If skincare in Canada is living in 2020, Korean skincare is in 2050. The beauty world has often looked to K-beauty brands for their innovative products that put the North American AHA-loving, microbiome maniacs to shame.
Once difficult to find, K-beauty is now more accessible than ever to beauty lovers all across Canada. If you’re looking to get your fix, here are the best Korean skincare brands and the products we love from each that Canadians can now blissfully get their hands on.
Our top pick:Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask
This overnight sleeping mask is packed with hyaluronic acids and AHAs for fresh, dewy skin but TBH we love it just as much for the good-enough-to-eat scent and cute packaging.
Our top pick:COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Pop these bad boys on any pesky breakouts and get ready for your life to change. This super-speedy beauty routine mimics the look of skin to blur your breakouts while actively treating them and reduce further spreading. Sign us up.
Our top pick:Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
If you want some serious hydration without that sticky never-going-to-dry-down feeling, run — don’t walk — to get this cream. It will make your skin feel plump in the best way possible, and yet the gel formula still feels light. Korean skincare magic.
Our top pick:Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Mask
These “rubber masks” (a technique found in high-end Korean spas) are just so much fun and cover a variety of skin concerns. Get them for a spa night with your friends and throw on the Academy Award-winning Parasite (or for a lower brow evening, Hello My Twenties, the best K drama on Netflix don’t @ me).
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Our top pick:Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder
This powder to foam cleanser is genius for those who travel — no 100mL limit! Gently scrub away dead skin and brighten with papaya enzymes and green tea for a fresh, youthful glow every day.
Our top pick:A’Pieu Cleansing Mask in Banana Milk
These moisturizing masks are great for a quick soothing and hydrating treatment for stressed out skin. Pop them in the fridge before applying for an extra refreshing beauty fix.
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Our top pick:Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner 10 Glycolic Acid Pore Control Complex
Whew! This product may be a mouthful to pronounce, but that’s just because it’s chock-full of products to naturally exfoliate and leave you looking like a poreless dream.
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Our top pick:Tonymoly Strawberry Seeds 3-Step Nose Pack
I’m screaming. You’re screaming. We’re all screaming. Not from the pain of removing these blackhead strips (which is a slight cringe at best on the scale of painful things we do for beauty), but because Tonymoly products are the cutest thing since Baby Yoda. And also they’ll clear up the pores of your nose.
Our top pick:Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
This cult-fave product claims to provide up to 26 hours of hydration so get ready for all-day moisture (without re-applying!). The refreshing gel-like formula absorbs quickly and “floods” the skin with weightless hydration that lasts and lasts.
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Our top pick:Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum with Green Tea Seed
Formulated with a green tea and green tea seed oil, this best-selling serum is lightweight enough for oily or acne-prone skin (even the oiliest of skin needs hydration, people!). Pop this serum on before your moisturizer for fast-absorbing, lasting hydration.
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