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Whether you follow a 10 step K-beauty routine or just prefer to shop Korean brands, take a look at our community's favorite products and tips.

Whether you follow a 10 step K-beauty routine or just prefer to shop Korean brands, take a look at our community's favorite products and tips.

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moisturizer
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Reply: @yunjiiii I love Tatcha The Camellia Oil 2-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser . It is a great product to remove makeup at the end of ...read more
@yunjiiii I love Tatcha The Camellia Oil 2-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser . It is a great product to remove makeup at the end of the day. My skin is soft and makeup free without doing a double cleanse.
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Body Toner
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Reply: Thank You, I'll try it out!
Thank You, I'll try it out!
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COSRX, either love it or love it!
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Reply: It’s a great brand @UnknownGardener! I currently have their aloe sun cream and their lip mask. The lip mask is AMAZING. I can’t im ...read more
It’s a great brand @UnknownGardener! I currently have their aloe sun cream and their lip mask. The lip mask is AMAZING. I can’t imagine a world without it anymore. The sun cream (sunscreen) is nice. It smells pleasant, isn’t greasy feeling, and isn’t irritating. It does have the slightest white cast though but I usually work it into my skin and I can barely tell after. For anyone in a Major Canadian city, T&T supermarket sometimes has a beauty section. I’ve seen COSRX on the shelves at one of two locations that I shop at. It also sometimes turns up at Marshall’s/Winners.
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Something magical about Asian sunscreens (post your recommendations!)
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Reply: The COSRX one is now a family favorite in my household - glad it's a fully chemical sunscreen that works for multiple family membe ...read more
The COSRX one is now a family favorite in my household - glad it's a fully chemical sunscreen that works for multiple family members. But seems to always be sold out when I want to try ordering it from the US website or other authorized US sellers. I have to rely on ordering online where I am unfortunately, and I know a lot of people don't/ can't order international items to their US addresses, don't want to wait ages for deliveries, or possibly they may want the Asian sunscreen experience but only want to rely on the UV filters approved for US manufacturing. Plenty of reasons I've heard from people they just want to stick to buying US operated brands for sunscreens.So that's why I am just hoping to collect up some American-Asian founded brands that operate out of the US for sunscreen recommendations : )
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K Beauty Anti Aging
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Reply: @CattyT3 thank you very much for your recommendations. I’ll review your list. ...read more
@CattyT3 thank you very much for your recommendations. I’ll review your list.
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Arbutin/ Alpha Arbutin K/J beauty product recommendations please
I am on the hunt to replace a Naturium 1% alpha arbutin essence that is no longer sold, so I wanted to look for Korean and Japanes ...read more
I am on the hunt to replace a Naturium 1% alpha arbutin essence that is no longer sold, so I wanted to look for Korean and Japanese alternatives - even a toner or serum will be fine - as I only found one option by Hado Labo. So hoping some of you out there can provide me with a few more options in case this one doesn't work out, thanks.
