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With K-Beauty becoming more popular than ever, it seems like everyone we know has tried at least one type of Korean skincare product. So we have some great picks to recommend, whether you want to add a moisturizer and vitamin c serum to your routine or dive headfirst into a Korean 10-step skincare routine.
Want to try Korean skincare but aren’t sure where to start? This post will help. From facial masks to sunscreen to pimple patches, we have compiled our 7 favorite best-selling Korean skin care products on the market today.
7 Best Selling Korean Skin Care Products
1. DERMAL Korean Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet
I’m always on the lookout for new sheet masks, and these are some of the best selling Korean sheet masks on the market. The best part? These are very affordable as far as K-beauty goes! (You can get a 16-pack for $11.99!)
The Dermal brand has tons of sheet masks for all skin types and skin issues. There are so many masks to choose from and they’re all affordable and available on Amazon. I definitely recommend stocking up on these.
Benefits: Hydrating, moisturizing, soothing, and revitalizing
Active Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, Vitamin E
Skin Type: All skin types
Recommended For: A Dermal sheet mask is a perfect quick mask to put on after a stressful day. The brand claims different skincare benefits based on which sheet mask you use. Even better, the sheet masks come in a 16 count, so you have a lot to choose from depending on how your skin feels that particular day. The pack is also quite affordable ($11.99).
One caveat is that the masks have fragrance, so if that is a dealbreaker, avoid these. And remember that there will be excess product to rub in after you remove the mask. Also, sheet masks don’t always fit every face shape, so expect some tugging and adjusting when you put them on.
For all skin types
Affordable ($11.99 for a 16-pack)
Has skincare benefits like revitalizing and hydrating
Brand is cruelty-free and uses natural ingredients
Masks have a fragrance
Sheet masks can be annoying to apply and are not one-size fits all
2. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
The Face Shop is the leading Korean natural skincare brand and has products in cosmetics as well. Their bestselling Rice Water Bright Face Wash not only hydrates skin and offers a brightening effect but is also excellent for makeup removal and double cleansing since it is an oil.
The natural ingredients in this wash help to remove impurities and leave skin softer after use. Rice water has picked up in popularity, and one of its known benefits is to help make skin healthy and supple, so this is a great buy as we go into the dry winter months.
Benefits: Moisturizing, brightening
Active Ingredients: Rice Water, Moringa Oil, Soapwort
Skin Type: Oily to combination skin
Recommended For: Need a moisturizing cleanser that can help remove makeup too? Well then, this is a great option! It removes impurities, and you can get it at a decent price ($15.42). It’s even affordable to buy the oil and foam cleanser together — they’re bundled for just under $30.
However, the product is not cruelty-free, and this has a floral fragrance. So if those are deal-breakers, skip this one. And also, note that this cleanser has a pump-dispenser-style spout, which can waste product.
Moisturizing and brightening
Combines a foam and oil cleanser together
Good for makeup removal
Has a fragrance
Has pump-style spout
3. ETUDE HOUSE Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF50+
Etude House is a popular Korean Brand famous for its makeup and skin care products, and this Sun Milk is cute in both name and packaging. This is a sunscreen that is SPF50+ and has ingredients that are good for sensitive skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid for hydration.
Again, this product does have fragrance, so skip it if you’re sensitive. (I struggle to get products sometimes since some scents can be too strong.) But, if you don’t mind a scent and want a sunscreen with skincare benefits, give this one a try!
Recommended For: This best-selling Korean skin care product claims to be suitable for those with sensitive skin since it uses mineral ingredients. However, scents can bother people with sensitive skin. Steer clear if you don’t want products with fragrance. That being said, this is an excellent skincare sunscreen. Also, it is decently priced and also comes in a lightly moisturizing version for a little more.
Good for sensitive skin
No white cast
Has a fragrance
Have to shake before use
4. SKIN FOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Exfoliator
Skin Food is a cosmetic brand that’s core roots lie in using food for its beauty and skincare products. And the Black Sugar exfoliator sticks true to its message. With its active mineral ingredients, it is hydrating for the skin. And the included Black Sugar buffs away dead skin cells to reveal healthier and softer skin.
