Beauty editors get to try literally hundreds of products every year made by companies all over the world (tough life, we know). So when an editor bestows a Korean beauty product with the high honor of a regular position in her daily skin care routine, we pay attention. Here are the Korean products beauty editors use on the daily.
We asked our friends over at some of the most esteemed beauty publications—including Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Fashionista—to let us in on the one Korean product that’s changed their lives for the better. Read on and start adding these to your cart.
“Charlotte turned me on to Klairs Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton pads and they’re game-changing. One side is super-soft, so it soaks up a ton of product, but then somehow miraculously kind of spits it back out on your skin, so you don’t end up having to use as much. And then the other side is slightly textured, which allows you to feel like you’re really getting in there and exfoliating as you swipe it over your face. I can’t really say it changed my life, but it certainly changed the way I apply my skin-care products. So I guess that’s kind of the same thing?”—Stephanie Saltzman, beauty editor at Fashionista
“I love using face mists in place of traditional toners because they’re a lot lighter on my skin (and I can never find my cotton pads). The Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist is particularly soothing. And then there’s the fact that it’s shaped like a bunny…what’s not to like?”— Kristie Dash, senior editor at Obsessee
“It’s more like two products, but I can’t live without double cleansing. It’s changed my skin for the better. I start with an oil cleanser (I’m loving the Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil) to emulsify and rinse off my makeup, and then I cleanse my makeup-free skin with a gentle wash, like Skin Food Egg White Pore Foam. I cringe to think about the makeup and dirt that was left on my face overnight before I started doing this.”—Maddie Aberman, associate beauty editor at Cosmopolitan
“I’ve tried and loved so many K-beauty products, but the one I consistently use every single day and will never skip or travel without is cleansing oil. I keep at least two spare bottles on reserve at all times because I’m paranoid that I’ll run out and won’t have a replacement. Without changing anything else about my routine, double-cleansing at night with an oil and then a water-based face wash has really balanced out my skin. It’s less reactive, uneven, and bumpy. Plus, using cleansing oil is the gentlest way I’ve found to remove my eye makeup. I love the Missha M Perfect BB Cleansing Oil, the AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Oil, and the Dolce & Gabbana Essential Cleansing Oil.”—Lexi Novak, beauty editor at Allure
“I have insanely dry—like, Sahara-desert-in-the-middle-of-July-can’t-touch-this dry—skin, which means most cleansers, even those that are creamy, dry out my skin, or leave it with a weird film that clogs my pores. But the Lagom Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser has been game-changing, because it gently rinses off skin oils and residue, without drying out my skin. I’ve been using it for six months now, and I freak out every time I’m almost at the end of a bottle, because it’s so nice to sensitive, dry skin types.”—Chloe Metzger, beauty editor at StyleCaster
“The Belif Aquabomb changed my life. OK, not really, but this stuff is amazing. It’s a gel, and feels so good to put on your skin. It smells amazing and is super hydrating while being lightweight at the same time. In short, it’s one of my favorite products I’ve ever used.”—Jamie Feldman, fashion and lifestyle editor at The Huffington Post
“Sheet masks, on the whole, have fully transformed my skin. I probably OD on them (is every day too much or…?) but I can’t get enough of the way they instantly brighten, soothe, firm—you name it. My favorite right now is Manefit’s Bling Bling Whitening Hydro Gel Mask. It perks up my dull winter skin and helps even out my skin tone over time.”—Lauren Caruso, site director at StyleCaster
“My life pretty much revolves around making my skin glow at every possible moment, so I love loading up on hydrating sheet masks, especially this one by Skinfood Marine Food Gel Mask in Seaweed! I’m obsessed with seaweed as an ingredient because it has this weird way of revitalizing my complexion during its bleakest days, like when I’m traveling and my face decides to self-destruct. Bonus: I enjoy scaring my roommate by donning this sheet mask around the apartment.”—Chanel Parks, beauty editor at Sweet