Korean Beauty Products That Solve All Your Skin Care Struggles

There are so many Korean beauty products out there, the choices are overwhelming. When it comes to skin care, you have your sheet masks, essence, serums, toners, cleansers, etc. — it’s hard to keep track of which ones actually work. For any K-beauty newbie, branching into this realm often means you have to rely on advice from friends or reviews online of which products work best for you. To simplify your shopping and searching process, we identified common skin care problems, from redness to dryness, and matched the best Korean product for that trouble spot. The next time you’re fighting a bad skin day (or make that week), reach for the items ahead.

To Brighten Your Skin

Revive dull skin with TONYMOLY’s I’m Real Mask Sheets ($3). The brand offers a variety of sheet masks targeted to specific skin concerns, and the lemon one is specially formulated for brightening and is easy to use. Slap one on for 15 to 20 minutes to get more radiant skin.

To Control Oily Skin

Oily skin is the bane of existence for many people, and while there are tons of products out there to try, Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Resveratrol ($25) is at the top of everyone’s list. It’s formulated with resveratrol, a natural antioxidant that fights free radical damage, and the cleanser controls your skin’s oil production.

To Treat Under-Eye Circles

If you want to firm and brighten your under-eye area, consider investing in these Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Masks ($60). The special formula not only gets rid of dark circles, but also fights fine lines and wrinkles.

To Fight Acne

In addition to the pretty packaging, Mizon’s Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot ($18) is your secret weapon to fighting acne. The yellow layer contains BHA and AHA, which help diminish blackheads and dead skin cells while the pink powder beneath calms inflamed spots. Before you sleep, simply dip a Q-tip into the solution and dab directly on the trouble spot.

To Tone and Even Out Your Skin

If you’re a Korean beauty enthusiast, you’ve definitely heard of (or have) Son and Park’s Beauty Water ($30). This gentle toner and cleansing product contains orange fruit extract and both rose and lavender water to help clear away dead skin cells and hydrate your skin. The beauty water also has a pH of five, which means it will reset your skin to its natural pH after cleansing.

To Minimize Your Pores

When you feel like your pores are out of control, try Caolion’s pore minimizing mask ($20). Kaolin clay is known for its purifying properties, which means the ingredients will help decrease the appearance of pores and control oil production. Plus, the mask gives your face a cooling sensation.

To Hydrate Parched Skin

The Face Shop’s Real Nature Honey Mask ($13) is the miracle product when it comes to reviving moisture in your skin. The sheet mask contains honey extract that does not feel super thick or sticky on your face. After 20 minutes of using one, you will immediately feel the difference in your skin.

To Banish Pimples

Think of CosRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patches ($5) as the Asian version of Nexcare’s acne patches. The thin hydrocolloid patch breaks down the debris clogging your pores and treats breakouts by eliminating infection and bacteria.

To Combat Redness

If you’ve tried everything to get rid of redness in your skin but it’s still there, Nature’s RepublicBee Venom Mist Essence ($20) will take care of the issue. The product is made with 98 percent bee venom and other ingredients designed to reduce irritation and redness to your skin. Just give a little spritz and you are good to go.

To Fight Wrinkles

To prevent fine lines and wrinkles, you will want a mask that not only hydrates your skin but also contains a little collagen. Sally’s Box Delight Collagen Hydrogel Mask ($5) is infused with antiaging properties that will give your face that instant plumping effect after use.

To Treat Sensitive Skin

For those who have sensitive skin, invest in a gentle cleanser like the Su: M37 Mirachel Rose Cleansing Stick ($28). The ingredients in the product are 90 percent natural (you’ll even find residual pieces of rose petals), and the unique twist-up stick makes the cleanser a perfect traveling companion.

To Treat Whiteheads/Blackheads

Skin Food’s Egg White Peel-Offs ($7) will remove any stubborn whiteheads or blackheads on your nose, chin, and forehead. The strips contain egg whites that help to exfoliate and refine pores. Warning: ripping off the strips may sting a little, but that’s how you know it really works.

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