Make up experts have their favorite products are usually happy to share them with us, including these Korean beauty products that will do wonders for your look. As we all know, Korean women are always lovely and flawless and if we could just copy their routine, we too can have a radiant glowing complexion. So if you're asking yourself which Korean beauty products are worth your time and money, you are in the right place. Each item on this list gets rave reviews from the experts, who are absolutely obsessed with every single one of them. With these products in your cosmetics bag, you'll always look and feel your best. In the meantime, we can thank our friends at Elle.com for sharing these fabulous Korean beauty products that are true miracles!
"[These acne-treating dots] are every Korean girl's must-have blemish SOS item, so we set out to create this with the best pharmaceutical company to create one that is hygienic and all FDA-compliant," says Alicia Yoon. The tiny patches loaded with hydrocolloid "creates a moist healing environment to help acne heal faster without drying or irritating skin and draws out all the gunk in pores." You just slap one of these tiny, invisible stickers onto any pimples for a "a few hours, overnight or through the day" and apply makeup over it so no one will be the wiser.
Like decorative sheet masks, lip masks are total Instabait. But whether you're angling for likes or just serious about skincare, you want one that works. While many of them "slip and slide when on so they're not fully delivering all the good stuff into lips, this one really stays put, which means the amazing ingredients—Vitamin C rich yuzu, hydrating coconut for hydration, and nourishing honey—are really being absorbed," says Yoon.
Another Insta stories fave are rubber masks. Lee likes the newest iteration: Rubber Masks, which "create a light, translucent gel that seals in hydration and deeply infuses nutrients." Twenty minutes is all you need to get "a layer of glowing 'face gloss' effect."
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A departure from the usual K-Beauty skin and makeup offerings, this oil is the star product within a natural hair care brand concocted by head stylists at celeb fave Seoul salon Jenny M. "A blend of annatto, organ and pumpkin seed oils help detangle, soften and nourish the hair while also protecting it from the sun, which is especially important for processed and damaged hair," says Cho.
"We love this innovative gel-serum sunscreen because it completely disappears into skin without any white cast, making it perfect for all skin types and tones," says Sarah Lee. "One pump goes a long way during the day, and lasts you all summer."
"This humble bar soap went absolutely viral in Korea," notes Yoon. And that's for good reason. The all-natural, handmade soap "helps clear acne, refines pores and removes even the most stubborn makeup in all of 30 seconds."
Of all the sheet masks on the market, the most effective ones are those made of biocellulose because they "hold more liquid than microfiber and have the unique ability to transfer the moisture when it comes in contact with skin. Cho scoured the market to find the best of the bunch and this one created by a team of dermatologists came out on top.
"Pearl extracts are the hottest ingredients in Korea right now because they not only intensely hydrate the skin, but they have brightening properties as well," reports Cho. "This toner is flying off the shelves in Korea because of its milky consistency, as well as hydrating marine and pearl extracts."
This brand's claim is inventing BB Cream and now they're introducing another hybrid—a toner slash essence. This new category can be worn as an "essence or layered as your toner, essence and moisturizer in one," says Charlotte Cho. "The hyaluronic acid boosts your hydration levels all day and keeps you glowing and dewy."
"This pillow-proof overnight sleeping mask exfoliates and hydrates with fresh watermelon extract," says Lee. "While you're sleeping, AHAs and hyaluronic acid work to leave your skin soothed, smoothed, glow-y, and radiant in the morning."
"This cleanser melts makeup while gently foaming up for the perfect cleanse," says Lee. It also multitasks! The formula "leaves skin soft, hydrated, and bouncy, eliminating the need for a toner and the gel can be used as a wash-off mask for a 10 minute burst of hydration."
"Korean Airlines stewardesses swear by this to give you a vivid, bright pop of color on your lips that will last all day," says Cho. "It's such an iconic and bestselling product that it's rightfully nicknamed the 'Lip tint of Korea.'"
Packed with salicylic acid that gently exfoliates skin along with soothing lavender and nourishing milk proteins, this sleeping mask "smells amazing and you wake up with brighter, smoother, baby-soft skin," says Yoon.
A rumor has been going around that the Korean skincare regimen must include no less than ten steps, but our experts' love of multitaskers, like this one, proves that to be false. So all you skincare slackers can feel better about that. Lee, for one, adores this hybrid, which "condenses a serum into a moisturizer format" thus allowing you to skip a step. Beyond saving you time, the "unique dessert-like texture seamlessly melts into skin to plump and fill it."
Egg whites have been used in everything from facial soap to skin-smoothing masks, but the yolk has gone largely ignored. "Now, a biotech company has found a way to extract oils from the egg yolk, which delivers altogether more intensive and comprehensive skin benefits," explains Yoon. This oil does everything from brightening to healing to hydrating to preventing pimples.
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