But remember, this is a physical exfoliant. So that means it can be messy to apply and wash off, and it can be easy to over-exfoliate, too. So if you are looking for an exfoliator and are experienced with physical exfoliators, give this a shot.
Benefits: Exfoliate, hydrate
Active Ingredients: Black Sugar, Minerals like Calcium and Magnesium, Vitamins like Niacin
Skin Type: Normal
Recommended For: This is for someone who wants a physical exfoliant. The product uses granules of black sugar to buff away dead skin cells and minerals to improve skin tone and texture. Personally, I prefer a chemical exfoliant to a scrub but I know many others disagree with me. Just be aware that this can get messy.
Lots of active ingredients
Black sugar nourishes and rejuvenates
Can be messy
Can scrub too hard since you are physically buffing away dead skin
5. COSRX Acne Pimple Patch
COSRX is a K-Beauty Brand with 8 product lines, and one of their most well-known products is their acne pimple patches. I had seen many YouTubers in skincare routine videos talk about these, so I picked them up recently. They’re the best to use when I have a pimple appear randomly.
I also love these patches for keeping me from picking at the pimple on my face since it’s covered. I’ve also noticed that when I use these, I don’t get a post-acne mark since using the patch creates a moist environment, so it heals faster. There are patches in three sizes (you can get more patches, too!): small, medium, and large. And the patches contain skin-friendly ingredients to help alleviate irritated skin.
Active Ingredients: A.D.F dressing hydrocolloid
Skin Type: All skin types
Recommended For: This is a put-on-and-go product for someone who wants to have something to cover a breakout. You have to cleanse the problem area and then put the patch on, but even so, that is still quick. Some people even put makeup over the patches since they are clear.
One caveat — the patches can be easy to forget, so make sure not to leave for a long time; otherwise, it will hurt taking off. (I made that mistake once!)
Also, one thing to note is that the brand is cruelty-free but uses animal-derived ingredients like snail mucin in some of its products. So not all of its skincare is entirely vegan—something to note if you want to check out their other products.
A.D.F dressing hydrocolloid patch
Parabens and sulfate free
Different patch sizes for various size pimples
You can get a lot of patches
They don’t irritate the skin
Keep the problem area moist to help the healing process
Sometimes patches come off partially
It can be hard to stick the patches on without some pressure, which can be painful
Can be painful to remove if left on too long
6. SeoulCeuticals Korean Skin Care Snail Repair Cream
SeoulCeuticals creates products using top Korean advisors and innovative K-beauty components. Their Snail Repair Cream is among their most famous. As you can see, the key ingredient in this is snail mucin, but it also uses green tea. The company claims these have high concentrations to deliver more results in less time.
Though that sounds great, I have to issue a quick warning: Be careful and do patch tests when introducing new products into your routine since you don’t know how your skin will react, especially to highly concentrated products.
The Snail Repair Cream comes in a 2 oz jar and, besides anti-aging, it doesn’t offer many other benefits. It’s great as an anti-aging moisturizer if you want to try snail mucin. However, look elsewhere if you need more benefits in your moisturizer.
Benefits: Anti-aging, stimulates collagen production
Active Ingredients: Snail Mucin Extract, Organic Green Tea, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E
Cruelty-free? Yes (Not vegan, however, due to the snail mucin.)
Recommended For: I’d recommend this if you want a moisturizer or are looking to try snail mucin for the first time. However, besides the anti-aging properties, this doesn’t offer much else. If you need more benefits in your moisturizer, look elsewhere.
A caveat is that although the product and company claim to be cruelty-free and vegan, they use animal-derived ingredients in some of their products too, and some consider that not vegan. Again, in this case, we’re talking about snail mucin extract. If that’s important to you, pass on this one.
