Updated: Oct 10, 2018
With the surge of Asian skincare products introduced to the market with a plethora of benefits, it seems all the more daunting to find the gems that work and are worth investing in. The truth is that quality skincare doesn’t always come cheap.
If you’re already a skincare guru, you might even be on the hunt to further expand your skincare routine and give it a serious upgrade, whilst giving your skin a boost of TLC.
Whatever the reason, here is a list of some the top skincare products from Korea and Japan, arguably the leaders in skincare, that are not only affordable but super effective.
When was the last time you used an exfoliator, only to realize the granules are irritating your skin? Fortunately, this gommage style peel is gentle, non-irritating, and does wonders in sloughing off dead skin cells and dry or flaky patches that are hanging on for dear life. The scent slightly resembles green apples and has a watery consistency, but when you pour a small amount onto your fingertips and rub in small circles you’ll notice all the unwanted dead skin come off to unveil baby-soft skin underneath.
Looking for an all-natural product to help your skin? Papa Recipe’s Eggplant Clearing Mud Cream Mask is a smooth mask that not only dries matte and is gentle, but contains 66% eggplant extract, which has anti-inflammatory properties, helps fight against acne and reduces the production of sebum.
Speaking of exfoliation, why not give your lips some TLC as well? This is one of my favorite go-to items whenever my lips feel dry and cracked. The three step lip kit helps you exfoliate, plump, and moisturize your lips all in 15 minutes. So take the time to sit back and relax in silence for silky smooth and plump lips. P.S: you might want to invest in a small container to save the remaining honey balm from the third step.
Pimples and breakouts...beware! If you experienced the wrath of pimples and cystic acne, this product is effective in keeping them at bay! It contains small circular stickers that are made with hydrocolloid material, which is effective in drawing out the pus from blemishes and reducing the size of the monster. The best time to use this product is before sleeping as the hydrocolloid can work its magic overnight to absorb all the impurities and pus to reveal a deflated pimple in the morning.
Puffy eyes and dark circles just aren’t cute on anyone. Fortunately, this small and cute eye stick is more than enough to visibly reduce the puffs in no time! Simply swipe the stick over your undereyes for an instant hydrating and cooling sensation.
We’re living in a world dominated by smartphones and screens. When was the last time you gave your eyes a break? That’s why Megrhythm’s Gentle Steam Eye Mask is perfect for relaxing tired eyes by using steam, which is heated to a comfortable 104 degrees Fahrenheit. And HOLY COW. IT FEELS SO GOOD. The mask comes in lavender, citrus, and unscented but the lavender scent is highly recommended. Within minutes, you're going to feel so relaxed that you'll end up falling asleep. Don't worry though: the mask works automatically and starts cooling down after 10-15 minutes.
Our feet work so hard taking us from place to place and yet they don’t receive even half as much attention as our face. For those who are plagued with calluses and rough feet, this foot peeling pack does wonders to remove the rough skin and after just one application, reveals smoother feeling feet. All you need to do is wear the solution-soaked “socks” for an hour, rinse, then dry.
For the following days, watch as your feet start to peel off (it’s going to look pretty gross, but hey! It’s dead skin!). If you’re like me, you’ll take this time to start peeling it off yourself, which is strangely satisfying, to be honest. Or you can save the trouble by gently rubbing your feet in the tub after softening with warm water. Afterwards, you’ll notice a huge change in the texture and feel of your feet, like if you really did get that pedicure you’ve been mulling over for the last month!