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    Just 29 K-Beauty Products You'll Probably Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    It's about to be a new you, with dewy, glowing skin and more blush than you know what to do with.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Son & Park Beauty Water is super versatile. This cleansing water tones, mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya, cleans away grime, refreshes and soothes with lavender and rosewater, and resets the skin's natural pH level. You'll see brighter skin, smoother texture, and easier absorption of other skincare. What a ~beauty~ indeed.

    the bottle with BuzzFeed writer giving a thumbs up
    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    I never go anywhere without this, it's truly one of my holy grails. Its scent is subtle but divine, and the bottle's so huge it lasts forever. It has so many great uses. I use it as an extra cleansing/toning step after my face wash just to get any remaining gunk off my skin, and it always refreshes me. —Nusrat

    Promising review: "This is my fourth bottle, and I don't think I'll be switching toner any time soon. It's an amazing toner and makeup remover all in one — super easy and convenient! I can tell this is a great product by the way my skin feels afterward: clean, light, and not dry at all. I swear by this toner!! You won't be disappointed, I promise." —Lindsay

    Get it from Soko Glam for $30 or a travel size version from Choc Choc for $7.99.

    *Choc Choc is a small biz that handpicks the best Korean skincare and cosmetics on the market and carries some well-loved K-beauty brands you've probably heard of before. "Choc choc" means "well-moisturized" in Korean and is used to describe luminous skin!

    2. Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Cleanser gives you a super clean face without the super tight feel. In fact, cleansers that make your skin feel "squeaky clean" are often stripping away natural oils on your skin! This one's gentle gel-based formula leaves your skin feeling hydrated and silky.

    cleanser on top of matcha powder
    @kravebeauty / Via

    I've been using this cleanser lately as my skin has been super dry due to the cold weather. I no longer leave the shower itching my face and screaming for my hydrating moisturizer. Instead even before I put on moisturizer my face already feels bouncy and clean. Me and this cleanser = matcha made in heaven! —Sarah

    Promising review: "Upon first use, my sensitive skin didn't turn red or breakout! This is a great gentle cleanser that doesn't strip and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. There is a slight fragrance but nothing overpowering which I love. This is also one of the few gel like cleansers that I've tried that's easier to wash off. Some of them feel a bit too slimey and take a bit more effort to completely wash off, but not this one. I'll definitely be repurchasing in the future!" —Sydney

    Krave Beauty is a Korean woman-owned small biz that believes in simplicity and aims to make skincare easy and stress-free in an oversaturated and complicated industry. They believe in respecting the skin and restoring it back to health.

    Get it from Krave Beauty for $16.

    3. CLIO Pro Eye Shadow Palette is just perfect for all your spring looks as the flowers start blooming again! It has matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes so you have everything you need in one palette. Plus, the glitters include pearls for high-intensity luster!

    a chart naming all the shades inside the palette

    Promising review: "The eyeshadows are so buttery and soft, perfect for daily use. They have a nice pigment to them! I love the packaging, and it can easily be taken on the go because it has a small dual ended brush. I think the colors of each palette really complement each other. I would repurchase this item (already bought another palette!). I would definitely recommend this to a friend or as a gift!" —ジィ二ー ♡ᵕ̈*⑅୨୧

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98 (available in eight shades).

    4. COSRX Snail Mucin Essence moisturizes and enhances your skin's natural glow. The idea of anything slimy on your face may creep you out but snail mucin is actually a miracle ingredient in the K-beauty world because of its abilities to prevent and repair damage, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne until your skin's elasticity is at its best!

    the bottle with swatch of the liquid texture on hand
    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    I use this in addition to my moisturizer in the winter for an extra boost of hydration. In the summer, I use this as a replacement for my moisturizer. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated without the greasy residue, which makes this the perfect layering product in the winter when your skin needs a boost of H2O. —Sarah

    I swear by this too! That's my photo above and as you can tell from the bottle, I use it everyday. Whatever other essence I use, I always go back to this. It's one of the biggest credits to brightening my skin, improving my texture, and keeping my acne at bay. The extreme hydrating benefits are a plus. I do need a moisturizer over it (my skin always needs a sealant at the end) so I use it as the step before my serums and lotions. This is fragrance-free and great for all skin types. —Nusrat

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98 or from Choc Choc for $19.99.

