K Beauty Faves: The Ultimate Guide (Part 1)



Tea tree cleansing water

Benton is a cult favorite K-Beauty brand inspired and named after the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Like the movie, Benton tries to bring back the youth of your skin but this time, with skincare products and routines.

The Tea Tree Cleansing water cleanses your skin while treating acne at the same time. It has a small number of ingredients, and it’s very gentle on the skin. The tea tree oil is a more natural way of treating your skin compared to salicylic acid or other chemical ingredients and can be complementary to BHA’s to ensure better results.

Best for: Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

How to use it: As a second step cleanser.

Son & Park stands for Son Dae Shik and Park Tae Yoon, two hugely popular makeup artists from Korea. Their approach to dewy skin has become a global trend, focusing on skin complexion and radiance for a youthful look.

The Beauty Water is a multi-purpose toner that can be used as a second-step cleanser. It is famous for removing any trace of debris and prepping your skin for makeup. The Beauty Water is highly coveted in Korea for creating a luminous complexion, as well as for its exfoliating proprieties. The papaya extract lifts the impurities and dead skin cells, while the lavender water intensely hydrates your skin. Please keep in mind the fact that Beauty Water does contain alcohol in it, and if you are overly sensitive, it’s better to avoid it.

Best for: Normal, Combination, Oily

How to use it: After you completed the double-cleanse, and before applying essence.


Anti-polluaging cleansing water

A very trendy brand, Blithe created its products with the modern woman in mind, taking into account a lot of contemporary factors. The skincare line from Blithe protects the skin against modern polluters such as dust, fumes, and heavy metal environments that have been proven to age the skin faster.

The Anti-polluaging cleansing water removes makeup residues and dust, impurities, and debris through the principle of osmotic pressure. It’s formulated with 44% Himalayan Pink Salt and ten other natural extracts that thoroughly cleanse and hydrate the skin. The minerals in Himalayan Pink Salt de-clog pores, lift impurities, maintain water balance and help treat acne. It’s a great alternative for the Son&Park Beauty Water because it does not contain alcohol and it’s more gentle on the skin.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: You can use it as a second step cleanser.

Skinfood Black sugar mask

Although very popular in recent years, Skinfood has been in the K-beauty industry since 1957. It is one of the first skincare brands that rooted itself in food. The brand believes that the nutrients found in certain foods show incredible benefits to the skin, and they are focusing on maximizing those benefits by sourcing only organic, high-quality ingredients.

The Black Sugar Mask is a sugar-based physical exfoliator, very thick in consistency, with sugar particles that seem very gritty at first. The mask could be used as a standalone physical exfoliator, or as a wash-off mask. Unlike other sugar-based exfoliators, the sugar particles in this one melt quite much, making it a bit gentle than other physical exfoliators. It contains African Black Sugar enriched with vitamins and minerals to soothe and hydrate the skin. For those with sensitive skin, the mask does contain fragrance, and you’re better of using it as a wash-off mask, not as a physical exfoliator as it could be harsh to your skin.

Best for: Normal, Combination

How to use it: After cleansing, always on damp skin.

Neogen gauze peeling green tea

NEOGEN is a very reputable brand in Korea, always breaking new grounds in the natural skincare industry. Using their innovative six-core bio-technology, Neogen always delivers the most advanced formulas of natural ingredients to the skin. The brand is also high-performance and provides results based on advanced research analysis.

The Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads infused with Green Tea are an innovative way to use triple-layer pads for exfoliating. The pads help you remove dead skin cells to unveil bright, glowing skin. The antioxidant-rich green tea soothes and hydrates the skin while reducing the appearance of premature aging. The pads also contain tea tree oil, which helps with acne and promotes the skin’s natural healing process.

Best for: The pads come in three forms suited to different skincare concerns:

-Green Tea (soothing and healing skin)

-Lemon (deep clean the pores and fade acne scars)

-Wine (helps with pigmenting and is anti-aging)

How to use it: You should use it after cleansing. All three forms contain AHA’s, and the pads come in two exfoliating textures (a firm side and a softer side).

Dr. Oracle A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks

Dr. Oracle is a renowned K-Beauty brand founded by dermatologists and used widely in Korea. It is a very reputable brand, merging their formulas with substantive research, quality ingredients, and technology to achieve flawless skin.

