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
products-for-dry-skin1. 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

I Try. You Buy.

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?

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  1. Hi im looking for fragrance free night and day moisturizer cream im a asian skin Filipina and also im looking for a sunblock cream im using the exfoliating agent to renew my skin pls help thank you , i love korean products

    1. Hi Janice! You didn’t leave your skin type so I can only offer some general suggestions for the fragrance free moisturizer and sunblock.


      The Face Shop Dr. Balmeur Daily Repair Moisturizer – $24, Amazon
      This product is hypoallergenic and the fragrance in it is made by using fruit oils instead of chemicals. Ingredients list: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_798c259747.html

      Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream – $18, Amazon
      If you aren’t allergic to snail creams, you can try this moisturizer. It’s fragrance free and helps skin regeneration that you might need with your exfoliating treatments. Ingredients list: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_8b5f246097.html

      Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream – $13 Amazon
      This steam cream is moisturizing and one of my favorites. Fragrance free. Ingredients list: http://www.cosdna.com/eng/cosmetic_beaf126523.html


      Read these sunscreen reviews:
      Koglow: 10 Best Sunscreens in Korea

      Koglow: Secret Key Snail Repairing Sunscreen Review

      Koglow: 5 of the Best Sunscreens for Oily Skin

      My personal favorites:

      MISSHA All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk – $17, Amazon

      Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence – $10, Amazon

      xx Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Im 12 yo and my skin is very dry if i dont use one sheet mask per day. Around the nose area was the driest part, also the nose bridge. sometimes i think collagen is too much for my skin, bc im still a teen but after seeing this im still thinking to buy the collagen based products that are mentioned in here. Is collagen too much for my skin or like too much formulated (?)

    1. Hi, Minyooyoongi! Thank you for your question!

      I don’t think collagen alone will help in your case. You can definitely try it, but we need to treat the issue that is causing the dryness first. You wrote that all your skin is very dry and it could be because you have dry skin OR because your skin is dehydrated too.

      Let’s find out if you have dry or dehydrated skin first! Go here and take the skin test. Then read to see what your overall skin type is.

      Dry skin has flaking skin, red areas, irritation, your skin looks textured.

      Dehydrated skin has sudden extreme dryness, can’t absorb skin products, causes sensitive skin, gives you more acne breakouts, eczema, redness, or contact dermatitis, and flaky patches around the nose, eyes, and tops of cheeks. That sounds a little more like what could be happening from your comment.

      Dehydrated skin can be caused by exfoliating too much or using the wrong cleansers, cleansing too much, sunburn, medical issues… it can be a lot of reasons. But you can also have dry skin AND dehydrated skin.

      I have suggestions for products and ingredients to look for below. You don’t have to buy all of them! But the ones I think you should buy are the low pH cleanser and toner. That will help so much, even if you don’t do the rest. And also use very deeply moisturizing products.

      Be sure to patch test any new products or any new ingredient!! That will help you avoid a reaction.

      For both dry and dehydrated skin, switch to a low pH toner and cleanser:

      COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser – $9.49 on Amazon.

      COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-free Toner $14 on Amazon

      Dry Skin:
      Add in vitamin C – this is a cool cheap powder you can add to any beauty product (like a serum): Mizon Vitamin C Powder $9 on Amazon.

      Add in an emulsion, and also look for products that say aqua, bomb (like moisture or water bomb), nutrition, rejuvenate, rich, moisture.

      Dehydrated skin:
      You need to look for very hydrating products. Also look for sensitive skin products.

      Look for these ingredients in the rest of your routine:

      Aloe vera, ceramides, cocoa butter, donkey milk, goat milk, honey, mango seed butter, animal based facial cream/oils like argan or olive oil based products.
      Add a face oil and a moisturizing cream. Look for key words like “moisture barrier”.

      Hope this helps! xx

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