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I need a good skincare for dry skin
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Reply: I have dry sensitive skin that breaks out due to irritation and getting dried out as a result. All the East Asian skin products I ...read more
I have dry sensitive skin that breaks out due to irritation and getting dried out as a result. All the East Asian skin products I have purchased have worked without issue so far (thankfully). I have explored a lot of soothing options for the skin to prevent inflammation to occur so my acne doesn't erupt again when my skin barrier is damaged. Pretty much any toner I have tried out works in some fashion for my skin for hydration and soothing. I use my toners and essences on him as well and it's never an issue, I just see much dramatic results since my skin is the one gasping for hydration all the time.CosRX snail cream and snail essence for results, or the Peach Slices snail toner. Beauty of Joseon and iUniK do very nice serums with snail mucin as well. These 3 brands also do great propolis products I have liked a lot (from bees). I love Peach & Lily, Krave Beauty for their lactic acid serums to help gentle skin barrier repair that helps minimize irritation.Rovectin products work nicely to not irritate the skin and just gently condition the skin to reduce skin irritation. Some toners/ essences I like a lot are:CosRX: snail 96 essences; galactomyces 95, hydrium watery toner, propolis toner, Full Fit Propolis Synergy tonerPyung Kang Yul Calming Deep Moisture tonerRovectin treatment lotionNeogen Real Ferment Micro EssenceTower 28: SOS sprayTiam: Vita B3 Mist Toner, My Signature Vita B5 TonerMy partner enjoys sheet masks a lot and that's what keeps him motivated to do his skin care day and night, so his overall skin texture and tone is improving using those, but I personally am indifferent to sheet masks - personal taste. Overall skin maintenance is definitely superior in Asian skincare and works out to be much cheaper and never causes reaction issues for either of us.I personally have been using retinaldehyde instead of retinol as my retinoid of choice for my overall skin health as it is much less likely to cause irritation and works with my other array of actives I use daily with less fuss. I use the Beauty of Joseon eye cream that's actually a gel texture and I use it all over the face and do many others.For moisturizer I like to go for the very thick ones that will keep my skin plumped up and moisturized all day no matter the weather. I love the Heimish Marine eye cream as a face + neck moisturizer, Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng cream 4th and 5th generations, Rovectin moisturizers, CosRX snail cream, Pyungkang Yuk Calming moisturizer, Frudia Pomegranate Nutri-Moisturizing Face Cream.Depending on my combination of actives that night or if I need extra skin TLC, I may layer with a mask on top of the chosen moisturizer - like the laneige Cica Sleep mask or one of the Sulhwasoo overnight masks.I am currently looking into a Korean dupe for the LRP Cicaplast B5 Baume as I would like something that is more budget friendly to use more frequently - I will update that here once I try out some options.Face oils can be a saviour on particularly harshly cold, dry days or bad skin days - I love the Rovectin Multi oil (I use it in my hair as well) and my skin loves vit E and coconut oil, so I just go for basic oils that have jojoba, rosehip, and grape oil mixed in too. CBD/ hemp oil is also amazing for the skin, so have not explored other East Asian face oil options.East Asian sunscreens are very advanced and diverse, you can find plenty for your preferences, and it's much cheaper than over here too - win win. Keeping skin safe from sun damage will help all skin concerns - so look out for ones known to be good for dry skin types, there are new sunscreens being released all the time!No matter how many actives you want to try or not try, introduce new ingredients and products one by one to your existing routine so you can identify if something isn't good for your skin.In general, dry skin some friendly ingredients to hunt for: emollients (eg. allantoin), humectants (eg. glycerin), hyaluronic acid/ sodium hyaluronate/ other HA derivatives, panthenol, niacinamide (as tolerated), peptides (various varieties), ceramides (various varieties), lactic acid/ derivatives, dimethicone.> A few more brands to try out items from that are well loved by K beauty fans and that I can vouch for: Axis-Y, Purito, Skin1004.Some items I have listed do have fragrance, but my skin seems to be tolerant of small amounts of synthetic/ non-essential oil fragrances. So keep that in mind if you need to look for fragrance free options.Do message if you want to ask about any specific products by any of these brands or others, some I have at least tried a sample from might have slipped my radar in listing things off : )
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#Hyperpigmentation blemishes
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Reply: I have dry sensitive skin that is post acne blemish prone whenever it's irritated, and my partner has the oily acne skin that is o ...read more
