I’m always insanely interested in the makeup and skincare trends that are going on in other countries, and this is especially true for the best Korean beauty products that are trending at the moment. For one, my biggest complaint about American skin care and cosmetics tends to be the ingredients. While natural skin care is currently — and has always been — a huge priority in Korea, up until pretty recently, the vast majority of American bottles and tubes were filled with unpronounceable ingredients and toxic chemicals. Secondly, the Korean beauty scene doesn’t shy away from the weird stuff — strange skin care solutions like salmon eggs, snail goo, and donkey milk. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for trying out new things until I find something that actually works, even if it's a little unconventional.
If you’re looking to get into the Korean beauty scene, you’re in luck: now’s a better time than ever. Not only are the most popular Korean skin care products readily available on the internet and can be shipped straight to your door (which definitely beats a 14-hour flight in the name of a solid BB cream), but you can immediately find out which products are trending like crazy because of Amazon’s Korean Beauty Best Sellers page. Here are a few of the most brilliant recent picks that people can’t seem to get enough of.
1. Lift Away Impurities With Fermented Flower Extracts
Made with hypoallergenic fermented flower extracts, this Su:m 37 miracle rose cleanser is a convenient cleanser in stick form. It creates a gentle lather that lifts away impurities from pores and the skin’s surface, and it’s trending like crazy right now because people can’t get enough of the amazing scent, travel-friendly design, and gorgeous results.
For skin in need of deep cleansing, the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask uses the power of carbonated bubbles to cleanse, slough off dead skin cells, and clear pores. Charcoal powder works to absorb impurities, while nutrients including green tea and pomegranate replenish the skin for a soft, smooth feel in under 10 minutes.
3. Snail Extracts Are Impeccable At Solving All Your Skin Problems
Snail mucus is popular in Asian and European beauty products, and for good reason: It helps address virtually every skin challenge, from acne and dark spots to pimples to pores. Curious? The MIZON All-in-One Snail Repair Cream is made from snail mucus extract to serve as your skin's all-around problem solver, and its unique "chewy" texture leaves skin feeling bright, resilient, and replenished. MIZON's other products – such as a regenerative eye cream – work in conjunction with the repair cream to perfect your skin.
4. These Luxurious Sheet Masks For Every Type Of Skin Day
People are obsessing over these Innisfree It's Real Squeeze mask sheets. They come in a set of 15, and each one features different natural ingredients for whatever skin issue you’re facing that day. Use them for everything from toning and T-zone oiliness to blackheads and brightening, and every single one is luxurious and effective. And for just 15 bucks? That's way less expensive than the average department store's buys.
5. Perpetually Clogged Skin? Try A Charcoal Sponge!
Charcoal products are on every beauty lover's wish list these days, and the My Konjac Sponge is a 100 percent natural way to experience its cleansing, exfoliating abilities. The sponge has serious blackhead- and acne-fighting powers, promotes cell growth for skin renewal, and can be used alone – or with your favorite cleanser – to give you even, clear skin.
6. Use A Marine Water Moisturizer To Balance Out Oily Skin
This Nature Republic super aqua watery cream is actually made with pure Sapporo water plus 30 kinds of marine plant extracts that help to moisturize and heal skin from the inside out. It’s a great moisturizer for oily skin because it helps to balance pores while still keeping them hydrated and elastic.
7. Cover All Your Bases With A Tinted Moisturizer Cream
If you’re looking for a gentle formula that covers all your bases, the MISSHA M complete BB cream moisturizes, evens, and covers in one simple application. The botanical ingredients care for and tone your skin, while the paraban-free translucent color gives you matte coverage for up to 12 hours at a time.
8. Balance Your Complexion With The Power Of Vitamin C
You know vitamin C is good for your body, but turns out, your skin can benefit from it, too. Skin with a dull, lifeless tone, noticeable pores, and even scarring can be transformed and revitalized with Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, a non-irritating serum gentle enough for the most sensitive of skin. Simply massage the serum into skin, and let the vitamin C brighten, clear, and rejuvenate your skin for a healthy, fresh glow.
9. This Rice Water Combination For A Fresh Face
The combination of this The Face Shop rice water bright cleansing oil and foam has people flipping out, saying things like, “I can’t remember the last time my face was this soft,” and “I am so so happy with this set.” Both the cleanser and the oil are made from absorbent and balancing rice water, which are great for removing makeup, cleansing pores, restoring hydration, and creating a clean, fresh canvas for foundation.
10. Firm Skin With Harakeke Seed Extracts
The Harakeke seed from New Zealand activates metabolic processes in the skin, speeding up collagen and cell regrowth for skin that’s firm, elastic, and bright. The Saem Urban Eco firming seed cream is another trending cream that works wonders as a moisturizer because it’s calming, softening, and just the food your skin needs to effectively rejuvenate itself.
11. This Primer Does Way More Than Prime
If you’re in the market for an amazing primer that does way more than prime, look no further than V D L Lumilayer primer. Yes, it’s a great base for your makeup, but it also minimizes pores, controls sebum production, and lightly exfoliates with its textured formula.
12. A Nighttime Repair Serum With Healthy Bacteria
The most innovative part of this Missha Time Revolution night repair serum is that it’s actually got healthy bacteria to help repopulate the surface of your skin at night, fighting off the bad kind of bacteria that causes excess oil production and blemishes. People love that it’s absorbent, moisturizing, and deeply repairing.
13. Fresh, Bright Under-Eyes Whether It's Day Or Night
If you’re looking to overcome dark circles and have fresh, moisturized under-eyes, Etude House eye cream is the way to go. It replenishes the suppleness in your skin to keep it healthy and plump, and because of its pleasant smell and non-sticky texture, you can use it before bed or under your makeup during the day.
14. Get A Taste Of Summer With This Peachy Lip Scrub
When it comes to skin care, lips don't often get the love they deserve. Treat them to TONYMOLY KISS KISS, a gentle and hydrating lip scrub that leaves lips feeling soft and full. The scrub uses honey, grains, and vegetable particles to nourish lips without causing irritation. Pro tip: Swipe on your favorite lip balm after use to maximize your pout's silkiness.
15. This Healing Nightcap For Your Face
Enjoy a bit of wine before bed with this Innisfree Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack. It’s packed with actual red wine extracts from France, which create a barrier over the surface of your skin to lift away dead skin cells and lock in the moisture overnight. People love the jelly-like consistency, which keeps skin soft, moist, and plump, but never greasy.
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