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Cosrx Original Clear Pads are pre-soaked in betaine salicylate and willow bark water for a gentle chemical exfoliation that won’t dry out your skin — instead, they’ll penetrate deep within your pores and make any excessive oiliness and dead skin disappear. Think of it as a refreshing, breakout-preventing toner. Swipe away!
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2X contains real Jeju Island volcanic clusters (in fact, it has twice the amount of volcanic ash as the original formula!) that use their naturally porous features to absorb all that excess oil/sebum production and lactic acid to exfoliate and help make any unwanted, bumpy texture disappear.
Original Mighty Patches and Micropoint Mighty Patches protect any budding whitehead or pimple situations from, well, you (stop picking and popping!), and its hydrocolloid material draws out impurities, so your blemishes heal and get smaller/flatter faster than ever before.
Then I Met You Calming Tide feels ~light as air~, but its impact is anything but! It’s packed with skin-firming peptides (from TIMY’s signature Tri-Tide Complex), fortifying ceramides, hydration-retaining sodium hylauronate and niacinamide, and madescassoside (which is derived from the centella asiatic plant we all love).
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream feels barely there on skin (more akin to a super lightweight moisturizer) and soothing from the very first point of contact — hello, aloe leaf extract, African walnut oil, and bamboo extracts! It gives your skin a healthy glow, while arming your face with SPF 50+, never leaves a white cast, and sits beautifully under makeup.
Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Gel Cream is unbelievably lightweight and smoothes away any lingering redness I have on my face (due to diet, lack of sleep, stress, etc.), so my face appears visibly soothed, hydrated, and ready for a restoring night of sleep or day of makeup and activities!
Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam makes your face feel like it’s being cuddled by a cloud, thanks to the rich lather it produces. It’s formulated with unique botanical ingredients like duckweed and chestnut shell extracts to remove dead skin cells with overstimulating their skin, simply leaving behind smooth and supple skin!
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask and Eye Mask wrap extra dry skin in a nourishing blanket of deeply hydrating and soothing avocado oil, kaolin clay, and PHA (a super gentle exfoliator that’s easier on the skin than AHA and BHA), so your skin gets the softening re-up it needs while you’re snoozing away.
Re:p Bio Fresh Mask is like a cup of invigorating tea for your face — it helps firm and brighten skin, thanks to a formula that contains crushed rosemary and peppermint, on top of many other natural extracts, oils, and kaolin clay. P.S. All re:p products are clean, sustainable, and designed for sensitive skin types!
Facetory sheet mask and skincare subscription boxes supercharge your skin with consistent hydration and care (delivered right to your home every month!). Because in these times, we’ve got so much down time to take advantage of — but still no time for dry and uncomfortably tight skin.
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Serum works overtime to help you achieve a supercharged glow (aka ~honey skin~). How so? Its lightweight, gel-like formula contains 61% fermented ingredients, including elasticity-improving bifida ferment lysate and saccharomyces ferment filtrate, as well as complexion-brightening rice ferment filtrate. Glow, bb!
Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser takes away all of the makeup and grime you’ve accumulated throughout the day with the power of gentle, non-stripping ingredients like matcha (Antioxidants!), hemp seed oil (Essential amino acids! Inflammation relief!), and mild cleansing agents that won’t deplete your skin’s natural oils — because we’re all about maintaining skin health over a looooong period of time.
Whal Myung Meltaway Cleansing Balm throughly massages and washes every bit of makeup off with tons of good-for-you ingredients like shea butter, citrus peel, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and corydalis — because your skincare should be just as nourishing as what you put *into* your body!
Belif Aqua Bomb has a ridiculously satisfying ~water burst~ formula, which means its gel texture disperses into water droplets you can feel as it’s being rubbed into your skin — and alongside a blend of apothecary herbs, it calms down normal, oily, and combination skin types and smooths everything over without leaving any residue or unnecessarily heavy texture behind.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is a delicious-smelling crowd favorite that physically but gently exfoliates away blackheads and dead skin cells (hi, mineral-rich Brazilian black sugar granules), while also hydrating your face — yes, hydrating shea butter and lanolin, work! After 10 to 15 minutes, say hello to baby-soft skin.
Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer combines two steps in one by prepping and softening your skin like a toner, and moisturizing like a cream — so all that you’re left with is super hydrated skin. Think of it as a product with all the benefits of a rich moisturizer with the texture of a lightweight toner!
Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream resets my ruddy, winter-inflamed skin and extracts all of the calming benefits of banana (yay, magnesium and potassium!), centella asiatica, and turmeric to strengthen my skin’s barrier — and feels so soft and luxurious while doing it.
A Saturday Skin No Bad Days set is filled with four essential products for, you guessed it, no bad skin days. You can introduce them into your skincare routine little by little or all at once — either way, say hello to your new friends: exfoliator, mist, eye cream, and moisturizer.
Then I Met You Birch Milk Refining Toner proves that acid-containing products can absolutely be hydrating and gentle. I’m all for exfoliating away the bad stuff, but only if it also *locks in the good stuff (think: high levels of hydrations and moisture retention) at the same time — and this toner does just that and restores my post-cleanser skin!
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream provides both immediate and long-term moisture that has the right amount of ~richness~ but doesn’t feel like it’s clogging up your skin — thanks to a nourishing and skin-cell-and-barrier-strengthening combination of yeast-derived beta glucan, jojoba oil, and ceramides.
Cosrx Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream, with continued use, visibly brightens your under-eye areas, diminishes puffiness, and douses any dry patches with much-needed moisture, thanks to a formula of 72% snail secretion filtrate, five types of peptides, and niacinamide. It’s the perfect wake-up call for your tired peepers.
Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water goes beyond the call of your typical lazy-day makeup remover, because it’s made up of 70% tea tree leaf water, which we know fights acne and keeps excess sebum in check — use it as an extra cleansing step or toner, and then say hello to refreshed skin!
Laneige Calming Mousse Moisturizer ~whips~ up a gentle layer of deep sea water and lychee extract infused moisture that’ll feel like a real treat for stressed skin and sit just right underneath makeup for an lit-from-within glow.
Sweet Chef Ginger Kombucha + Vitamin D Chill Mist does exactly what its name implies: chill my face out and give it a refreshing spritz of hydration and brightening whenever it needs it (all the time, pretty much).
Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum is paaaacked with vitamin C and therefore helps brighten your skin tone over time, fade brown spots, and prevent further pigmentation from ruining the glow party that’s scheduled for your-face-o’-clock.
Huxley Brightly Ever After Essence lets you drip, drip, drip your way to dewy and luminous skin, by way of antioxidant-rich, pollution-fighting ingredients like prickly pear seed oil and cactus extract sourced from the Sahara.
Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence is worth every penny, because its handpicked green tea leaves are grown in one of their gardens on Jeju Island, naturally fermented for 50 days, and then transferred by tea masters and placed into onggis (traditional Korean earthware that are buried underground) to age for another 50 days — it’s the luxury your face deserves.
Innisfree Youth-Enriched Cream With Orchid envelops skin with a loving blanket of naturally derived hyaluronic acid (from Jeju green soybeans!), peptides, and Orchidelixir 2.0, which extracts actives from every part of the Jeju Orchid (a super resilient plant that even blooms during the winter!) to form a product that gives ya glow and even addresses early signs of mature skin.
Sweet Chef Lip Sleeping Mask ensures your pout stays as smooth and soft as a baby’s bum, thanks to antioxidant-rich and natural-AHA-filled sugarcane, rice brain (a clean alternative to petrolatum), and moisturizing vitamin E.
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