Take it from basically the mecca of beauty.

My first experience with the wonderous world of Korean skincare was when a friend of mine literally handed me about ten sheet masks after a trip she took to Korea. I swooned at the too-cute packaging, then gawked at some of the ingredients. “SNAIL!?” I yelled. “Dude, trust me,” she said. And I did. Because the girl does know her beauty game. And she was right. Although I felt mildly suspicious-looking while wearing said sheet masks, they revealed a dewy smooth, so soft face after just 15 minutes or so. I was hooked on K beauty skincare products, and I soon found out that I was far from the only one. Korean skincare has long been a major go-to for the rest of the world when it comes to all things beauty. I have a lot to learn, but here are my top 6 must-haves Korean skincare brands (for now) when it comes to the cult status of all things K beauty.

Egg white cleanser

Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser

I have always put egg whites into my DIY face masks. They tend to tighten your skin in that great just woke up refreshed kind of way. This cleanser is rich and foamy – I use it in the morning when I want to feel like I am literally washing off every speck of sleep from my face.

Snail repair cream

Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream

Have you ever seen a snail in the wild and thought, “wow that snail is just glowing? Probably not, BUT this is that deeply hydrating night cream you’ve been looking for. The price point is perfect, and it feels like the most luxurious cream you’ll ever hit the hay in.

Green tea mask

Ultru I’m Sorry for My Skin Green Mud Mask

Despite the skin-shaming name of this product, it made me laugh every time I saw it. Then I used it, and I’ll never laugh again (I will about other things, just not this.) This sheet mask exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, while using primrose root extract to get you glowing. If you’re looking for the best Korean skincare for acne, make sure to snatch this guy up.

Wrinkle solutions mask

Dr. Jart Dermask Intra Jet Wrinkless Solution Cellulose Gel Mask

Dr. Jart can do no wrong in my eyes. He introduced me to BB Cream a bunch of years ago and I have never looked back. Drop whatever you’re doing and buy anything Dr. Jart now. This gel mask feels like a dream, and actually utilizes your own body heat to activate its ingredients.

Brightening eye stick

TonyMoly Pandas Dream Brightening Eye Base

There is a TonyMoly store in downtown Manhattan, near this place where you can go get your auras read (mine was pretty red, which I was told meant I was tired). This store is full of all kinds of goodies, including this base stick. No matter what you walk away with, your skin is glowing, smooth, and bright. This little guy not only uses gooseberry to brighten your undereyes, but the packaging lets you basically have a panda in your purse at all times.

Blackhead liquid

CosRX-BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

I am such a sucker for anything with the word “blackhead” in the name, and add “power” to that and I am sold. As a lady in her early ‘30s, I am newly obsessed with serums. This guy gets rid of blackheads, prevents new ones, and smooths your pores for the long haul. You are welcome. Pro tip: CosRX is one of the best Korean skincare lines out there, and you should also check these out. Trust us, miracle.

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