What does Drunk Elephant plus Saturday Skin equal? A perfect skin care pair! Read on for our favorite K-beauty and non-K-beauty product pairings of the moment.
There’s no denying that the K-beauty market has a product for everything and everyone—from eye creams to sheet masks for your feet, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll be able to treat any skin concern you have with a Korean product. But it’s more than probable that your skin care and makeup routine isn’t exclusively Korean-based, especially when there are so many amazing skin care products from all over the world on shelves.
There are a lot of non-K-beauty products that we’re loving and coveting right now from brands like CeraVe and The Ordinary. Below, we’ve shared five of them, plus how we’re using them in tandem with our K-beauty faves.
Formulated with AHAs, BHAs, and apple cider vinegar, the Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner ($28) is perfect to slough off dead skin cells and clear the grime and sebum from your face after a long day. Since its ingredients are powerful and intense, you want to ensure you follow up with a hydrating and soothing product like a sheet mask.
The Mediheal D.N.A Hydrating Protein mask ($9.95) has a unique creamy consistency that nourishes and replenishes post-toner with jojoba oil, amino acids, and squalane.
If makeup plays a role in your morning routine, the Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion Foundation ($36) formulated with SPF 50 is a must-have. The cushion compact has a buildable coverage and a lightweight, breathable formula so that applying it is a quick and easy step in your makeup routine. The liquid foundation blurs imperfections while moisturizing and soothing skin, and the addition of narcissus flower extract, ceramides, and broad spectrum SPF 50 protect your skin while giving it the coverage you want.
Even though the compact cushion is easily portable, why reapply when you could just keep your foundation locked in all day? The Tatcha Satin Skin Mist ($48) is the perfect setting spray to keep your foundation looking fresh. It’s formulated for oily and combination skin types, so while it will be effective on any skin type, it’s certain to keep sebum in check and stop your natural oils from making your foundation feel slick and slimy. Formulated with Okinawa clay, the oil-free liquid powder face mist gives you a naturally smooth, satiny glow and balances your skin’s hydration levels to keep you fresh-faced all day.
Double-cleansing is an essential step to any Korean skin care routine, but that doesn’t mean you can only use Korean products to do it. The Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser ($34) makes for a great oil cleansing balm to remove makeup, SPF, and excess sebum from your skin before you proceed to a water cleanser. With a thick, rich consistency and a formulation of a nourishing oil blend and bamboo, the cleanser soothes skin while ridding it of unwanted impurities.
We recommend following with the Saturday Skin Rise & Shine Purifying Cleanser ($26). The foam cleanser is formulated with fruit extracts and a blend of peptides to effectively wash away impurities like dirt and sweat without disrupting the moisture balance of your skin.
Perfect for all skin types, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution ($5.30) is a treatment that gently exfoliates the skin and prevents blemishes with salicylic acid and witch hazel.
Because acids can increase sun sensitivity on the face, it’s important to keep your skin protected after you use them. The Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence ($27) provides SPF 50 broad-spectrum coverage and has a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that also soothes and refreshes the skin.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid + Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil
If you haven’t been pairing vitamins C and E together in your skin care routine, you’ve been missing out. When paired together, these antioxidants are effective in brightening, nourishing, and soothing the skin, not to mention they’re an anti-aging power couple. The CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid ($19.99) uses a concentrate of vitamin C to brighten the skin and hyaluronic acid to help it retain its moisture.
While vitamin C is perfect for brightening skin and evening skin tone, vitamin E is the holy grail ingredient to moisturize and combat signs of aging. You’ll find it in the Rovectin Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Face Oil ($30), a light, non-greasy formula that packs a punch.