    5. Laneige x To All The Boys Meet Cute Set features two lip sleeping masks so you can wake up to pucker-ready lips and show off to your very own Peter Kavinsky. If your lips have been feeling flaky and dry this winter, pick up this adorable set!

    model putting on the lip sleeping mask on her lips

    I love using this especially in the winter. I'll wake up with glowy and moisturized lips. Sometimes, I’ll go the extra mile and exfoliate with the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator. This routine allows all the dry flakes on my lips to peel off and it’ll provide a smooth canvas for when I want to use a tint or matte lipstick on my lips! —Sarah

    Promising review: "I have severely dry skin and chronically chapped lips and this is one of the only things that works for me! I’ve tried hyaluronic acid lip treatments, overnight masks from other brands, and just about every chapped lip product on the planet and this stuff is by far the best! Leaves your lips so soft and supple. I sometimes use it during the day as a balmy gloss and it’s stunning in addition to its nighttime use." —brewinit

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    6. Glow Recipe Avocado Retinol Sleeping Mask acts as a savior for the drier days. Avocado may taste delicious in guacamole but it's also a dream ingredient for dry skin! The retinol helps increase skin cell turnover to improve skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and decrease pores. You'll be a real life sleeping beauty.

    the avocado sleeping mask in a mini and full size
    Sarah Lee / BuzzFeed

    I started using this to incorporate retinol into my skincare routine and it's great for those starting off or those with sensitive skin as it contains a lower dose of retinol and tons of hydration. Glow Recipe is famous for their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask but this one is one of their more hydrating ones — say hello to plump skin when you wake up. —Sarah

    Promising review: "This is an amazing mask! I thought the retinol would be irritating to my skin, but it was gentle. The mask minimized my pores and gave my skin an even tone almost immediately." —Shahn

    Get it from Glow Recipe (available in two sizes) and from Sephora for $49.

    7. Meebak Cica Gel to Foam Cleanser cleanses gently and mildly for hydrated, super soft, and comfortable skin (yes, such a cleanser exists). It uses the soothing ingredient cica to clear pores, boost collagen, prevent blackheads and whiteheads, and support your skin's natural pH level without leaving it stripped. If your skin doesn't feel soft and bouncy after this, I'll change my name 😌.

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed, Meebak

    My skin never feels tight or dry at all after using it, which is actually a miracle in itself. I was like "Is this for real?" It's for real. It makes your skin feel smooth and clean to the touch (not that you should be touching your face) and I always look forward to using it nightly. It also has a light earthy scent that I just love! —Nusrat

    Meebak is a Korean woman-owned small biz with products that center around the ingredient cica, also known as centella asiatica, or tiger grass, a herbal plant that has natural healing properties and has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy to calm and soothe skin.

    Get it from Meebak for $17.97.

    8. colorgram: TOK's Rosy Tone Up Cream makes a good choice if you've watched True Beauty and are longing for your own transformation. Lim Ju Kyung uses this to help cover up blemished red skin and so can you. It evens out skin tone and provides a smooth canvas for makeup but you can also wear it alone for a natural, dewy glow. Hello, angelic skin!

    Stylevana, @colorgramtok / Via Instagram: @, tvN

    And if you haven't watched True Beauty yet, what are you doing? Hint: you're missing out!

    Get it from Stylevana for $34.99.

    9. Birch Milk Refining Toner both exfoliates and hydrates without feeling harsh like most exfoliant toners do. That's because it only contains a 1% concentration of acids, making it gentle enough for daily use. It's great for people who are guilty of not regularly exfoliating (*cough* me). Ingredients like squalane, birch juice, and marshmallow root help hydrate!

    writer holding the toner
    Sarah Lee / BuzzFeed

    During the pandemic I noticed I've been breaking out a bit more due to maskne but because my face is so sensitive, exfoliating toners usually are a big no-no. I love that this toner has a low percentage of exfoliants allowing it to be friendly for my skin. After continual use, I've noticed the skin texture of my face improving tremendously! —Sarah

    Promising review: "I have a ridiculous amount of toners, but I always go back to this one. It soaks right into my skin, no stickiness, and it smells amazing. I feel like I have a glow whenever I use it." —Adriana

    Get it from Soko Glam for $32.

    10. Dear Dahlia Petal Touch Plumping Lip Velour uniquely uses a dahlia flower–infused formula to plump and cool lips while giving a lush stain that's ~petal light~ and long-lasting. With its soft velvet finish and pretty shades, I'm honestly obsessed. Help.