The A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks is a targeted spot treatment. The best part of this product is precision, allowing you to exfoliate better and reach difficult areas such as the area around your nose, the U zone, and the T zone. The swabs are packed with AHAs to exfoliate and get rid of dead cells, and BHAs to unclog the pores thoroughly and fight acne. They also contain tea tree, lemon, and bamboo extracts to brighten and activate your skin’s healing process naturally.

Best for: All skin types

How to use: After cleansing, use the swabs in an upward motion on your face and neck, focusing on blemishes, chin area, and T zone. Let the acids sit for a few minutes then continue with your skincare routine without rinsing.

Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner

Benton aloe bha skin toner

COSRX Blackhead Power Liquid

You know that time when you love a product so much that you buy it in bulk, in fear that you will run out? That’s how everyone is feeling about the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. Having a “holy grail” status among connoisseurs, the toner is an exfoliating, brightening, anti-aging, blackhead, and acne-fighting treatment. It uses BHAs, which do a better job than AHAs at deep cleaning the pores. When used daily, it prevents pore congestion from forming, while reducing sebum production and minimizing the pores. It’s formulated with niacinamide to brighten your complexion, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin. It alleviates skin congestion, helps with hyperpigmentation, and evens out your skin tone. The BHAs in this toner come in a moisturizing, silicone-free gel base, and the Betaine salicylate has the same beneficial effects as salicylic acid, but it’s less drying. This means that this toner is ideal even for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin.

Best for: All skin types

How to use it: After cleansing, sprinkle a few drops on a cotton pad and swipe across your face. To begin, start using the BHA Power Liquid once or twice a week then build up to more frequent applications from there. When using BHA Power Liquid, don’t use any toner or essence beforehand. Just make sure that you use a very gentle cleanser. Ideally, you would use it at night, making sure to let the formula work for at least 20 minutes before applying other products to get the full benefits.

benton fermentation eye cream

Fermented skincare is a concept that has become more popular and relevant in the last years, but you might be more accustomed to it than you know. Ingredients like yogurt and vinegar have been used in homemade skincare treatments for years. Fermented products form amino-acids, vitamins, and antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin, and also promote the growth of good bacteria. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation or aging signs, fermented products might be what your skin needs.

Benton Fermentation Eye Cream features a high concentration of quality fermented ingredients, and it’s no wonder why this quickly became a cult favorite. The synergy between galactomyces ferment filtrate and bifida ferment lysate (both well-known fermented ingredients in Korea) make a significant, positive impact on your skin’s hydration levels. Adenosine, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and epidermal growth factor stimulate cell growth. The humectants in this eye-cream are very good at prevention, especially in the early formation of fine lines.

Best for: All skin types

How to use it: We recommend to use it immediately after toner, before all your serums and essences.

Snail mucin has been a longtime favorite for those in the skincare community. The concentrations of glycolic and hyaluronic acid found in snail mucin help encourage collagen production, heal scars, and reduce the effects of sun damage and photoaging.

The Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream has sold by the millions (!!!) in Asia due to the efficacy of its ingredients and the incredible results that this cream brought. It contains Meadowfoam Seed Oil that is packed with antioxidants and restores the skin’s natural complexion and niacinamide to brighten the eye area. Snail mucin contains glycolic, and hyaluronic acid, peptides, proteins and has antimicrobial proprieties. The eye cream also helps with diminishing dark circles and preventing photoaging.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: We recommend to use it immediately after toner, before all your serums and essences. Due to the healing effect of snail mucin, you can use it on the fine lines around your mouth and on your décolletage for when you want to restore skin elasticity.

Tamburins the water essence

Tamburins, the utterly photogenic brand, has amazed the western world with its aesthetically pleasing packaging and decadent scents. Formed by the people behind Gentle Monster (the eyewear line that’s so cool it hurts), you can bet that Tamburins is a well-thought brand.

The Water Essence is heaven for sensitive-skin, being completely unscented and moisturizing without giving irritations. This essence is excellent for those who feel stripped after cleansing thanks to the botanical estrogen extracted from 8 natural plants meant to boost skin collagen synthesis by 47%. It contains galactomyces and five ocean extracts, including kelp and seaweed to strengthen the skin’s natural moisturizing power. It is very good at toning, and thanks to the sodium hyaluronate, you will notice a difference in your skin’s elasticity when used regularly.

