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9 K-Beauty Products Your Skin Needs In Winter

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

By Zahra Baz

Disclosure: This post does not contain any affiliate links, meaning I will not get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through the links below.

As days get shorter and colder, our skin is put through a lot and can really suffer.

Ongoing exposure to dry air, harsh winds and indoor heat removes the natural moisture from our skin, stripping away the essential oils necessary for a healthy skin barrier. But what can this look like?

In the case of winter, this can lead to dry, flaky skin that in turn can become itchy, red, sensitive, dull and prone to further irritation - not ideal.

That’s why I’ve compiled a list of nine K-beauty products to elevate your skincare game this winter and leave you feeling, and looking, your absolute best.

To the beginners, don’t worry - we know how overwhelming venturing into skincare can be, so I’ve introduced the products in the order that’s suggested to apply.

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1. Innisfree Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam

The Innisfree Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam is a more gentle cleanser that is suitable for most skin types. Containing high amounts of Jeju green tea extract and Jeju green tea root, it works to remove all the dirt and impurities, allowing the skin to feel both hydrated and refreshed, soft and smooth.

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2. Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel

Dr. G’s Brightening Peeling Gel is a physical exfoliant that is suitable for all skin types, even for more sensitive skin. The use of natural cellulose allows it to be exceptionally gentle and mild while also exfoliating dead skin cells and impurities, giving you that smoother and brighter feeling. With ingredients like honey, black willow and hollyhock flower extract, your skin will feel soothed and hydrated.

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3. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is well known for its multi-tasking properties, which is why it’s become so popular over the years. With over 90% of milk vetch root extract, this toner re-energizes and replenishes your skin with a variety of beneficial nutrients that will leave you feeling intensely hydrated, smooth and rejuvenated.

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4. Jumiso All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum

Beneficial for giving your skin that lift and glow during the harsh winter months, the Jumiso All Day Vitamin Brightening and Balancing Facial Serum is enriched with Vitamin C. Suitable for all skin types, this serum helps to even and brighten skin tone and treats hyperpigmentation. Personally, I noticed a brightening difference after just three days of using it.

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5. Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream

As a certified and trusted go-to for years now, the Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream is another product known for its multi-function properties. As it contains over 80% of snail mucin it’s rich in hydration, nourishing the delicate skin around the eyes. This eye cream works to promote collagen production, aiding in regeneration and reducing the appearance of dullness and dry circles.

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6. Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream

Even with dry skin, spots and/or acne can still make an unwelcome appearance. Pyunkang Yul’s Acne Spot Cream is a fast-acting treatment that is designed to take effect as you sleep. This cream uses a range of herbal remedies and traditional Korean ingredients to reduce redness and soothes the impacted area.

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7. A’Pieu Madecassoside Moisturising Cream

Although still up and coming, the A’Pieu Madecassoside Moisturising Cream is not one to be missed. Working to strengthen the skin barrier, the lightweight texture provides rich hydration as a result of the five types of centella used. Additionally, the incorporation of madecassoside and asiaticoside reduce both redness and irritation.

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8. Innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen

Even though it may feel like the sun has taken a backseat during the winter months, UV rays are still very much at play. The Innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen provides invisible protection against UV damage as well as lightweight hydration; the use of green tea and sunflower seed oil also allows for a non-white cast finish.

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9. Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask

Often disregarded, the skin on our lips is actually unable to generate its own hydration. The infamous Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask soothes and moisturises sore and chapped lips. Complete with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and antioxidants, your lips will be left feeling hydrated and plumped.

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