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed, Dear Dahlia

    Contrary to the reviewer below, this was my first time trying a lipstick that was also a plumper and it only took a few seconds of me wearing it to decide this would be my go-to forever now. The cooling effect feels different but nice and I absolutely love how flattering the pink shade (Hush) is — a perfect everyday lip. I love the formula too; it barely feels like I'm wearing anything but my lips don't feel dry at all. —Nusrat

    Dear Dahlia is an Asian woman-owned luxury vegan K-beauty brand inspired by the dahlia flower and dedicated to bringing out each woman's natural elegance, authenticity, and timeless beauty. All products use organic dahlia flower, sweet almond oil, and other skin-nourishing ingredients.

    Promising review: "This lipstick might be the most amazing lip plumper i have ever tried. I can say i have tried almost every single plumping lipstick there was ever created from different brands and this lip plumper is the best thing ever. I bought Whisper and I am about to get Hush too. Will eventually probably end up buying the third one too!" —Catherine

    Get it from Dear Dahlia for $29 (available in three shades).

    11. SKINFOOD Peach Cotton Finish Powder uses peach and Japanese saké (yep!) to set makeup, absorb oil and sweat, and deliver a matte finish that's silky, not dry. Those same extracts also soothe troubled skin, prevent dryness, and promote skin elasticity, making it perfect for acne-prone types. The sweet peach scent is great too. Show me another powder like this one!

    the powder containers

    You can use this powder in different ways: before your foundation, to set your makeup, for touchups throughout the day, as a primer for eyes and lips for longer-lasting color, and even to refresh your oily bangs and scalp! For hair, just pat the powder on top of your head and around your hairline to soak up the oil.

    Promising review: "This powder is magic for oily skin. I've added this to my morning routine every day, makeup or not, because of the difference it makes. I put it on in the morning and my face is oil-free ALL DAY. I used to battle oil and shine daily with neverending breakouts. In addition to my new cleansing products, this has helped keep my skin issues under control. So glad I found this!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    12. Peripera Sunshine Cheek Blush cheers up your face and your mood! Just one swipe of this highly-pigmented beauty gives off amazing color, bringing your whole look together. And the phrase inside the blush, "It's okay, you already shine," gives you the affirmation you didn't know you needed 🥺.

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed, YesStyle

    Promising review: "To say that these blushes are a good value for the price would be an understatement. They are just so good! Period. The colors are vibrant and easy to blend, but they are not overpowering on the cheeks. They give such a beautiful healthy flush to the skin. The packaging is sturdy and compact. I also think the variety of shades is excellent for different skin tones and preferences. I highly recommend this one; it's so good!" —smiljana

    Get it from YesStyle for $7.30 (available in five shades).

    13. Whal Myung Skin Elixir simplifies three steps into one and helps your skin stay clear, moisturized, and glowing all day long. It's a toner-serum-oil that's great if you're lazy like me and a 10-step K-beauty regimen makes you want to scream. Why go for three different products that'll just clutter your vanity when you can just use one?

    the bottle
    Whal Myung

    Be sure to shake the bottle before each use to get the full effect of all the ingredients. I love spritzing myself in the morning and right before bed with this. —Sarah

    Whal Myung is the oldest brand in Korea dating back to 1897, the same age as aspirin! It is the first and oldest Korean pharmaceutical company and is recognized as such in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Promising review: "I've been using it for several months (used up a sample size, two full size bottles and am on my third) and it's by far my favorite product in my skin care routine. When I stopped using it for a short while, I definitely noticed a difference in my skin. This product makes my skin softer and reduces dullness. My skin instantly feels better as soon as I put this on." —Anabel

    Get it for $58: from Whal Myung here and from Amazon here.

    14. colorgram: TOK's Tint Lacquer lets you show off soft refreshed lips with a hint of red! Sometimes, just adding a splash of tint can instantly help you look more awake! It looks like Lim Ju-kyung knows it too because this is her go-to tint in True Beauty — she specifically uses shade "Heart Tok" throughout the series!

    @colorgramtok / Via Instagram: @, colorgram Instagram / Via Instagram: @

    Next time you need to turn your video on for a Zoom meeting, just lightly dab this tint on your lips (or feel free to go all out). A pop of red will brighten you up!

    Get it from Stylevana for $25.99 (available in five shades).

    15. Thank You Farmer Light Sun Essence offers a semi-matte finish that makes skin look glowy, not greasy. A good choice if you struggle trying to find a sunscreen that doesn't look oily AND make you look like a ghost (not a great combo 🥴). To top it off, it leaves no white cast and its light formula absorbs easily. I mean, it's literally in the name!

