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If you're hunting for beauty deals during Amazon Prime Day, you simply can't overlook the abundance of Korean skin-care and beauty deals at your disposal. There's something for everyone, whether that's a new cleanser, essence, sheet mask, or lip tint. And the best part? Everything is up to 60 percent off.
K-beauty products are known to be pretty affordable — Cosrx, Neogen, and Goodal, the list goes on — but we won't complain if there's an extra discount. And, on top of that, some of the more luxurious brands like AmorePacific and Donginbi are also partaking. If you haven't tried the Best of Beauty-winning Vintage Single Extract Essence, you can buy one for $67, down from $95. No matter what price point, all of these innovative, effective, and gentle products will contribute to a skin-care routine that'll plump up and brighten your complexion for an undeniable glow. Amazon Prime Day has never looked so dewy.
If you don't know where to begin in the realm of Korean skin care, take it literally and start with the first step. Well, make it two steps, because once you try double cleansing you'll never go back. The first step is an oil-based cleanser or micellar water, which will melt and break down the excess sebum produced by your skin and derived from your makeup.
The Enough Project Cleansing Oil contains a plethora of olive, grapeseed, and coconut oils for an extra gentle glide, and the Iope Derma Repair pH Balancing Cleansing Water has skin-soothing ingredients like cypress tree leaf extract and barrier-strengthening panthenol. Or, if you prefer a cleansing balm, Hanskin's PHA Pore Cleansing Balm gently exfoliates dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Polyhydroxy acids have a larger molecule size than alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and can't penetrate as deeply, so they stick to the surface and don't cause as much irritation, New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler previously told Allure.
Then, once all of the makeup and dirt is gone, it's time to really get into your pores with a water-based cleanser. We're big fans of AHC's Aqualuronic Cleanser, which just won a Best of Beauty Award for its impossibly light and airy texture that removes makeup and dirt with baffling ease. It's formulated with a fortifying combination of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and French seawater. Donginbi's cleansing foam is packed with red ginseng, which protects skin against free radicals and increases collagen production for firmer skin.
Whereas some Western toners might be associated with the words "harsh" and "astringent," Korean toners pride themselves on being extra gentle and supportive toward your skin barrier. Both of these toners will rebalance your skin's pH levels back to its normal (around 5.5) after a thorough double cleanse or exfoliating mask. When skin deviates from its optimal pH, harmful bacteria can pop up, triggering inflammation and skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and rosacea, New York City-based dermatologist Rachel Nazarian previously told Allure.
Klairs' Supple Preparation Unscented Toner is no-frills and contains no essential oils for those who prefer fragrance-free products. It, however, packs a punch of hydration with sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and brightening with licorice root extract.
Cosrx's Pure Fit Cica Toner contains numerous forms of soothing cica (i.e. centella asiatica leaf extract, centella asiatica root extract) to keep redness and sensitivity at bay. "Cica boosts circulation and blood flow to the skin, decreases moisture loss, and aids in cellular repair," Shari Marchbein, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, previously told Allure. "Skin, therefore, appears more hydrated and less inflamed."
Sheet masks are pretty much synonymous with Korean beauty and they're the perfect treat to indulge in at home. In fact, some swear by using a sheet mask every single day to keep skin soft, radiant, and clear. Just make sure to choose a sheet mask that has nourishing ingredients to deliver those aforementioned benefits without irritating your skin.
VT Cosmetics' Cica Daily Soothing Mask is a great choice because it contains famously-soothing cica (also known as centella asiatica) to deliver major hydration to all skin types, but especially sensitive. FaceTory's Everyday Set comes with eight different sheet masks that focus on a particular ingredient, like rice bran and jasmine, so you can tailor your masking to your skin's ever-changing needs.
Neogen Dermatology's unique mousse-type, peeling formula (as seen in the banner photo at the top of this story) comes from alginic acid found in deep-sea marine botanicals, such as red algae, to capture and remove blackheads, makeup residue, and dead skin cells.
Essences are at the heart of any Korean skin-care routine — quite literally, too. They're usually applied after toner and before any heavier products, like serums and moisturizers. They not only drive moisture into the skin with unbelievably lightweight formulas but prep the skin to better absorb subsequent products.