Promotes brighter and healthier skin
Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
Improves cell turnover
Although it is cruelty-free, it isn’t vegan
Not that affordable ($20.00)
Only one size
Has a fragrance
7. SeoulCeuticals 20% Vitamin C Hyaluronic Acid + CE Ferulic Acid Serum
For the last product on our list of best-selling Korean skin care products, we are looking at the Vitamin C Day Glow Serum from SeoulCeuticals. This best-selling serum helps to fade sunspots, shrinks pores, clears up acne, prevents breakouts, and minimizes the appearance of acne scars. The company guarantees that this will help make skin brighter and healthier.
Although the benefits sound great, remember to spot test like with the repair cream above since SeoulCeuticals products use a high concentration of active ingredients. And this has a scent, so avoid it if you don’t like scents with your skincare products.
Benefits: Anti-aging, fades sun spots and acne scars
Active Ingredients: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid
Skin Type: All skin types
Recommended For: If you like products with multiple benefits, this one is amazing! It helps with anti-aging like wrinkles and fine lines and has vitamin c to help acne scars and sun spots.
It’s also a facial serum that helps shrink pores, clear up acne, and prevent breakouts. That sounds incredible, and since SeoulCeuticals uses more concentration, results will likely come quickly.
However, some drawbacks are that it is not the most affordable ($20.00) and has a fragrance too. That said, if none of those are issues for you, I say pick it up!
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
It helps fade sun spots
Minimize the appearance of acne scars
Protects against free-radical damage
Not that affordable ($20.00)
Has a fragrance
What Do You Think Of Our Picks For The Best Selling Korean Skin Care Products?
Have you tried any of these skin care products before? Do you have some products you use that are not on the list? Let us know in the comments below!
Despite expecting her second bundle of joy, if anyone’s jet-setting the world, it certainly Rihanna who can’t sit still and has been in LA, New York, Paris and now Tokyo all within a month time frame.
The ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ singer, was spotted inside the famous Japanese ramen restaurant called ‘Ippudoa’ and posed with one of the waiters who looked overly zealous to have met the global superstar.
RiRi, served a fierce all black ensemble with an unreleased black sheer Savage x Fenty dress that is expected to drop on June 1, and is giving sex appeal vibes.
The Barbadian singer layered her Savage X Fenty dress with an oversized black Balenciaga trench jacket that felt very biker inspired and was aesthetically pleasing to her ensemble. All she needed was a motorcycle to complete her edgy persona.
She accessorized with black Balenciaga pointy-toe square knife embellished mules that showcased her ankle tats and opted for her signature Alien inspired shades by Gentle Monster.
It seem’s like the closer Rihanna gets to delivering, her maternity looks just get better and better and perhaps on her way to the delivery room, she’ll be spotted in an ultra stylish look from head-to-toe. Based on how she’s styling and profiling her adorable baby bump, we wouldn’t doubt it.
If you want to look like you’re part of the established upper crust, Matland encourages you to follow Roman Roy’s lead instead of Tom Wambsgans, which means aim for an effortless look, rather than one that feels contrived. Wambsgans joins the Roy family by dating and marrying the only daughter, Siobhan “Shiv” Roy. He’s portrayed as an outsider from the start, trying way too hard to fit in from the first moment we meet him in episode one. In fact, one of the only things all of the Roy children bond over during the series is criticizing Wambsgans’s fumbling sartorial attempts.
“The idea of matching your tie with your pocket square and suspenders is absolute nonsense. For anyone with real money, that would be an immediate giveaway that you’re posturing and trying desperately to show something,” Matland explained of the nuanced field of landmines that make up sartorial choices among the 0.001 percent. “People like Tom equate fashion with finance, and those two things have nothing in common. It’s also something as subtle as the width of a pinstripe on a suit. Tom’s is a little bit more pronounced whereas you would never see that on Kendall. If you saw a pinstripe it would be micro — on Tom, it’s just a stage too intense.”
