Korea has quickly become the leading country for skincare products. A title previously held by France and Japan, Korea’s latest export isn’t just K-Pop bands taking over the radio, although there are plenty of those. The country has also been dominating the beauty market with products for men and women that boast proven results.
Korean beauty care stands out from competitors because of its focus on making slow changes to the skin overtime, with effects lasting significantly longer than competitors. Rather than boasting products that will make your skin look younger, clearer, and brighter overnight, Korean beauty products are designed to be used consistently for results that will last months instead of days or hours.
The Korean beauty care market is also gaining notoriety because of the huge assortment of products available. Whether users want products to slow the signs of aging, moisturize their dry skin, brighten dull undereye areas, or give their face some much-needed TLC from environmental effects, there’s a Korean beauty care product, and definitely a face mask, for each.
Check out some of the most popular Korean beauty care products for men below and see what all the hype is about.
1. Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum
Brighten your skin and reduce the signs of aging with the Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum. Boasting a high concentration of vitamin C, Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum has the same ingredients as the company’s more expensive products. Safe for daily use, customers will begin to see a decrease in their fine lines, wrinkles and even acne scars after only three weeks of consistent use thanks to the intense moisturizing effects of the serum’s hyaluronic acid. Reducing sunspots and providing a brighter and more youthful glow, the serum is easily massaged into the face and neck using two to three drops on your fingers. Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum is designed for use by both men and women and acts as a smooth base for applying makeup.
Pros: The award-winning Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum is an ideal product for users of all ages, as it not only reduces the signs of aging but also helps to clear acne, shrink the appearance of pores and prevent future breakouts thanks to its high concentration of vitamin C.
Cons: The Serum has a fresh citrus aroma and is not fragrance-free.
2. Seoul Ceuticals Snail Repair Cream
If you’re new to snail cream, now is the time to try it using Seoul Ceuticals Snail Repair Cream. Snails excrete a thick mucus that protects them as they move, creating a barrier to avoid cuts and bruises as well as picking up bacteria from the ground. With the Seoul Ceuticals Snail Repair Cream, you’ll get 97.5% snail mucin extract, a much higher concentration than competitors and a product that is effective at repairing skin that has been damaged by the sun and acne. The cruelty-free cream includes vitamin B5, vitamin E and organic green tea, with the ingredients combining to make skin appear brighter and more youthful.
Pros: Seoul Ceuticals Snail Repair Cream is non-comedogenic, naturally anti-microbial, and works in just a few weeks to reduce the signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
Cons: Some customers may be uncomfortable using a product that contains snail mucus.
3. Viva Naturals Sheet Mask Set
One of the most popular products in the Korean beauty care world is face masks. Pamper your face with the Viva Naturals Sheet Mask Set. The set of eight masks comes with four options (two of each), including masks that will brighten, revitalize and soothe your mug. Treat yourself to a mini spa day and apply one mask for 15 minutes (which is enough time for the mask to absorb excess oil, impurities and toxins), leaving your face looking bright and refreshed. Safe for sensitive skin, the masks are thicker and more saturated than competitors and in clinical studies have shown to enhance the skin’s moisture by 23%.
Pros: The Viva Naturals Sheet Mask Set also includes one bonus activated bamboo charcoal sheet mask that contains collagen, hyaluronic acid, black tea extract, spinach extract and essential oils and is free from parabens and fragrances, making it a great option for all skin types.
Cons: Each mask can only be used once.
4. Skin and Lab Anti Aging Vitamin C Night Cream
Nourish and protect your skin day and night using the Skin and Lab Anti Aging Vitamin C Night Cream, an advanced stem cell cream with a huge following. The Vitamin C Night Cream was created by dermatologists and includes niacinamide, adenosine, pomegranate, blueberry, phyto complex, cloudberry, lycium, and acai Berry, which combined help to firm aging skin that is losing elasticity. The cream’s high antioxidant properties brighten dull skin and put moisture back into aging skin, helping to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Pros: The Vitamin C Night Cream is safe for all skin types, even those with sensitivities.
Cons: The cream can be used in the morning and at night, but because it’s designed as a night cream it doesn’t contain SPF, which must be applied separately.
5. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser
Rice water has been used in Korean beauty products for centuries thanks to its natural cleansing and brightening agents. With the foaming cleanser, rice water is mixed with vitamins A, B and E, as well as minerals and ceramide to moisturize, brighten and detoxify skin. Not only does the foaming cleanser leave skin feeling clean without drying it, but the cleanser can also remove remnants of makeup and creams. This fan-favorite product has a huge following and an affordable price point.
Pros: The foaming cleanser dissolves dead skin cells and removes impurities and isn’t harsh on sensitive skin.
Cons: The cleanser has a pleasant light floral smell but is not scent-free.
6. Mizon Under Eye Patches
Tired of always looking, well, tired? Then try the Mizon Under Eye Patches. Made with snail slime and 24K gold, the Mizon Under Eye Patches get rid of all the under-eye culprits, including puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles. The patches are packed with moisture and hydrate the skin, making it appear fuller and younger. Elasticity is regained, the skin is firmed and under-eye bags are reduced, making you look more youthful. Wear the patches for 20 minutes and see instant results, with each jar containing 30 pairs of patches.
Pros: Not only do the Mizon Under Eye Patches give instant results, but they also include peptides, which improves the skin’s resilience and protects against future wrinkles and dark circles.
Cons: The Mizon may slip if not worn while the user is lying down.