Choosing the best Korean skin care products of 2017 is definitely not easy but it’s a post I’m very excited to share. I’m definitely still caught up in the new year period and it’s a brilliant time to reflect on what a year 2017 was! It was a very experimental year in terms of skincare as I tried just about everything out there- chemical peels, derma-pen treatments, micro-dermabrasion… and the list goes on. However, some Korean beauty products definitely landed at the top of my favourites.
Not to bore you with a long winded intro but K-beauty has been a long time love for me. I started using products in high school and haven’t stopped just yet… 5-6 years on. I’ve experimented with ‘road shop’ brands such as Etude House, Innisfree and Skinfood but have spent 2017 dabbing into higher end brands such as Sulwhasoo, Hera and Iope.
I don’t have a large skincare collection, there’s only one in every category and I’m happy to splurge on one good product rather than testing everything out there on the market.
Top 5 K-Beauty Products
1. Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask
This was a real gem for me. This was my first product I ever tried from Sulwhasoo and I really enjoyed how moisturising, soothing and creamy this overnight mask was. I have never had a overnight mask that really truly lasted till morning. There is a herbal fragrance like all of Sulwhasoo’s products but I found it to be very mild and not offensive at all. There are jade extracts in this mask and I really enjoyed that thought (not sure what jade does). It’s not oily at all but is more of a jelly like barrier that stays on the skin till morning. I find it to be more soothing and moisturising than the famous Origins Drink Up Intensive mask and much more soothing, moisturising and effective than the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack.
2. Facial Mists (in general): Hope Girl Mist + Sulwhasoo Hydro Aid Mist
I don’t tend to discriminate against facial mists and they’re pretty much similar to me. As long as there isn’t too much fragrance and a nice refreshing texture (rather than oil based), I’m happy. I leave the oil based mists to Winter when my combination skin really needs it. Otherwise, a light refreshing mist is my go to. My two current ones include the Hope Girl Honey Bee Fixing Mist as well as the Sulwhasoo Hydro-aid moisturising soothing mist. The honey bee is much more affordable and probably my preferred. There is a light fragrance and a very refreshing, light texture. Nothing is offensive about either of these mists and I would highly recommend both. The Sulwhasoo on the other hand has even less fragrance, is more soothing and that little bit more luxe feeling (which is reflected in the price… bummer).
3. Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioner
This essence is my favourite one ever and one I will definitely think about repurchasing. It’s light weight, not sticky, slightly moisturising, brightening, refining and there’s no fragrance. What’s more to ask? The best part for me is that it is quite gentle. There’s no fragrance that irritates the skin which I really appreciate. It’s not oily at all but I really enjoy the subtle refining and brightening effect of this essence. It’s not as sticky as the Jurlique Water Activating Essence and not as expensive as the SKII which I didn’t love enough to spend the money on (when I tried it a few years ago).
4. By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream (not shown in pictures)
I was first using Wishtrend products a few years ago but recently I’ve added the Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing cream (click to shop!) into the routine. I really do enjoy the lovely medium weight gel-cream texture. It is very good at hydrating (like a lot of K-beauty products) but doesn’t clog my pores or make my face feel too oily. It remains very light weight and I’m very happy with the lack of fragrance and the natural ingredients that go into the moisturiser. I think the main benefit of Vitamin E is just to keep elasticity and hydration and this moisturiser does just that! See a in depth blog post review here.
5. Sulwhasoo Clarifying Mask Ex
Okay… I know there’s a lot of Sulwhasoo products but I’ve just been a little obsessed lately. This one is actually quite affordable for Sulwhasoo at ~39 USD. It’s a peel off mask and applies with a brown colour. The consistency is sticky like honey but dries after about 20 minutes to a film where you can peel off. It leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean similar to clay masks, not overly tight and my skin feels a lot more refined than before. It contains Japanese honey and I love anything with honey due to its moisturising and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my K-beauty favourites for the year 2017! I will be uploading a video on my youtube channel very soon- so stay tuned for that if you would like a more in depth review.