10 K-Beauty Items You Should Hoard When In Korea

With the influence brought in by K-Pop and K-Dramas, Korean beauty products and treatments easily became a cult favorite among beauty gurus around the world. Fans want to achieve the look of Korean artists who seem to have a built-in backlight on their clear and bright faces.

But, the secret to that is a commitment to engage in the strict regimen of applying K-Beauty products. Who knew Koreans actually follow a 10-step (and counting) skincare routine? We only knew about cleansers, toners, and moisturizers before South Korea introduced us to the secret to their glowing glass skin.

So, if you’re keen on having clear skin like K-Drama stars you see ever so often on TV, why not try the products they use and endorse? Here are 10 K-Beauty items you should hoard on your shopping trip to South Korea:


Sheet Masks/Night Masks 

via Laneige

Consistently selling on special discounts, getting a slew of face masks is a wise decision since it is relatively cheaper in Korea. Refining pores and providing ultimate hydration are some of the benefits when regularly using these beauty sheets.

You can also buy from brands that have stores in your home country, so you can easily restock your stash. Drop by Korea’s trusted brands such as The Face Shop, Tony Moly, Mediheal, and Missha.



Facial Cleanser


K-Beauty has a wide array of facial cleansers that suit various skin types. Additionally, they come in the form of gel, oil, cream, clay, and more. As the first step of purifying the skin from accumulated dirt, choosing facial cleanser that fits your skin type is necessary. 

The good thing about Korean beauty products is how they make use of mild and organic ingredients. At times, moisturizing tweaks are already included in facial cleansers. Dear Klairs, Neogen, and COSRX are brand leaders that you can try.



Make-up Remover

via Banila Co

Sweetly notorious for making sure the skin is spic and span, cleansing balm and cleansing oil are must-buy items for your beauty loot. Try Banila Co’s Clean It Zero and Innisfree’s cleansing oil when you want to remove stubborn make-up.




via Dear Klairs

Said to be the conditioning step before the string of vitamins you will put on your face, toners replenish the skin to better absorb serum, essence, and cream.

You can pick among popular brands such as Mamonde, Missha, COSRX, Benton, and Dear Klairs.




via Etude House

As the core of the 10-Korean-Beauty-Step, essence and serum are responsible for boosting the skin with nutrients. They moisturize the skin from deep within and diminish signs of aging, acne marks, and dryness.

Try Missha, Mizon, and Etude House for essence while Dear Klairs, It’s Skin, and Innisfree are the products you can try for serum.



Moisturizing Cream

via The Saem

Finish pampering your skin with a selection of moisturizers that reduce pores, hydrate skin, and brighten your face. Laneige, Huxley, The Saem, Innisfree, and The Face Shop have impressive lines of moisturizers that you can try.



Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

via Nature Republic

This gem of a product is the ultimate gel for your hair and body. It is also a good souvenir gift to buy for your loved ones. You may choose at variations offered by Nature Republic, The Face Shop, and Etude House.


BB Cream/CC Cushions

via Missha

From sunscreen protection to a clean coverage to put your make-up on, BB cream, CC cream or cushion have become a staple make-up product on a girl’s vanity kit. Go-to BB creams featuring high SPF include Missha, The Face Shop, and Dr Jart+. 




via Peripera

Completing a glam look requires the perfect tint to put on your lips. From balms, tints, and sticks in glossy or matte finish, explore the best lippies to ad to your kit from Seoul.



Face Mist

via The Face Shop

For an instant refreshing fix, face mist hydrates your face by suffusing nutrients especially when you are traveling. Three sprays and you can feel your face rejuvenated again. Make sure to grab this quick beauty wonder over at Korean beauty stores.