Along with swapping out lightweight lotions for rich, heavy creams, this fall we're looking to South Korea for some much-needed skin-care inspiration. "Koreans are serious about their skin care," says Charlotte Cho, the founder of sokoglam.com, an online retailer specializing in Korean beauty products. "They also know what they want, like innovation, gentle ingredients, pleasing packaging, and they definitely don't want to pay a fortune for it." Here, the latest, greatest, and price-savviest innovations in skin care, including the Acropass Trouble Cure acne patch, Harumada Triple Balance One-Step Cleansing Foam Pads, and Easydew Derma Roller Special Program Special Kit — recommended by the founders of Glow Recipe, Soko Glam, and Peach & Lily — straight from Seoul.
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Acropass Trouble Cure
If you're a fan of those clear, acne-healing stickers, then consider this your next-level upgrade: Acropass Trouble Cure uses innovative microneedling technology to penetrate the skin with ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to speed up healing time. Additionally, it's a game-changer for stubborn cystic acne, which can sometimes be harder to treat with traditional acne-fighting ingredients.
$18 (Shop Now)
Peach & Lily K-Beauty Rescue Balm
In need of some real TLC? Slather on this Peach & Lily K-Beauty Rescue Balm, which is rich in sunflower seed oil, coptis root extract, and ceramides, to instantly heal and pamper dry, irritated skin. (Pro tip: It works everywhere from cuticles to lips to heels, and a little goes a long way.)
$28 (Shop Now)
Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser
"Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser is my go-to cleanser, which allows me to double cleanse in one step. It's perfect for those who want to simplify their K-beauty routine," Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Soko Glam, tells Allure. "The oil formula transforms into a light, creamy foam, and removes my makeup and impurities easily without drying out my skin." (Plus, it smells like a straight-up rose garden, which is never, you know, the worst thing.)
$21 (Shop Now)
Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner
A common misconception about treating acne is that you should only use zit-zapping products once you see a visible breakout. However, the more you use daily products that prevent pimples from forming, the less acne will actually show up on your face, says dermatologists. Our advice? Follow up your cleanser with a tea tree extract-infused toner laced with exfoliating BHAs, like the Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA Toner, to keep skin clear and breakout-free.
$34 (Shop Now)
Make P:rem Safe Me Relief Moisture Green Ampoule
Fans of Make P:rem likely already know and love the brand's Layering Double Mask or the Capsule Sun Gel, and its new Safe Me Relief Moisture Green Ampoule is sure to be another hit. Formulated with sensitive-skin types in mind, this antioxidant-rich formula helps repair skin and offer protection from environmental stressors.
$29 (Shop Now)
Easydew Derma Roller Special Program Special Kit
If you've read anything about microneedling (or those at-home dermarollers that mimic the effects of an in-office treatment), then you likely already know that when administered correctly, the effects can be game-changing. "Each roller [in the Easydew Derma Roller Special Program Special Kit] has 3,000 microneedles, which are are made of epidermal growth factor (EGF)," says Cho. (For the uninitiated: EGF are proteins that promote cell regeneration and can treat signs of aging — such as fine lines, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation — on a cellular level.) "After one rolling session and a week-long treatment of EGF ampoules, you can expect a brighter, more even complexion."
$93 (Shop Now)
The Plant Base Nature Solution Hydrating Bamboo Water
If you have dry skin, you may have avoided incorporating a toner into your routine out of fear that they would dry out your skin even more. Luckily, we've progressed beyond the harsh, alcohol-based formulas of yester year. After all, a good toner balances your skin, which regardless of your skin type, is always a good thing. "This toner is formulated with over 86 percent bamboo water extract and 15 natural oils to hydrate the skin and protect the skin barrier," Cho — who is also a licensed aesthetician — recommends. "It works best when you shake it to activate the oils and the water, and then tap it into your skin."
$33 (Shop Now)
Jullai Super 12 Bounce Oil In Mask
Get glowing with Jullai's Super 12 Bounce Oil In Mask, a truly innovative oil-in-mask. The supercharged, two-piece sheet mask promises instantly radiant skin that's hydrated from the inside-out — in just 20 minutes or less.
