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The Best (Lesser-Known) Korean-Beauty Skin Care on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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We’ve written about lots of Korean beauty products — including the best vegan K-beauty products, the blogger-approved Korean skin-care products, and Korean spa mitts for baby-smooth skin — and here, we’ve rounded up the best Korean beauty products as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. Since K-beauty products run the gamut from serums to sheet masks, we’ve included a wide assortment of skin-care products — as well as a couple of extremely well-reviewed masks for your feet and hair that we just couldn’t pass up.

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Best-rated Korean-beauty product

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Facial Mask Sheet, 16-Pack

There are no shortage of Korean face masks to choose from on Amazon, but this brand (and this particular set) is by far the best-rated. More than 16,000 reviewers give this set of sheet masks five stars, and hundreds say the masks make their skin more hydrated. One reviewer whose skin was so dry and flaky they “literally ‘snow’ everywhere” uses these nightly and says “my face started to clear up in a couple of days.” The masks work on a variety of other skin-care woes, too. “Not only did I get bright and glowing skin, but most of my acne went away in literally one use,” one writes, while another, suffering from acne scars, says after two months, “I’ve seen SIGNIFICANT reduction in my scars they are almost completely gone.” But for many people, it comes down to one thing: “My favorite part about this product is the price.”

Best Korean-beauty cleansing balm

Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm

Shoppers love that this three-in-one cleansing balm melted away even tough-to-erase makeup. “This one is by far the best cleanser I have ever used. I always use thick waterproof mascara, and this cleanser COMPLETELY removes it,” one says. According to another, “I absolutely love it and feel stupid for not getting it sooner! Since using this stuff, I wash my face every night because it’s EASY, not messy, and literally takes less than five minutes.” And even though the balm deeply cleans skin, reviewers found it was very gentle and nonirritating. “This product does what it says it’s supposed to, and that’s to remove every little bit of makeup from your face. The best part is it does this without going Rambo on your skin,” they say. “This cleansing balm is gentle, soothing, and moisturizing. I have sensitive skin and a lot of products are too harsh, so this might be an item that those with sensitivity issues may want to try.”

Best Korean-beauty double-cleansing duo

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam and Cleansing Oil

Those looking for a double-cleansing duo found this pair from the Face Shop got the job done. “IT WORKS,” writes one reviewer. “I have been using this combination of products (along with toner, essence, ampoule, and serum) for about four days now and my skin has never looked so good. I have not broken out, and I have not seen a single dry flake. Would buy this again and again.” Another says, “Love this combo for a double cleanse. Oil cleanser feels nice and silky.” For those who haven’t tried double cleansing but want to, one shopper thinks these products would be a good place to start. “I have been looking into double cleansing for a while and bought this product since I heard it was good for beginners,” writes this recommender. “I was not disappointed! This product has been amazing. My skin is so much brighter and gives me the glow I’ve been looking for. My acne scars are less noticeable, and my skin tone is more even.”

Best Korean-beauty foam cleanser


“If you have VERY oily skin, and I mean oil-slick-style, this is a dream product,” writes one shopper. Another says, “It is wonderful for people with extremely oily skin. It does not dry out the skin, but for me what it does is help control how much or how quickly my face will get oily again.” Those with acne say this wash helped clear up breakouts. “I’ve had really bad acne since I was in my teens,” one reviewer says. “I would get it on my jaw, chin, and T-zone. It was pretty severe acne, and since I started using this, it cleared my skin up. I only get breakouts every once in a while, and they aren’t even that bad anymore.” Another writes, “This face wash changed my life … My acne reduced so much because of this, plus my acne spots have been fading away … Thank God for this product. I recommend this a million times. You’ll not regret it.”

[Editor’s Note: This well-reviewed cleanser is currently out of stock, but it will be back in stock on January 27.]

Best Korean-beauty snail-mucin moisturizer

SeoulCeuticals Korean Skin Care Snail Repair Cream

There’s lots of benefits to using snail mucin in a skin-care routine, thanks to glycoproteins, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid, which help seal in moisture and make skin look dewey and glowy. And this mucin-packed moisturizer, which also tops our list of best-rated snail mucin skin-care products, is beloved by many reviewers because it helps solve a number of skin-care problems. “If there was only one product that I could purchase for my skin for the rest of my life, it would be this cream,” one reviewer says. “A couple of weeks after I started using this cream, I started getting compliments on my skin. It hydrates for a more youthful appearance, soothes my sensitive skin (removes redness), and helps with achieving the coveted ‘glass skin’ that has created a fixation with K-beauty.” Reviewers even note its good for eczema, rosacea, and under-eye bags. Dozens have noticed an improvement in their wrinkles. “It has helped make a noticeable difference in the fine lines across my forehead and around the corners of my eyes,” one writes, while another says “A lot of the lines on my face, particularly the ones around my mouth, have virtually disappeared.”

Best Korean-beauty moisturizer for acne

Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream

This is another snail-mucin moisturizer, one that reviewers say has really helped with their acne. “I have problem acne around my jaw and neck,” one writes, “and it already seems to be helping that in the three days I’ve used it more than anything else I’ve tried.” Another says, “Because of my years of cystic acne, I have scarring on my cheeks, and I use this morning and night and my face is so soft and my cystic acne has become small and extremely manageable pimples that last one to two days at most and aren’t large and painful.” Because it works on both acne and scarring, one reviewer calls it a “truly multifunction cream”: “It has the power of calming down redness, reducing acne, fading hyperpigmentation. I have been using it for only two weeks and already saw a result.” It’s also lightweight, which means “it doesn’t feel tacky on my face, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple, AND BONUS it’s really helped over the last year with my acne scarring.”