Best for: All Skin Types, including Sensitive Skin

How to use it: After using toner, dispense the essence onto your hand or a cotton pad and apply it over your face and neck.

Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence

The newest Korean skincare trend is Honey Skin, a trend that steps up your glow game. Honey skin is achieved when the face is utterly hydrated, and usually involves a lot of toning and humectants. Everybody knows that healthy skin comes with a unique radiance to it, but this time, Neogen came up with a product that will add that maximum glow factor.

Formulated with 93% (!!!) percent fermented ingredients, including fermented yeast, birch, and rice, the Real Ferment Micro Essence is one of the best essences on the market for plumping and hydrating the skin. The illuminating benefits of the rice extract and birch juice will completely change the way make-up looks on your skin, been given the maximum level of hydration. The formula is also buildable, so feel free to add an extra layer if you feel the need for even more hydration! This essence is packed with natural brighteners, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients, so even if you’re new to essences or a total pro, this essence will deliver big time.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: After using toner, dispense the essence onto your hand or a cotton pad and apply it over your face and neck.

Su:m37 The secret Essence

Su:M37 is a relatively new luxury K-Beauty brand that came strong in the last years to now be up against big players like Sulwhasoo and SKII. The brand specializes in fermenting ingredients to their finest state, focusing on the natural fermentation process to create the ultimate skin goodies. In Korean Language, Sum means “breathe,” and “37” represents the human body average temperature, so Su:M37 is all about complementing the natural state of the human face and body.

Know for its extensive list of ingredients, The Secret Essence features 80 fermented ingredients meant to achieve baby-soft complexion, deeply hydrating and nourishing your skin. The 80 extracts are fermented in barrels in a temperature of precisely 37 degrees, as the human body (hence, the name of the brand) for a year. It uses Ferulic acid to activate Cytosis, the formula that results after fermenting these ingredients, that was created to rebuild the foundation of the skin and enable the skin’s natural barrier to fight pollutants and aging. The star humectants are the Dipropylene Glycol, a humectant that helps draw moisture to the skin, and Glycereth-26 works to maintain that moisture. Please be advised that this product contains essential oils which may further sensitize already sensitive skin.

Best for: Dry, Combination, Normal, Oily

How to use it: After using toner, dispense the essence onto your palm or a cotton pad and apply it over your face and neck.

Abib Hypoderma SP1-2GF Serum

Another minimalistic brand, Abib, focuses on the processes and quality of the products rather than exhibiting artistic factors. Abib’s primary focus is cell repair and recovery, perfecting ingredients to their purest forms to achieve healthy, balanced skin.

The Hypoderma SP1-2GF Serum is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Packed with antioxidants, peptides, and proteins, the serum contains Epidermal Growth Factor (EGP) and Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) to repair your skin’s barrier. There’s been a lot of controversy regarding these two ingredients, with some saying their protein molecules are too large to be absorbed into the skin. But, tied together by the brand’s patented technology SP1, these two extremely powerful proteins can now be successfully absorbed into your skin. It also contains Bambusa Vulgaris water to hydrate your skin, Centella Asiatica for soothing, Propolis, Adenosine, and Vitamin B5.

Best for: All skin types

How to use it: After essence, dispense about 3-4 drops onto your palm and gently tap into the skin. Use in the morning and evenings for at least ten days for visible results.

Benton Snail bee ultimate serum

When you need moisture that really takes over your skin, look no further than Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum. This bad boy contains 70% Snail Secretion Filtrate fermented by yeast derived from grapes. It does wonders for healing acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and restoring skin elasticity. It’s formulated with bee venom (natural botox, anyone?) that relaxes the skin muscles, plumps and improves circulation. Some of the other ingredients include Tea Tree Water and Camellia Sinensis leaf water to soothe your skin, and adenosine and niacinamide to brighten your skin tone. The serum is alcohol and fragrance-free, suitable for those with dry and sensitive skin. Please be advised, if you know yourself to be sensitive to bee venom, be cautious when using this product and remember to patch-test.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: After essence, dispense about 2-3 drops onto your palm and gently tap into the skin. Use in the morning and evenings for at least ten days for visible results.

The plant base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule

The Plant Base, as the name already suggests, is a brand determined to use plant-based ingredients and leave out the nasty ones like mineral oil, parabens, and fragrance. When it was first curated on SokoGlam, it immediately sold out, and the hype is still real to this day.

