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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Chee

South Korean Skincare Staples You Need for 2023

South Korea has long been the hub for the highest-rated skincare products. K-beauty commonly provides the global cosmetics industry with innovative new additions that use organic ingredients to provide simple, stellar results that remain up-to-date with the beauty trends. 2023 is entirely focused on glass-like, glowing skin. Korean women are renowned for taking serious care of their skin, so it is only natural that the companies providing these products enforce equal time and effort to supply products to the highest standard. We have collated a list of our South Korean skincare staples to add to your regime.


1. Glow Recipe – Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

Like its name, Glow Recipe provides popular skincare products that leave users with radiant skin. Using simple ingredients, these drops are a natural highlighter for both under and over makeup, whilst simultaneously benefitting the skin through niacinamide – a protectant from environmental stress through rebuilding skin cells.



2. Laneige – Lip Sleeping Mask

Using Berry Fruit Complex, coconut oil and Vitamin C, this mask protects lips overnight, and provides plush pouts for the daytime. As a winner of the Readers’ Choice Award in 2021, the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask can even be used as part of your daily makeup regime for 24/7 glossy lips. This staple will last you more than six months, making it worth every investmen



3. Amorepacific –Vintage Single Extract Essence

The antioxidant-filled essence is full to the brim with goodness for your skin, protecting the skin from environmental damage. The creation of this however is what gives Korean skincare such a prestigious name; tradition and care come together in the creation of Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence as natural ingredients are sourced from South Korea’s Jeju Island and fermented and stored for 100 days. After a 24-hour extraction period the age-defying elixir improves skin condition after 4 weeks of use.

HK$ 1,200.00


4. Tatcha – The Dewy Skin Cream

This heavy-moisturiser is suitable for both dry and combination skin, making it a fan favourite and winner of Glamour 2020 Beauty Awards. Using Japanese purple rice paired with Okinawa algae and hyaluronic acid, The Dewy Skin Cream by Tatcha is perfect for achieving the dewy look and protecting your skin simultaneously.



5. Neogen – Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen

The modern day skincare regime requires a top-tier sunscreen as the base level of protectant for the skin. Neogen’s Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen combines its SPF 50 barrier with over 20 plant extracts to nourish and protect the skin. The product also boasts prevention of sebum production, leaving skin clear and anti-clogged unlike other creams.



6. Sulwhasoo – Gentle Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover

When executing a regular skincare routine, it is common to rid the face of natural oils in the bid for clear skin. However, Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover retains the skin’s balance using Tangerine Peel Extract and Apricot Kernel Oil, for all skin types. The lightweight formula targets uneven skin texture, whilst brightening skin in the process.



7. Dr. Jart+ – Cicapair™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

This renowned product by Dr. Jart+soothes red and irritated skin and targets imperfections through its colour-changing formula. The treatment transforms from green to beige to counter redness and give the look of smooth, perfect skin.



8. Venn – Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask

Now we have all heard by now the wondrous effects of retinol for revitalising the skin barrier. Through gentle exfoliation technology, Venn creates flawless skin by evening skin texture and repairing damaged cells. Retinol is also an anti-aging agent, which when paired with collagen, provides the skin with a new way of life. This mask is clinically tested to improve texture and tone, whilst decreasing the appearance of imperfections.



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