22 Korean Skin Care Products With A Cult-Following On Amazon

The incredible range of intriguing Korean skin care products is always expanding, especially for those of us who are recently discovering the magic of gentle cleansing, sheet masks, and snail mucin.

Luckily, we have the savvy marketplace of Amazon at our expense to crowdsource and discover the best Korean skin care with a cult-following — the products that even the most well-versed aficionados can't get enough of.

When a product is consistently chosen by the results-driven shoppers of Amazon, you can bet it's a safe choice, even if it sounds pretty wild. Sure, your first instinct might not be to try and rub things like rice water, charcoal, or wine on your face, but when you scour through hundreds of positive Amazon reviews, you'll certainly be more tempted to try it. And believe me — once you rub rice water on your face, you won't go back.

I'd argue that one of the only things more relaxing than a nice Korean sheet mask after a long day is winding down with an Amazon scroll-fest, carefully curating your wish lists and keeping your eyes peeled for sales, especially when it comes to the Korean skin care products most loved by the beauty community.

by Emily Estep

1. This Charcoal Sponge That Exfoliates

MY Konjac Sponge Facial Sponge, $10, Amazon

Korean skin care is all about treating the skin gently, which means avoiding harsh, physical exfoliation. With this Konjac sponge, you can naturally exfoliate your skin each time you cleanse, using this sponge to apply product or just on its own. Plus, this specific Konjac sponge is made with activated bamboo charcoal, which further cleans pores and helps to prevent acne.


2. The All-In-One Cream Powered By Snails

Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream, $14, Amazon

This snail repair cream from Mizon is a one-stop shop for moisturizing and pampering. For those who are new to the snail goo scene, it's also the perfect way to introduce this GOAT ingredient into your routine, with a vformula that's 92 percent snail mucus extract and completely free of parabens, fragrance, or artificial color.


3. This Set Of Sheet Masks That Gives You Variety

TONYMOLY I'm Real Mask Sheet Mask, $12 (11 Pack), Amazon

This sample pack of 11 sheet masks from TONYMOLY's I'm Real line lets you try out a variety of active ingredients, including red wine, seaweed, aloe vera, and more, so you can figure out which kind of sheet masks are best for your skin. Regardless of which ones you experiment with, you're in for a hydrating, spa-like treat.


4. The Legendary Mask That Foams Up On Your Skin

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $11, Amazon

There are a handful of reasons why this bubble clay mask is a cult fave on Amazon. The chief two reasons? It uses bubbling mud to deeply clean your pores, obliterating blackheads and other pesky sebum, and when you apply it to your face, it foams up in the silliest, most satisfying way. Plus, Amazon reviewers say it's gentle on sensitive skin.


5. This Cleansing Oil That's Made Of Rice Water

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Oil, $11, Amazon

This light cleansing oil gently gets rid of dirt, makeup, and excess sebum with the power of rice water and moringa oil, which are known for their detoxifying qualities. If you've never removed makeup with a cleansing oil before, you will be blown away by the difference it can make, and this rice water oil is sure to convert you.


6. The BB Cream That Protects You From The Sun

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, $11, Amazon

While Western BB creams often leave much to be desired, Korean BB creams are a total game changer — offering light, reliable coverage, moisture, and shielding from the sun. Namely, this BB cream from Missha is one of the best on the market, available in multiple shades and offering SPF 42 PA+ protection from the sun's UV rays in a bouncy, comfortable formula.


7. These Patches That Help Heal Acne Overnight

Cosrx Acne Master Patch, $5, Amazon

These acne patches from Cosrx can be the difference between a pimple healing overnight and waking up to an even more swollen, irritated bump. They work similarly to regular bandages, but they also absorb pus, sebum, and dead skin. Plus, they keep you from picking at your skin, which is a bonus.


8. These Sheet Masks Made With Honey, Kiwi, And More

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Sheet Mask, $15 (15 Pack), Amazon

These elaborate set of Innisfree sheet masks comes with a long list of mask ingredients to try, including green tea, manuka honey, kiwi, mugwort, and 11 more. Everyone's skin is different, and a variety pack of sheet masks is a super simple way to figure out what yours responds to the best, all while deeply hydrating your moisture barrier.


9. This Peeling Gel That Exfoliates And Moisturizes

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel, $40, Amazon

This vitamin-enriched chemical exfoliator applies like a gel and dries to a peel-off consistency — leaving your face free of dead skin and clogged pores. As far are peeling gels go, this gel from Dr. G is relatively mild, making it a good option for first-timers and those looking to try something new.


10. These Eye Patches That Nourish Under Eye Circles

Purederm Collagen Eye Zone Pad Patches, $6 (2 Packs of 30), Amazon

These collagen patches are enriched with Vitamin E, green tea, and tropical fruits — and once applied, they add hydration to the sensitive under eye area while reducing puffiness. Reviewers like to put these on in the morning while they're getting ready, and love that they look awake the rest of the day.


