Ever wondered where BB creams, sheet masks, and acne patches originally came from? It’s all thanks to Korea’s innovative beauty culture, known for its holistic, high-quality, yet affordable skincare. Central to the K-beauty philosophy is the famous multi-step skincare routine, which can include up to ten steps or more! But don’t let that intimidate you. LittlePinkTop handpicked just five essential products to easily achieve that coveted glow without overcomplicating your routine.
Dr. Jart+ Teatreement Toner
Before applying any serum or cream, removing excess dirt and oil for a healthy, even complexion is key. This purifying toner does just that and is meant for combination and oily skin. It mattifies the skin while reducing redness due to the tea tree leaf extract and minimizing dark spots with vitamin B3.
OOTD Intensive H+ Face Serum
LittlePinkTop recently received a daytime moisturizing face serum, courtesy of a Korean beauty brand, OOTD. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, known for its exceptional hydrating properties, and is a moisture-binding molecule that helps keep the skin plump and hydrated.
After even the first use, my skin felt smoother and nourished. It also looked healthier as red spots and post-acne healed quicker than usual, thanks to Vitamin C. This potent antioxidant helps brighten the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, and protect against environmental damage.
I liked that this face serum has a light texture and can be used as a primer. You can easily apply it before sunscreen or SPF moisturizer.
OOTD Hydrating Serum Sheet Masks
Your skin can look dull for various reasons, from traveling to low humidity, harsh winds, or exposure to UV rays. If you need a quick fix to revitalize, soothe, and improve overall skin texture and tone, you could try the OOTD assorted variety pack, which includes five types of face masks:
- The Collagen Supreme Mask has a hydrating, firming, and soothing effect.
- The Cica Soothing Mask has nourishing, rejuvenating, and calming properties.
- The Ceramide Care Mask has brightening, moisturizing, and smoothing benefits.
- The Triple Hyaluron Serum Glowing Mask helps with glowing, moisturizing, and brightening.
- The Retinol Serum Plumping Mask is for rejuvenating, brightening, and moisturizing.
A hydrating face mask is also a perfect way to unwind at the end of your busy day and pamper yourself.
Erborian BB Creme Au Ginseng SPF 20
Erborian’s BB Creme, another great option, is formulated with a white ginseng complex and extracts from licorice root, wild yam root, horsetail plant, and kigelia fruit. In addition to moisturizing and soothing, it provides UV protection and serves as a foundation because it’s a lightweight, breathable tinted cream that comes in three shades to complement fair, medium, and deep skin tones. You just need to blend it evenly using your fingertips, a makeup brush, or a beauty sponge.
LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask Ex
LittlePinkTop has long been a fan of this intensive moisturizing overnight mask that doesn’t stain pillowcases! It has a soft gel texture that easily dissolves into the skin and helps make it fresher, clearer, healthier, and more radiant by the morning. It’s the ultimate hack for busy women that works while you sleep.
And there you have it – your shortcut to Korean skincare without the need for a map or a translator! Just remember, while these products won’t make you fluent in Korean, they’ll definitely have your skin speaking volumes in the language of radiance and hydration.