On the other hand, Roman Roy, born into family wealth as the youngest son, dresses with a casual cocktail of confidence and disdain. Wambsgans’s clumsy attempts to dress the part often are the very reason he stands out, but Roy is the inverse of that. He can skip his tie, wrinkle his button-down shirt, and still look like he belongs. Anyone can buy an expensive suit, but only the likes of Roy can casually flex his wealth by wearing a six-figure outfit in the most carefree way possible.
Ever since Succession’s first episode, viewers have been trying to answer the show’s central question: who will get a kiss from daddy? In other words, who will succeed media titan Logan Roy at the helm of his empire? Battles have been fought, alliances have been broken, and Logan himself has breathed his last and been laid to rest. Now, as TV’s reigning drama draws to a close with its series finale, we finally know the surprising answer.
We entered season 4, episode 10, “With Open Eyes” expecting a showdown between Roy siblings at the board meeting on GoJo’s acquisition of Waystar Royco. Shiv is pro-GoJo, teaming with Lukas Matsson and expecting to be named the U.S. CEO of the conglomerate if the deal goes through. Kendall and Roman want to sabotage the deal, but Roman doesn’t know yet that Ken wants to go “reverse Viking” (as in Waystar acquires GoJo instead and Kendall rules as sole CEO.)
The episode begins with Kendall arriving to the office excited (perhaps he listened to more rap in the car ride in), until he learns he doesn’t have Stewy’s support. He’s trying to rally his allies for the board vote, but can he wrangle them all in by tomorrow’s meeting? He doesn’t even know where Roman stands, let alone where he is after he got beat up at a protest the night before. Nevertheless, he assures his advisor Tellis “I fucking got this.”
Shiv is also on a high. She thinks she has Stewy’s vote as well as a few others Kendall thought he secured. As she and Matsson prep, she floats the future of Tom’s role. She’s so eager for CEO that she’s ready to throw her estranged husband out with the trash, telling Matsson he’s “highly interchangeable.” But Matsson already appears less enthusiastic. Shiv’s mother, Caroline, calls from the Caribbean and revealing that Roman is with her. Shiv flies out to meet him, not really to comfort her brother but to campaign for his support.
On the plane, she hops on a call with Tom, who is still fretting about whether he’ll get fired. She says she’s trying to help him (sike!) then clumsily switches topics to their relationship. Is there anything else left in their marriage? she asks. Because it would be convenient if so—you know, for scheduling reasons. When she asks him, “Are you interested in a real relationship?” Tom says, “Honest to God, I don’t know, Shiv.”
Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Shiv (Sarah Snook), and Roman (Kieran Culkin) regroup.
Kendall, who has now acquired a “New Jess,” has learned of Roman’s whereabouts and will also fly to the Caribbean. Caroline warns, however, that Rome is “very fragile.” Sure enough, when Shiv arrives she finds her brother in a striped tee and shorts with stitches on his head. Roman’s nihilism is on full display when Kendall strides in to goad him back to work. “You don’t have it,” Roman tells him regarding the board votes. “You’re a clown,” he adds and walks off.
The Roy siblings continue their bickering as the sun sets in Barbados. Shiv gloats as presumed CEO and brainstorms jobs to her brothers. (Remember The Hundred?) Kendall asks Shiv if she knew that he has Stewy’s vote now, and that her new boss has been meeting with Lawrence Yee, CEO of Vaulter. (Remember Vaulter??) But Shiv would love for her brothers to support her at the helm for once. Besides, she only turned on them because they shut her out, so she doesn’t understand “why I’m the cunt here,” pardon the language. Kendall responds, “Cunt is as cunt does,” surely inspiring T-shirts, memes, and Twitter bios across the nation. Shiv gets to the bottom of it: “I played it better, so why don’t you take it like a man and eat it?”
