Flawless skin is challenging during winter, when the dry, cold weather often leaves the skin dull and dehydrated. The seasonal change signals the need for a change in your skincare regimen as well, going from the lightweight products of the summer to rich, heavier moisturizers that the cooler climate requires.
Fortunately, Korean skincare is chock-full of hydrating products that can help keep the skin fresh and glowing even in the biting cold.
Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil
Through word of mouth and platforms like Soko Glam, Korean skincare attracted a global following with the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine making its way to the spotlight. However steps your beauty regimen may have, cleansing is always the first step and Erborian’s Solid Cleansing Oil is a cult favorite among beauty gurus. The gentle oil-based cleanser scrubs the skin thoroughly of make-up and impurities without stripping away the moisture, which is crucial during wintertime.
Try the popular Korean double cleanse and follow up the oil-based cleanser with a water-based cleanser, such as the Erborian Cleansing Water. It’s one of the gentlest cleansers around, so it’s nourishing and suitable for all skin types.
Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser
Some people prefer not using a second cleanser during winter to avoid drying out the skin, but those who do should choose one that’s gentle and hydrating.
A good option is the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser as it not only cleans the skin, but it also uses green tea extract to brighten and hydrate the skin with every wash. The water-based product lathers into a foam that is soothing enough for any skin type, whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin.
Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence
The skin gets especially thirsty during the dry climate of winter, so it’s best to provide extra hydration whenever the season rolls around. One way to do this is by reaching for essences, which are concentrated ingredients that treat the skin at a cellular level for specific issues, such as dark spots, fine lines, or dryness.
The Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence is especially renowned for moisturizing the skin, packed with sodium hyaluronate that’s known to hold in a thousand times more moisture than water. This popular essence is also very soothing, calming down flaky areas and redness almost instantaneously.
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
Serums are traditionally thicker and more concentrated than essences, although it’s easy to blur the line between the two nowadays. During the dry season, serums and oils don’t just moisturize, but also help lock in the moisture, which is essential even for oily skin!
A few drops of Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum can go a long way in nourishing the skin and infusing moisture into it. Made with green tea and green tea seed from Jeju-do, the best-selling serum delivers an extra dose of hydration, keeping the skin dewy and clear even in the harshest winter.
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream
The last step of a Korean skincare routine is the moisturizer, which seals in all the products used during your regimen.
Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Cream is a deeply moisturizing cream that is extremely effective for dehydrated complexions. The ceramides in the formula soak into the skin, strengthening the skin barrier and helping it retain moisture. It’s a good moisturizer for plump, healthy skin all-year-round, but the Ceramidin Cream is especially essential during dry winter months.
Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
Another Korean beauty product that has gained a cult following is The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb by belif. With a gel-like cream consistency, the intense moisturizer promises to keep the skin hydrated for up to 26 hours, so it remains fresh and supple even after a whole day in biting cold weather.
The rich moisturizing cream is ideal for wintertime when the skin is particularly dry, but belif also offers The True Cream Aqua Bomb, which is a more lightweight moisturizer with a texture that’s almost gel-like.
Peach & Lily KBeauty Rescue Balm
If there’s one Korean skincare product that’s a must-have in your winter handbag, it’s the Peach & Lily’s KBeauty Rescue Balm. With sunflower seed oil, coptis root extract, and ceramides, the universal balm provides a boost in hydration wherever and whenever you need it the most—which is most days in the peak of winter.
Place a little on dry and flaky spots for immediate relief or apply some on cracked lips. The KBeauty Rescue Balm can even be used to calm frizzy hair and unruly eyebrows.
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