The Best Korean Beauty Products According to W Editors

Soo Joo Park

Is it just a beauty fad or do Korean beauty products really answer all of our skin saving prayers? In a makeup obsessed culture, these beauty products take focus away from concealers and powders by bringing it back to the root: the skin. By minimizing pores and maximizing radiance, it’s now possible to achieve a youthful glow, plus, they are fun to use! From masks to creams and exfoliators, 9 W editors share their favorite Korean beauty products for flawless skin.


“I used to splash cold water on my face when I woke up, but ever since trying this oil-based cleanser, I can’t go back. It’s become as essential as SPF.” – Mia Adorante, Beauty and Health Editor

Lagom Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser, $18,


“A friend recommended this to me when I was complaining about dry winter skin, and I haven’t looked back since. “ – Christy Key, Fashion Assistant

Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum, $49 ,


“Ever since a friend gave me this cream and liquid duo a few years ago I have been addicted. They keep my skin so soft and smooth.” – Sarah Leon, Digital Editorial Director

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream and Liquid, $39,


“After my visit during Seoul Fashion Week, I’m hooked on snail masks. But my new daily favorite moisturizer is from a new brand called Huxley, which uses cactus oil and has an opposite approach to K-beauty, in the sense that they believe less is more. I used their cream on the plane back and felt like one of the porcelain-perfect flight attendants.” – Emilia Petrarca, Digital Associate Features Editor

Huxley anti-gravity cream, $48,


“The moisturizer seeps into my skin instantly and is super light. The formula melts into a water texture once it hits your skin but doesn’t try it out. Its magic.” – Courtney Costello, Fashion Market Assistant

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer, $36,


“A staple in my nighttime regime, this mask makes me feel refreshed and clean, while visibly reducing my pores.” – Colin Summers, Accessories Assistant

Skinfood Egg White Pore Mask, $10.50,


“I admit I was confused at first with the concept of a splash mask, but Blithe’s Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Splash Mask changed my skincare routine for the better. I love the ease of applying in the shower and I swear my skin was smoother after the first splash.” – Ryann Foulke, Assistant Fashion Editor

Blithe Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Splash Mask, $45,


“It’s so fun you use — it’s called the squish-and-bubble mesh mask because you literally squeeze it and it works up a lather.”- Samantha Andriano, Social Media Manager

Wish Formula Squish-and-Bubble Mesh Mask, $7,


“It’s super gentle on my sensitive skin and really exfoliates to give me a radiant glow- it’s perfect for when I want a fresh start on my skin.” – Nada Abouarrage, Beauty Assistant

AmorePacific Enzyeme Peel, $60,