April 26, 2019 | 62° F

Just face it: Korean skincare products for every skin type

If you’re someone who is always on trend, then you’ve most likely heard about the current buzz surrounding Korean skin and beauty care products. And there's hype around K-beauty for a reason: one of Korea's main exports are its skincare products, and because they tend to consist of all-natural, unique ingredients, many consumers find K-beauty and skincare more effective than American household names found at CVS. If you don’t keep up with the latest products but are willing to try anything at least once, then this list of some of the best Korean beauty products available in the United States will help you catch up.

Banila Co: Clean It Zero Classic/ Clean It Zero Purity

Whether you’re prone to acne as a result of genetics or you have skin that has never seen a breakout, regardless, it's important to maintain some sort of daily skin care routine. The first step is to use an oil cleanser (not to be confused with the typical oil-free washes) that works best for your skin type. Banila Co’s best of K-Beauty award-winning oil cleanser, which is retailed at $16, is great for most skin types. It contains ingredients like papaya extract, which acts as an exfoliator, as well as acerola extract, a fruit that contains vitamin C, which helps brighten the skin. If you’re someone who has sensitive skin, Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Purity oil cleanser, which is retailed at $25, is free from artificial coloring, synthetic fragrance, alcohol parabens and mineral oil. “For those who are extra cautious about chemicals or extra sensitive, this cleanser is a dream-come-true!” said a staff reviewer from Soko Glam.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam with Volcanic Cluster

One of the great things about this dermatologically-tested foaming cleanser is that it is the perfect fit for people with sensitive skin. It is free of mineral oil, animal products, fragrance and preservatives. Foaming cleansers are useful because they thoroughly cleanse your skin by removing water debris, like sweat and dirt. Although many do not need to use this double cleanser, it is useful to gently remove all of the impurities that your skin has accumulated throughout the day. "Not everybody will double cleanse, it’s really up to the (person)," said Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach and Lilly, in an article by The Coveteur. “I think because there is more of a focus on skin health in SoKo, women are more into wiping things off very gently.” Another great thing about this product is that it is retailed at only $9 and can be found at your local Walmart. 

Acwell: Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner

While not always seen as necessary, toner is actually beneficial in many ways. It helps diminish blemishes and spots from hyper-pigmentation, the superficial scarring that some people experience post-breakout. A high concentration of licorice, which goes deep into your skin and illuminates it from the outside, is a key ingredient. There is also peony extract, which has an antioxidant effect that resembles Vitamin E, and green tea extract, which acts as a calming agent that helps fade acne scars and dark spots. According to SokoGlam, all are great assets that give your skin radiance and a natural glow. The best part of this toner is in the name—the licorice contains a pH level of 5.5. This toner is retailed at $18 and can be found on Soko Glam. 

Papa Recipe Bombee Rose Gold Honey Masks

Sheet masks are great for the skin when it is feeling dry and irritated. This hydrating product fills in fine lines, gets rid of those cracking flakes on the surface of the skin and gives a glow. This product not only contains all natural ingredients, but it is cruelty-free and does not contain fillers or harmful fragrances, dyes or parabens or sulphates, according to Amazon. It is useful in replenishing, rejuvenating and protecting the skin from irritants. The best part about it is that it is only $18 on Amazon.

Although it may be enticing to try different skin care products, it's important to remember that every product doesn't work the same for every user. The best piece of advice is to figure out what works best for your skin because even though it may be a favorite with everyone else, it might not be best for your skin. “Don’t feel overwhelmed. First, get to know your skin,” said Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Soko Glam. “Slowly add products to your routine and see if the consistency and ingredients are beneficial to your skin.”

Almier McCoy

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