$7 (Shop Now)
Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water
If you're prone to breakouts, get the most out of your cleansing routine with a product that actively wards off zits, while also removing makeup and other impurities "I deal with hormonal acne, and I highly recommend this formula that is 70 percent tea tree leaf water and extract," says Cho. "It has no artificial fragrances, and has only 10 simple ingredients — perfect for minimalist and sensitive-skin types as well."
$17 (Shop Now)
Liz K First C Pure Vitamin C Total Care Serum
At this point, launching a new vitamin C serum is not unlike trying to reinvent the wheel. But the First C Pure Vitamin C Total Care Serum by K-beauty brand Liz K (founded by Korean makeup artist Kim Chung Kyung) is pretty impressive, with a formula that contains 13 percent pure vitamin C (in the form of absorbic acid) to brighten and even out skin tone.
$23 (Shop Now)
Harumada Triple Balance One-Step Cleansing Foam Pads
Too tired to double-cleanse? Reach for the Harumada Triple Balance One-Step Cleansing Foam Pads, which are dual-sided, hyaluronic acid-infused pads that make getting a deep clean easier than ever: Swipe the first side (which is textured to help eliminate surface impurities), and then flip it over to the smooth side to instantly tone and soothe your skin.
$14 (Shop Now)
Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence
A potent trio of traditional herbs — chrysanthemum, ginseng, and licorice — make the Atoclassic Real Tonic Soothing Origin Essence one seriously skin-soothing essence.
$27 (Shop Now)
Eco Your Skin Lavender Bedside Mask
Easiest way to get glow-y skin? Slather on the Eco Your Skin Lavender Bedside Mask, made with soothing lavender and exfoliating salicylic acid, right before bed. Come morning, your soft, dewy skin will thank you.
$26 (Shop Now)
April Skin Magic Stone
Well loved in Korea, the April Skin Magic Stone is made with charcoal to degunk pores of dirt, oil, and other impurities; it's also spiked with hyaluronic acid to hydrate as it detoxes the skin. Magic, indeed.
$7 (Shop Now)
Let Me Skin Ultra H20 Water-Jelly Modeling Mask
While they certainly look the part, surprisingly, these Let Me Skin Ultra H20 Water-Jelly Modeling Masks aren't super-luxe supplements — though they are super cheery. Instead, inside each colorful tube you'll find two molding masks, formulated with antioxidant-packed green tea and hydrating hyaluronic acid, which transform to a jelly-like texture and give skin a supple, dewy finish.
$20 each (Shop Now)
Dr. Dream Radiance Powder Essence
Not quite a cleanser, and not an exfoliator, the Dr. Dream Radiance Powder Essence is a powder-to-liquid formula, dubbed an "essence," which melts into skin to hydrate and brighten from within, thanks to vitamin C and rose stem cell extracts. Use it after you cleanse and before you moisturize — and then proudly display it atop your vanity because it's prettier than your rose-gold Michael Kors watch. (Um, if you have one.)
$68 for four (Shop Now)
C200 Bubble Peeling Pad
If you're big on at-home peels, you'll love the palm-size C200 Bubble Peeling Pad drenched with powerhouse exfoliators lactic and glycolic acids, which will slough off the dead skin cells that accumulated through summer.
$7 (Shop Now)
Shangpree Marine Energy Eye Mask
The Shangpree Marine Energy Eye Masks are made with quenching hyaluronic acid and calming algae to depuff and plump the most tired of eyes. The cooling patches, like gel-like cucumber slices, stick to your skin and mold to your contours.
$30 (Shop Now)
Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick
The Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick, a TSA-friendly tube is made with truffle oil (you know, the really fancy fungi that is to die for on pizza) to keep your parched, stressed-out skin hydrated — even while on the go. Keep it in your handbag or on your desk for midday touch-ups; we do not suggest drizzling it on your popcorn, as tempting as it may be.