Cosrx's Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is a staple for so many, including those who deal with hyperpigmentation, since snail mucin can help even out skin tone. (Spoiler alert: The adjacent snail peptide eye cream is also amazing.) We already briefly raved about AmorePacific's award-winning Vintage Single Extract Essence, but you also should know that it's lovingly made up of hand-plucked green tea leaves grown on Jeju Island and fermented for at least 50 days. The results include both instant and long-lasting radiance, voilà.
No matter what your skin-care concerns are, there's a serum for you. If you're dealing with maskne or rogue breakouts, Cosrx's AC Collection Blemish Spot Clearing Serum helps soothe and clear breakouts, while also fading dark spots, with a combination of centella asiatica-derived ingredients, like madecassic acid.
Neogen Dermatology's Real Vita C Serum is very potent and delivers 22 percent sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a stabilized source of vitamin C, along with niacinamide for major brightening results. How so? Vitamin C contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation, Wexler previously explained to Allure. She also pointed out that the effectiveness of vitamin C goes up when it's combined with other antioxidants, like vitamin E, which — lo and behold — Neogen's serum has. Talk about a free-radical-fighting power duo.
AmorePacific's Youth Revolution Radiance Concentrator is infused with white peony and green tea polysaccharides that visibly brighten, even skin tone, and improve firmness — it's luxurious and highly effective.
If it's one thing Korean skin care has nailed down, it's formulating lightweight moisturizers that deliver intense hydration without feeling like our skin's been weighed down — which is preferred if you're like us and have already gone through countless skin-care steps. Cosrx's Full Fit Propolis Light Cream, SNP's Prep Peptaronic Tone Up Cream, and TonyMoly's The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream all fall under this category.
Cosrx has black bee propolis extract, honey extract, and royal jelly extract in the core of its formula for major anti-inflammatory benefits and ingredients include TonyMoly keeps skin calm with fermented green tea, and SNP's cream infuses peptides and hyaluronic acids into skin, which promotes collagen production.
And for the delicate eye area, Goodal's Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Circle Eye Cream teams up vitamin C and green tangerine extract to minimize the appearance of dark circles, brighten the undereyes, and improve that area's elasticity over time.
K-beauty is serious about maintaining soft and smooth lips. Just take Laneige's Lip Sleeping Masks, which are undeniably the brand's hero product (and sadly not officially sold on Amazon). Luckily, we have many other sweet-smelling options to peruse. Swipe on I Dew Care's Glow Easy Vitamin C Tinted Lip Oil during the day and keep lips looking healthy and nourished with vitamins A, C, and E.
Then apply Mamonde's Lip Sleeping Mask right before bed to lock in moisture with its antioxidant-rich plum blossom extract and murumuru butter formula. You'll wake up with plump lips, and if you choose to don a lipstick, your lips will be perfectly prepped as well — no flaking or feathering in the forecast.
It doesn't matter that summer's over or how little time we're actually spending outside. Let us get out our megaphones and tell you that you still need to wear sunscreen every day. UVA rays easily penetrate glass windows and can lead to photo-aging (think dark spots, wrinkles, etc.) and even skin cancer, so slather up. Set daily reminders if you need to. However, Banila Co and Make P:rem have great sunscreen formulas that'll turn your daily SPF habit into enjoyment — they disappear into skin without leaving any white cast, heaviness, or residue.
Korean skin care might be our guiding siren, but Korean makeup brands are making their mark as well. We like to think that's partially thanks to the stunning looks that K-pop stars put on for comebacks, but also because they're simply just that good.
Peripera's Ink Velvet Lip Tints are perfect for all-day, lightweight color (seriously, you'll forget you're even wearing it). Kaja's Brow Blowout Fiber Gel Definer makes you look more put together in just a few seconds and swipes. And then there's I'm Meme's Pep! Balm Lip and Cheek Tint, which is the multitasking product we need to give our complexion some color at a moment's notice.
Amazon Prime Day isn't over until the clock strikes midnight PT, so keep taking advantage of the abundant beauty deals until then.
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