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25 Best Korean Moisturizers in the market!

You have to get your hands on these spectacular Korean moisturizers. Korean moisturizers are damn popular, especially among skincare fanatics! 

Korean beauty lines have moisturizers made of exclusive ingredients suitable for all skin types from oily skin to dry skin to combination skin. K beauty has amazing moisturizers for everybody. Natural and traditional ingredients of these Korean moisturizers are driving people crazy and people can’t wait to try these gifts from Korea. And for those of you who are animal lovers, Korean beauty products are mostly Vegan and are known for their purity and natural ingredients.

Korean girl applying moisturizers

Some popular skin care ingredients in best Korean moisturizers are:

      • Fermented rice water
      • Snail mucin
      • Propolis (a red substance collected by honeybees)
      • Ginseng
      • Comfrey leaf
      • Bulgarian rose oil
      • Olive leaf extract
      • Sunflower seed oil
      • Chrysanthemum Indium Flower Extract
      • Tea tree oil 
      • Centella Asiatica
      • Shea butter
      • Licorice root
      • Bamboo extract
      • Pearl powder
      • Birch sap
      • Green tea seed
      • Vitamin C
      • Matcha
      • Turmeric
      • Vitamin E
      • Ginger
      • Jeju oil
      • Chamomile

    These ingredients are the ancient secrets of Korean glass skin. As natural and familiar as these ingredients sound, it isn’t easy to incorporate them raw every day in skincare routine for obvious reasons. That’s where this article comes in handy. Ha-ha. I am going to give you a list of the 25 best Korean moisturizers that contain these ancient Korean ingredients and are absolutely a must-try.

    Korean Girl with flawless skin

    Let’s go.

        1. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

      It is one of my favorite Korean moisturizers. This fantastic vegan and eco-friendly Korean company started in 2010. The Midnight blue moisturizer from this company is extremely soothing for sensitive skin, oily skin and acne prone skin as it contains extract of the chamomile flower. 

      This is a great product for damaged, irritated skin and cures any redness or sunburn on the skin. Price: $25

      2. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

      Klairs Rich moist soothing cream has started to come in a bigger size now because of demand from loyal customers. It contains yeast derived beta glucan, jojoba oil, and ceramides for immediate and long-term moisture.

      This hydrating formula has no fragrance and is well-suited for dry skin, flaky skin and sensitive skin. Price: $26

      3. Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

      Laneige is a French name but it’s a South Korean brand. Laneige came into the limelight with their lip-sleeping masks. This company is such a blessing to the skincare industry. 

      The water bank moisture cream has a very lightweight texture and it feels like applying some water on the skin in a cream form. This Korean moisturizer keeps the skin moisturized for hours and is very suitable for normal- dry skin.

      Its formula contains French sea water and arctic berries which keeps the skin hydrated for long hours and strengthens the outermost layer of the skin. Price: $76

      4. Belif The true cream moisturizing bomb

      It’s an immaculate brand. Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic preservatives, mineral oil, and fragrances. This Korean brand is 150 years old and truly believes in using and treating skin with a variety of different herbs, flowers, and oils.

      The true cream moisturizing bomb is a cushiony textured cream that detoxifies the skin, hydrates, and locks in moisture for 26 hours. This nourishing formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs including comfrey leaf, a solid hydrating agent. Price: $38

      5. COSRX Propolis cream

      COSRX was founded in 2013. This small Korean skincare brand rapidly started gaining a lot of love from customers and expanded its branches globally. This is one of the best Korean moisturizers available in the market.

      COSRX propolis cream is an excellent moisturizer derived from black bees propolis complex and antioxidants for a glowing and hydrating complexion. Propolis has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it perfect for irritated skin as well.

      It also contains glycerin and arginine (important amino acids). This hypoallergenic formula is safe for all skin types. It is also said to smoothen fine lines and rough skin texture. Price: $30

      6. COSRX oil-free ultra-moisturizing lotion with Birch sap

      This is one of the best Korean moisturizers for oily skin. A lot of customers have reviewed that it has significantly calmed their oily skin. This lightweight moisturizer is highly recommended for the dry season. It softens the skin and keeps it hydrated throughout the day. Suitable for both oily skin type and dry skin type. 

      The key ingredients include Birch sap which is a fluid(sap) directly tapped from birch trees.

      Birch tree sap is known to clear pigmentation and freckles. It also soothes any inflammation and has 17 amino acids, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and antioxidants that are amazing for better skin health. Price: $25

      7. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream

      The products from this beautiful Korean company are free from all harmful additives.  As the name suggests, Moistfull collagen cream contains very small-sized collagen molecules disassociated by the hydrolysis process for better and deep absorption in the skin. It also contains Lupinus Albus (a super plant) protein which makes the skin moist.

