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5 Korean Beauty Products That Deliver Dewy, Hydrated Skin

It’s time to ramp up your moisturizing regimen for winter.

By: Hannah Baxter

Whether you like it or not, temperatures are finally dropping and the hot and humid days of summer are officially long gone. That means our beauty routines are in need of a serious overhaul, since cold weather unfortunately equals dry, dehydrated skin. Since we’re always on the hunt for the best in new beauty releases to keep our complexions glowy and moisturized, we could think of no better person to consult than Peach & Lily founder Alicia Yoon. She’s basically a walking encyclopedia of Korean beauty brands—the website always stocks her newest finds—so whatever she’s loving this season is obviously a must-have. From antioxidant-packed essences to luxurious healing creams, check out the five K-beauty products she’s scooping up for fall.

 

“I use this moisturizer every day! The lightweight gel is a serum and moisturizer in one, so it makes multitasking easier. It contains ceramides to help strengthen the skin barrier, and it’s also chock-full of moisturizing honey and brightening grapefruit.”

 

“Double cleansing is the signature K-beauty cleansing ritual. An oil-based cleanser is the first step of the process, and this balm is a fun new take on cleansing oils. It transforms from a cool jelly-like texture into an oil, and then it emulsifies into a milk. A medley of botanical oils like primrose oil, macadamia seed oil, lavender oil, citrus oils, and sunflower seed oil work together to help fight free radicals and deliver essential fatty acids to your skin. It makes the cleansing experience so transformative. In K-beauty, getting the cleansing portion down is one of the most important parts to having clear, healthy skin.”

 

“This is my go-to serum. Shangpree is a renowned Korean spa, and their at-home products help recreate some of their spa magic. This serum contains hydrolyzed silk to boost moisture, plus loads of antioxidants like sage and lavender, to help reverse signs of aging. One of my favorite ways to use this serum is after I apply a sheet mask, I’ll layer a little serum under the mask to further boost its effects. It’s like a sheet mask sandwich.”

 

“Hanbang is an old medicinal practical in Korea that relies on herbs to help promote healing. This brand, Atoclassic, uses Hanbang to create a line that is ultra-calming for skin. This cream contains macadamia oil and lavender to help quell redness and irritation.”

 

“Essences are the heart of a K-beauty regimen. These liquids drench skin in hydration, but nowadays, many essences also contain other beneficial ingredients to help skin. This essence in particular contains a whopping dose of antioxidant power with 89% lotus leaf extract in place of water, so it’s far more concentrated and powerful than your typical antioxidant serum. This specific white lotus leaf is from Jeju Island, [which is] known as the Hawaii of Korea. It has extremely high levels of antioxidants and antibiotics that are great for overall health.”

 

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