Top K-Skincare Picks for the Summer

Top K-Skincare Picks for the Summer

Keep your skin fresh, clear, and supple with these Korean skincare products that will help you beat the summer heat.

Keep your skin fresh, clear, and supple with these Korean skincare products that will help you beat the summer heat.

Text: Thomas Chou

It’s no secret that when it comes to exciting, new skincare and beauty, South Korean products are taking the world by storm. With K-Beauty trends and techniques currently dominating the social media makeup spheres, it’s not too farfetched to look towards Korean skincare in order to get that first base layer on lock. With unique formulations and ingredients that often differ greatly from that of Western skincare, K-skincare might be the move for you if you’re looking to spice up your daily regimen with some of the world’s most innovative skincare products. For skincare novices to skincare junkies alike, here are some products that you’ll have to add to your shopping list before your next trip to K-town.

1. Nature Republic - Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Gel

One of the bestselling K-skincare products of all time, this aloe vera gel from Nature Republic has become a cult favorite. According to the brand, this face-and-body gel sells out 30 times per year, and over 1.5 million units per year are purchased. Like all aloe vera gels, this product is perfect for after-sunburn care, but also for sunburn prevention. Made up of 92% natural aloe vera, this gel is lightweight yet incredibly moisturizing. Say goodbye to your moisturizers that leave you with a tacky or sticky sensation, because this daily moisturizer will literally have you covered.

(Pro tip: refrigerate the product before use for an added cooling sensation.)

2. Mizon - Snail Recovery Gel Cream

ICYMI: snail slime is the newest skincare craze you never knew you needed. A non-sticky formula, this product utilizes snail mucuous secretions in order to harness the power of balancing enzymes. This product seeps deep into the layers of your skin, promoting elasticity and combatting the formation of dark spots. Perfect for wrinkle care and wrinkle prevention, you’ll have everyone guessing as to what your secret skincare ingredient is.

3. Missha - Safe Block Sun Milk

A sunscreen made purposefully for the face, this sun milk provides protection against harmful rays while ditching the thick, gloppy texture of traditional sunscreens. An extremely liquid-y formula melts into the top layer of your skin, leaving behind a smooth and thin texture. Additionally, this product leaves little to no white cast, meaning that the product will diffuse naturally to suit the tones of your skin as opposed to leaving behind a white/gray film like other sunscreens. With a light and refreshing scent, this Korean sunscreen is far from not like the sun lotion you used to apply at summer camp.

4. Laneige - Water Sleeping Mask

A thick gel cream, this night-time product will give you brand new skin overnight. Made from a concentrated essence like that of sheet masks, apply a generous layer over the entire face before bed, and in the morning, the product will have soaked in, giving your skin texture an added plump of moisture. If you’re looking for that product that will give you a natural radiance, this sleeping mask is perfect for that glow-from-within. Made to combat deeply fatigued and dry skin, this product is like a tall drink of water on those hot, summer days.

5. Skin Food - Peach Sake Pore Serum

No Korean skincare regimen is complete without a trusty serum, and this peach scented pore serum is the perfect addition for those with oily skin. Made with rice sake and peach extract, this soft serum will help minimize the appearance of pores while conditioning the skin. Perfect for common pore problem areas like the nose, forehead, and chin, this serum will have your skin feeling tight and bouncy. If you wear makeup, this multi-purpose serum can also serve as a primer before concealer, foundation, or powder.

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