      It is known to instantly increase the hydration of the skin from 3.105 a.u. to 17.9 a.u. according to a report. The formula is hypoallergenic and very calming, making it perfect for all skin types. Price: $16

      8. ISOI Bulgarian rose waterfull cream

      This Korean moisturizer does a wonderful job for people with dry skin. This waterfall cream basically repairs the damaged stratum corneum of the skin (the outermost layer of the skin) which helps in retaining moisture and hydration into the skin tightly. 

      Bulgarian rose helps nourish the skin and provides long-lasting hydration to the skin. Price: $58

      9. ISOI Intensive energizing cream EX

      This vegan Korean brand does an absolutely brilliant job with the quality of its products. ISOI intensive energizing cream is one of the best korean anti-aging cream that recharges and brightens the skin. 

      It uses 25 natural ingredients for firming, brightening, and repairing the aging skin. This Korean Moisturizer has shown some great results in treating dull and pigmented skin. Price: $41

      10. Glow recipe plum plump Hyaluronic cream

      Glow Recipe is a Korean brand that was founded in 2014 and has gained massive popularity in the skincare industry since then. It is one of the most demanded brands at Sephora.

      This particular moisturizer is a Korean hydration bomb! It consists of three antioxidant-rich plums- Kakadu, Illawarra, and Burdekin which work together to hydrate, nourish, and rejuvenate dry skin instantly.

      Hyaluronic acid gives intense plumpness and hydration to the skin with a dewy finish. This Polyglutamic acid moisturizer is a wonderful choice for aged and dehydrated skin. Price: $39

      11. Glow recipe banana souffle moisture cream

      Banana Souffle Moisture cream is ideal for acne-prone and oily skin types because it contains ingredients like magnesium, potassium, chia seed, centella asiatica, and turmeric. Magnesium re-balances the acne-prone skin caused by environmental stressors and strengthens the stratum corneum of the skin.

      Turmeric is an anti-septic and kills bacteria and any signs of inflammation. Turmeric also balances the uneven skin tone. This sweet banana souffle blend is perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It calms the skin and makes it look healthy and hydrated. Price: $100

      12. Be the Skin Botanical Nutrition power cream

      This amazing K beauty brand develops its products with a combination of luxurious herbs, botanicals, and technology.

      This Botanical nutrition power cream is a beautiful blend of royal jelly, various floral extracts, and healthy botanicals which brightens the skin tone leaving a natural dewy finish.

      It also maintains the skin barrier and has recieved some great reviews for deeply moisturizing the skin. This Korean moisturizer is most suitable for Dehydrated skin and Dry skin. Price: $39

      13. Then I met you calming tide gel cream

      This Korean Brand was founded by esthetician Charlotte Cho. This brand is inspired by the Korean concept of ‘Jeong’ – a deep feeling of empathy and affection.

      ‘Then I met you calming tide gel cream’ delivers a burst of moisture to thirsty skin. This is one of the best moisturizers for sensitive skin, irritated or exfoliated skin. This Korean moisturizer is very easily absorbed and reflects a glow from within.

      It’s a very light-as-air formula which is loaded with goodies like ceramides and peptides to support the skin barrier and give a youthful and supple finish to the skin. Price: $56.58

      14. SUR MEDIC + super ceramide 100 renewal cream

      This Korean moisturizer has an amazing formulation and is loaded with 5 kinds of ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier and provide powerful anti-aging benefits to the skin. This hypoallergenic cream is ideal for sensitive skin and helps improve fine lines and wrinkles. Price: $34

      15. Innisfree intensive hydrating cream with green tea seed

      This is one of the best Korean moisturizers for everyday use. It is infused with a blend of Jeju green tea and green tea seed oil which leave the skin with intense hydration. The green tea is grown on Innisfree’s USDA-certified organic fields on Jeju Island, Korea. Green tea works both for oily skin and dry skin. It balances excess oil and restores hydration in the dry areas. 

      This cream is packed with amino acids and antioxidants, it boosts skin’s hydration and protects it against environmental stressors. Price: $24

      16. Peach and Lily matcha pudding antioxidant cream

      Peach and Lily have done a wonderful job with their ingredients in this cream. If you have started to see some early signs of aging in your late 20s or early 30s, this formula is for you.

      Infused with matcha, cape lilac extract, niacinamide, and adenosine, this face cream has all the bomb ingredients which help fight aging signs, improve photo-damaged skin, and brighten the skin.

      The delightful pudding texture delivers deep hydration without getting heavy or greasy on the skin. It’s a must-try. Price: $43

      17. Sweet chef ginger + vitamin C oil-free gel moisturizer

      It is a cost-effective daily moisturizer formulated with amazing natural ingredients like ginger and turmeric. Ginger is packed with 40 antioxidants and is perfect for treating dull skin. And turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory and very soothing for the skin in general.

