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    24 Korean Skincare Products Under $25 That Will Help Your Skin Look And Feel Its Best

    Get good skin without a bad hit to your wallet.

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    1. COSRX Snail Mucin Essence moisturizes and enhances your skin's natural glow. The idea of anything slimy on your face may put you off but snail mucin is a miracle ingredient in the K-beauty world because of its abilities to help prevent and repair damage, hyperpigmentation, dryness, and acne until your skin's elasticity is at its best. Give it a try and thank me later.

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

    I swear by this! 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. I use it as the step before my serums and lotions. This is fragrance-free and great for all skin types. 

    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!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50 or from Choc Choc for $19.99.

    2. Sioris Time is Running Out Mist works as a nourishing toner, mist, and serum for thirsty skin. It's made with 78% organic fruit water (sourced from green plum or yuja) and oils like macadamia for long-lasting moisture. The ingredients are harvested in Korea during peak season for freshness!

    the mist bottle in size small and large

    This has no parabens, artificial fragrance, additives, or harmful chemicals.

    Sioris is a small biz that's a clean and sustainable brand with vegan certified formulas that have organically farmed, in-season ingredients. Their mission is to make skincare simple and effective.

    Promising review: "This has to be my favorite new skincare discovery. It does not sting at all!! The spray is a lightweight, fine mist that leaves a layer of refreshing and gentle hydration. I use it like a spray toner after washing my face and it prevents that dehydrated feeling right after you wash your face. It has a light citrusy scent, which I’m assuming is from the yuzu since fragrance is not listed in the ingredients. I’m extremely sensitive, oily, and acne prone and I haven’t had any breakouts or reactions. If you’re looking for a lightweight, soothing layer of hydration this fits the bill." —smuglilpug

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    3. Mediheal Tea Tree Sheet Mask balances and clarifies in a 15-minute treatment using herbal extracts like willow bark and tea tree oil. Chamomile and Asiatic pennywort calm redness. The cool thing is that the Mediheal logo on the mask becomes more visible as the 15-minute treatment completes, acting as an "indicator" for when you can take it off!

    the masks

    Promising review: "I love these masks! I have had a lifelong battle of fighting acne and combination skin. Some spots are super oily and others are super dry. Using this mask 2–3 times a week has improved my overall appearance and when I do have a breakout, it’s nowhere near as bad." —Miranda

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $9.95 (available in larger packs).

    4. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Sleeping Mask is lightweight but packs a heavy punch of antioxidants that'll help slow down cell aging, brighten, balance, and aid in skin regeneration. The cream is known as "shape memory cream," so it'll cling to skin and absorb easily. And it's light enough to be used as a daytime moisturizer for dry skin. Multi-tasking for the win!

    the tub with a watery swatch on hand

    This mask also helps protect skin from sun sensitivity after you apply any vitamin C products because vitamin E stabilizes C.

    Promising review: "Received a sample of this and liked it so much I bought the full size. I have combination skin, and found that it provides just the right amount of moisture, plus feels so refreshing. I apply it in the morning after a vitamin C serum and use it as a regular moisturizer. I love it! The only way it could be improved is if it had sunscreen in it, but other than that, it is a great product! And the texture is unique and fun. Definitely recommend!" —LAURA OLIVER

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    5. Goodal Green Tangerine Vitamin C Serum is not like other Vitamin C serums in that it has a thicker, gel-like texture that's more moisturizing, contains 70% of green tangerine extract (which contains up to 10 times the amount of vitamin C), and leaves NO sticky feeling or residue on skin unlike traditional serums! This is because it's made with vitamin C derivatives instead of pure vitamin C (which reacts harshly with sunlight and are prone to irritating skin). That means it can be used with abandon by sensitive skin types too!

    the bottle with a glassy drop falling and a chart explaining the texture

    And of course it still does all the things you'd expect a good vitamin C serum to to do, like lighten hyperpigmentation, smooth out blemishes and fine lines, and correct uneven skin tone. 

    Promising review: "I have no idea what makes this serum different from other vitamin C serums, but it is! I've tried a bunch of vitamin C serums for my acne scarring, and this is the most effective one. Every time I look in the mirror, I'm actually stunned at how light my acne scars are." —Sunny Ng

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90.

    6. 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

    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.

    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 slimy and take a bit more effort to completely wash off, but not this one. I'll definitely be repurchasing in the future!" —Sydney

    Get it from Krave Beauty for $16.

    7. 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

    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. 

    Promising review: "It’s seriously been life changing. I have super sensitive skin with rosacea, texture, and issues with blackheads, and I also live in a hot humid climate. This has been the perfect ‘do it all’ product after cleansing for all of these circumstances. It truly calms and softens my skin while somehow also cleaning my pores. And in the summer, it acts as the perfect amount of daily moisture after cleansing but with no residue! I mean??? I had low expectations as toners don’t usually do much for me, but really started noticing that I just love the way my skin looks and feels after using this!" —Sunnie 

    Get it from Soko Glam for $18.

