Best Korean-Beauty Skin Care With its emphasis on nourishing hydration, gentle ingredients, and a natural, lit-from-within glow, Korean beauty has grown in the last few years from a seeming fad to a major player in the beauty industry. And while we’ve written about lots of Korean beauty products — including the best vegan K-beauty products, the blogger-approved Korean skin-care products, and Korean spa mitts for baby-smooth skin — here, we’ve rounded up the best Korean beauty products as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. We’ve organized this a little differently from our other People’s Choice posts since K-beauty products run the gamut from serums to sheet masks. So we have a best-rated pick, but no less-expensive favorite. Instead, we’ve included the best in each category of skin-care product — as well as a couple of extremely well-reviewed masks for your feet and hair that we just couldn’t pass up.
Best-rated Korean-beauty product
There is no shortage of Korean face masks to choose from on Amazon, but this brand (and this particular set) is by far the best-rated. More than 19,000 reviewers give this set of sheet masks five stars, and hundreds say the masks make their skin more hydrated. One reviewer whose skin was so dry and flaky they “literally ‘snow’ everywhere” uses these nightly and says “my face started to clear up in a couple of days.” The masks work on a variety of other skin-care woes, too. “Not only did I get bright and glowing skin, but most of my acne went away in literally one use,” one reviewer writes, while another, suffering from acne scars, says after two months, “I’ve seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars they are almost completely gone.” But for many people, it comes down to one thing: “My favorite part about this product is the price.”
Best Korean-beauty cleansing balm
Shoppers love that this three-in-one cleansing balm melted away even tough-to-erase makeup. “This one is by far the best cleanser I have ever used. I always use thick waterproof mascara, and this cleanser COMPLETELY removes it,” one says. According to another, “I absolutely love it and feel stupid for not getting it sooner! Since using this stuff, I wash my face every night because it’s EASY, not messy, and literally takes less than five minutes.” And even though the balm deeply cleans the skin, reviewers found it was very gentle and nonirritating. “This product does what it says it’s supposed to, and that’s to remove every little bit of makeup from your face. The best part is it does this without going Rambo on your skin,” they say. “This cleansing balm is gentle, soothing, and moisturizing. I have sensitive skin and a lot of products are too harsh, so this might be an item that those with sensitivity issues may want to try.”
Best Korean-beauty powder cleanser
Reviewers say that this gentle powder cleanser is a (much) more affordable dupe of the $65 Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder we’ve written about before. “This is wonderful to use,” says one reviewer. “It starts off with some texture and then foams up to a creamy soft cleanser. It’s just as good as Tatcha and it smells better and costs a lot less. My skin is very soft afterward.” Another reviewer likes that the cleanser exfoliates gently thanks to its powder formulation, which has “no harsh grits to hurt your sensitive skin. It is definitely comparable to [the] Tatcha rice cleanser without the hefty price tag.” As for how to apply it, “Just wet your face and hands, pour a nickel-sized amount in one hand and then spread it all over your face,” a third reviewer writes. “No tightness, no drying, no stinging. Magical.”
Best Korean-beauty double-cleansing duo
Those looking for a double-cleansing duo found this pair from the Face Shop got the job done. “IT WORKS,” writes one reviewer. “I have been using this combination of products (along with toner, essence, ampoule, and serum) for about four days now and my skin has never looked so good. I have not broken out, and I have not seen a single dry flake. Would buy this again and again.” Another says, “Love this combo for a double cleanse. Oil cleanser feels nice and silky.” For those who haven’t tried double cleansing but want to, one shopper thinks these products would be a good place to start. “I have been looking into double cleansing for a while and bought this product since I heard it was good for beginners,” writes this recommender. “I was not disappointed! This product has been amazing. My skin is so much brighter and gives me the glow I’ve been looking for. My acne scars are less noticeable, and my skin tone is more even.”
