From viral beauty trends like "glass skin" and "cloudless skin", you know the Korean beauty community knows a thing or... a thousand things natural beauty and how to achieve great skin.
Unlike us North Americans who can't get enough high coverage foundation, fake lashes, lip fillers, and strong brows (okay, I'm exaggerating a little here but you know what I mean), Korean beauty trends are all about natural, youthful, glowing skin with little to no makeup. And thus, a huge emphasis on skincare and skincare routines.
Coming to you straight from Seoul are the highly innovative Korean skincare products, using the most natural and gentle ingredients that benefit the skin. Whether you have oily, combination, dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, there's a K-beauty product for that.
Note: All prices listed are in $CAD and are available in Canada.
Nothing sucks more than that moment you feel a bump on your skin and low key knowing that it's going to transform into a massive volcano the next day. Tame that volcano by dotting on some Blemish Out Pink Spot cream. Formulated with ingredients like pinosylvin and rosemary that are proven to be anti-inflammatory, watch that volcano disappear.
Rating: 4 stars, 155 reviews
Glow Recipe, $55.43
Packed with 90% watermelon extract, Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is the crazy trendy K-beauty product that's actually worth the hype. Formulated with amino-acid rich watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and pore refining AHAs that work on your skin overnight, you'll wake up with beautiful, glowing skin.
Rating: 4.5 stars, 233 reviews
Soko Glam, $43
MISSHA's Essence Mist is the perfect lightweight product to give your skin that extra bit of moisture before and after your makeup. Not only does it pack a powerful punch of hydration, but it also contains ingredients that are beneficial for your skin like fermented yeast extract, which helps skin-cell renewal. It works on oily, combination, and dry skin types.
Ratings: 4. 5 stars, 299 reviews
Sunscreen is probably one of THE utmost important skincare products you absolutely need in your beauty routine. While many sunscreen products can be super thick and greasy, Etude House's Sun Milk sunscreen is light-weight and non-sticky - perfect for applying before makeup or on its own.
Ratings: 4.3 stars, 425 reviews
Soko Glam, $26
This award-winning solid balm cleanser is truly one of the best makeup removing products ever. Not only does it completely remove makeup (like makeup remover is supposed to), it also contains papaya extract which gently and naturally exfoliates the skin, as well as acerola extract which is rich in vitamin C that helps brighten your complexion.
Ratings: 4.5 stars, 546 reviews
While egg white is actually amazing on the skin, the thought of slapping it on your skin can be kinda gross - Skinfood's Egg White Cleanser makes it a little less gross. Their egg white cleanser work miracles for congested skin as it deeply penetrates pores, remove all the oils, blackheads, and dead skin cells that clog up your pores
Rating: 4.4 stars, 403 reviews
Amazon, $16.46 (15 sheets)
The Innisfree My Real Squeeze sheet masks are a beauty community favourite. Not only are there 12 different types of masks to choose from, depending on your specific skin problem, they are inexpensive and effective. The My Real Squeeze collection includes: Pomegranate, Strawberry, Lime, Manuka honey, Kiwi, Green Tea, Tea tree, Bija, Cucumber, Aloe, Bamboo, Rose, Shea butter, Acai Berry, and Blackberry.
Rating: 4.4 stars, 911 reviews
Glow Recipe, $51.65
This is one of the few makeup primers that not only makes your foundation look flawless but also actually does wonders for your skin. The J. One Jelly Pack is formulated with hyaluronic acid that hydrates and fullerene that acts as an “oxygen magnet” to brighten the complexion. When you take off your makeup, your skin will actually feel more moisturized and healthy, rather than dull.
Ratings: 4.5 stars, 139 reviews
Glow Recipe, $45
The Safe Relief Cream is a saviour for all those with dry, sensitive, and irritated skin. This moisturizer contains hydrating squalene and glycerin that is blended with botanical Nordic berry extract, bergamot and sage oils in a lightweight skin-conditioning cream that will soothe and bring back hydration to the skin. It also has little to no fragrance, so if you're not a fan of scented creams, this is for you.
Ratings: 4.5 stars, 52 reviews
Before you start cringing at the sight of the words "snail essence", snail mucin actually has tons of skincare benefits that you probably didn't even know about. Concentrated with up to 96% of this powerful ingredient, snail mucin is known to help repair, hydrate, brighten and tone the skin.
Ratings: 4.5 stars, 118 reviews
Soko Glam, $28.20
We all know that Vitamin C is an important antioxidant to keep your body strong and healthy, but same goes for your skin as well! Klairs Freshly Juice Vitamin C Serum contains 5% vitamin C and is gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. Vitamin C provides the best in anti-aging protection and also effectively brightens skin, reducing brown spots, protects skin from pigmentation, and evens out your complexion.
Ratings: 4.5 stars, 444 reviews
Soko Glam, $12.39
Skinfood's Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is a natural exfoliating mask that gently smoothes and softens the skin with its fine black sugar grains andshea butter ingredients. It also smells absolutely amazing, as if you were slathering sweet paradise on your face.
Ratings: 4.5 stars, 259 reviews