In an interview for W Korea, Lee Hi joked about how the most important thing to get perfect skin is money—and she’s not wrong! But the good news is that many Korean products tend to be quite budget friendly. And due to strict regulations in Korea, most products tend to also be extremely gentle, which means that all skin types can benefit from the extremely effective, yet gentle, formulations of Korean products.
So if you’ve ever wondered how K-Pop idols have such perfect skin these are some of the bestselling (yet affordable) products of the year that could help you achieve that! They are listed in order of use in a Korean ten-step routine. And as a bonus, all these brands are cruelty free!
1. heimish All Clean Balm
The members of Red Velvet have spoken before about how cleansing is a vital step in one’s routine to achieve clear glowing skin, particularly when one wears makeup regularly. This popular balm cleanser will gently melt away all makeup and leave your skin feeling incredibly soft. Plus, it comes with a spatula, which makes it more hygienic!
2. KraveBeauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser
This cleanser has had many people raving about it for some time now, averaging at a 5-star rating on its website. With gentle ingredients that will both cleanse and sooth the skin, it’s perfect for all skin types, and it will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
3. COSRX Pimple Patches
These patches not only provide excellent protection for your skin when you have blemishes, but they also treat those blemishes at the same time. Perfect if you have the bad habit of constantly touching your face! Plus, there are special patches that you can easily wear under makeup without them showing. It makes you wonder how many idols wear them without us ever knowing!
4. I’m From Rice Toner
Rice water has long been traditionally used for the skin because it has very good moisturizing, anti-aging and brightening effects— and this toner features an impressive 77.78% of rice extract. It will leave skin looking soft and radiant.
5. Dear, Klairs Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are one of idols’ secret weapons. BTS have said before that they are huge fans of sheet masks, particularly for long-haul flights. The Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Mask provides intense moisturization while protecting the skin barrier—and is therefore a must if you want idol-like skin.
6. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
This essence boasts a crazy 96% of snail mucin, which sounds gross but hear us out. Snail mucin has not only intense moisturizing, soothing and hydrating properties, but it is also an amazing ingredient for treating damaged skin. This means that it will do wonders for people with textured skin, as well as for those who want to treat fine lines. Give it enough time, and this product will give you skin so smooth you’ll finally understand how Korean celebrities just look like that.
7. SOME BY MI AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
Represented by idols such as BTOB‘s Yook Sungjae, MOMOLAND‘s Nancy and EXO‘s Sehun, this brand has a proven track record of helping heal skin conditions such as acne and hyperpigmentation. Used two to three times a week, this exfoliating serum will rid your skin of impurities from the inside out, leaving it bright and clear and baby-smooth.
8. Benton Fermentation Eye Cream
This eye cream is a solid bet. Its natural ingredients soothe and brighten the skin while promoting skin elasticity, ensuring that your under-eye area will remain fresh and youthful-looking even when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep. Tip: apply it to your forehead and smile lines to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles!
9. iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream
Rich in Centella Asiatica, tea tree leaf water and niacinamide, this soothing moisturizer effectively calms stressed skin while giving it ample hydration and brightening effects. Perfect for everyone, but especially those who suffer from conditions such as acne or rosacea.
10. COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Overnight Rice Mask
This bestseller does it all—it softens and nourishes your skin, giving it a bright glow that will leave you unable to look away from the mirror in the morning. Actor Kim Soo Hyun is the face of this brand, so that should tell us something about what its products can do.