Cyber Monday deals are here! Below, we share our 2019 guide to shopping the best of Korean beauty at a discount.
Have you heard? Soko Glam is offering 30% off sitewide, plus up to an additional 65% off on select items through Cyber Monday (with code GOLDEN)! Here’s what we recommend adding to your cart, depending on your skin concerns and goals.
If you have breakouts and blackheads…
This multi-tasking toner (was $16, now $11.20 with code GOLDEN) is a cult favorite in Korea. It contains all three types of chemical exfoliants – AHA, BHA, and PHA – to improve skin texture and clean pores, in addition to anti-inflammatory tea tree water and brightening niacinamide.
Despite an ingredient list full of powerhouses, the formula is safe for use daily even by those with sensitive skin.
If you’re looking for a product that’s going to move the needle in terms of reaching your skin goals, this is it.
If you thought all clay masks are the same, you haven’t tried this one (was $27, now $16.80 with code GOLDEN). In addition to kaolin clay, the formula contains carbonated water to help get deep into pores and extract sebum and pore-clogging impurities. It’s also got centella asiatica to calm any inflammation.
Another thing that makes the product unique is that it’s part mask, part cleanser – when mixed with water it transforms into a foam. It can be used once or twice a week in place of your usual cleanser to give skin a deep wash and refresh.
If you want to target fine lines and wrinkles…
It can be difficult to find an eye cream that makes a noticeable difference in the appearance of wrinkles. That’s why even we were impressed at the before and after results of this formula (was $38, now $26.60 with code GOLDEN) after having a Klog reader test it for a month.
Our tester saw the lines under and around her eyes smooth out and her puffiness considerably diminish.
Snail mucin is one of our favorite ingredients for pretty much every skin concern. For anti-aging specifically, we love it because it’s a natural source of hyaluronic acid which helps stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity. This little fact also helps keep skin hydrated, and hydrated skin is healthy, plump skin.
This cream from Missha (was $45, now $30.10 with code GOLDEN) contains 70% snail mucin, plus antioxidant-rich baobab seed extract.
If you have pigmentation…
For fading dark spots and brightening skin, vitamin C is a star ingredient. This innovative powder (was $20, now $12.60 with code GOLDEN) contains 17% pure vitamin C – an effective dose. Check out two success stories here.
Unlike vitamin C serums, the powder won’t oxidize (even when exposed to light and humidity) and is more gentle on sensitive skin types. We like to mix it with a brightening toner or essence (like the one below) for even more oomph.
The primary functions of an essence are typically to provide an extra layer of hydration and prep skin for targeted treatments like serums, but this one from Son Reve (was $43, now $26.60 with code GOLDEN) offers so much more.
Ninety percent of the formula is made from fermented ingredients including rice ferment filtrate so you can count on brightening benefits. It also contains sea buckthorn extract, a source of vitamin C.
If your skin is dehydrated…
This serum (was $26, now $18.2 with code GOLDEN) is the boost dry and dehydrated skin is thirsting for right about now. It’s got three types of hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture levels, plus panthenol, another humectant.
After use, we recommend sealing in that moisture with a nourishing cream or oil.
This supercharged sheet mask (was $25 for five, now $17.46 with code GOLDEN) raises the hydration bar. It’s a two-step, 40-minute treatment that features an essence packed with hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and hydrolyzed collagen, plus a ceramide capsule for the finishing touch.
It’s what you want to reach for when your regular go-to sheet mask just isn’t quite cutting it.
If you’re dealing with skin sensitivities…
When you have sensitive skin, keeping it calm starts with your cleanser. Many formulas can be harsh on skin, stripping it of moisture and natural oils.
For an effective yet gentle formula, look for one with a low pH like this one from Acwell (was $21, now $11.90 with code GOLDEN). The water-based cleanser has a pH of 5.5 and also contains centella asiatica, aloe, and witch hazel to keep skin soothed.
Centella asiatica, an herb with powerful anti-inflammatory properties, is truly sensitive skin’s best friend. This velvet-y cream (was $36, now $25.20 with code GOLDEN) contains madecassoside, a compound derived from the ingredient that reduces redness. Ceramides moisturize and plump dry and chapped skin, niacinamide brightens, and adenosine fights wrinkles.
Essentially, it’s what you need to keep skin calm, hydrated, and glowy all winter long.