Best Products for Korean 10-Step Skincare by bestofmakeupalley

InnisFree Olive Real Cleansing Oil

5 /5

6 reviews

[1] Oil cleanser

"The oil works well as the first step in double cleansing (however, I would use a separate eye mu remover) and doesn't dry my skin out."

Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Moisture

4.4 /5

9 reviews

[1] Oil cleanser

BEST FOR: drier skins and/or winter.
"...there is some kind of 'Moisturizing residue' left after the Moisturizing type."

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

4.2 /5

1395 reviews

[1] Oil cleanser

"This product amazes me. It takes off my makeup - including waterproof mascara - with such ease. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean [but not] stripped of moisture...[it] has helped...calm my sensitive skin."

(Not a Korean brand)

Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Oil

4 /5

25 reviews

[1] Oil cleanser

"There was no trace of makeup left [on] my face, [including the] eye area without burning or irritation. I used a separate cleanser just to see if there was any residue left over and [there] wasn't..."

Banila Co. Clean it Zero

4.1 /5

39 reviews

[1] Oil cleanser

"It goes from gel-like to milky when you wash it off. For more stubborn make up, you can wipe it off with cotton pads, and then wash it all off...[also] my pores have gotten a lot smaller after using this [nightly]!"

IOPE Moisture Skin Cleansing Foam

5 /5

1 reviews

[2] Foam cleanser

"It makes the most fluffy, cushiony, whipped cream-like lather. it removes makeup well, and softens skin with hyaluronic acid and other Korean skincare magic. I have bought it several times over."

TheFACEShop Herb Day 365 Cleansing Foam- Mung Beans

4.1 /5

9 reviews

[2] Foam cleanser

"It's everything I want in a cleanser, it cleans, doesn't dry out my skin, has a nice rich lather that doesn't feel too foamy, and it doesn't break me out."

NOTE: mung beans purportedly good for acne-prone skin

Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Foam

4.2 /5

21 reviews

[2] Foam cleanser

"It goes on smooth and lathers [nicely], not soapy which is a big reason why I stopped foaming cleansers. [Nice] smell is nice and...no reactions...Rinses clean."

Etude House Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam Moist

4 /5

2 reviews

[2] Foam cleanser

"...it gets rid of all of the dirt. I didn't notice any breakout or allergy with this product when used in summer or winter. The scent is very faint. great value for money."

TheFACEShop Herb Day Cleansing Foam, Clarifying Acerola

3.9 /5

18 reviews

[2] Foam cleanser

"A great cleanser with very subtle to no scent at all, and amazing foaming abilities. You honestly only need to wet your hands and get a pea-sized of it to clean your entire face."

NOTE: brightens; ymmv

Likas Papaya Soap

4.1 /5

115 reviews

[2] 2nd cleanse; [3] Exfoliation

"I use this for treatment...not as a cleanser. [I use it as] an exfoliant, like say, glycolic acid. [After] (1) with oil cleanser, (2) with foam cleanser...I leave it on for 20-30 minutes."

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

4.9 /5

12 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"...you do need to apply before moisturiser or clean the spot with a cotton swab saturated in tea tree oil or BHA toner. Really, these are the little leaders of my acne fighting team."

RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb

4.5 /5

2 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"I have VERY sensitive skin...The day after the very first use...the redness...diminished, and the pimples themselves started to fade away..."

CAVEAT: $$$ for sm. amt.

InnisFree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

4.2 /5

87 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"-Did what it promised, tightened pores and also lessened redness in cheeks
-Did not irritate my sensitive skin
-Good value for amount of product"

Amore Pacific treatment enzyme peel

4.4 /5

48 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"I use my fingers are lather the powder so it turns into a creamy liquidy foam-type texture and massage it on my face for about 30 sec and then rinse."

Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack

4 /5

4 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"...my skin is not only left feeling smooth, but my pores are diminished considerably."

NOTE: one user says "stings the skin and the eyes for the first 1-2 min"; avoid eye area.

Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack

4 /5

5 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"It really smoothens out and brightens the skin and really refreshens it! It helps with the skin texture and make up slides on just perfectly!"

NOTE: packaging can dispense too much product

Dr. Jart+ all out black head

4.3 /5

3 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"...you can feel the black heads...seep out of your pores and form little clumps of oil...as you massage the product on to your skin...disgusting but...also very satisfying/gratifying to see all your black head[s] fall out..."

Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

4.2 /5

25 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"This BHA uses a slightly different form of salicylic acid- it uses betaine salicylate, which is a much gentler BHA. I find this clears out my sebaceous filaments and smooths my texture without drying my skin or stinging."

Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel

4 /5

1 reviews

[3] Exfoliation

"...for everyone trying this for the first time, the initial results will be ah-mazing. The next few times, the results aren't as drastic, but it still feels like I've rubbed off a dead layer of skin."

NOTE: #firstreview

Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Toner

5 /5

5 reviews

[4] Toner

"This is my HG toner...It's extremely gentle yet powerful. The ph of this product is the key to its success and preps your skin to better absorb other lotions."

NOTE: hard to find

SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

4.1 /5

86 reviews

[4] Toner

"...really got rid of all the impurities...while moisturizing...it was THE product that got rid of all my blemishes and made my skin flawless. If money is not a problem...get it."

(Not a Korean brand)
NOTE: may be best w/ SKII FTE

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner

4 /5

15 reviews

[4] Toner

"It has a thick, gel-like texture so I...Just [use] my hands. It adds light, soothing hydration (amazing for the summer) and plumps my skin. [Not] sticky, doesn't make makeup pill up..."

Secret Key - Witchhazel Pore Clear Toner

4 /5

1 reviews

[4] Toner

"...it absorbs very quickly and has a tightening feeling. The scent is very light, soft and kind of relaxing. I have combo/dry...skin...but sometimes my skin feels a bit oilier than usual and this is really refreshing."

Goodal Super Seed Oil Plus Skin Mist

4.3 /5

3 reviews

[4] Toner (or [6], [9] depending on other products)

"I like the product as a moisturiser for my combo acne skin . It smells good , light and non irritating . Can feel oily on the skin hence I only use it at night."

Amore Pacific Sulwhasoo Balancing Water

4.8 /5

12 reviews

[4] Toner or [5] Essence

"I have oily skin so I usually use this product by itself rather than under [Emulsion]...This is my go-to all-purpose moisturizer...[it has a] faint...herbal scent."

Cosrx Advanced 96 Snail Mucin Power Essence

3.9 /5

15 reviews

[5] Essence

"CosRX is a lot more moisturizing, sticky, and feels much more like what you'd expect from a snail gel [than Benton]. That's probably because it mainly IS snail 'gel'."

Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

3.5 /5

11 reviews

[5] Essence

"Besides being more hydrated, it's brighter, paler, and more even than it usually would be at this time of year...the active ingredients...include niacinimide and fermented Galactomyces (the same magic stuff in SKII)."

MISSHA Time Revolution First Treatment Essence

4 /5

102 reviews

[5] Essence

"I...bought a second bottle already - which I rarely do with the products I own...Don't expect much hydration...but do look forward to how it will even out your skin tone and lighten dark spots."

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

3.4 /5

32 reviews

[5] Essence

"...like applying water that dries. CosRX on the other hand, is somewhat hydrating for as long as it's on your skin...normal - dry go for the CosRX...oily - pizzaface, go for the Benton."

NOTE: ymmv--> venom tolerance; good for oily skin

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid

4.3 /5

28 reviews

[5] Essence or [6] Serum

"...works like a serum...[It is] runny with a slight scent. I use this on top of a tinted moisturiser...it kept my skin moisturised and dewy..."

NOTE: ymmv

Dr G Trouble Care Spot Repairing Serum

5 /5

1 reviews

[6] Serum

"opaque white thick gel...dries [acne] out overnight...fastest working acne treatment I've ever used...works on my cystic acne and clears [it] very fast. No scarring...comes with a mini spatula that's used to scrape out the remaining serum..."

SKII Signs Up Lifter

4.8 /5

9 reviews

[6] Serum

"...a thick silicone type serum that fills in any wrinkles or imperfections. I like putting it under my make up. It makes my face look smooth it makes my eyes and forehead feel lifted or tightened, in a good way..."

(Not a Korean brand)

Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule

4 /5

11 reviews

[6] Ampoule

"It's affordable and really works! It also has hyaluronic acid and other goodies in it so I'm impressed. Awesome product. Recommended!"

SKII Repair C

4.1 /5

61 reviews

[6] Serum

"I'm on my 3rd bottle...use this every night without moisturizer, sometimes in the morning [too]. My skin is now more translucent with minimal redness. Skin's texture also becomes a lot more supple and firm, and hydrated well thus less oily."

MISSHA Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule

4.1 /5

17 reviews

[6] Ampoule

"[after 1 week] my skin is already looking better. Less diffuse redness, just calmer and clearer all over, with a bit of a bounce and resilience that one loses as one gets older."

NOTE: ymmv re. silicone/breakout


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