If there’s one thing the beauty industry can’t get enough of, it’s Korean skincare, evident by how staples like Korean sunscreens, essences, and face masks have flown off shelves around the world. Another product that’s just as popular is K-beauty moisturisers. With a myriad of options available, we’ve curated a list of the best Korean moisturizers that you’ll want to invest in today.
Best Korean moisturizers in the K-beauty scene to invest in right now
But before we dive into the list, here’s a gentle reminder. Everyone, including those with oily skin, should use a moisturizer (oil does not equal hydration). The beauty of Korean skincare is that its essences, cleansers, and moisturizers are packed with potent but natural ingredients, which are not only moisturising, but also 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 of the best K-beauty moisturizers.
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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 Essential Comfort Moisturizing Cream
- 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
- Honorary mention: Kahi Wrinkle Bounce Multi Balm
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 convinced that this Sulwhasoo mask contains tiny estheticians that do thousands of small facials on your pores. This deeply moisturizing and soothing cream is formulated with a refreshing and light gel texture that keeps the skin comfortable all day, and contains the proprietary JAUM Moisturizing Complex to balance and bring bounce back to the skin.
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.
This isn’t your typical moisturizer, but we’re this moisturising balm deserves a place on your vanity table because it’s just as effective – and convenient. Packed with ingredients like Jeju Fermented Oil, the balm glides onto the skin easily and absorbs into the skin to lock in moisture. It’s especially useful if you’re concerned about wrinkles around the neck, eyes, forehead, laugh lines, and lips, and can be easily applied throughout the day to keep the areas plump and moisturised. There is, after all, a reason why this product has garnered so much hype around the world.