I have dry sensitive skin that is post acne blemish prone whenever it's irritated, and my partner has the oily acne skin that is only sensitive when he isn't doing his routine properly. Asian beauty works for both of us without issue so far (thankfully):We both have a good time using CosRX snail cream and snail essence for results, but he prefers the texture of the peach slices snail toner to the CosRX essence. Beauty of Joseon and iUniK do very nice serums with snail mucin as well. These 3 brands also do great propolis products I have liked a lot (from bees). I love Peach & Lily, Krave Beauty for their lactic acid serums to help gentle skin barrier repair that helps minimize blemishes and the severity of them.Rovectin works nicely for us both to not irritate either of our skin and just gently condition the skin to reduce skin irritation. I have explored a lot more options for being more soothing for the skin to prevent inflammation to occur so my acne doesn't erupt again when my skin barrier is damaged. Pretty much any toner I have tried out works in some fashion for my skin for hydration and soothing. I use my toners and essences on him as well and it's never an issue, I just see much dramatic results since my skin is the one gasping for hydration all the time.Some toners/ essences I like a lot are:CosRX: snail 96 essences; galactomyces 95, hydrium watery toner, propolis toner, Full Fit Propolis Synergy tonerPyung Kang Yul Calming Deep Moisture tonerRovectin treatment lotionNeogen Real Ferment Micro EssenceTower 28: SOS sprayTiam: Vita B3 Mist Toner, My Signature Vita B5 TonerMy partner enjoys sheet masks a lot and that's what keeps him motivated to do his skin care day and night, so his overall skin texture and tone is improving. But he needs salicylic acid and benozyl peroxide (which he isn't going to get from Asian skincare) for actually tackling his acne at the source. But overall skin maintenance is definitely superior in Asian skincare and works out to be much cheaper and never causes reaction issues for either of us.For stronger tyrosinase inhibitors and actives - like retinaldehyde (I chose to use it over retinol to be able to use it more easily with the rest of my extensive routine), there is the Beauty of Joseon eye cream that's actually a gel texture and I use it all over the face and do many others. There are retinol options readily available from multiple brands too like COsRX.Other less common actives like kojic acid [haven't see in K beauty personally], alpha arbutin, azelaic acid [haven;t see in k-beauty readily], resveratrol [also have not seen in k-beauty], and more stable forms of vit C, I opt for US products - these are optional and you may find other ingredients work for you so you don't need to use at all. For moisturizer I like to go for the very thick ones that will keep my skin plumped up and moisturized all day no matter the weather. I love the Heimish Marine eye cream as a face + neck moisturizer, Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng cream 4th and 5th generations, Rovectin moisturizers, CosRX snail cream, Pyungkang Yuk Calming moisturizer, Frudia Pomegranate Nutri-Moisturizing Face Cream.Depending on my combination of actives that night or if I need extra skin TLC, I may layer with a mask on top of the chosen moisturizer - like the laneige Cica Sleep mask or one of the Sulhwasoo overnight masks.East Asian sunscreens are very advanced and diverse, you can find plenty for your preferences, and it's much cheaper than over here too - win win. Blemish recovery and using any active requires good sunscreen practice to not further damage the skin and promote blemish healing more.No matter how many actives you want to try or not try, introduce new ingredients and products one by one to your existing routine so you can identify if something isn't good for your skin.> A few more brands to try out items from that are well loved by K beauty fans and that I can vouch for: Axis-Y, Purito, Skin1004.Do message if you want to ask about any specific products by any of these brands or others, some I have at least tried a sample from might have slipped my radar in listing things off : )
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help
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Reply: Skin layering - like the trendy Asian skincare posts all say - it what keeps my skin happy. I have very sensitive dry skin. My eye ...read more