Best Korean-beauty snail-mucin moisturizer
There are lots of benefits to using snail mucin in a skin-care routine, thanks to glycoproteins, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid, which help seal in moisture and make skin look dewy and glowy. And this mucin-packed moisturizer, which also tops our list of best-rated snail mucin skin-care products, is beloved by many reviewers because it helps solve a number of skin-care problems. “If there was only one product that I could purchase for my skin for the rest of my life, it would be this cream,” one reviewer says. “A couple of weeks after I started using this cream, I started getting compliments on my skin. It hydrates for a more youthful appearance, soothes my sensitive skin (removes redness), and helps with achieving the coveted ‘glass skin’ that has created a fixation with K-beauty.” Reviewers even note that it’s good for eczema, rosacea, and under-eye bags. Dozens have noticed an improvement in their wrinkles. “It has helped make a noticeable difference in the fine lines across my forehead and around the corners of my eyes,” one writes, while another says “A lot of the lines on my face, particularly the ones around my mouth, have virtually disappeared.”
Best Korean-beauty moisturizer for acne
This is another snail-mucin moisturizer, one that reviewers say has really helped with their acne. “I have problem acne around my jaw and neck,” one writes, “and it already seems to be helping that in the three days I’ve used it more than anything else I’ve tried.” Another says, “Because of my years of cystic acne, I have scarring on my cheeks, and I use this morning and night and my face is so soft and my cystic acne has become small and extremely manageable. Pimples that the last one to two days at most and aren’t large and painful.” Because it works on both acne and scarring, one reviewer calls it a “truly multifunction cream”: “It has the power of calming down redness, reducing acne, fading hyperpigmentation. I have been using it for only two weeks and already saw a result.” It’s also lightweight, which means “it doesn’t feel tacky on my face, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple, AND BONUS it’s really helped over the last year with my acne scarring.”
Best Korean-beauty sunscreen
Many reviewers who were once skeptical of using sunscreen on their acne-prone or sensitive skin are now daily users of this Etude House sunscreen. One fifty-year-old reviewer from Florida was compelled to start using sunscreen in order to protect her sensitive skin from aging, and appreciates that this one “is extremely light. Also, [it] gives me great coverage while giving skin a nice matted feel, even when I’m outside and sweating my face doesn’t get shiny.” Hundreds of other reviewers agree that compared to many greasy-feeling sunscreens, this one actually is “quite mattifying and drying. I used a serum and moisturizer underneath and it was perfect for my dry/combo skin,” as one puts it, before adding that this “holy grail product” also “wears well under foundation.” Reviewers with oily skin especially appreciate the product’s mattifying effect since it keeps oil “in check all day! It made my skin look dewy, healthy, [and] glowy, and not greasy oil slick,” writes one customer with self-described super oily skin, who agrees that it kept both her skin and makeup “looking fresh all day.”
Best Korean-beauty face peel
One reviewer compares the experience of using this peeling gel to a “car crash — intensely disturbing to watch, but I could not look away from all the dead skin being lifted off my face. Every single dry and dull patch [is] gone and even my roughest spots feel like baby skin!” (They add that their “enlarged pores were immediately reduced and hardly noticeable … they have not looked this good since my 30s.”) Such disbelief seems to be a common emotion when using this gel — one reviewer writes that they used to think their face “was clean and the exfoliator I was using was doing a good job … Wrong … The first time I used it I was in shock, but as I continued to use it my skin feels tighter, less greasy, and some of my blemishes have started to disappear … I don’t know who this Dr. G is, but he/she did their thing with this product.” And a third reviewer likens using this gel to getting a scrub at a Korean spa: “When an ajumma gives you a scrub, she is scrubbing so hard you are positive she is scrubbing all the ugly you’ve had for the last 35 years off … That’s what this peel will do for you.”
Best Korean-beauty vitamin-C serum
“Best vitamin C serum ever,” writes one reviewer, who like many of this product’s five star reviewers (and our readers who made this a Strategist best-seller), loves what it has done for their dark spots and hyperpigmentation. “My skin is brighter, looks smoother, looks more supple and youthful,” writes one. “People keep telling me how amazing my skin looks and several people have described my face as glowy.” Another reviewer who admits to having “nice 25-year-old skin apart from hyperpigmentation and acne scars from teen years” says this is a must have. Many reviewers also compare this serum to department store brands like Skinceuticals and Drunk Elephant because of the results they see. Plus, says one reviewer, this formula is safe enough to use on its own. “There’s no need to cocktail anything with this serum, which sinks in nicely while cushioned with hyaluronic acid. Nice citrusy smell, too, but not overpowering.”