    Soko Glam

    This also helps moisturize, sooth, and minimize the appearance of pores.

    Thank You Farmer is a small biz focused on balanced skin and long-term results rather than instant gratification. They make their products with "the heart of an honest farmer" :).

    Promising review: "This is oily acne face approved. Have tried multiple facial sunscreen brands out there but majority cause me to break out or leave me super greasy looking. This gives me a healthy shine and it does not feel like I put on a glob on. Have only been using it for a couple of weeks but I am a fan and planning on buying more as soon as I start running low." —Norma

    Get it from Soko Glam for $27.

    16. The Crème Shop's Hyperglow Oil, made with hyaluronic acid and rose oil, boosts your skin's glow, moisture, and collagen. If silky was a product, it would be this oil — that's how light and smooth it feels. It makes your skin feel like you put a smoothening effect over it!

    the bottle with swatch of the oil on hand
    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    I mix this with foundation to enhance my glow and make my foundation blend in even more seamlessly so it looks natural. At night, I use a few drops on my face and neck to add more moisture to my skin! This also makes your skin have an extremely light scent of roses that's absolutely heavenly. —Nusrat

    The Crème Shop is a Los Angeles-based Asian woman-owned brand dedicated to bringing K-beauty to US drugstores and beauty shops. It specializes in colorful and quirky makeup and skincare that's all 100% cruelty-free and affordable!

    Promising review: "Love this, literally only two drops needed. A small amount goes a long way. Tiny amount so as not to clog up pores, just as good as any moisturizer, leaves my skin feeling smooth and silky and glowing." —Wendy

    Get it from The Crème Shop for $14.

    17. Banila Co Jolly Mattang Glow Tint nourishes with manuka honey water, apricot seed oil, and olive oil, and tints completely, leaving you with the juiciest color and glow to your lips. It's basically a lip stain and lip gloss in one and the best part? It's not sticky at all!

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    I've been wearing this at home everyday because I love how flattering it looks and the formula is so light — it doesn't feel heavy at all. Plus, I get to match my room (I got the grapefruit coral one). Win-win? —Nusrat

    Get it from Banila Co for $18 (available in four shades).

    18. colorgram: TOK's Multi Cube Palette takes you back to your high school days with its innocent pretty shades (this is after your emo phase, of course). It's great for everyday no-makeup looks while highlighting your eyes with a dash of glitter!

    Sarah Lee / BuzzFeed, Stylevana

    Your friends won't believe you put on makeup but they'll definitely compliment how your eyes shine so bright!

    Get it from Stylevana for $35.29 (available in two colors).

    19. COSRX Blackhead Power Liquid literally helps clear up stubborn blackheads and clogged pores around your nose and cheeks and helps control oil. Goodbye congested pores!

    This is the one product that has truly helped me decrease the blackheads on my nose. I love using this in conjunction with a clay mask to really cleanse out the gunk on my nose. —Sarah

    Promising review: "I apologize for these close up photos but I am compelled to show this! The first three photos are from Feb. 23 and I am writing this now on April 18. I have been using this product with Etude Wonder Pore Deep Cleansing and Erno Laszlo double cleaning set. I use Cosrx BHA Power liquid usually once a day or every other day. I am so happy with these results. A few months ago I felt self conscious to be out in public without makeup covering my face because I thought my blackheads and large pores were distracting. I am now wearing less makeup to cover my pores and I definitely see a difference. This product lasts a long time and I think its a powerful part of my new and effective skin regimen. Yay!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $16.70 and Choc Choc for $21.99.

    20. Oat So Simple Water Cream makes a great starter if you freak out over heavy moisturizers because you think it'll just make your skin greasy (aka me). Skipping moisturizer is actually the reason your face feels oilier — it's dehydrated and produces more oil to compensate! Your skin needs hydration so if thick moisturizers scare you, this one is super lightweight and even cooling!

    BuzzFeed writer holding the moisturizer jar open showing the cream
    Sarah Lee / BuzzFeed

    This only contains 10 ingredients and is fragrance, paraben, silicone, alcohol—free!

