Last Updated: Oct 13, 2022 @ 3:28 pm.

What are the best K-beauty products? To find out, we surveyed our parent readers for their favorites. Then we tried out several brands here with our own staff. What was the best facial cream? What about a set as a gift? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Finding the Best K-Beauty Skin Care Products: Our Tests

Let’s talk K-beauty skin care!

First, we should note: no snails were hurt in the researching of this article.

Yes, snails feature prominently in many Korean skin care products. Of the dozen K-beauty products we tried for this article, we noticed many had “snail mucin” has a key ingredient. So what’s that? Well, it is basically snail, uh, secretions. Yes, it is processed before it is used an ingredient in the products we recommend in this article. 

That said, I think it is fair to say that many Korean skin care products aren’t exactly vegan-friendly!

If are you still with us, we should note that we were impressed with the overall quality of the Korean skin care products we tried for this article—ingredients like shea butter, sunflower oil, aloe and more. The emphasis for many K-beauty is on natural or organic ingredients.  

Here are the favorites from our tests, based on overall quality and effectiveness:

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Best For Sensitive Skin

A little goes a long way
We love this cream—not too heavy and not too oily. Excellent moisturizing. Caveat: most of our testers liked the citrus scent, but a few dissenters thought it was too strong.
$15.99 ($8.00 / Ounce)

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Best Tried & True Brand

Great for dry skin
This hydrating toner impresses us with its soothing qualities. We love the texture. Also great: no scent.
$19.33 ($5.72 / Fl Oz)

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Best Vitamin C Serum

Easy to apply
Lightweight and affordable (compared to other pricey serums we tested), this product is non greasy, yet moisturizing. Also nice: mostly organic ingredients.
$20.00

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Best Gift Set

Nicely boxed
We like the cream in this set, but the toner and lotion were also excellent. The scent is pleasant, but a few dissenters say it is too strong.
$79.99 ($79.99 / Count)

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How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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