The Time Stop Collagen Ampoule is suitable for those with mature skin, and those who have anti-aging concerns.

It’s formulated with 76.5% Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract, known to boost collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Provitamin B5 and Macadamia Seed oil to deeply hydrate the skin while Centella Asiatica and Aloe extract soothe the skin.

The serum is formulated with a blend of licorice and persimmon leaf, among other extracts, and adenosine, which will give a brightening effect and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. This is an excellent hydrating serum for those with dry skin.

Best for: All Skin Types, including Mature Skin

How to use it: After essence, dispense about 2-3 drops onto your palm and gently tap into the skin. Use in the morning and evenings for at least ten days for visible results.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum

Klairs is a Korean Skincare brand that promotes high-quality skincare that’s geared towards sensitive skin. All of their products are meant to be safe for sensitive skin and are formulated without parabens, fragrances, and alcohol. The brand philosophy is focusing on the quality of the products, and they rely on word-of-mouth marketing and high customer satisfaction rather than heavily investing in traditional advertising.

For those of you who are just starting to use Vitamin C, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum is a great choice. Formulated for those with sensitive skin, and with only 5% concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid, this serum will tighten your skin, brighten your complexion and reduce the appearance of pores. The serum will help with reducing dark spots and pigmentation, and prevention against free radical damage. It is very safe to use even for those with the most sensitive skin, and it won’t cause any irritation due to Centella Extract and Yuja Fruit that soothe the skin and prevents redness.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: After essence, dispense about 2-3 drops onto your palm and gently tap into the skin. Use in the morning and evenings for at least ten days for visible results.

Jumiso Drop The Vita C Serum

Jumiso is a 100% cruelty-free K-beauty brand (they don’t even sell in China to avoid the mandatory animal testing) that focuses on efficacy and minimalism to deliver results. The brand name is derived from two Korean words “Ju” and “Miso” who translate to “Give a smile.” With incredibly cute packaging and a maximum glow effect, there’s no wonder Jumiso became quickly a cult favorite.

Their Drop the Vita C Serum is formulated with 5% L-Ascorbic Acid, being gentle enough even for sensitive skin. This serum has been praised for doing an incredible job with dark spots and brightening, thanks to Adenosine and grapefruit extract. The castor oil helps to restore the skin’s natural moisture, and Centella Asiatica soothes the skin. It’s packed with antioxidants like Chaenomeles Sinensis (quince fruit) and peony extract to help the prevention of wrinkles and fine lines.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: After essence, dispense about 2-3 drops onto your palm and gently tap into the skin. Use in the morning and evenings for at least ten days for visible results.

iunik Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum

Since we’re on the topic of serums, it was impossible not to include iUnik, the K-beauty brand that shares our obsession with serums. Created with clean ingredients and formulas known to be effective, iUnik is a very affordable brand that holds a lot of value under that elegant, simple packaging.

The Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum contains 70% propolis and 12% Vitamin C derived naturally from Sea Buckthorn berries to revitalize and brighten your skin. Of course, this includes the electric duo Niacinamide and Adenosine, a mix that will purify your pores and fight against wrinkles and fine lines. It’s formulated with six fruit extracts packed with antioxidants, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to moisturize and plump your skin.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: After essence, dispense about 2-3 drops onto your palm and gently tap into the skin. Use in the morning and evenings for at least ten days for visible results.

Papa Recipe Bombee Green Honey Mask

Papa Recipe has been a cult favorite for a long time now, selling over one hundred million sheet masks worldwide. The brand really lives up to the hype, using only ingredients found in nature, rather than synthetic or processed ones.

One of its bestsellers, the Green Honey Mask is formulated with honey and propolis extract for deep hydration. It contains chlorophyll-rich parsley extract and avocado extract for firming and plumping your skin. The collagen in this mask is naturally derived from carrot extract to improve skin elasticity. Bonus: it brightens your complexion from the first use and leaves your skin feeling baby soft. It’s also one of the best soothing masks out there.

Best for: Sensitive, Normal, Combination, and Oily Skin.

How to use it: Properly cleanse, exfoliate, and tone your skin. If you have dry/very dry skin, use an essence after toner to ensure maximum hydration. Then, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid any contamination and apply the sheet over your face, making sure to smooth out all the air bubbles.