      It is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores, so you don’t need to worry about getting acne. It also has niacinamide which is again a calming ingredient. It helps in minimizing enlarged pores and evens out the skin tone. Price: $16

      Korean Girl

      18. Meebak cica cream age repair moisturizer

      The ingredient list of this Korean skincare brand is again mind-blowing! It’s an age repair cream but loaded with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to compensate for any dryness caused by retinol. The key ingredients in the formula are:

      Retinol– which is a derivative of vitamin A and is known as a killer of skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Retinol doubles the speed of skin regeneration. It goes deep in the layers of the skin, eliminates all the dead skin cells and regenerates the fresh ones making the skin youthful and bright.

      Centella Asiatica- a plant that soothes and promotes the skin barrier.

      Hyaluronic acid– Instantly plumps up the skin, restores the skin elasticity and is of the fastest tricks for glowing skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which means it pulls the moisture in and keeps the skin hydrated. It is also known as the wound healer and it significantly reduces scarring. 

      Japonica root- forms a natural barrier to keep your skin soft and smooth 

      Cica- It’s a healing herb found in Asia which helps calm any sort of dryness or itchiness. Very effective for people with sensitive skin and oily skin. Cica also has calming effects on Eczema or Psoriasis skin conditions.

      Peptide 8 complex- peptides build collagen and elastin in the skin making the skin tight and youthful. Price: $20

      19. Schwanen Garten Antioxidant Moisturizing cream

      This South Korean brand is absolutely clean and cruelty-free. The Schwanen moisturizing cream is a lightweight priming day moisturizer that brightens and hydrates the skin leaving the skin plump up and dewy.

      It is made with naturally originated antioxidant complex which revitalizes the skin beautifully. This cream is ideal for issues like dull skin, uneven texture, and dryness. Price: $38

      20. Missha super aqua cell renew snail cream

      This Korean moisturizer contains 70% snail mucin extract as the star ingredient. Snail mucin is honestly a superhero ingredient. It supports natural cell regeneration and increases firmness in the skin.

      Snail mucin is an excellent healing and repairing agent, which benefits all skin types especially sensitive/acne prone. It has a fresh scent and a super lightweight gel-like texture. Price: $50

      21. Peach slices citrus honey aqua glow hydrating moisturizer

      This is one of the best Korean moisturizers and is ideal for combination and oily skin type. This economical product is infused with orange, grapefruit, lemon peel oils, and annatto seeds. The texture of the moisturizer is almost as light as water hence it quickly hydrates the skin. Honey, glycerin, and ceramides nourish and plump the skin and give a dewy glow from within. Price: $12

      22. ROUND LAB soybean nourishing cream

      This Korean moisturizer is packed with nutrients from black soybean, ceramide, and adenosine. Soybean protects the skin from free radical damage and works on fine lines and wrinkles. Ceramide hydrates the skin and calms any irritation or unnecessary dryness on the skin.

      Adenosine smoothens the skin and is known to decrease the early signs of aging skin. Price: $36

      23. Jung Saem Mool essential mool cream

      Jung Saem Mool is one of the best Korean celebrity makeup artists. He is very famous across the globe for his ‘natural glowing skin’ makeup concepts. With his 30 years of experience, finally, all his secrets are out in the form of his amazing skincare collection.

      JSM essential mool cream has fermented pearl extract that contains 17 skin-loving amino acids that help repair aging signs, increase collagen production, acne conditions, and improve hydration.

      This amazing Korean moisturizer also contains ceramides and panthenol to strengthen the stratum corneum of the skin to prevent any moisture loss. Price: $53

      24. Seoul Ceuticals multi-function all-in-one anti-aging snail repair cream

      This Korean skincare line is known for its amazing budget-friendly prices and great formulation of the products. The anti-aging snail repair cream has the highest concentration of 97.5% snail extract in it which is significantly higher compared to other snail creams in the market.

      It is also combined with goodies like vitamin E, B5, and green tea for soothing effects. This moisturizer helps brighten skin and assures youthful skin within days of regular use. Price: $20

      25. Dr.Jart + Ceramidin skin barrier Moisturizing Cream

      One of the most famous and best Korean skincare brands. This particular korean moisturizer does a brilliant job in repairing tired and dry skin.

      It is suitable for all skin-types. It contains 5 ceramides and panthenol to support the strong barrier of the outer layer of the skin, hydrate it and boost the skin elasticity. Clinical results say it provides 100 hours of moisture after one use. Price: $48

      That was my personal recommendation guys, with absolutely zero sponsorship. I hope the list of the best Korean moisturizers helps you pick the most apt one according to your skin type. Lastly, be adamant with your skin care regimen to see surprising skin transformations.

      Love~ Beauty Stroll


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      By Aayushi S
      By Aayushi S
      Aayushi is a New York based freelance writer and a content strategist. She is a computer science graduate, a health and skincare fanatic and is also the founder of “Beauty Stroll “. She aims to make science-backed skincare easy to understand for her readers.

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