Skin layering - like the trendy Asian skincare posts all say - it what keeps my skin happy. I have very sensitive dry skin. My eye circles are genetic so I just use makeup for that, not planning to try out any cosmetic procedures or such for it in future either.My advice to make skin happy and not gasping for moisture:> make sure each step of your routine that the products you are using actually suit your skin (i.e. not too drying/ too harsh)Then establish a nice routine that lets you lock in hydration before you moisturize. Be gentle at first and then work in some actives one by one to test out if it suits your skin and addresses your skin's needs:Cleansing: I find oil cleansing and then using a regular face wash really helps keep my skin happy no matter how much makeup I was wearing.Either keep your face damp after cleanser or immediately spray thermal water/ a watery toner onto the skin and immediately lock in either either an essence or a serum (you can use multiple of each product type at once, but only when you have learnt what works for you through trial and error gradually).This is the most advanced step that will take the most time to get right as, assuming you want to use any actives to tackle skin concerns, it will be trial and error finding what ingredients do and don't work for you, and even after that, the product form you prefer it in, and what combinations you want with your other products you already like. Starting off, sticking to formulas based around hydration, calming, and skin barrier repair sound like they will be the best immediate types for you to home in on. After your skin heals and you can maintain it in a better condition, then start gradual experimentation with various actives that address other concerns you may still have.I highly recommend opting for a very gentle moisturizer so that you can literally seal in the hard working products - but again, if you find it's better in the end to have a moisturizer that has the actives rather than your previous hydrating steps, then go for it). You may find you want to use sleep masks (2nd/ "heavier" moisturizer) to act as an extra layer if your skin likes it - depends on your skin type and texture preferences each time of day. You can definitely just use a sleep mask/ overnight moisturizer as a day time cream or on its own too.Face oil is optional, again, depends on what you want from it, what you've used underneath in the previous steps up to now, and if it works for your skin and preferences. Can use it as little or often in your routine as you please.Most important: sunscreen. East Asian sunscreens are so superior to anything else, many can even double as a moisturizer or be a 3 in 1 to work as makeup primer too.There are thousands of products out there, the best way to pick what to begin with is check for the most gentle formulas, avoid fragrances and harsher chemical exfoliants - and really listen to your skin, as skincare is not meant to hurt for it to work! Literally the only things that should hurt if necessary are any doctor prescription medicated topicals should it ever have to come to that (hopefully not), and even then they will tell you to expect it.Searching Asian beauty seller sites is a good way to see what interests you. Do message if you want any product recommendations or to ask about any products you think about getting as I have tried plenty in my skin recovery journey before getting to where I am at now.
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Acne Prone
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Reply: I have dry sensitive skin that is acne prone whenever it's irritated, and my partner has the oily acne skin that is only sensitive ...read more
I have dry sensitive skin that is acne prone whenever it's irritated, and my partner has the oily acne skin that is only sensitive when he isn't doing his routine properly. Asian beauty works for both of us without issue so far (thankfully):We both have a good time using CosRX snail cream and snail essence for results, but he prefers the texture of the peach slices snail toner to the CosRX essence. Rovectin's original cleanser works a dream for us both as it's a one step makeup cleanser for as well and keeps both our skin clean and in good condition to go onto our next steps. Lotus cream, the watery lotions and toners and the concentrated cream works wonderfully for us both, and the face and body cream. - basically everything I get by the brand, his and my skin is very happy.I will say since I am the one with more problematic skin (as in it actually hurts if I don't use the right products and get puffy irritation if something is too harsh ect.), I have explored a lot more options for being more soothing for the skin to prevent inflammation to occur so my acne doesn't erupt again when my skin barrier is damaged. Pretty much any toner I have tried out works in some fashion for my skin for hydration and soothing. I use my toners and essences on him as well and it's never an issue, I just see much dramatic results since my skin is the one gasping for hydration all the time.My partner enjoys sheet masks a lot and that's what keeps him motivated to do his skin care day and night, so his overall skin texture and tone is improving. But he needs salicylic acid and benozyl peroxide (which he isn't going to get from Asian skincare) for actually tackling his acne at the source. But overall skin maintenance is definitely superior in Asian skincare and works out to be much cheaper and never causes reaction issues for either of us.> A few more brands to try out items from that are well loved by K beauty fans and that I can vouch for: Beauty of Joseon, Heimish, Tiam, Pyungkang Yul, TonyMoly, Axis-Y, iUnik, Frudia, Purito, Skin1004.Do message if you want to ask about any specific products by any of these brands or others, some I have at least tried a sample from might have slipped my radar in listing things off : )
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