Huangjisoo Broccoli Voluming Mask

Huangjisoo is a clean K-beauty brand that was created by dermatologist Huang Ji Soo. When her mother was diagnosed with severe eczema and psoriasis and wouldn’t respond to treatments, she began researching herbs all over the world. After years of research, she managed to create a zero-toxicity treatment for her mother, which eventually made her stop needing steroid creams.

The Broccoli Voluming Mask is created with 99.5% (!!!) concentrated vegetable extracts and is 100% safe even for the most sensitive skin types. It contains Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) extract, packed with potent antioxidants that brighten your complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots. The real star ingredient here is Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower), an extract that activates phagocytosis, a process of devouring dead skin cells and bacterias that cause infections. The Broccoli extract is an extraordinary source of vitamin A that promotes cell regeneration.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: Properly cleanse, exfoliate, and tone your skin. Then, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid any contamination and apply the sheet over your face, making sure to smooth out all the air bubbles.

Wonjin Effect Medi Energy Infusion Mask

Wonjin Effect is a brand created by Korea’s biggest cosmetic surgery company. The brand is dominant due to its medical nature, showing incredible results in relatively short periods.

The Wonjin Effect Medi Energy Infusion is one of the best sheet masks for revitalizing your skin after a rough week. The ingredients used in this sheet mask are the same as the Wonjin Dermatology Clinic’s Chanel Injection, a famous cosmetic procedure favored by Korean celebrities for youthful skin glow and elasticity. The mask is formulated with 36 types of revitalizing ingredients, packed with peptides, amino acids, and rich minerals to relieve your skin from stressors and boost elasticity. The sheet is called MediSeal and is a sheet used on patients after having laser surgery when their skin is highly sensitive. The mask is suitable for any skin type, including the most sensitive skin, and is highly moisturizing. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: Properly cleanse, exfoliate, and tone your skin. Then, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid any contamination and apply the sheet over your face, making sure to smooth out all the air bubbles.

Kana Lavander CBD Sleeping Mask

Cannabidiol (CBD) meets Korean Beauty! Can you image a more iconic duo? CBD is one of the most popular ingredients in skincare right now due to its ability to optimize the functioning of our skin’s endocannabinoid system. This ability gives CBD the power to ensure new cells growth and differentiation as well as immune-modulating effects related to inflammation, making it ideal for those with rosacea, and acne-related scars and inflammation. Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive properties and is brilliant in treating acne, itch, and general inflammatory issues, a quality that could be helpful with several skin conditions, including allergic and atopic dermatitis.

Kana CBD Lavander sleeping mask is one of the most innovative, high-performance, multi-benefit mask out there. Being 100% green beauty, the mask contains 28 botanic extracts meant to heal and brighten your skin. Apart from CBD, the mask is also formulated with Hemp oil itself, full of fatty acids and Lavender oil to help treat scars, acne, and psoriasis. Other notable ingredients include German Chamomile oil, hyaluronic acid, and beta-glucan to retain moisture, restore suppleness, and slow the skin aging process.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: This mask is for nighttime use only. Use the sleeping mask as the last step of your skincare routine. Apply an even layer on clean skin (face and neck). Leave it on overnight, and use as many as 3 times a week.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask

Calling all Vitamin C lovers! Love your Vitamin C serums, but want a complementary boost? The Klairs Vitamin E Sleeping Mask is ideal for those with sensitive skin, coming from a brand whose primary focus is protecting the skin barrier. The superstar ingredients in this sleeping masks are Vitamin E, Niacinamide, and Adenosine. Vitamin E is an excellent addition to your skincare routine, protecting the skin barrier from toxins, and creating a shield to protect your skin from sun damage. Niacinamide has a big moment now, being one of the most potent antioxidants. It helps with fine lines, dullness, and enlarged pores, and has potent brightening proprieties. Adenosine has a significant role in skin regeneration, and this mask has the maximum concentration allowed in a formula, to deliver the most wrinkle-fighting results as possible. The Vitamins C and E work together perfectly as they stabilize each other, and protect your skin from sun sensitivity and exposure to free radicals. When together, they synthesize collagen and maintain the cross-links between the collagen fibers, making it a great anti-aging mask.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: You can use this mask as a moisturizer before sunscreen, or apply a thicker layer after Vitamin C and leave overnight for maximum potency. Use the sleeping mask as the last step of your skincare routine. Apply an even layer on clean skin (face and neck).


