Without Soko Glam, our Korean skin care routine is nothing. Here are 16 products from the online retailer we can’t get enough of.
16 Korean Skin Care Products We Can’t Live Without
Where would we be without Charlotte Cho? Oh, we know: living in a world where the double cleanse method doesn’t exist and where bad skin is the norm, not the exception. I don’t know about you, but that’s not really a world I want to live in, nor is it a world I can raise children in.
Founding Soko Glam in 2012, Charlotte has been on a mission to bring the wonders of Korean skin care to the states so skin care enthusiasts like you and me can indulge ourselves (much to the dismay of our wallets) in the magic of essences, ampoules, sheet masks, and more.
If you’re big into Korean skin care, are in the midst of establishing your 10-step routine, or are just looking for new products to add to your ever-growing collection, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up the 16 products from Soko Glam we can’t get enough of.
These products do everything from revitalizing the skin at the cellular level to providing a radiant, pore-less canvas for perfect makeup application, so we’ll stop being a chatty Kathy and get right on to the good stuff.
— Makeup Tutorials (@OfficialMakeupT) April 1, 2016
The Missha First Treatment Essence not only has over 200+ positive reviews on Soko Glam, it has even more on Amazon. Dubbed one of Charlotte’s favorite products and one of Missha’s most famous, the First Treatment Essence is world-renowned for its hydrating and anti-aging properties, as well as its effect in reducing discoloration. Made with natural, fun ingredients like fermented yeast concentrate and niacinamide, this essence absorbs quickly into the skin to nourish and repair it at the cellular level. The result, as most of the reviews state, is hydrated, supple skin.
If you’re not vegan or following a cruelty-free beauty regimen, you need to try this snail mucin hydro gel mask. After using a hydro gel mask and loving it, I can only imagine how moisturizing and hydrating this particular mask is. Snail mucin is chock-full of anti-aging and healing properties, making it one of the most sought-after skin care ingredients on the market. Many reviewers swear there is a stark difference in the skin after one use. While I wouldn’t try this mask, I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking to heal dry skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Looking for a low pH cleanser that’s just as much of a jetsetter as you are? Enter the solid facial cleanser by Su:m37 made with rose petals, fermented damask rose extract, lemon peel oil, green tea seed oil, and a slew of other natural ingredients (making this product 90% natural) that wash away impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This cleansing stick sounds amazing and is a travel must-have! What are you waiting for?
Looking for a dewy finish in your makeup? Look no further because you’ve found it right here in Soko Glam’s Best of/People’s Choice Award winner, the Iope Air Cushion Sunblock. Formulated with SPF 50, the Air Cushion provides medium, buildable coverage for all skin types (including sensitive) which, in its travel-friendly packaging, makes it a cinch to reapply on the go. The best part about this Air Cushion, however, seems to be the finish it imparts. While it can easily be confused for a “wet” look, this foundation leaves a dewy finish that leaves your skin looking hydrated, flawless and youthful.
This award-winning makeup remover is formulated with rich, nourishing ingredients like papaya, raspberry and mistletoe extracts to gently remove makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils and moisture. The balm itself is said to feel incredibly luxurious and hydrating, leaving your skin soft and clean.
A little of this cream goes a long way in reducing the signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Made with fermented argan and lavender oil, this Sleep Cream is perfect for cold winter months or for those suffering from dry skin. Simply apply after cleansing and toning, and wake up in the morning to softer, more youthful looking skin.
Hydrate your skin while you sleep with this uber-moisturizing Lioele V-Line Sleeping Pack! This oil-free cream leaves the skin hydrated and smooth and, when applied, forms water droplets on your skin. Talk about moisturizing, right? At the affordable cost of $16, this Sleeping Pack is a steal for those looking to soothe stressed, dehydrated skin.
Similar to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Radiance Cream, the IPKN Radiant Primer can be worn with or without makeup and will create a smooth, flawless, glowing canvas for perfect makeup application (or perfect-looking skin if you’re going sans makeup). The Radiant Primer is made with ingredients like rose extract, pearl powder, and a multi-fruit complex that balances the skin’s pH, refines pores and brightens the skin. This is an item I’m definitely putting at the top of my wish list.
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Looking for a lip tint that lasts longer than 5 seconds and conditions your lips as you wear it? The almost-too-affordable TonyMoly Tony Tint does just that. This Soko Glam favorite is made with conditioners like jojoba, argan and rosehip oils and, according to reviews, outlasts “a croissant, two corn dogs and two iced teas with very minimal fading.” Now that’s what we call staying power.
I love, love, love this lip tint! It’s made with hydrating tomato seed oil and imparts a rosy tint that mimics the natural color of your lips. It’s a great no-fuss tint that will quickly become your HG lip balm.
Skincare, meet makeup, meet cute packaging. The Beblesh Balm has it all — an Osmopur blend made of ivy, rice bran, and sunflower; gold and caviar extracts that are rich in vitamins and amino acids; and, SPF to protect the skin from sun damage. With a full-coverage formula, many reviewers noted better makeup application and skin after prolonged use.
This has to be the cutest lip gloss ever created. Actually, we know for a fact it is so let’s change the qualifier from “has to be” to “it is”! Not only are these lip glosses the absolute cutest, they smell amazing and will leave your lips soft and kissable all day long. Hooray for bunny gloss and soft lips!
Ground coffee beans and sugar come together beautifully to create an uplifting, revitalizing exfoliant. Caffeine in ground coffee beans instantly perks the skin up, brightening and tightening as you exfoliate. If you’re going to treat your body, this is the way to do it.
Speed up the recovery process of untimely pimples with Missha’s Anti-Trouble Patch. This patch delivers tea tree oil and salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and redness, and speed up the healing process of a pimple. This is the perfect solution for pimples that appear right before a big event (there’s always one, right?) as it drastically reduces the size and redness overnight.
This toner, formulated with BHA, aloe vera and snail mucin, is great for acne-prone, combination skin. When used after cleanser, the Benton BHA Skin Toner will aid in the absorption of your skin care products.
Last, but not least, this is the most coveted item from this list. Written and signed by Soko Glam founder, Charlotte Cho, herself, this book is a great guide to the ins, outs and science of Korean skincare. It’s great for anyone even slightly interested in skin care, let alone Korean skin care, and looking to get the no-makeup look we yearn and watch hours of YouTube tutorials for. We’re definitely buying this and so should you!
Korean skin care is two steps ahead of trends in the states, so it’s safe to say that the trusted brands featured on Soko Glam know exactly what they’re doing. If you’re new to Korean skin care, read our post on the 10-step routine here.
What’s your current beauty routine? Let us know in the Comments section below or via Facebook. Feel free to get as detailed about your skin type and the products you use in the event that another reader shares a similar skin type. Let’s help our fellow beauty junkies out!