It was a night of K-beauty skincare. A buddy who frequently purchases Asian skincare offered me some samples to try. And I had a great time giving myself an all-K-beauty regimen! (K-beauty is an abbreviation for Korean beauty.)

What amazes me is how inexpensive they are. K-beauty products are excellent and reasonably priced. Well, affordable is relative, but for basic skin care, Korean skincare brands are far less expensive than American ones of comparable quality.

I intend to go deeper into the fundamentals, such as cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and sheet masks. Because fundamentals are precisely that. Basics. And they shouldn’t be prohibitively expensive. I’m also looking forward to using the whitening goods (serums, moisturizers, sunscreens, and BB creams).

The main difficulty is obtaining these goods (primarily online or at Korean stores) and then deciphering the labels (which are often all in Korean with minor English translations). However, if you can overcome those obstacles, K-beauty skincare is worth investigating.

  1. Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm – Excellent balm that is easy to scoop up and apply to the skin. It is light in oil and rinses effectively. $21 for 3.4 ounce (100 ml). A fantastic purchase. After using this, you’ll find it difficult to justify paying $75+ for a luxury cleaning balm from a US or UK brand. E.g. For a fraction of the price, this cleans better than Eve Lom. (I’m not a fan of the Eve Lom balm, but I chose it as a reference because it’s popular and one of the most costly on the market, at $135 for 6.8 oz.)
  2. PureDerm Strawberry Yogurt Mask – Hydrating mask with a pleasant, subtle scent. Massage for one minute, then leave on for ten minutes before rinsing.
  3. DermaLift Intensiderm Aqua Rich Cream – A lightweight, aqua green moisturizing cream. It is effectively moisturized. (This product appears to be highly popular at the moment.)
  4. Impress Brightening Wash (Japanese brand) – A gentle foamy wash that left my skin squeaking. I don’t like hearing my skin squeak when I’m washing, but if you have oily skin, you might appreciate this foamy cleanser. I like non-foaming cleansers in general (either creamy or milky).
  5. DHC Eye Strips Mask (Japanese brand) – Not K-beauty, however, I used these hydrogel strips behind my eyes while wearing the strawberry mask. Because my eyes were fatigued, I left them on for 2 hours (you can leave them on overnight). It seemed like a band-aid, a little too clingy for the sensitive skin around the eyes. But it’s not all horrible.
  6. Innisfree Green Tea Skin Balancing – It’s a toner. The use of the term “skin” in the name is perplexing. After seeing it on multiple brands, I realized it was the term meaning “toner.”
  7. Peptide serum Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum (green package).
  8. A.H.C. Whitening Cream – I like the lightweight feel; it’s simple to layer with other products.
  9. AmorePacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme – This is the only expensive brand featured here. On the contrary, it is the most costly line in AmorePacific’s brand range. This is a nice eye cream, but it’s ridiculously expensive ($260 for 0.5 oz).