A lot of people these days have been reaching for Korean beauty products instead of drugstore or luxury products from the United States or Europe. But how do you know which to buy when there are so many out there (and the labels are in another language)? I hopped on the internet to see what Korean beauty products Reddit users swear by.
Reddit has become a place where people can talk about pop culture, their opinions, post memes, have things go viral, and give suggestions on their favorite products. You can search for anything on there. I decided to search "Korean Beauty," and a subreddit with over 4,896 subscribers popped up. That's pretty impressive.
Throughout this subreddit there are suggestions for lip powders, creams, toners, and more. People have asked about makeup, acne remedies, and what to buy when they go to Korea. The good news is that you don't have to actually go to South Korea to find great Korean beauty products. You can find products that have been imported from the country. And you'll be really happy to know that even though you can't read the label (which can be scary sometimes), these products have all been recommended by real people — and they've worked for them, too.
1. The Perfect BB Cream
This BB cream is full of Gatuline RC, hyaluronic acids, and ceramide. They work together to provide moisture to your skin while improving elasticity. Plus, rosemary and chamomile extracts soothe your skin. TiffanyBlue01 says that they always get compliments on their skin when wearing the product, and that it doesn't settle into fine lines.
2. A pH Cleanser That Works
HallyuNoona says, "I use the Good Morning Low pH Cleanser and absolutely love it. I have dehydrated skin...I find that while my skin can cope with the rest of my routine missing a day, missing this product has the biggest difference..." These kind of pH cleansers are great because they help your skin get back to its natural pH level. And you'll notice this change after using it for awhile.
3. A Toner That Helps Calm & Clear Acne Prone Skin
4. An Oil-Based Cleansing Balm That's Safe For Sensitive & Acne-Prone Skin
The super effective Korean double cleansing method involves first removing makeup and sebum with an oil-based cleanser, and then following up with a water-based cleanser. One concern with oil-based products is that they could cause breakouts, but this product is free of pore-clogging mineral oil, which makes it a perfect choice for getting acne-prone skin extra clean.
"The Heimish All Clean Balm is my HG," writes Cbriggsae, "It leaves my face feeling smooth and it doesn't break me out."
5. A Pack Of Sheet Masks Made With Rice
Rice has been used in skin care regimens for ages because it's naturally rich in vitamins and minerals that help keep skin clear and bright. Both stinastudios and geekinheels wrote that this is their favorite Innisfree sheet mask (many of which are widely loved) because it's so "soothing and moisturizing." Isn't that the goal of any great sheet mask?
6. A Facial Peel
This facial peel should leave you with clearer, smoother, and tighter skin. IMightBeeLying said, "I think the product works amazing. It's not abrasive and it really gives you a nice exfoliation. You're left with super soft and brighter looking skin."
7. A Super Hydrating Serum That Doesn't Feel Greasy
This serum is comprised of 50 percent hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate and seal moisture into your skin. Because it's free artificial fragrances, it's great for any skin type that could use some lightweight moisture. Kalipest calls this serum "just straight up good," and 98thRedBalloon loves the texture because it has "no hint of stickiness."
8. A Primer That Instantly Brightens & Protects Against Sun Damage
Any good primer sets the stage for your makeup to go on smoothly and last, but this one looks so great on its own that MancusoMancuso sometimes skips their usual BB cream altogether when using this product. It creates a glowing, dewy effect on the skin that 4everal0ne says isn't "chalky or heavy." And, the SPF 33 provides a layer of sun protection beneath your makeup.
9. Prevent Acne While Reducing Redness
10. A Moisturizer For Oily Skin
The gel moisturizer sinks into skin without making you feel sticky, like some gel creams tend to do. The cream is made with Centaurium Extract and Aloe Vera to soothe skin and lock in moisture. Starelyse recommends this product because it's light but it makes your skin hydrated.
11. A Mascara That Lengthens Lashes
Buttpug1 says they absolutely love this mascara because it's easy to apply to small eyes, plus, it's really waterproof. "I have cried buckets, walked in pouring rain and showered without it budging, even after dabbing off with a tissue. It's a fantastic lengthening mascara with fibers in it, but I definitely can get some volume as well by layering after the previous coat has dried, if that's what I'm feeling that day."
12. Boost Collagen In Your Skin
This collagen-infused cream from Etude House has a light texture similar to a jelly that makes skin feel super moist and bouncy. YourSeoulKey has "repurchased it religiously since its release back in 2008," and whiteivoryelephant says it absorbs super fast.
13. Soften Skin And Reduce Fine Lines
Use this Ampoule as a substitute for tone, lotion, and essence. You'll be left with moist and glossy skin because of the use of honey and propolis extract. Beaches_Pineapples says it's "amazing for softening skin and reducing fine lines...It's inexpensive, and a little goes a long way — using it day and night (a jar) will last you for a year or more."
14. A Purifying Cleanser That Wont Dry You Out
15. A Brightening Wash Off Mask
A wash-off rice mask is great because rice is a rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, and it's also paramount in skin cell regeneration. YourSeoulKey says to use the mask in the shower. Put it on before you wash your hair, and rinse it off afterwards. The steam from the shower will open up your pores, so it will work even better.
16. Deep Clean Pores With A 'HG' Volcanic Ash Clay Mask
This clay mask is one of the most popular out there, and it's raved about in pretty much all corners of the internet. "To me, nothing is better than the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay mask," says iyamsnail in response to a thread about the best clay masks. "I love how it feels when it goes on and the next day my skin looks amazing. HG for me."
17. A Long Lasting Lip Stain
This lightweight lip stain will transform your lips. The lip tint features highly pigmented color that actually moisturizes your lips and lasts. Chubbylam wrote a review about the product, and said that it stains quickly and doesn't transfer, not even to a cup!
18. Use A Cleansing Oil To Remove Makeup
Using a cleansing oil to remove makeup wont dry your skin out. This one is made with green tea and chamomile to soothe skin. Ellie_Saurich says this is the best oil cleanser, and that it was the go-to product for removing makeup the past two months.
19. Create A Moisture Barrier With A Serum
20. Nourish Skin With An Overnight Mask
Brighten, hydrate, and nourish skin with an overnight mask. This one is made with rice extract that will leave you with radiant-looking skin. Bayamama said that it is "the very first (and only) product where I felt a difference the next morning."
21. Use A Spot Treatment For Stubborn Pimples
22. A Product That Targets Whiteheads
23. A Sleeping Mask For Your Lips
This lip mask hydrates and smoothes out your pout while you're sleeping. It's formulated with moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, and the product creates a thin barrier against your lips that traps in the nourishing ingredients until you wash it off the next morning. "OMG THIS STUFF IS LIFE CHANGING," raves quack_quack_moo in their review. "With this sleeping mask, my lips are totally smooth and hydrated"
24. Soothe Skin With A Revolutionary Essence
The essence (or toner) soothes, hydrates, brightens, and repairs sun damage. It's made with Fermented Yeast Extract, which helps improve the foundation of skin. Ambergold7 says that it's her 'Holy Grail' product and she'll be using it forever.
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