Back in New York, Tom is at an art gallery with Matsson, barely hiding his paranoia with a bit of awkward small talk. Over dinner, Matsson has him make the case for keeping his job. Tom says he’s a simple manager with a “high tolerance for pain,” which we’ve observed throughout his marriage. Then Matsson drops a few bombs: Shiv is great, but he actually doesn’t need her. What’s worse, he wants to “fuck her a little bit” and it’s possible that under the right circumstances, she’d feel the same way. (Tom’s face falls here.) Matsson doesn’t want to deal with the trouble if that happens, lest he fall into another Ebba situation, so why not appoint Tom as CEO instead? Matsson is looking for a “pain sponge,” and Mr. Wambsgans is just that. But will he betray Shiv again?
Afterwards, Greg meets the Swedes for more drinks, this time with a translation app on hand. While eavesdropping, he learns that Shiv is no longer Matsson’s pick for CEO. He calls Kendall with the news in hopes that he’ll be rewarded with a better job if his plan goes through. Cousin Greg has come a long way from copying those cruise documents as blackmail.
Matsson (Alexander Skarsgard) courts Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) for CEO.
Kendall derails Caroline’s dinner, which has turned into a business pitch by Peter’s friend anyway, to break the news to Shiv. She doesn’t believe it at first but is devastated when she finds a new draft of the takeover announcement where her name has been replaced with “[XXXX].” Now she wants to get back at Matsson, and Kendall has an opportunity to get Shiv’s support to block the deal. Tellis advises, however, that the three siblings propose a single leader to the board, to show a united front.
The fighting resumes. Roman says Logan chose him to be the successor during one of their final nights together. Shiv says she was picked at one point too. Kendall says Logan promised him the role when he was seven years old. He even implies that Roman isn’t emotionally up for the job following his breakdown at the funeral. When the three of them head to the beach together, the idea of King Kendall and “reverse Viking” is growing on Roman and Shiv. In classic sibling manner, they joke about murdering Kendall first, but then swim out to him to “anoint” him as their leader. Kendall actually smiles for once.
What follows is a sweet, childlike bonding session between the trio. The younger two prepare a “meal fit for a king” for their big bro to legitimize his anointing. They’re kids making a ruckus in the kitchen while mom is asleep, talking in silly voices, throwing bread (well “knobbies,” as Caroline calls them) at each other, and assembling an ungodly mix of ingredients into a blender for Kendall to drink. “It’s nice to see you agree on something other than what a terrible mother I am,” an awoken Caroline says, almost echoing our own thoughts. Kendall chugs the brown sludge of Tabasco, raw eggs, milk, Peter’s off-limits cheese, other atrocities, and a loogie of Shiv’s spit before Roman dumps the whole thing on his head. The next morning, they land back in NY and frantically make calls before stopping at Logan’s—now Connor and Willa’s—apartment.
The Roy siblings make a “meal fit for a king.”
There, the eldest Roy has arranged a system for loved ones to bid over Logan’s belongings. Willa, with amazing hair and paisley co-ords, is planning on a complete decor revamp. She and Connor will try going long-distance as she stays in New York to work on a play while he heads to Slovenia for ambassador duties. In the dining room, the Roys come across a rare, pleasant video of Logan. He’s reciting a list of every losing candidate in a U.S. presidential election at the table with Kerry (showing some PDA with her boss), Gerri, Karl, Frank, and Connor. His eldest does an impression of Logan saying “I’m a Little Teapot.” The whole group sings “Green Grow the Rushes, O.” His heirs tear up watching their father enjoy himself for once.
Shiv runs into Tom and shares that Matsson picked a new CEO. Tom pretends to be surprised, but when he suggests that Shiv should still vote for the deal, she picks up on his act. He doesn’t try to hide it this time. “It’s me,” he tells her, just so she’s aware. Disgusted, Shiv tells their brothers and they storm out to run their numbers. Meanwhile, Tom pulls Greg into the bathroom to scold him for leaking the info. He hits Greg, but Greg, for once, slaps him back. They scuffle in the powder room until Tom pulls away to alert Matsson that they have a big fucking problem.