Venn is an American Korean skincare brand, created by a K-beauty industry specialist and a corporate attorney from NYC. The two founders wanted to create a more convenient, yet effective alternative to the classic 10-Step K-beauty Routine. Tailored to modern life, the brand brings simplicity to skincare by maximizing the effectiveness of its products.

The Concentrated Revitalizing Lifting Mask is a luxurious leave-in mask that contains 15 of the most potent antioxidants and peptides. The key ingredients here are compound K, common purslane, and paracress. Paracress reduces muscle tension, which means it can act as a safe alternative to injectable anti-wrinkle treatments by minimizing age lines. Its proprietary technology “Solubilization, Hydration, and Binary-Layer Delivery” hydrate, firm, balances and improves elasticity. It is free of fragrance, parabens, silicone, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates, color, and is formulated to benefit both men and women, being a gender-neutral product. If you have very sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid this product as it does contain alcohol.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: You can use this mask as a moisturizer before sunscreen, or apply a thicker layer and leave overnight for maximum potency. Use the sleeping mask as the last step of your skincare routine. Apply an even layer on clean skin (face and neck).

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Arguably the most famous product in this beauty haul, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a cult-favorite, to say the least. The Berry Mix™ patented formula made from organic berries, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and Vitamin C, promises supple and hydrated lips overnight. But is this the fanciest ChapStick you’ll ever use? It just might be. The Moisture Wrap™ technology in this mask locks in the moisture, and the minerals and hyaluronic acid hydrate and plump your lips. With this mask, you get deep hydration, lasting results, and a “damn-this-feels-fancy” effect, which is by no means less significant. Treat yourself, even the smell is absolutely delicious.

Best for: All Skin Types

How to use it: Using the applicator, apply generously to the lips in the evening and leave on overnight. Gently remove excess in the morning.

Sulwhasoo Essential Lip Mask

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

Probably one of the best Korean moisturizers, The Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream has been hugely praised for its extraordinary texture. One of the thickest creams found in K-Beauty, the Renewing cream transforms into a gentle emulsion when applied to the skin, almost like it liquifies. The three ginseng ingredients found in this moisturizer boost collagen production, and the Licorice extract and Morus Alba Root Extract brighten your complexion and help with hyperpigmentation. Packed with antioxidants, this moisturizer bears a long list of herbal ingredients like Beta-Glucan and Green Tea extract, which work wonders to prevent aging, restore the natural skin barrier, and de-sensitize your skin. For those with Oily skin, there’s also a light version of this moisturizer, so choose carefully the version that suits your skin needs. You can’t go wrong with either one.

Best for: All Skin Types, although Oily skin may find it to be heavy.

How to use it: After using serums, apply generously to face and neck.

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Creme

This rich, soothing cream offers immediate and long-term moisture through a nourishing formula for sensitive skin. The cream provides a perfect oil and water balance to the skin to ensure transdermal hydration delivery.

It contains powerful humectants such as yeast-derived beta-glucan and ceramides, and it works to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier. It aids repair dry and irritated skin while supporting the natural cell repairing function. It also contains shea butter and jojoba oil to soften the skin and lock-in moisture.

Tip: Use a small amount when needed (it’s a rich cream) or use it as a sleeping mask. Use a small amount to cover the entire face and neck and wait for it to absorb. Then, apply a second, thicker layer and go to bed.

Klavuu Blue Pearlsation Marine Aqua Enriched Cream

This cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid, cacao seed butter, and algae extract to deeply hydrate the skin from within. It also contains Chondrus crispus, known as red algae. This is a type of seaweed that is a very rich source of many nutrients beneficial for the skin, such as the pigment beta-carotene and potent antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein, which help protect skin from the visible effects of blue light exposure. The natural polysaccharides, peptides, and amino acids found in red algae also help with skin hydration; meanwhile, the numerous antioxidants found in this type of algae can shield skin from damaging airborne pollutants. The Sea Whip extract can reduce inflammation, allowing the skin to calm and heal. Jania Rubens is praised for its ultra-moisturizing and protective properties due to the high concentration of minerals and trace elements present in its tissue.Pearl extract also brightens dull skin while apple extract keeps skin smooth and soft.

This cream is free of ingredients that may irritate your skin, it’s non-greasy and does wonders for balancing your skin’s pH level and hydrate without beeing congestive. It’s also a perfect cream for those with Oily/Acne-Prone Skin.

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