Best Korean-beauty hyaluronic-acid serum
Reviewers appreciate that this three-ingredient hyaluronic-acid serum is simply made, and it causes “absolutely NO irritation,” according to one reviewer with sensitive skin who is “also extremely prone to breakouts.” Another reviewer, who was recommended this chemical-free product by an aesthetician, agrees that “it doesn’t burn, and my skin feels amazing after,” adding that when used with a derma roller the plumping serum reduced her wrinkles to “little stretch marks.” Dozens of customers report using it during micro-needling, including one who says “it has a great slip to help slide the needle cartridge smoothly” across their skin, adding that the “ingredients are all good for my skin, so no worries about needing it in.” But reviewers attest to its hydrating effect even when applied without a needle roller. One customer daps the serum under their eyes to keep “my under eyes youthful and plump,” and another, who recommends applying the serum with wet hands, says their “skin absorbs it” immediately.
Best Korean-beauty essence
More than 2,700 reviewers give this product a five-star rating and say it’s a welcome addition to their skin-care routine. “Of all of the things I’ve tried over the years, this is one of the best,” one writes. “It moisturizes and makes my skin look smoother and brighter.” Others claim it’s very hydrating. “I spray it once in the morning and once at night, and it has been hydrating my very dry skin in the cold winter months,” one writes, while another says, “It has helped my redness and irritation as well as improved my complexion and moisture retention.” Reviewers say it works best when used in conjunction with the above two SeoulCeuticals products. “I feel like my face is looking much more youthful since using the essence spray combined with the SeoulCeuticals snail repair cream and day-glow serum,” one writes. Another shopper notes, “I use it with the same brand vitamin serum and with another moisturizer, and my skin is heaven all day.” Unlike other products that may require months of use before you see results, this one works quickly, according to a reviewer who says, “I have been using this for about a year now but noticed my face was looking a lot more even after just a week or two of use.”
Best Korean-beauty clay mask
This carbonated clay mask is from the same makers of the Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask, also known as “the most painful mask.” They both have powerful pore-clearing powers, but users say this one is far more gentle — and a lot of fun as well. One reviewer, who has a hard time finding products that do not “irritate, clog up, or dry out” their sensitive combination skin, is happy to report that they’ve had “great success with this mask! It is also the most fun product I’ve ever used due to the bubbling and then the noise the mask makes when you squish the bubbles down.” Another reviewer, who is currently using acne medication that leaves their skin dry and flaky, says that “this is the only product that helps. It helps keep my skin clear and insanely soft.” And a third reviewer who also struggles with sensitive skin says that after using this mask, her “skin did not have a negative reaction [and] felt soft and moisturized! Which says a lot because my skin has been incredibly dry this winter.”
Best Korean-beauty overnight mask
Reviewers who put this mask on before going to sleep say they woke up with healthy, glowy skin. “It makes my skin so supple and bouncy that by the morning, I can’t stop squishing my cheeks because they’re so soft,” says one. Another, who says she used to have severe acne and now has discoloration and scars, writes, “I’ve used this for a couple of weeks now, and I see a difference. I feel like it has helped my scars because my skin is so hydrated and plump. I’m in love with this stuff.” Shoppers say that despite its being an overnight mask, it absorbed quickly enough for them not to worry about staining their pillows. “I love this overnight mask so much that I use it every night at the end of my skin-care routine. It makes my skin bright and glowy and less red,” says one. “It also spreads extremely easily and dries decently quickly — at least I never worry about it getting on my pillow.” Others saw a decrease in redness after using it. “My face is noticeably calmer and less red the mornings after using this product,” writes one satisfied customer.
Best Korean-beauty exfoliator
Those with sensitive skin who still want to slough off dead and dry bits highly praise this exfoliating mask. “I have very dry, very sensitive skin, and this mask is one of the only products I can find that doesn’t burn it. It leaves it smooth, soft, and bright,” writes one shopper. “This is perhaps the best mask I’ve ever used, and once it’s gone I’ll definitely be ordering more.” Another reviewer says, “This mask is unreal … rub it into the skin, then let it sit for ten minutes. Wash off and your skin will literally feel like the supple dream skin you pray for.” And one shopper, who writes about having tried many scrubs in the past, describes this one as providing particularly long-lasting results: “It kept my skin exfoliated for two weeks without any dry skin peeking through. It left my skin feeling refreshed and baby smooth.”