    8. 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 a POC- and woman-owned small biz 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.

    9. Or Etude House Sunprise Sun Milk, which is packed with SPF 50+ plus 20 different vegetable and plant ingredients like açai berry, cactus, and even mistletoe for the ultimate protection and hydration! It's also mild (great for sensitivity), matte (great for oily types), and non-sticky. What else do ya need?


    Because this is matte, reviewers note to make sure you moisturize well before using and work in small sections because the sunscreen dries quickly! Shake before using.

    Promising review: "This is a game changer. I’ve never had a mattifying sunscreen. I’ve purchased Supergoop, I’ve purchased Murad, I’ve purchased Shiseido, I’ve tried Bolden, I’ve tried Jack Black and various drugstore sunscreen sprays, and THIS IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE. It’s so matte, I find myself having to use a little oil or a light moisturizer to add a little dewiness back to my face. It’s also EXTREMELY LIGHTWEIGHT. I had to remove a star because it does leave a slight cast on my skin. The cast is faint, and when I add a little oil to my face, it’s almost imperceptible. If you’re of deeper complexion and wear makeup, I’d dare say this can replace your primer and you’d get the mattifying effect, the sunscreen, and a moisturizer all in one. If you wear it on bare skin like I do, it’s honestly a judgment call. It’s inexpensive enough that you can take the risk without feeling wasteful if it doesn’t work out." —Soleil

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    10. 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 for $18.90+ (available in multiple sizes).

    Check out my in-depth Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm review for more deets!

    11. 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 / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I know it's kinda pricey, but I'm really glad I went for it. I tried a tester size of it before, and I recommend doing that if you're not sure if you wanna commit. I have combo skin and this is the perfect sleeping mask for me. I use it once a week and I love the watermelon scent; it's really nice at bedtime! The HAs exfoliate to smooth out the texture of your skin and leave it plushy and soft and smooth. It helps even out the tone and texture of my skin. I am happily married to this sleeping mask; it's the only one I use!" —Jessie P

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

    12. Meebak Cica Gel to Foam Cleanser cleanses very gently 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

    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.

    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!

    Get it from Meebak for $17.97.

    13. Skinfood Black Sugar Mask exfoliates away dead skin cells and fights dark spots and dullness with mineral-rich Brazilian black sugar. Daily exfoliation will help lighten and fade acne scars so with weekly use, you might see smoother, brighter skin.

    @skinfood_us / Via,

    Read my colleague's full review of the strawberry-scented version of this wash-off mask to see why it's so good!

    Promising review: "Amazing experience with this product. Not only did it help clear up any dark marks on my face, but it also gives me a natural, healthy glow." —Jus Solo

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. Klair's Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop helps fade dark spots, prevent future pigmentation, firm and brighten, and reduce fine lines. Vitamin C is absolutely key for fading scars and the 5% in this one means it's gentle enough for sensitive skin, especially if you're just getting started!

    a four-photo collage of a before and after of reviewer's acne-scarred skin, showing her scars slowly fading and her skin becoming more even-toned with time

    I always use vitamin C as part of my nighttime routine. If you use it in the morning, make sure to use sunscreen after, since vitamin C makes your skin sensitive to the sun. This is fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this product twice a day (a.m. and p.m.) and I’ve definitely noticed results. Some of my acne marks are fading and I can tell an overall evening out of my skin tone and my dark circles under my eyes aren’t so bad anymore either. It doesn’t feel greasy on the skin and I do wear makeup over it once it’s dried. I consider my skin VERY sensitive and this does not burn my skin whatsoever. I will continue to use this product hopefully for continued results." —Kel

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    15. Dermal Collagen Sheet Masks target different concerns and contain vitamin E and collagen for plump, hydrated skin. Choose whichever one your skin needs that day, kick back, and let the mask do its work. *Cue happy dance.*,

    I love these and always reorder. My skin feels refreshed and healthy afterward and also doesn't feel thirsty or starved for nutrients after. I just look naturally brighter and dewier!

    Promising review: "These sheet masks are legit. I use one every night; it has been week one and my skin has never looked better! I haven’t had the confidence to step out without foundation in a while. After using these sheet masks consistently, I actually want to go out without foundation. My skin feels smooth, it looks soft, clear, bright, and glows! Not only does it work on me but my mom has been using them with me and there has been obvious improvement in her skin texture. After washing my face at night, I slap one of these babies on for 30 minutes and remove the sheet. Massage the extra essence into my skin and neck and I wake up with dewy, soft, supple, and glowing skin. My skin stays moisturized all day. I can’t live without these now. The price is so worth it for the results." —Amy Sanchez

    Get a variety pack of 16 masks from Amazon for $11.99 (available in four amounts).

    16. 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. 

    Get the travel size version from Choc Choc for $7.99.

