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The Best Korean Skincare Products in 2017

After trying over 100 products this year, I found a few stand out of the best Korean skincare products that left an impression on me. This list is made up of my favorite products, which also happened to be some the best and highest rated Korean skincare products online. Thousands of reviews (and a little first-hand experience of how wonderful these products are from me) don’t lie – check out the why these are some of the stand-out Korean skincare products of this year and get your hands on them to see for yourself.

How the Winners Were Chosen to be The Best Korean Skincare Products in 2017:

I took in my own experience with these products to make sure they were the best for you, while also balancing reviews straight from Korea and Amazon (sources linked at the bottom of this post). The three basic requirements to make this list were the following:

  • Tested and approved by me
  • Have a 4+ rating online
  • Among the top product rankings in Korea

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The Best Korean Skincare Products in 2017

Best Cleansing Balm

Heimish All Clean Balm

All Skin Types (perfect for sensitive skin)
$18 Amazon

No dyes and no additives make Hemish’s All Clean Balm a clear winner for the best Korean skincare products in 2017. Rivaling Clean It Zero, this oil cleansing balm is cheaper and has similar results gently removing the toughest make up – from a heavily pigmented lip stain to waterproof eye makeup. This balm is perfect for all skin types – especially sensitive skin. Skin feels soft, moisturized and protected after one use. It’s become of my favorite oil cleansers, and people online agree, with a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.

Best Foaming Cleanser

Neogen Dermatology Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser

All Skin Types
$14 Amazon

This Neogen foaming cleanser is quickly becoming a cult favorite and easily wins our best Korean skincare products in 2017 in the cleansing category. I love the smell of the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh foam. It’s soothing and leaves my skin so soft and moisturized after I use it. I can feel that it nourishes my skin. With real green tea leaves stored in the bottom of the bottle and a nourishing swirl of green tea in the foam, this cute and innovative foam nourishes and moisturizes your skin as it revitalizes it with all the benefits of green tea. In clinical trials, women found that 11% increased moisture level and 29% had a decrease in dead skin cells (Sephora). Along with light exfoliation, skin calming ingredients like aloe reduce irritation and redness. Improves the look of pores, dryness, dullness.

Best Toner

Son and Park Beauty Water

All Skin Types
$20 Amazon

No surprise here, Son & Park’s Beauty Water addition to the best Korean beauty product list is an expected addition. Beauty water does it all – cleanses, moisturizes, primes, and gently exfoliates. Don’t be afraid to use it as a cleanser and makeup remover in a pinch, either. It’s perfect for traveling and anytime you need to keep your skin fresh. I like to put some in a spray bottle and use it as a mist for its nourishing ingredients – but I suggest buying the bigger bottle for that use. Otherwise, pat into skin after cleansing for toning, or use a cotton pad to swipe it on your skin for cleansing. The lovely lavender and rose water smell refreshing and clean.

Best Essence/Lotion

Erborian Yuza Double Lotion

All Skin Types
$36 Sephora


A lot of people new to Korean beauty simply use an essence, but the Erborian Yuza Double Lotion takes it to the next level with a super moisturizing and lifting watery lotion you can use in place of the essence. The “double” part is all about the 2 phases that work together to nourish your skin plus give it some enviable radiance. Mix the lotion and liquid together to give you a glow and firmness and smoothness. Apply the milky lotion for extra hydration that nourishes dullness in all skin types. This is a daily lotion for me, and it doesn’t disappoint, easily making is one of my favorite Korean skincare products this year.

Best Serum

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

All Skin Types (including sensitive), with hyperpigmentation

$24 Amazon

Vitamin C had a huge resurgence in popularity in 2017, and a lot of vitamin C packed products came out in response. While many products tried to include as much vitamin C as possible, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin serum kept it manageable at 5% vitamin C and stayed gentle for all skin types. Special attention to moisture and nourishment along with the vitamin C went into this best-rated serum, making it one of the most popular (and best) Korean skincare products for 2017. It fades brown spots, protects the skin from more pigmentation from happening plus energizes and rejuvenates skin.

Best Moisturizer

Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream

All Skin Types

$24 Amazon

Too Cool for School’s Egg Mellow Cream is a 5-in-1 moisturizing heavy hitter. It fixes dullness and dryness, but the best thing it does is firm your skin. With added collagen fibers, it has an impressive firming and bounciness effect on skin – similar to a firming trip to the dermatologist. Working as an all-in-one, your daily serum, eye cream, primer, neck cream and sleeping mask applications can be skipped for the day with this miracle cream. The smell is so pleasant and reminds me of a warm vanilla custard, but don’t let that distract you from the key ingredients making all of its amazing effects possible – like egg yolk and egg white extract along with inka omega oil. This is easily the best Korean skincare product (well, moisturizer) I’ve reviewed this year,

Best Sleeping Pack

J.One Black Jelly Pack

All Skin Types
$47 Sephora

Those of us in our 30s and older are already stuck into getting anti-aging products. This wonderful J.One Black Jelly Pack is one of the best anti-aging sleeping packs out there, which is why it’s on the list for the best Korean skincare products. This all-in-one jelly pack is an overnight treatment pack that repairs dull complexions, and plumps, hydrates and lifts your skin while you sleep. I’ve woken up with firm, bouncy skin all thanks to this overnight pack. Seven antiaging ingredients all work to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Enjoy waking up to firmer skin!

Best Sunscreen

Missha All-Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50

All Skin Types
$15 Amazon


Missha’s All-Around Safe Block has always been my favorite sunscreen, and this year is no exception. It continues to remain a Korean skincare product favorite because it keeps oil at bay all day while moisturizing and protecting skin. The waterproof line takes this to the next level by protecting your skin from any wet condition as well as sebum. It goes on smooth, leaving a soft powdery finish as the perfect base for makeup application. The best part is how affordable it is – while it dupes for more expensive sunscreens that have the same effects.

Sources: Glowpick, Sephora, Amazon, product testing

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