My Top 7 Korean Beauty Products

Hello my beloved Jo So Ko reader, I’ve caved and decided to do a K-beauty (Korean Beauty) post. I have been living in Korea for a full year and have somehow not aged a day. I owe it all to the fact that I am 23 and also to my newfound Korean beauty routine.

Unlike the influencers who use 13,000 products for their morning and night routines, I have narrowed mine down to a small collection. I buy all of my products from Åland and Olive Young here in Seoul. You can also buy great K-beauty products from iHerb, Soko Glam, Amazon, and I’m sure a plethora of other places!

Scroll through to see the products that I have been using for the last year. I did take images of them all like the one below. Let’s just say… they didn’t turn out looking blog-worthy. Sadly, our humble abode has no natural light pouring in. I decided to use some images from other websites which have all been labelled. I would love to know your K-beauty faves in the comments below! Enjoy!



1. Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

This is my go-to cleanser for days when I have been wearing makeup. That’s right, I don’t wear makeup daily. It’s so soothing, moisturising, and takes my makeup off easily. I think I’m on my third or fourth bottle.

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2. COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser

I use this on a daily basis – if I’ve already taken my makeup off with cleansing oil, I use this next to make sure my skin is completely clean. Despite the name ‘good morning cleanser’, I actually don’t cleanse in the morning I usually just splash my face with warm water.

Image from Amazon


3. NeoGen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling – Lemon

I love these gauze pads, my face feels smooth like baby skin after I use them. I typically use these every 3-4 days.

How to use: After cleansing, pop your fingers into the little pouch, and exfoliate your face/neck with the gauze material. Get into all of the crevices. Once you’re happy, flip the pad over and run the smooth side over your face. Rinse your face with warm water and enjoy your new face! Bye-bye dead skin and dust!



4. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

If you haven’t heard of this serum, buy it now and never look back. This product is probably the main reason I’ve barely broken out this year despite living in a country with high levels of air pollution. It’s a very cheap alternative to some of the more expensive Vitamin C serums on the market. I use this twice daily before moisturiser and sunscreen. Warning: You need to pack on the SPF++ after using this guy!


5. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I use this occasionally because I bought it last year and it really helped my skin. I relied on it less after I began using the Vitamin C serum. I basically just use it so I can finish the bottle!


6. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

This is a super simple moisturiser that I like to lather at night. Because of the cold weather, my skin is a little harder to control. This is a great moisturiser and is quite affordable. I’ve only been using this for a few months so I’m not 100% committed to this product, I might try and see what else is out there.

My one qualm with this product is that the lid never fully closes. My cream has been like this since I first opened it. 




7. Klairs Vitamin E Mask

I got this product as a freebie from Åland so I just use it for keeping my skin hydrated. I love the consistency and I usually forget to take it off so I’m not sure if it’s working well or not!



Daily Makeup


This is the makeup I put on my face most days. I like wearing makeup but I don’t like sneaky blemishes popping up throughout the day. I also detest shopping for makeup, especially here in Korea. It feels like every second store in Seoul is selling makeup. Each store is competing with the other so the sales assistants are very good at their jobs. I always feel pressured into buying products so I don’t know if they’re good for my skin or if they just want to make a sale?

I have spent the last two years really focussing on taking care of my skin. I have spent a lot of time and money on skincare products. This has left me with a modest budget for makeup. Now that I have gotten my skin to a point where I feel happy and confident with or without makeup, I think I want to try and step up my makeup routine. In other words, I spent all of my money on skincare this year and I don’t know how to buy foundation. I am hoping my make up loving friends can help me out when *cough* Klairs sponsors me *cough* and I have more money for makeup!!! *cough cough*

  • Maybelline Gigi Hadid Eyeshadow Palette (Probably not for sale)
  • Bobbi Brown Blush that is 6 years old 
  • Nivea Peach Lipbalm
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara
  • Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream

Thank you for indulging me in my first K-beauty blog post… possibly the last. I suffered a lot with acne in the past and I don’t like to change my products regularly. This is why I typically just use a few brands and have a simple routine. As soon as I try to use more than 5 products in a row, my skin is like ‘NO THANKS, Ctrl + Alt + Delete, take it back’. I know a lot of people will relate to this!!

If you like my blog, you should follow my Instagram account! I almost have 200 followers and I’m very excited about it! Also, I had over 300 visitors to my blog in November! That’s crazy! My most successful month to date. Thank you to everyone who has read something on my blog, I have been blogging since 2013 when I started my Japan blog in high school. I can’t wait to keep making my posts better in the new year!

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