Best Korean-beauty pimple patch
If you’ve visited the Strategist before you’re probably familiar with these COSRX pimple patches already: They’ve appeared on our bestsellers list 28 times and come highly recommended by Rio. But they’re also beloved by hundreds of five-star reviewers on Amazon. “These little dots of magic work some kind of voodoo to remove those big, erupting volcano pimples, or tiny little extremely painful ones, and the dreaded blind pimple that looks likes a skittle was shoved under the skin,” one customer writes. Reviewers are particularly impressed by how fast these patches work. After only two hours one says, “Not only could I see the progress through the patches, but my skin was alleviated of pain, redness, and my skin had flattened.” Not only is the patch virtually unnoticeable, according to reviewers, but one even says it helps prevent scarring too. They write, “I feel like if I put the patch on right away that the blemish doesn’t get that big and it seems to heal more quickly without leaving a dark mark.”
Best Korean-beauty hair mask
This hair treatment is a favorite among reviewers who have struggled to resuscitate their bleach- and color-damaged hair. “I had my hair bleached for the balayage look and my bleached ends were so dry,” writes one. “I would slather my hair with hair masks and heavy-duty conditioner with poor results … This mask did an amazing job. My hair is silky, moisturized, and I am happy to wear it down now.” Another reviewer who loves to dye their natural black hair with vivid colors says this mask is “super nourishing and moisturizing. My hair feels rehydrated and healthy after … I use this steam pack as a pick-me-up and deep restoring treatment once a month.” Though the mask doesn’t come with English-language instructions, reviewers say it’s pretty self-explanatory: A cap goes over your head, then you “wait for around 20 minutes while the item heats up and works its magic,” one reviewer explains.
Best Korean-beauty lip mask
“Yes! Finally not just pink Vaseline,” writes one reviewer who had been searching for a “thick, gloppy” lip mask so they could actually “FEEL a difference … I live in a very dry climate [and] have tried so many other brands that turned out to be what you would buy in any drugstore for 99 cents for chapped lips but this is different.” Another reviewer, who suffers from dry, cracked lips year-round, says this product “worked for me the first night. My lips are so smooth and soft. I will purchase again.” And a third reviewer writes that after just four days of use, their lips “have zero cracks or chapped places whatsoever … I finally feel comfortable putting on matte lipstick without it getting caked in my crusty lips. It’s a great price for a product you need to use very little to achieve the desired results. Miracle worker!”
Best Korean-beauty foot peel mask
Hundreds of five-star reviewers describe the skin on their feet as “soft” after using this product, including one customer who says that before using her feet were rough enough “to sand floors just by shuffling” but that after they started peeling she was left “with smooth, soft feet.” Dozens of customers who have been trying to get their feet smooth for years — with everything from pedicures to filing tools — write that “nothing really worked except for these foot masks,” as one puts it, adding that their feet are now “baby-butt smooth.” Nearly 100 other customers compare their feet to those of a baby or a younger version of themselves after using this mask, including one who says her feet “feel and look like they did 20 years ago” adding “these little inexpensive angels have changed summer sandal life!!” Another customer even credits this mask with making her feel “in love with my feet for the first time in 40 years” adding that after her feet peeled she used “Aquaphor and cotton socks to keep them hydrated, and they look and feel fantastic now.”
Best Korean-beauty product for puffy eyes
“I have always had serious dark circles and bags under my eyes, and this has really changed this for me,” writes one reviewer. “The results are incredible. The puffiness is gone. The dark circles are hardly noticeable.” Many recommend using this eye stick twice a day for best results. “I use this morning and night and have noticed a big difference in the darkness under my eyes, and they are less puffy,” one writes, adding that an extra benefit comes when they store it in the fridge. “I keep it in my skin-care fridge for an added coolness, and it feels amazing,” one says, while another notes that “you don’t have to, because the product on its own is just that great.” Reviewers with sensitive skin haven’t had a problem with it either. “It doesn’t feel greasy or tug at my skin, and I haven’t had any clogged pores or breakouts from it,” according to one. And while others have compared this stick to similar products, one experienced reviewer reports, “I’ve bought this product three times now because nothing else can even come close.”
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