If you’re looking to refine your pores, improve your skin tone, and enhance your overall glow, a Korean exfoliator is your best bet. Whether it’s a physical exfoliant (like a fine scrub) or a chemical exfoliant (like an acid-based peel), exfoliating products can have many benefits and adding one to your regimen could be just the special boost your skin needs.
However, not all exfoliators are created equal, and one that might work wonders for your best friend could be a flop for you. It’s important to know your skin’s needs and to tailor your exfoliator and its ingredients to your skin type. Read on to learn which exfoliator will work best for you.
Treating oily skin can be a delicate balancing act. If you attack it with products that are too drying, your skin may produce more oil to compensate, leaving you worse off than you started. The secret is to find ingredients that target that bacteria that causes oil production while still hydrating the skin as well.
The Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol has just the right combination. With 60% black bee propolis—a naturally antibacterial ingredient—skin is soothed, while natural AHAs and BHAs control sebum production and clear away dead skin cells and impurities. Great for oily skin, it will also help control breakouts without irritating them further.
Dry skin can tend to feel rough, thick, and flaky no matter how much you hydrate it. That’s why it’s so important to exfoliate this skin type so that dead skin cells are removed and hydrating serums and moisturizers can better penetrate the surface. A gentle manual exfoliator with moisturizing ingredients is a great addition to a dry skin regimen.
The Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is the perfect Korean exfoliator for parched skin in need of a boost. Its hydrating shea butter base and fine sugar grains gently dissolve as you massage the exfoliator in, whisking away dead skin cells as soon as you rinse. Follow up with your favorite hydrating products and see how much more effectively they work on skin that has been gently scrubbed smooth.
Exfoliating sensitive skin might sound irritating, but it can be done delicately and effectively with the right formula. Scrubs can be too harsh and chemical exfoliants can cause redness and further sensitivity, which is why exfoliating masks are a winner for sensitive skin.
The RE:P Bio Fresh Mask With Real Calming Herb is an ideal pick. Kaolin clay draws out impurities to leave skin looking smoother and pores clean and clear. With the addition of crushed bits of calming calendula and chamomile, the mask soothes irritated skin and reduces inflammation. After leaving the mask on to dry for ten minutes, wet your fingertips and gently massage the formula into your skin before rinsing away the remains of the mask to reveal a smoothed and soothed complexion.
Even if you don’t have any major issues with oiliness, dryness, or sensitivity, your skin can benefit from a bit of gentle exfoliation to keep it even-toned, smooth, and free of fine lines. Gentle exfoliating fruit enzymes—like the papaya extract found in the Son & Park Beauty Water—along with hydrating and soothing herbal waters, help balance your skin’s natural pH and effectively brighten by sweeping away dead skin cells with regular use. Use this light Korean exfoliator after cleansing or first thing in the morning to refresh your complexion. It’s the perfect prep step for the rest of your routine.
If you suffer from dry, sensitive cheeks but have an oily t-zone, you’ve probably tried multi-masking, so why not try multi-exfoliating? A soothing, exfoliating mask can be applied to inflamed and congested cheeks (we suggest the previously mentioned RE:P Bio Fresh Mask With Real Calming Herb), while a cotton pad soaked with a BHA solution—like the Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads—will treat blackheads and oiliness on the nose and forehead. After all, the ultimate K-beauty routine has many steps tailored to treating the various needs our unique faces have.