Best Skincare Products in Korea

Before I came to Korea in 2013 my understanding of winter was pretty limited to, “12 degrees = freezing and you should not leave your house”. So you just can imagine the shock I got when it was -12 degrees and I still had to ride my bike to school! Frost bite was imminent, my skin was flaky and dry; and I looked alarmingly like a White Walker by January.


Not this year. This year, I have come prepared.

About a month ago I asked my co-teacher, Rucy, what Korean products she recommended (because her skin is flawless). With a list of name brands in hand, and crucial creams, serums and essences explained; I headed off in search of products that would keep my skin looking and feeling great throughout winter.

It’s now a month and a half later, and I am happy to report that I found some gems! Snow is forecast for next week (YAY!), and despite it being dry and cold, my skin still looks and feels amazing! So here are the products that I most liked, and would recommend trying out.


Honey Black Sugar Scrub – The Face Shop


I use this twice a week. It’s really lovely and gentle, and packed with moisture.

Real Art Deep Cleansing Oil – Etude House



Cleansing oil is amazing. At first I was skeptical, “You want me to wash my face with oil? Yeah-no.” However, I got given a sample of this cleansing oil and have been using over the past month- I”l admit, I’m hooked! If you can, I would definitely try it out!


I use a French toner, La Roche-Posay, Effaclar toner, which I am really happy with; but If you are looking for a new toner, and want a Korean brand, I would go with something from Innisfree.

Eco Science Serum – Innisfree


Serum is a highly concentrated light-weight moisturizer that penetrates deep into your skin giving it a much needed boost. This is the first time I’ve used essence, and I love it; I will definitely carry on using it! Give your skin a few minutes to absorb the serum before moving on to the next step.

Eco Science Wrinkle Spot Essence- Innisfree

IMG_2434I am obsessed.

This stuff is a miracle cream, gently dab some cream onto your “problem areas” using your ring finger. Wait at least 5 minutes for your skin to absorb it.

Age Defense, firming cream – Etude House


This is so lovely and thick! I use it as a night cream and love it!

Eco Science Cream- Innisfree



I use this as a day cream, and I’ll be honest, it’s one of my favourite creams! I first discovered this towards the end of my first winter, and cursed that I hadn’t found it sooner. My skin always feels silky and smooth afterward I use it, and it smells heavenly!



Green Tea Sleeping Pack – Innisfree

IMG_2431A sleeping pack is a water based pack that you put on just before going to sleep. I’m not sure how necessary it is, but I love how it feels and smells.

Face masks

IMG_2437The face masks in Korea are to die for! I always have a stash at home, and whenever I feel a little tired I pop on a face-mask and all is well again.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is like the youngest child in a family, it can do no wrong.I use it for EVERYTHING. I keep a small tub in my desk at school, and whenever I feel my skin, lips or hands drying out I rub some on. My nails particular take a beating during winter, they crack and peel and just look awful, I have been rubbing coconut oil onto them every day and I can’t believe what I big difference it has made.

That’s it for now! Do you have any favourite products, or home remedies you swear by? Feel free to comment below or connect with us on Facebook.



Image: White Walker

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