Korean women know a thing about beauty, so much so that Korean beauty products are now the fastest selling in the Western hemisphere.
With so many to choose from and numerous brands on offer, how do you know whether you are getting a renowned Korean beauty product or a dud?
That’s what we are here for. We’ve taken a look at the highest rating Korean beauty products that have had the best reviews and put them all in a handy list for you:
Innisfree It’s real squeeze mask – Green tea 1sheet/20ml – $1.20
If you don’t want to spend a fortune trying out new brands when you are not sure if they will work or not, one way to test a Korean beauty product is to buy one of these handy squeeze masks. There is just the one sheet inside each sachet and there are loads of different ingredients to choose from.
Lindsay Modeling Rubber Mask – Cool – $6
Rubber masks originated in Korea and remain a firm favourite even today, with many A-list celebrities wearing them in selfies to their adoring fans. This one from Lindsay is used in all the top Korean beauty spas, and should not be confused with the regular sheet masks, the modelling ones have a thick rubber layer that conforms to your face and allows rich minerals to sink deep into the skin without first evaporating.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask – $10.50
If you prefer wash off masks then this one is a real treat, as it is made with sparkling water which bubbles on the skins’ surface. The addition of mud and various vegetable ingredients, including green tea, pomegranate and charcoal powder extract work to remove excessive sebum whilst tightening pores at the same time.
Dr. Jart+ Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask – $12
Another rubber mask here but this is a two-step programme. You first apply the concentrated serum onto cleansed skin and then apply the rubber mask which is designed to fit tightly around the face to keep in the precious serum which contains active ingredients such as green tea and grape seed extract. This reacts with the mask to help clear up acne and tighten pores.
Mizon Night Repair Seruming Ampoule – $12.99
If you suffer from tired-looking skin that lacks radiance but want a simple skincare regime then look no further. The Mizon Skin Recovery Night Repair Seruming Ampoule works at night to help revitalize skin and all while you are asleep. It also works to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and brightens and firms up tired skin. Just apply a few dropsonto skin at night and dream your way to better skin.
Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Cream – $36
A multi-tasking Korean beauty product here that comes in a moisturiser but can also be used as a primer, eye and neck cream, a serum and a sleeping face mask. Ingredients include egg white and egg yolk which are highly moisturising and inka omega oil to give intensive nourishment to skin.
Belif – The True Cream Moisturising Bomb – $38
A refreshing beauty cream here that is designed to help with the skins’ elasticity with a combination of apothecary herbs, including antioxidant-rich lady’s mantle which is known to stop free radicals. The name Moisturising Bomb comes from the fact that when this cream is applied to the skin it bursts releasing a flood of moisture that sinks effortlessly into the skin.
May Coop Raw Sauce – $43
For those who have particularly dry skin this Raw Sauce from May Coop is a godsend. It contains highly concentrated maple tree sap which hydrates and moisturises the skin and can also be used as a primer as it is great for preparing the skin for other products.
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist – $49.00
The Korean beauty industry love fermented ingredients such as yeast and you will often see them listed on the back of labels. This product contains more than 90% fermented yeast which has been extracted from Himalayan purple barley and helps to plump skin, refine texture all the while reducing uneven skin tone. The reason many Korean beauty brands use fermented ingredients is because they allow moisture to be absorbed much faster and it is retained for longer.
AmorePacific Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence – $95
Eyes are often the first features on your face to start showing your age, so you should start targeting these areas as soon as possible with a good cream. This one revives tired eyes, adds moisture and de-puffs thanks to the green tea extract which instantly brightens up the whole area. Also contains fermented ingredients that deliver moisture instantly and all in a handy wand that massages the product in gently.
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX – $155
This is a highly concentrated ginseng cream that uses extract of ginseng which is super-hydrating and can be used for brightening up tired skin, adding radiance, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and adding tons of moisture. It also helps to strengthen the skin’s natural regeneration and defense mechanisms.