Korean Beauty 101

ELYSIAN gives you the low-down on the best products from the K-beauty craze

The K-beauty trend has taken the world by storm, and it’s clear about one thing – skincare is serious business in South Korea. It is seen as something of an “investment” in yourself and in your well-being, and we’re inclined to agree.

Hydration is key. The goal is to achieve “cloudless skin” – in other words, flawless, unblemished, glowing. Who doesn’t want? Luckily for us, the American market for Korean beauty products is ever-expanding to include everything you need to execute the whole eight-step K-beauty routine: from cleansing oils and sheet masks to serums and essences.

ELYSIAN is here to shed some light on ten of the best Korean beauty products out there, so you too can achieve that “honey skin” :

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This is the absolute lifesaver for anyone with dull, dry skin. Formulated for all skin tones and infused with Calming Sleepscent™, it delivers so much moisture that you’ll awaken with luminous, healthy and radiant skin after only the first night.

$25, sephora.com

Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur

K-Beauty fans enthusiastically call this one a game changer. It tones, smooths, brightens and hides your pores. Coming in options for normal or oily skin, this primer not only perfects your complexion but makes your makeup last all day. Freckled women are especially charmed by its effects.

$14, amazon.com

Erborian BB Créme au Ginseng

This five-in-one primer is lightweight and finishes in a silky smooth matte. Infused with ginseng and providing sun protection, the Erborian BB Créme can be worn as a base or by itself. It evens your skin tone and reduces under-eye circle. It even smells fantastic and helps keep your foundation in place for longer.

$39, sephora.com

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Working overnight to save your skin may be the best decision you’ll ever make. This deliciously scented sleep mask not only refreshes and hydrates but is formulated with hyaluronic acid (used to treat burns and skin ulcers) so it works overtime to even out your complexion and disseminate old acne scars.

$22, sephora.com

Missha Revolution

The Korean beauty routine would not be complete without its essence, highly concentrated treatments that are meant as the baseline for the rest of your routine. This essence is formulated with 80% fermented yeast concentrate, making it almost instantly absorbable, and making the rest of your lotions, creams and treatments more absorbable as well.

$23, amazon.com

Sulwhasoo Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist

This highly concentrated herbal mist is an on-the-go way to enjoy the magic of Korean skincare. The scent is reminiscent of an undisturbed forest, comforting your skin and your senses at once. It relieves exhausted, stress-affected skin and can even replace your toner.

$39, nordstrom.com

Shu Uemura ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

The ultime8 Infinite Complex is a combination of eight enriching botanical origin oils, including Japanese Camellia, Korean Ginseng and Golden Bamboo. These energizing plants make this facial cleanser a great clarifying and moisturizing agent while remaining powerful enough to cut through even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. An added bonus: it smells absolutely heavenly.

$103, amazon.com

Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Eye Cream Ex

This herbal-medicinal eye cream contains an exclusive antioxidant formula that reduces puffiness and helps combat wrinkles and fine lines. Extract from the Red Pine tree – known to live 1,000 years – offers a unique and potent anti-aging complex while white and red ginseng help to brighten and smooth the skin for a more youthful look.

$172, amazon.com

Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel

While not necessarily a staple in the K-beauty process, this gentle, daily-use exfoliating powder is designed to give your skin a little extra love. Just mix in a small amount of water to create a foamy lather that gently removes dead skin cells, leaving your face smoother and more radiant than ever before.

$60, sephora.com

Laneige Hydrating Trial Kit

New to Korean beauty? This handy trial kit is designed to bring you the basics. Infused with hydro-ionized mineral water – enriched with a variety of skin-enhancing and fast-absorbing minerals – this five-piece kit is sure to make you reconsider your daily skincare routine.

$25, sephora.com


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