$24 (Shop Now)
My Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Cream
Jam-packed with just about every type of acid (BHAs, AHAs, and PHAs), the My Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Cream does it all: exfoliates dead skin cells, sops up excess oil, and targets dark spots. Slather it on before you snooze for soft, smooth, and glowing skin.
$28 (Shop Now)
Neogen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray
Spritz (yes, we said spritz!) on the Neogen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray — formulated with dark spot-fighting vitamin C and texture-smoothing niacinamide — before your moisturizer for a brightening boost.
$19 (Shop Now)
Ultru I'm Sorry for My Skin Black Mud Mask Tightening
Love clay masks but also live for sheet masks? (Person after our own hearts.) Get the best of both worlds with this hybrid formula, the Ultru I'm Sorry for My Skin Black Mud Mask Tightening, which is formulated with a thin layer of kaolin clay — to suck dirt out of pores — atop microfiber for a truly one-of-a-kind spa-like treatment. Also? Five bucks, folks. Five bucks.
$5 (Shop Now)
Goodal Black Charcoal 2 Step Clear Nose Pack Set
Spiked with detoxifying charcoal and exfoliating lemon, lime, and apple extracts to clean pores from deep within, the Goodal Black Charcoal 2 Step Clear Nose Pack Set nips blackheads — and whiteheads — in the bud. Another point? If some charcoal products smell and feel a little, well, dirty to you, this one's zippy citrus scent offers an entirely different appeal.
$15 (Shop Now)
Neogen Pink Cactus Hydramax Knit Mask
Lest you thought "knit: was a term for chunky sweaters alone, allow us to introduce you to a totally new treatment for your face: the knit mask. Prickly pear cactus and vitamin C in the Neogen Pink Cactus Hydramax Knit Mask work to both hydrate and brighten skin in 20 minutes or less. The thicker, woven fabric encourages deeper penetration of actives — and yes, feels more secure and less slippy that flimsier cuts.
$6 (Shop Now)
Goodal Refine Pore Modeling Mask
The key to shrinking your pores? Making them look smaller (because you can't actually diminish the size of them, unfortunately). The tree tea oil extract and niacinamide in the Goodal Refine Pore Modeling Mask, a two-step modeling mask packaged in handy-dandy cups, helps tighten, soothe, and, yes, downplay those dusky divots.
$9 (Shop Now)
Blithe Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water
Similar to an essence, the Blithe Himalayan Pink Salt Cleansing Water is meant to be swept over skin with a cotton pad morning and night before you slather on your moisturizer. Detoxifying Himalayan pink salt helps to literally lift dirt and pollution debris off of skin for a cleaner, smoother complexion.
$36 (Shop Now)
Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Foam
In spite of their best efforts, many foaming cleansers strip skin of its essential moisture. Th Yuri Pibu Grante Cleansing Foam, infused with green tea, is gentle enough to whisk away dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out the skin — leaving your complexion as energized as a matcha latte.
$25 (Shop Now)
Make P:rem Safe Cream
Consider the Make P:rem Safe Cream the Cetaphil of K-beauty. Its low-key formula of hydrating heavy hitters, squalene and glycerin, make it safe for the most sensitive of skin types.
$36 (Shop Now)
Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask
These Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Masks are literally drenched in green tea to soothe redness, inflammation, and give skin an all-over glow.
$19 (Shop Now)
CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Yes, the CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is made with snail mucin, but before you write off the interesting ingredient, know this: Despite its slimy origin, it's actually quite hydrating — especially when temps drop below 30. So, yeah, we recommend it.
$19 (Shop Now)
Missha First Treatment Essence Mist
Just a spritz (or two!) of the featherlight Missha First Treatment Essence Mist delivers a potent punch of hydrating, good-for-your-skin ingredients, like fermented yeast extract, which helps aid in skin-cell renewal.
$35 (Shop Now)
Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
The resveratrol (yes, the same stuff that's in red wine) in the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine helps to slough off the dead surface skin, which gives skin that all-too-coveted lit-from-within glow.
$27 (Shop Now)
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