At the Waystar offices, Karolina makes a move herself: She pitches to Shiv that after the deal, they should get rid of Hugo. (I’m not shocked by her ferocity, but I will say I’m impressed.) Kendall finally gets Stewy on his side with the promise of a chairman position. But Roman isn’t doing well. When he spots Gerri, he decides he doesn’t want to see anybody at all. He’d rather call in for the vote, especially since he’s self-conscious about his stitches. When Kendall approaches him, Roman says what’s really bothering him: “Why isn’t it me?” Kendall holds him while he sobs, but he embraces his brother so forcefully against his chest that his wound reopens.
Frank commences the board of directors meeting. Kendall delivers straightforward remarks bashing the GoJo deal. The vote goes around: Frank, Sonya, Diane, Sandi Sr., and Sandi Jr. vote yes. Kendall, Ewan, Dewi, Stewy, and Roman vote no. When it gets to Shiv, she steps out of the room to “have a moment.” Uh oh.
To Kendall’s horror and Roman’s bewilderment, Shiv has changed her mind. She confronts Kendall for always thinking he’s the most important one out of them, that it’s always about him. Kendall begs her not to turn back now. This job is the one thing he knows how to do, he says, which is actually quite sad. Shiv insists, “I don’t think you’d be good at it.” In fact, she brings up his past to prove her point. “You can’t be CEO, because you killed someone.” To that Kendall sputters, “Which?” which triggers Roman to demand clarification. Kendall denies the manslaughter, saying he just made it up to bond with his siblings. At this point, the expression on Roman and Shiv’s faces spell WTF?. Kendall continues to beg for Shiv to vote for him, and she continues to refuse. “I love you, but I cannot fucking stomach you,” she says. Now Roman is against him too, especially after that lie. “I’m the eldest boy!” Kendall shouts like a toddler in a tantrum, sending Shiv keeling over in laughter. (Somewhere, Connor is too.) Mind you, their fellow board members can hear and see them embarrass themselves through the conference room’s glass walls.
Things go from bad to disastrous when Roman plays his own dirty card, dropping that Logan used to say that Kendall’s kids aren’t his own. Even Shiv thinks this is too far. Kendall responds by trying to crush Roman’s face with his bare hands. Shiv tries to leave the room. Kendall tries to physically stop her. Roman pulls him away, reminding him that their sister is pregnant. Roman and Kendall physically fight in the conference room. Shiv heads back to the meeting to vote yes.
The GoJo deal becomes official.
HBO/ David M. Russell
As Kendall and Roman catch their breath, Kendall still tries to salvage his plan by approaching Frank, but Roman is done. Nothing matters anymore. “We are bullshit,” he tells his brother, and it’s hard not to agree. Despite the fandoms, fan cams, and thirsty tweets Succession has wrought, it reminds us that at their core, the Roys are horrible people. And they are, as their father once told them, not serious people. Watching them betray, fight, and wrestle each other at their place of work, I think of the Killmonger meme: Is this your king? Do any of them really deserve this? Clearly not.
Kendall still won’t accept defeat, though, so he walks back into the meeting to reconvene. But the vote is already final at 7-6; Waystar will sell to GoJo. CEO Tom Wambsgans walks in, chest out, with a few ideas of how he’ll structure his team. He wants to keep Karolina (sorry, Hugo) and Gerri, but fire Frank and Karl. Greg screwed his chances, but Tom won’t leave him out to dry. “I got you,” he tells him. Nero and Sporus forever.
After Roman begrudgingly poses with Matsson for a photo op, he grabs a drink at the bar and smiles to himself. It’s probably a relief to him to be out of the company. The millions he’s made from the GoJo sale don’t hurt either. Meanwhile, Shiv rides in the car home with Tom. She quietly congratulates him and lightly places her hand in his. As for Kendall, he walks toward the Hudson River with Colin a few paces behind. He sits down and stares at the water, letting reality sink in.
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There is a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde right now.