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    33 Korean Skincare Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    Innovative essentials — spot treatments, exfoliators, toners, essences, etc. — you didn't know you needed 'til now.

    1. Mighty Patches answer your pimple anxieties with their special hydrocolloid material that draws out all of the gross (but oddly satisfying) pus and other impurities inside whitehead-showing pimples — stick 'em on those suckers and watch them deflate before your very eyes!

    2. Sweet Chef Serum Shots encourage you to try out the popular K-beauty "double serum" method to target your specific skin issues — so, for instance, combining a drop of Beet + Vitamin A (smoothes, refines pores) and Ginger + Vitamin C (reduces hyperpigmentation, helps even skin tone) each is the perfect recipe for "glass skin."

    3. Belif Aqua Bomb has a ridiculously satisfying ~water burst~ formula, which means its gel texture disperses into water droplets you can feel as it's being rubbed into your skin — and alongside a blend of apothecary herbs, it calms down normal, oily, and combination skin types and smooths everything over without leaving any residue or unnecessarily heavy texture behind.

    4. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Serum is your K-beauty "super juice" in a bottle — aka, its powerful formula of peach extract, niacinamide, Asian mountain yam extract, hyaluronic acid complex, and peptide complex leaves your skin looking like a plump, poreless dream — while penetrating skin cells deep within for the *long-term* health of your skin.

    5. My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is a physical exfoliatior that flippin' works — the gel instantly forms into little balls of cellulose that sloughs off way more dead skin cells and surface debris than you thought possible for a smoother, brighter (hello, vitamins C and E!) complexion.

    6. Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect Splash Mask only takes 10 seconds to work its magic, but still manages to have a huge payoff — namely, its organic Brazilian black sugar and PHA formula effectively scrubs away dead skin cells, restores your skin's pH, leaving your skin oh-so smooth and soft.

    7. Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X contains real Jeju Island volcanic clusters that use their naturally porous features to absorb all that excess oil you produce — and it contains twice the amount of volcanic ash as the original formula!

    8. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment instantly calms down rogue redness with color-changing capsules that blend into your skin tone, protect against UV light (SPF 30) and environmental aggressors, and boost fatigued-looking skin.

    9. O.R.G Skincare Mineral Peel Face is the perfect physical exfoliator for impatient people. You just spritz it on, and within a second of rubbing it in, a powerful but non-abrasive blend of fruit enzymes, mugwort extract, and natural brightening agents like milk thistle and licorice roots, gently lifts away dead skin and deeply-rooted makeup remnants within your pores.

    10. Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser combines the beloved double cleanse formula into one convenient bottle — the oil formula emulsifies into a creamy foam when activated by water — so you can still get your deep cleanse on even when you're in a rush (whether that's to work or to bed).

    11. Cosrx Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains a whopping 96% filtered snail mucin to replenish dull, stressed, and dehydrated skin.

    12. Earth's Recipe Waterful Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA+++ wins the award for least annoying sunscreen ever, because it's so incredibly lightweight (it's formulated with ~harrogate sparkling water~) that there's literally no chance of greasiness, heaviness, or white cast — it's sunscreen that applies as seamlessly as a light lotion.

    13. Dr. Oracle A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks are super easy one-and-done cotton swab applicators that are soaked in acne-fighting lactic and glycolic acids to get rid of breakouts and gently exfoliate every nook and cranny of your face — just do a few swipes, and you're done!

    14. Private Doctor Minus Serum comes straight from a premier dermatology clinic in South Korea (ID Hospital) and uses ID.SCULPT Technology — a blend of micro-tingling spicules and a patented sodium deoxycholate complex — to target any lack of elasticity and firmness on your face, neck, or décolleté.

    15. Cosrx One Step Original Clear Pads are pre-soaked toning wipes loaded with betaine salicylate and willow bark water to make blemishes disappear, so your oily/combo skin clears up and stays that way.

    16. Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist is a luxe, creamy, and rich-lather cleanser packed with apothecary herbs (what Belif is known for!) rich in Vitamin C for a brightening effect you can really ~see~ each day — talk about a natural glow!