    I've always struggled with finding the right moisturizer that oftentimes I'd be skipping that step. This winter my face has been extra itchy and dry that I needed a moisturizer and decided to try this out. I've been putting the cream on and expecting it to be heavy but even after a couple of hours my face looks fresh and not greasy whatsoever! I also love how it comes with a little spatula so I don't have to dip my fingertips (which may be carrying bacteria) and keep my cream sanitary! —Sarah

    Promising review: "After going through two of these, I highly recommend this product for those with oily or combination skin. I struggled so long to find a moisturizer that hydrates my skin and doesn't clog my pores and this is the one. I find it works the best right after my toner so that the moisturizer locks in all that hydration. At night, it pairs perfectly with the Great Barrier Relief serum. It has such a dreamy consistency and really does an amazing job." —Ahtziri R.

    Get it from Krave Beauty for $28.

    21. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum — if you've ever watched K-dramas and wondered how the actresses have such clear, luminous skin, the effect is called "glass skin" in Korea and you can achieve it with this serum, which helps give you that glassy, poreless, translucent-looking skin!

    the product in water
    @peachandlily / Via

    Promising review: "I’ve repurchased this fabulous serum multiple times. The ingredients are high quality and nourishing for your skin. I’ve struggled with acne and rosacea most of my life, and this product has really helped improve my skin. I’ve had less acne and less redness and irritation when I use this lovely serum. My face and neck soak this serum up like a sponge and it leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, hydrated, healthy, and radiant. Highly recommend!" —Christy

    Get it from Peach & Lily for $39.

    22. Acwell Licorice Cleansing Toner lets you achieve the much-coveted "honey skin" — also a trend in Korea along with "glass-skin." Honey skin is skin that's luminous, dewy, and smooth. This toner provides an extra level of cleansing while hydrating to restore natural barriers. It brightens with peony, licorice water, and green tea and helps drastically reduce hyperpigmentation. We stan licorice now!

    the bottle
    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    I love using this toner in the morning during the winter when I want to gently wipe away the impurities without having to actually cleanse my skin with water. I also use this after a workout when I'm unable to shower right away; therefore, at least I can get the sweat and grime off my face. —Sarah

    Yet another product I always go back to no matter what other toners I try. I always see a noticeable difference in the brightness and texture of my skin when I use this. My skin feels clean and refreshed but also hydrated and dewy. Plus, it does wonders for skin-brightening. —Nusrat

    Get it from Soko Glam for $18.

    23. Ryoe Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner Set stimulates hair growth and improves the scalp with biota seed and red ginseng. It's formulated specifically for hair loss and weak hair so it promotes elasticity, and penetrates roots to thicken hair from the source. You get a healthy scalp and pretty hair!

    the set of two

    Promising review: "I have bleached my hair probably 4+ times in the past year and now I am trying to recover my hair from all of the damage. I have very thick, wavy, and short hair. This has made my hair smoother and less frizzy. My hair feels healthier and I have been noticing a difference. I use semi-permanent hair dye and this does not completely strip my hair of the color but still cleans the hair well. I also love the smell of both of the products!" —Charlotte

    Get the set from Amazon for $23.49.

    24. Missha Sun Milk Essence enhances skin tone and has a light texture more like an essence than a thick lotion (perf for makeup). If you, like everyone, hate the oiliness and white cast sunscreens usually leave behind, this one has none of that. It's packed with flower extracts like camellia and lotus and leaves a lovely dewy finish while boasting SPF 50. A star, this one!

    the sunscreen

    Shake 3-5 times before use.

    Ohlolly is POC- and woman-owned and based in California. It's founded by two sisters who are on a mission to curate the finest in Korean skincare and bring authentic K-beauty to the masses. They carry a lot of familiar K-beauty staples, so this is a great way to support small businesses while restocking your K-beauty faves! They're also committed to seeking out natural, plant-based products with unique ingredients that are hard to find anywhere else.

    Promising review: "This sunscreen is fantastic. My eyes are very sensitive and it's hard for me to find a sunscreen that does not irritate them. I put this right under my eyes with no irritation! There is no greasy or heavy feeling on my face either. It is lightweight, goes on well, and looks great!" —Mallory

    Get it from Ohlolly for $22.

    25. Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Sleeping Mask is a cult fave for a reason! The bouncy gel texture helps hydrate overnight and exfoliates with AHAs and watermelon, allowing you to wake up to a supple face! It also refines pores, prevents dryness, and boosts your glow, leaving your skin soothed and smoothed. I'm already making heart eyes.

    picture of the sleeping mask and facial roller
    Sarah Lee

    The formula is gentle enough for use every night and it shouldn’t leave a mess on your pillow overnight as the mask will absorb right into your skin. I like to pat the mask all over my face instead of rubbing it around. Sometimes, if I'm feeling really extra, I'll use a facial roller, straight out of the refrigerator, on my face after I put on the mask. —Sarah

    Promising review: "I've never been the type of person to leave reviews, but with this, I have to. I've been using this for almost a month. When I have breakouts I apply this at night, and the next morning I wake up and the breakout has shrunk tremendously or is almost gone. Not to mention, it's made my face so much brighter and softer! I use this religiously and have found a little goes a long way. I love this product so much. Even with my oily skin, it doesn't cause my skin to feel oily. It is PERFECT." —kaitykaitt

    Get it from Amazon for $24+ (available in two sizes) and Sephora for $22+ (available in two sizes).