11. This Aloe Vera Gel That Soothes And Evens Out Skin

Natural Republic Aloe Vera Gel, $9, Amazon

The multiple uses of magical aloe vera are numerous, which is why it's no wonder that this 92 percent aloe vera gel has become a cult favorite on Amazon. Besides cutting open an aloe plant, this is about as close as you're going to get to the source, and hey, you'd have to grow a lot of aloe plants to get this much gel. It's incredibly soothing and can balance redness right out of your complexion.


12. This Cleanser That Balances PH Levels

Etude House 10-in-1 House Wonder Pore Freshener, $11, Amazon

This brilliant pore refreshing product from Etude House dives into the Korean trend of keeping the pH balance of your skin in check, which can prevent excessively dry skin from forming and much more. Offering ten uses, Wonder Pore deeply cleanses skin, removes sebum, moisturizes, and balances your pH levels, which is why so many people have added it to their routines.


13. This Versatile Pack Of 16 Different Sheet Masks

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Sheet Mask, $9 (16 Pack), Amazon

This collection of sheet masks offers versatility for everyone from sheet masks newbies to the most seasoned of us, offering 16 different sheet masks with an area of beneficial ingredients, including charcoal, gold, and royal jelly. Each one is packed first and foremost with collagen, however, making these masks extremely moisturizing.


14. This BB Cream That Contains Caviar And Gold

Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm BB Cream VIP Gold, $14, Amazon

The line of BB creams from Skin79 is quite popular in general, with the VIP Gold BB cream standing out as a true cult classic. With light coverage, it blurs out imperfections in the skin, provides serious moisture, and shields skin from the sun with SPF 30/PA++ protection. And, of course, this "VIP" product contains small amounts of straight-up gold and even caviar, which promote skin elasticity.


15. The Mineral Powder That Absorbs Oil And Mattifies

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, $9, Amazon

This simple but powerful mineral powder aims to control sebum throughout the day, offering a makeup touch-up or simply a brief respite from oily or sweaty skin on a muggy day. In addition to the natural Jeju clay that absorbs oil, it's also packed with natural mint, which Amazon reviewers say makes the perfect revitalizing pick-me-up throughout the day.


16. This Powerful Ampoule Fueled With Snail Secretion Filtrate

Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule, $13, Amazon

This intense ampoule from Mizon is almost all snail, with a formula that is 80 percent snail secretion filtrate and completely free of parabens, artificial coloring, or artificial fragrance. That snail goo works with your natural moisture barrier to create plump, deeply hydrated skin, and it also slowly fades away PIH and scars, while helping acne and any other wounds heal quickly without further scarring or pigmentation.


17. This Stick Cleanser That Also Massages Skin

Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Stick Cleanser, $21, Amazon

People are loving this simple but effective rose stick cleanser, which deeply cleanses the skin while also massaging it, promoting healthy blood flow and adding a bit of deserved pampering to your routine. It's also completely hypoallergenic, so it's a safe bet if you're worried about any allergies flaring up. Finally, who doesn't love the soft scent of rose petals?


18. This Gel Cleanser That Lowers Your Skin's PH Level

Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser, $10, Amazon

Korean skin care advocates take skin pH seriously — with more alkaline products causing dryness and even possible eczema — so this low pH gel cleanser has become a go-to product for people whose tap water has a higher pH level or whose routine isn't particularly pH balanced in general. If you have no idea what's going on with the pH in your products, this cleanser is an easy way to get started on the balancing.


19. This Exfoliating Scrub Made With Brazilian Black Sugar

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator, $9, Amazon

Brazilian black sugar crystals work their magic in this wash off sugar mask, which exfoliates skin super gently while also moisturizing, thanks to the various vitamins and minerals found in the black sugar. Amazon reviewers say they love this mask for getting rid of blackheads, and that it smell so delicious, you'll be tempted to taste it.


20. This Treatment Essence That Does It All

Missha The First Treatment Essence, $28, Amazon

The benefits from this treatment essence are endless, with Amazon reviewers swearing by its ability to hydrate, soothe, and even fill in wrinkles and repair damaged skin. It's powered by yeast extract (which makes up 80 percent of the formula), and designed to moisturize and firm the skin naturally. One reviewer says, "I've been using Missha Essence for almost a year now and have noticed a remarkable difference."


21. This Sherbet Cleanser That Removes Any Trace Of Makeup

Banila Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser, $19, Amazon

This cleansing sherbet is wildly popular in Korea and therefore has become a rite of passage for anyone interested in Korean beauty, softly cleansing the skin with a light sherbet scent and completely removing all makeup. Korean skin care routines may have a lot of steps, but a solid cleanser that truly gets rid of every drop of makeup can save you plenty of time.


22. This Mask That Works While You're Asleep

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $21, Amazon

This indulgent sleeping mask is the fast route to moisturized skin — and it's as easy as wearing it while you sleep. Overnight, your skin slowly absorbs this deeply hydrating mask, which is even infused with a variety of essences to create a dreamy scent to help you fall into a deep slumber.

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