    17. Glow Recipe Avocado Sleeping Mask wraps extra dry skin in a nourishing blanket of deeply hydrating and soothing avocado, manuka honey, kaolin clay, and PHA (a super gentle exfoliator that's easier on the skin than AHA and BHA), so your skin gets the re-up it needs while you're snoozing.

    18. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence loads up on snail mucin to support natural cell regeneration and replenish all the moisture you need and lose throughout the day — plus bee venom has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, so you know you've really protected your troubled skin from further ~dangers~.

    19. Neogen Super Hydra Aqua Capsule Mask is a sheet mask unlike any you've used before — there's a capsule filled with hyaluronic acid ampoule that you snap at the center so it can drench your mask in real time, so you know your hydration is ~fresh~ and evenly distributed (because you're doing that work!).

    20. Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water goes beyond the call of a makeup remover (aka my favorite lazy skincare product), because it's made up of 70% tea tree leaf water, which we know fights acne and keeps excess sebum in check.

    21. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream puts your face on full hydration blast with super collagen water and baobab oil (which comes from a desert-thriving tree that's capable of storing 120,000 liters of water!), and its watery gel texture absorbs quickly so your skin looks dewy, plump, but doesn't feel heavy at all.

    22. The Plant Base Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid 100 only nourishes your skin with the best, and by best we mean 100% pure sodium hyaluronate, a stable, water-soluble form of hyaluronic acid (our winter dryness savior) with smaller molecules that more easily penetrate and plump up your skin.

    23. Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist can be used in place of a heavier essence, as a midday TLC pickup (because our skin needs constant hydration!), and as a makeup setting spray — basically, you'll need one stationed at your desk *and* in your purse for mist o' clock anytime.

    24. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream provides both immediate and long-term moisture that has the right amount of ~richness~ but doesn't feel like it's clogging up your skin — thanks to a nourishing and skin-cell-and-barrier-strengthening combination of yeast-derived beta glucan, jojoba oil, and ceramides.

    25. Cosrx Light Fit Real Water Toner to Cream is texture-changing toner and moisturizer hybrid with an airless pump and unique water drop texture that allows the ingredients — which include sea water, Vitamins C and E, and niacinamide — to dive deeper into the skin for long-lasting moisture. Plus, it's so addicting to watch the formula disperse into droplets!

    26. Yuripibu Asiatica Calming Ampoule instantly calms irritated skin with its powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties — after all, it has 95% centella asiatica — so much that you'll gasp when you see brighter, smoother skin because it won't feel like you have a single product on your face.

    27. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (also available in lavender) lulls you into a sweet, relaxing slumber of intense skin repair by sealing in all of the hydration in your skincare routine with a big dose of Hydro Ionized Mineral Water™ — in other words, goodbye, parched skin!

    28. Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine sloughs off your dead skin cells using a unique three-layer pad technology and lactic acid to deep, deep clean those pores — and it contains Resveratrol (which comes from red wine and is naturally fermented!) has naturally-occuring AHAs that help exfoliate and protect your skin against free radicals.

    29. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum brightens your skin tone over time, fades brown spots, and prevents further pigmentation from ruining the glow party that is your face.

    30. Neogen Vita Duo Cream is the two-in-one moisturizer that makes it impossible for you to forget this crucial skincare step — it's made up of surprisingly lightweight, calming, and redness-reducing Joan Day (green tea and Vitamin C) and Joan Night creams (lavender and Vitamin E), perfectly nestled together for literal 24-hour hydration and protection.

    31. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum is a results-driven "first-step serum" with five of the best Korean herbal ingredients meticulously curated from over 3,000 found in ancient studies. What that really means is that your skin looks glowing and supple even before you get to your toner, and your subsequent products absorb faster and more thoroughly.

    32. Innisfree Youth-Enriched Cream With Orchid is not only one of the brand's global bestsellers, but it's been revamped with a new and enhanced formula featuring Orchidelixir 2.0, which extracts actives from every part of the Jeju Orchid (which even blooms during the winter!) and addresses early signs of mature skin.

    33. Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner has a super bouncy, 97.5% organic formula consisting of skincare goodies like dandelion oil, chrysanthemum extract, and oat kernel to transform dry skin to dewy glory — and if you like the 7 Skin Method and layering up, you honestly might not even need follow-up moisturizer.

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