    26. MacQueen Air Kiss Lipstick gives pretty, non-drying but still matte color that stays on and stays super smooth (no flakes or cracks!). The weightless formula gives a soft blurring effect instead for a pretty pout.


    Get it from Yesstyle for $7.79 (available in five colors).

    27. Neogen Bio-Peel Chemical Exfoliator helps fade scars, clears clogged pores, and reveals a bright, clean layer of skin with double-sided pads and powerful ingredients like glycolic acid (amazing for hyperpigmentation) and vitamin C. It's a physical and chemical exfoliator in one! And you can actually see all the dirt coming off on the pad. I’m sold.

    the green tea pads
    @neogen_global / Via

    I love this for a deep-clean. It exfoliates so well, my skin feels unbelievably smooth after, every time! It's been great for my hyperpigmentation too, having helped brighten and even my skin tone (I use the lemon one). Star tip: The pads are large so you really don't need one whole one for your face; cut them in half to make them last longer. Use once or twice weekly for results. —Nusrat

    Promising review: "I suffer from cystic acne and I turn hyperpigmentation due to the damage it causes. Using this coupled with my daily skincare routine has cleared up my skin and has helped the tone even out so I have a beautiful glowy look to my face! I have been using this exfoliant for about a year and I love the smell, the texture of the pads, and the overall results it has given me." —Miranda

    Get them from Soko Glam Soko Glam and from Amazon for $27.

    28. Banila Co Cleansing Balm is the star of all oil cleansers! It starts off as a sherbet-like balm and transforms into a silky oil for the first step of your double-cleansing routine. It gently melts makeup while brightening with vitamin C-rich acerola fruit. Double-cleansing does wonders for properly cleaning and brightening skin!

    @banilacousa / Via, Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    Use an oil cleanser like this first and then follow with a water-based foam cleanser. Doing this every night will keep your skin clean, healthy, and gradually fade acne scarring. Plus, the ingredients in this are so gentle, you can use this on kids.

    Promising review: "This product is magic. I was skeptical because it's a bit popular but I decided to give it a try and I don't regret a thing. Takes off my makeup so efficiently and once you rinse off, It's like it was never there. It literally melts away the makeup! Of course this is my first step in a double cleanse to make sure I get everything and I would recommend the same to everyone just to get any residual oil off. The texture is like creamy sorbet and the scent is light and sweet, but refreshing. The sorbet dissolves into the cleansing oil and I can almost feel it getting all the dirt pulled up off my skin. IT DOES NOT LEAVE YOU FEELING TIGHT OR DRIED OUT. This ingredient list is gentle enough for everyone and the scent is light enough not to irritate skin or annoy the nose. I look forward to this step in my skincare routine every time. Get it. Like do it now." —Deja

    Get it from Amazon and Soko Glam for $19+ (available in multiple sizes).

    29. Holy Snail Shark Sauce takes skincare back to the basics. This moisturizer's stand-out ingredient is niacinamide, which is key to helping you fight hyperpigmentation, brighten, and fade those pesky dark spots. (Also no worries, this is shark-free).

    a picture of the product on top of seashells and rocks
    Holy Snails

    Holy Snails is a small indie K-beauty biz that's POC-owned, woman-owned, and cruelty-free. They actually started as K-beauty blog in 2014! They make their products weekly in microbatches with functional packaging to ensure freshness and ability to reuse or recycle, reducing waste. We stan!

    Promising review: "This was one of the first niacinamide products I ever used when I began my skincare journey a few years back, and it was a complete game changer for me. Features of my face that I didn't think was possible to change began changing with this product - my pores (enlarged between my cheeks and nose) began shrinking and now look virtually nonexistent, and this helped calm down my acne-prone T-zone. This also helps to break up my PIH, which I am tragically prone to after acne flare-ups. This is a great all-in-one product that I'd be happy to recommend without hesitation." —Erika

    Get it from Holy Snails for $29.

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