I’ve written before about my intense love affair (escandalo!) with Korean skincare products. They’re just so good and as someone who’s a bit of a product junkie, I love that shopping K-beauty products always leads to finding something new and innovative—so many of the skincare products that are trending in the US now have been K-beauty staples for years.
My other skincare fixation is natural products, free of phthalates and parabens. Can my K-beauty and natural skincare obsessions coexist? Lucky for me, the answer is YES! Korean skincare brands have been embracing natural ingredients for a long time and online shopping makes it a cinch to find them.
Our Favorite Natural Korean Skincare Products
My absolute favorite source for natural Korean skincare products is Glow Recipe, which carefully curates their lineup to include only natural products, free of harsh ingredients.
Sephora now carries some Korean skincare products, many of which are natural, and Soko Glam and Peach + Lily have great selections too, although not all of the brands they carry are natural. And of course, there’s always Amazon!
Not sure where to start? Here are some popular natural Korean skincare products, from cleansers to sheet masks.
Blithe Anti-Polluaging Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water // If you’re into the whole micellar water cleanser thing, you will love this cleanser. Himalayan salt and botanical extracts defend the skin from pollution and aging, while hydrating at the same time.
Banila Co Clean It Zero 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm // This hypoallergenic cleanser transforms from a sherbet-like balm texture into a smooth oil when applied to skin, removing both makeup and impurities in one step.
Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil // I totally relish ending the day by washing my face with this cleansing oil. Is that weird? Probably. But it cleans my skin like nothing else and it feels so soft afterwards.
Whamisa Olive Leaf Mist // You know how everyone is all about fermented foods lately? This is fermented skincare! Olive, green tea extract, and aloe vera help calm sensitive skin.
Earth’s Recipe Energy Boosting Toner // This toner is aging skin’s BFF, with collagen to firm and tone, anti-wrinkle ingredients to smooth things out, and bean ferment and yam to soothe tired skin.
Aromatica Tea Tree Balancing Toner // Oily and acne-prone skin will love this toner, with tea tree leaf extract to kill bacteria and chamomile to calm redness and irritation.
Natural Eye Treatments
Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb // Natural oils help restore hydration and elasticity to the under-eye area without heaviness.
Wish Formula Panda Eye Essence Mask // These are super affordable and they are so completely worth it. Fermented honey essence, licorice and mistletoe extracts fade dark circles, while soybean extract plumps and firms.
Peach & Lily Cold Brew Eye Recovery Stick // Illuminate and de-puff with a natural stick, made with cucumber, kiwi, and green tea extracts.
Natural Essences + Serums
Blithe Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum // Pressed serum is like a hybrid of serum and moisturizer and I love using it as part of my nighttime routine. This one is perfect for combination skin, shrinking pores, smoothing out uneven texture, and moisturizing dry spots.
Aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum // This anti-wrinkle, brightening serum is made with Bulgarian damask rose oil, which revitalizes the skin.
Huxley Oil Essence // Nourish aging skin with this antioxidant-packed essence, made with hydrating Sahara cactus seed oil.
Huxley Anti-Gravity Cream // Anti-gravity? Yes! Whip aging skin into shape with this antioxidant-rich face cream.
AROMATICA Tea Tree Green Oil // The blend of tea tree oil, incense serrata oil, and Centella Asiatica extract helps soothe skin and balance the skin of sebum production.
belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb // This lightweight gel-cream works for every skin type, hydrating skin without clogging your pores.
Natural Sheet Masks
Sweet Chef Beet Vitamin A Fresh Pressed Sheet Face Mask // This hydrating, anti-oxidant rich face mask is made with beets, for softer and visibly smoother skin, and Vitamin A, which helps minimize signs of aging for a youthful glow.
Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Sheet Mask // Made of fine cellulose fiber, the lightweight, transparent mask allows pores to fully absorb essential nutrients and moisturizing ingredients, for ultimate hydration.
LAPCOS Honey Sheet Mask // Honey extract soothes stressed complexions with its nourishing properties, while yellow flower tones and tightens with high levels of carotenoids.
Natural Face Masks
Blithe Soothing & Healing Green Tea Splash Mask // No time for a face mask? Pat this mask onto your face in the shower and get results in 15 seconds. Totally love this!
Innisfree Volcanic Pore Clay Mask // Formulated from solidified lava caused by volcanic eruptions on the Jeju island, this clay mask absorbs impurities and sebum for clean, healthy skin.
Peach & Lily Overnight Star Sleeping Mask // This night cream is packed with antioxidants, peptides, and brightening ingredients that help you achieve maximum glow with minimum effort, while you sleep.65