I recently created a small routine of Korean Skin Care Products for dry skin after traveling to New York for work in January. I found myself exposed to not only the dry airplane cabin, traveling during odd hours and exhaustion but to the 11 degree weather.I was already having skin issues at this point. SO, yeah, my skin was freaking out. Anyway, after getting back from NY, Florida started to cool down too and then I started experiencing really dry, flaky, dull skin. I honestly just started thinking about getting some sort of expensive peel or other skin treatment done at a dermatologist’s office. But, before I dropped a ton of cash on that, I turned to some amazing skin care products that worked!
In my search for products for dry skin, I found that a lot of the best results came with the incorporation of collagen, which is why I chose these. COLLAGEN WORKS.
Most of these skin care products are Korean, one is Japanese, and one is simple Neosporin lip care. I usually try got stick to Korean/Japanese products for most facial care in general, so that’s what I have experience with and what worked for me. I noticed an initial difference immediately of course, but of over the next few days it was really obvious. The switch to a moisturizing Japanese facial wash was key, as was incorporating Korean skin care products that had collagen.
How does collagen in Korean skin care products work?
Korean skin care products for dry skin are often enriched with collagen. Collagen promotes elasticity, firmness, healing and are the key ingredient in a large number of sheet masks. Collagen will improve the look and feel of your skin almost immediately–one use of a good quality collagen sheet mask will definitely make your skin have a more supple appearance. A lot of these collagen enriched products are coupled with essential moisturizers to penetrate your skin.
For example, here’s the description for Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner:
The small particles of the super collagen water and Baobab water in the Moistfull Collagen Facial Toner, endlessly provide moisture and leave your skin feeling very hydrated. Like jelly, the water droplets are soft to the skin yet firm in absorption. It gives the skin a bouncy jelly feel.
So, by upping the collagen and the use of moisturizers in my usual skin care routine, I saw major improvements in a week. Let’s get to the products:
12 Amazing Korean Skin Care Products for Dry Skin
1. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
This is a delightful little find I made when I was shopping for sheet masks one day. It’s an incredibly light oil cleanser from The Face Shop that is crazy affordable. It has a lovely rose scent that is so intoxicating! I love this. This cleans the day’s make up off and moisturizes without clogging pores. Rinse it off, or simply remove with a moisturizing cleanser. $7 – Amazon
2. Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Okay, so this isn’t Korean, it’s Japanese – and man… Hada Labo has some awesome products. Not too long ago, I had some issues with acne so I built up an arsenal of face washes that were specifically for that. Oof. Not good for already very dry skin. For a moisturizing face wash that is also gentle, I looked up what Japan had to offer and I was not disappointed. $10 – Amazon
3. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Toner
This is one of the key products for moisturizing skin. It is a slightly more viscous toner, it is goes on like a watery gel and the smell is very pleasant. I use this daily now, it really works to hydrate your skin and give you some firmness. It takes the dullness away too! $14 – Amazon
4. The Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence
A base essence filled with galactomyces, wrinkle improvement, skin tone evening, whitening, and elasticity. Other ingredients relieve skin, moisturize and control oil. Use it after the toner and before the ampuole to prime your skin to absorb even more moisture and collagen. $26 – Amazon
5. Mizon Original Skin Energy Collagen 100
This ampuole really boosted the Moistfull’s collagen effect and made my skin spring back to life. It’s made with more than 90% marine collagen that tightens and firms skin, as well as improve tone and texture. I LOVE THIS STUFF and use it every. single. night. It works. $12 – Amazon
6. Mediheal N.M.F. Aquaring Ampuole Essential Mask
I took several of these with me on my trip to New York and it was such a lifesaver to use after a flight and also nightly, after being exposed to cold dry winds. These come in a box of 10. One use will give your skin a heavy dose of hydration–just keep it up nightly and you’ll notice the changes. Promise! $17 – Amazon
7. Mediheal Tea Tree Healing Essential Mask
THE only mask that actually heals your face and removes redness and irritation that dry skin causes. I actually had an allergic reaction to a face cream I tried once and tried to use one of these sheet masks to reduce redness. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to work, but it so did. I’m a lifelong fan of these Mediheal masks and all things tea tree! This also comes in a box of 10. $17 – Amazon
8. SkinFood Royal Honey Eye Cream
This is the first Korean skin care eye cream I’ve ever used, and it’s my favorite, too! This eye cream hydrates the delicate skin under your eyes and heals any dryness and irritation will be soothed. Continual use has made my under eye area the softest it’s every been. $21 – Amazon
9. MJ Care Collagen Essence Mask
This is a great every day sheet mask. The collagen essence leaves your skin firm and hydrated, and even more supple. It’s an amazing cornerstone every day basics product. $11 – Amazon
10. Goodal Superfood Oil Plus Moist Emulsion
The finest smelling emulsion I have used is by far Goodal’s Superfood emulsion. Love it. It’s a light moisturizer that locks in the moisture. Use sparingly if you have a tendency to build up oil, though: a little goes a long way. $34 – Amazon, Sokoglam
11. Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream
A life saver for sensitive, dry, or irritated skin, this steam cream has a 90% mix of snail extract and bee venom to help soothe troubled skin. I like to use this any time my skin is acting up. $11 – Amazon
12. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Sleeping Pack
Continuing the Moistfull collagen toner’s work, this sleeping pack is really good at locking in the moisture and firming skin overnight. I use this once a week. $13 – Amazon
Bonus: Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy
Maybe it’s just me, but reapplying gloss and chap stick throughout the day is such a pain. I just don’t do it often enough or it gets worn off. So just put this on and use it overnight. Your dry lips will be healed in a few days, and that matte lipstick will go on smoother than ever. Amen. $12 – Amazon
These are the 12 amazing Korean skin care products I used to moisturize my skin. You don’t have to use every product to see improvement in your skin, but a combination of deep moisturizers and collagen will make such a difference.
You don’t need to spend a ton of money to look good, you just need to moisturize and pick the right products for your skin type!
Any Korean skin care products for dry skin you think I missed? What’s your favorite?