If there’s one thing the beauty industry can’t get enough of, it’s Korean skincare, especially staples like Korean sunscreen and Korean moisturisers. With hundreds of options available, we’ve created a list of the top K-Beauty moisturisers that you’ll want to apply twice (or more) every day.
Best K-Beauty moisturisers to invest in right now
A gentle reminder: Everyone, including those with oily skin, should use a moisturiser (oil does not equal hydration). The beauty of Korean skincare is that serums, cleansers, and moisturisers are packed with ingredients, which are naturally moisturising, plumping, and skin barrier-repairing.
If your T-zone is frequently oily, use water-based gels or creams, while drier skin will benefit from any of the nourishing and vitamin-packed creams popular in Korean skincare. Here are our top picks!
Guide on choosing the best moisturizer for every skin type.
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- Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
- Laneige Lavender Water Sleeping Mask
- Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
- Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream
- Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream
- Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream
- Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask
- Cosrx Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)
- Sweet Chef Ginger + Vitamin C Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer
- Peach Slices Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow Hydrating Moisture-Gel
Belif has heard too many cries of exhaustion from people with oily skin who have been using a plethora of greasy moisturisers for too long. The Aqua Bomb is a cult favourite for a reason; it’s a water-based moisturiser with a cooling effect and a lightweight texture that sinks into the skin instantly.
Everything we love about the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is now available in the form of a gel moisturiser that you can slather all over your face. The product melts into your skin like water, yet with all of the rejuvenating effects of an overnight mask.
The not-so-secret ingredient is Centella Asiatica extract, which soothes skin and helps in the repair of newly picked or popped pimples. It may also be used as an all-over sleep mask when your acne needs some extra TLC.
Boasting a special bouncy soufflé texture that comforts like a cream with the lightness of a gel, Glow Recipe’s Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is uniquely formulated with banana, a rich source of magnesium, potassium, cica and turmeric. It aims to hydrate, soothe, and rescue skin from everyday stress, redness, sensitivity or excessive dryness. Plus, the formula is silicone-free, dye-free, and synthetic fragrance-free! Want a pro tip? Stick Banana Soufflé in the fridge for 10 minutes before applying for a cooling sensation that helps reduce inflammation.
Green tea has several health benefits, so it’s no surprise that it’s a key element in Korean skincare. The Jeju green tea extract heals any dryness while retaining its vital nutrients.
The Moistfull Collagen Cream is a great fragrance-free moisturiser with a gel-like texture that works well for dry to combination skin. It has a high concentration of collagen combined with vitamin E to help keep your skin moisturised all day. Because the cream absorbs fast into the skin and does not leave your face greasy, you only need a pinch-sized quantity.
We’re certain that this mask contains tiny estheticians that do thousands of small facials on your pores overnight. This is an overnight product that, true to its name, is a fantastic blanket for dry skin on chilly winter nights.
This oil-free moisturising lotion is suitable for all skin types, although it is especially beneficial for acne-prone or dry skin. Birch sap is amazing for calming irritated or exfoliated skin, instantly moisturising and cooling any discomfort. Your skin will always be smooth and nourished.
This oil-free moisturiser helps to minimise the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. The gel consistency is popular with oily and acne-prone skin, but it’s also moisturising enough to soothe eczema, rosacea, and extreme dryness. Natural ingredients such as ginger, vitamin C, aloe water, and turmeric help brighten skin and even texture, proving that clean beauty is the best beauty.
Universal skin care products may seem far-fetched, but Peach Slices’ water-based moisturiser understood the assignment. That is if the assignment is a lightweight gel hydrating formula that isn’t sticky or greasy on your face and is packed with epidermis-softening goodness.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: If you have dry skin, you should use cream, oil, or milk-based moisturisers. Oily skin should always use a non-comedogenic and lightweight moisturiser, such as water or gel-based formulas. Moisturizers that are neither too thick and greasy nor too watery will help those with combination or normal skin the best. If you have sensitive skin, search for a moisturiser that is light, barrier-repairing, and has soothing and skin-loving ingredients.
Answer: Here are some of the best K-beauty products for dry skin: The Face Shop Calendula Essential Moisture Toner, Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, It's Skin Collagen Nutrition Cream.