    17. Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser uses egg white extracts to regulate excessive sebum, deep-clean pore-clogging impurities, tighten pores, and rid skin of bacteria so you're always coming out with the freshest complexion. Plus, egg whites are naturally anti-inflammatory — it's an ~egg-cellent~ cleanser to get!

    the bottle with the foam and an egg beside it

    Promising review: "This is my second time buying Skinfood's Egg White Pore Foam because I really like how clean my face feels after using it! I only use this in the evenings after removing my makeup, otherwise I feel it may be a bit too much for the morning. I think it lives up to the 'deep cleansing' description. It leaves your pores SUPER CLEAN, and also has that kinda tightening feeling on your skin. I have COMBINATION skin, previously OILY skin, so I think this may feel too drying if you have dry skin. Affordable, and you only need a tiny bit, so it lasts a long time!" —Cat.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    18. Innisfree Pore Clearing Volcanic Clay Mask digs deep and clarifies pores, exfoliates, and removes sebum with volcanic ash. The ash comes from mineral-rich hot lava clusters from volcanic eruptions in South Korea's Jeju Island — a rare ingredient your skin deserves!


    Reviewers mention that it helps immensely with blackheads and even has a cooling effect!

    Promising review: "This goes on easily and drys. When you wash it off, your pores come clean. It works. It's a mess washing it off, 'cause it is mud. Totally worth it. I go for once a week and am happy." —Carol

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    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!

    Promising review: "I apologize for these closeup photos but I am compelled to show this! The first three photos are from February 23 and I am writing this now on April 18. 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 $17.50.

    20. COSRX pimple patches tackle those pesky zits. I swear by this brand — they are both effective and fast-working. You won't want to tell anyone you have extras.,

    For persistent or bigger pimples, leave a pimple patch on overnight for two to three days to allow the pimple to diminish completely.

    Promising review: "These little patches are really awesome to put on those breakouts that happen at that time of the month. They stick well and are not totally obvious. I put them on at night or during the day if I’m not going anyplace although I have realized later that I had one on when at the grocery store (nobody looked at me oddly at the store so I’m guessing it wasn’t an eyesore). I feel like if I put the patch on right away that the blemish doesn’t get that big and it seems to heal more quickly without leaving a dark mark. I have seen people apply makeup right over it on YouTube, although I’ve never tried it personally. Easy to use. Pretty effective. Not too expensive. I definitely recommend this item!" —Sarah Burg

    Get them from Amazon: a single pack for $4.90 or a three-pack for $11.82.

    21. 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 $9 (available in three sizes).

    22. Missha Snail Cleansing Foam rescues skin from acne scars and hyperpigmentation, helps rebuild skin cells, and restores skin to a bright and hydrated complexion with 3% snail mucin. Snail mucin helps boost elasticity, smooths texture, and tightens, because snails are the best. 🐌

    the tube
    Soko Glam

    Promising review: "I never usually review products but just had to give serious props to this cleanser. I work in the beauty industry and get to try a lot of different products, but this is an irreplaceable step in my routine. It's light, creamy, and you only need a pea-sized amount to get a nice foamy cleanse. It's so affordable and you're not even sacrificing quality. The best!" —Kara 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.

    23. COSRX one-step toner pads calm redness and irritation with but a swipe! The green tea leaf water and witch hazel is a foolproof combo to do that while minimizing pores, decreasing excess oil, and soothing. Your skin + this = spa date.

    @cosrx / Via

    Fret not if calming redness isn't your goal! These also come in a moisturizing formula with propolis extract and hyaluronic acid to replenish hydration, as well and smooth and clear your skin, AND a skin-clearing formula to minimize pores and quickly recover broken-out complexions.

    Promising review: "Wow! I’m 38 and I have been going through a difficult patch in life lately and as a result, my jawline and neck have been breaking out. I had those horrible node-type zits that stick around for an eternity and clusters of red ones that just never seem to heal. These came in the mail and I sort of slapped them on and held them there, and they’ve made all the difference in the world. The next day, there was an immediate difference. The red non-healing ones were GONE, just like that. The nodes were gone or significantly shrunken on day two. I wish I had these when I was a teenager and heck, all of my life." —Jennifer

    Get a pack of 70 pads from Amazon for $20.

    24. Mizon Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream brightens and deeply nourishes your delicate under-eyes with its powerful combo of raspberry extract, argan oil, hyaluronic acid, collagen of course, and MORE. It's a superhero cream; chuck that $60 eye cream, you don't need it.

    Promising review: "Holy smokes. I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at my under-eye bags/dark circles after applying this. I went around showing everyone in my family. I cannot rave enough about how wonderful this product is. It goes on smooth, feels very cool under the eye, and it isn't heavy at all. It evaporates really well on the skin and doesn't leave any greasy or sticky residue. This outdoes even some of the $50–$80 eye creams I have tried before. This is now my everyday eye cream. I'm done trying out new products." —Jolie Colin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in two sizes).

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