This clay mask is packed with charcoal powder, which is an ingredient known to unclog pores. It also bubbles when exposed to oxygen, which also helps remove the dirt and sebum in your pores. We love that it works but more importantly, how much fun it is to watch our faces bubble up. Be careful not apply it too close to your nostrils, eyes, and lips. Otherwise, have fun applying this bubbly mask!
Have you tried any of these? What are your favorite Korean skincare products?