The best Korean skin care products to buy in Australia
An introduction, if you will
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 07 2024
South Korea is home to one of the world’s largest beauty industries. Keen innovators in the skin care space, these result-driven formulas are just as gentle on skin as they are effective at giving you your best complexion.
Plus, with formulas that feature unlikely ingredients such as snail mucin, volcanic scoria and bee venom, Korean skin care and Korean beauty products in general offer a goldmine of unexpected cult products.
So while we’ve already covered where to buy Korean skin care in Australia, it’s now time to take you on a tour of the very best products, ripe for the picking.
From a miracle toner to some small-but-mighty pimple patches, these K-Beauty products are the best of the best.
11 best Korean skin care products in Australia
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
A viral hit on TikTok, this essence has earned a reputation for being equal parts weird and wonderful. The tag #cosrx alone has over three billion views on TikTok, which is over a third of the world’s population, FYI. Formulated with calming, protecting and hydrating snail secretion, this stuff improves the appearance of scarring, repairs and protects the moisture barrier and promotes collagen production.
$29.04 at iHerb
SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule
Tired of your skin looking less than fabulous? Let us introduce you to SKIN1004's Madagascar Centella Ampoule. This powerhouse blend of 100 per cent pure centella asiatica extract comes straight from the lush lands of - you guessed it - Madagascar. Lightweight and vegan-friendly, it soothes, hydrates and revitalises troubled skin, leaving your complexion looking radiant and refreshed with just a few drops.
Was $24, now $20.99 at Stylevana
SULWHASOO First Care Activating Serum
The JAUM Balancing Complex (AKA a potent cocktail of Korean-native herbs) is the secret behind this skin-balancing elixir. Intended to nourish, hydrate and firm the face, this daily serum also helps to prep skin for optimal absorption of anything you pop on top of it. This means all those serums and moisturisers you spend your hard-earned bucks on will have a more enhanced chance of doing their job properly.
$146 at Adore Beauty
SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner
A cult product that promises clearer, even-toned skin and minimised pores in just 30 days. It may sound too good to be true but there’s a reason this best-selling K-Beauty toner rivals Glossier’s Solution. Dead skin cells, blemishes and enlarged pores are no match for this absolute steam cleaner of a toner, with a formula that boasts AHA, BHA, PHA and niacinamide for a serious complexion-clearing cocktail that also regulates sebum and oil production. Honestly, relax, you’re doing too much.
$37 at Adore Beauty
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
We’re obsessed with pimple patches and these hydrocolloid-infused picks are no different. Simply slap on the appropriate-sized patch over that friendly zit you’re sporting and let the pimple-zapping formula do the rest; reducing redness and puffiness, while drawing out impurities and dirt. Buh-bye blemishes, your days are numbered.
$7.90 at Adore Beauty
LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask
The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is TikTok famous for good reason. The ultra-hydrating and nourishing lip balm is infused with soothing and moisturising vitamin C and coconut oil, while Berry Fruit Complex exfoliates dead skin cells overnight. Wake up to an enviably plump, plush pout.
$31 at Sephora
Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
Powered by a ferment-rich formula, this essence preps skin for all your other skin care. It also contains birch juice and rice extract to help enhance radiance and glow.
$35 at Amazon
Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
This unreal cleansing balm transforms into a makeup melting and exfoliating oil when it makes contact with the skin. It contains vitamin C-rich acerola extract and papaya extract, which helps to brighten, smooth and soften skin tone and texture.
$32 at Adore Beauty
Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask
We’re big fans of any face mask that we can mindlessly apply at the end of our night-time routine and forget about for the rest of the evening. Packed full of cherry blossom, niacinamide, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, betaine and adenosine, this jelly mask works overtime on skin. It’ll improve the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and dull skin, while moisturising, soothing and protecting skin too.
$64 at Jelly Ko
Beauty Of Joseon Sunscreen
This sunscreen is a product of Korea, but its fanbase is made up of westerners who’ve fallen for the brightening and calming combination of rice extract and niacinamide.
$38 at BONIIK
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair
You’ve probably seen TikTokers neutralise their red skin with this colour correcting treatment. Formulated with soothing tiger grass, and a subtle green tone, this redness treatment, colour-corrector and BB cream all-in-one is a godsend for irritated skin.
$37.90 at Amazon
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.