Korean beauty products like bubble masks and snail-mucus cream are strange — but effective.
If you use skin-care sheet masks, cleansing oils or a konjac sponge, you have Korean beauty lines to thank.
K-beauty, as it’s known, has already swept into America with its emphasis on clear, healthy skin and sometimes-curious innovations. Whether you’ve yet to dive in or are desperate for more products to try out, we have a lineup you’ll want to consider.
The Face Shop Natural Rice Water Light Cleansing Oil ($10 at amazon.com). Cleansing oils are widely used in the Korean skin-care routine, serving as the first step of double cleansing. This version removes impurities, grime and makeup, but is gentle enough for every skin type. Rice water works to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines while brightening the skin.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask ($10 at amazon.com). With its fizzing and bubbling effect, this mask has become big on social media. Though it may seem like a science experiment, the mask actually works hard, with its carbonation helping to massage pores and drive clay, charcoal and green tea deep inside to wipe them clean.
My Konjac Sponge All Natural Korean Facial Sponge ($9.50 at amazon.com). Forget harsh beads and grains — all-natural konjac is the answer to sloughing off dead skin without making your skin pay the price. This one is infused with activated bamboo carbon to deeply cleanse pores and leave your skin clean and bright.
Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream ($10 at peachandlily.com). Korean culture swears by snail mucus to fight skin issues such as blemishes, acne scars and dryness. If you can’t stomach it in the form of a sheet mask (we get it), try this fragrance-free cream to reap the benefits.
Dermal Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheets ($10 for 16 at amazon.com). Hoard them all for yourself, or share them with friends. This jumbo pack covers almost every skin concern (hydration, soothing, collagen-boosting, etc.) so everyone can benefit.
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream ($22 at misshaus.com). BB cream is now ubiquitous, but it originated in Korea. This formula corrects while it covers, and serves as a perfect lightweight foundation alternative.
Etude House Drawing Eye Brow ($3.60 at etudehouse.com). Precisely sculpt your brows with this angled pencil. It’s got a waxy consistency, so it locks in place longer than a powder or a regular pencil.
Cjeslna New 5 Pair Thick Crisscross Long False Eyelashes ($1.50 for five pairs at amazon.com). Falsies for less than two bucks? These bargain lashes provide cost-defying results thanks to the crisscross pattern that makes lashes appear fuller and longer without screaming that you’re wearing enhancements.