If you’ve been following me for a while, you would know how much I love Korean beauty, which is why I’m excited to be back with some more of my favorite Korean skincare products. Today we’re talking about all things Korean serums and which ones to get next.
Applying serums is literally my favorite part of my skincare routine—I love experimenting by applying multiple serums at once. If you’re new to serums, you’ll quickly learn that they make serums for everything.
So if you’re looking to specifically target an area on your face or if you’re looking to help your skin’s overall health, this guide has got you covered.
10 Best Korean Serums
I had to start off strong with this amazing Sulwhasoo anti aging serum. This serum works especially well with dry skin types or if you tend to have a dull and uneven texture.
It’s made with a blend of 5 Korean herbs that help balance the skin while also brightening, hydrating, and smoothing. It has a very subtle fragrance to it especially if you’re more sensitive to scents.
So after you’ve finished cleansing the skin, you apply this serum as the base since this serum helps boost the absorption of the following products in your skincare routine. The serum just absorbs right into the skin after applying it.
I seriously love Klairs products! They’re affordable and made with quality ingredients.
The Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum is a must-have in your skincare lineup. This serum is amazing for calming the skin while providing so much hydration.
They recently updated their formula so it’s more absorbent as soon as you apply it to your skin. It also has a mild citrus scent that smells so refreshing.
The serum works great on all skin types, even sensitive skin so you don’t need to worry about it irritating the skin. It’s made with celery, carrot root, and broccoli extract to bring lots of nutrients to the skin.
If you tend to have dry skin this is the perfect serum for you. The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is packed with different green teas to help hydrate and protect skin from environmental stressors.
The Green Tea Tri-biotic Complex helps with fortifying the skin’s moisture barrier. While the Jeju Green Tea helps with bringing so much hydration to the skin and the Jeju Green Tea Seed Oil helps the skin retain moisture.
You’ll notice after a few uses that your skin will look a lot plumper, more hydrated, and glowy because of how moisturizing this serum is.
This serum also works great if you tend to have acne-prone skin. Green tea and antioxidants can help with acne scarring.
Of course, I had to include another Klairs product in this roundup. I’m obsessed with vitamin C products because it makes my skin look so bright and glowy—it’s one of my favorite skin care products.
The Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drop is made with 5% vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and is super gentle. Vitamin C is another great anti-aging product, I’ve even seen some of my fine lines start to smooth out after using vitamin C.
If you’re not big on fragrances, you’ll be happy to know that this formula is fragrance-free—say goodbye to headaches. After a few uses of this serum, you’ll notice your skin begin to look brighter, pigmentation fading away, and reducing fine lines.
I haven’t tried the Face Shop White Seed Brightening Serum, but I’ve heard some really good things so I thought I would include it. This serum is great for brightening the skin, so if you have some scarring or dark spots this will help out a lot.
The white seed is supposed to be more powerful than vitamin C at brightening the skin. Your skin will also start to even out and have a more glowy complexion.
It has a light scent to it and absorbs quickly into the skin. Since the white seed is harsher, I would be careful and patch test if you tend to have sensitive skin.
The Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum is a great hyaluronic acid serum. The serum’s packed with peach extract, niacinamide, East Asian mountain yam, madecassoside, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.
All the ingredients help the skin become more hydrated, calm, brighter, and firmer. After a few uses, your skin will look so healthy, smooth, and clear.
This serum works on all skin types and really absorbs into the skin. Your skin will seriously look so youthful and radiant, you won’t be able to stop using this product.
It’s hard to find serums that have all these powerhouse ingredients in one.
The Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule is one of MISSHA’s best-selling products. They recently reformulated the serum to give even better results.
The new formula has 10 types of probiotics and 5 purple superfoods. The probiotics help reduce the signs of aging and improve the skin’s elasticity promoting collagen production.
The purple superfoods help energize and protect the skin. It also repairs and hydrates the skin to more youthful and radiant skin—it will literally even out your complexion.
It doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy and just absorbs quickly.
The COSRX Centella Aqua Soothing Ampoule is lightweight and delivers instant relief and hydration to inflamed or acne-prone skin.
It’s made with 42% Centella Asiatica, derivative madecassoside, and vitamin B5 to help hydrate the skin while also giving anti-inflammatory properties.
If you struggle with any inflammation issues this serum will instantly calm the skin and reduce any redness. This works especially well with acne-prone and sensitive skin.
The Benton Snail Bee Serum is so so cool. It’s made with two powerhouse ingredients: snail mucin and bee venom—full of benefits.
The snail mucin repairs acne scars and treats hyperpigmentation. While the bee venom calms irritated skin and targets breakouts.
You can also find some niacinamide, tea tree, and adenosine that help prevent wrinkles and brightens the skin.
It’s free of fragrance to help prevent headaches. If you’re weirded out by snail mucin don’t worry I was too, but it seriously helps your skin so much.
Last but not least, I had to share this Soko Glam exclusive. This serum gives your skin a concentrated boost of antioxidants and nutrients.
It’s made with 61% of fermented ingredients that promote elasticity in the skin while also brightening and balancing your skin’s complexion.
Using this serum on a regular basis is supposed to make your skin look like honey, which means it’s glowing and looks flawless.
Those were all of my favorite Korean serums! I hope this inspires you to start incorporating serums into your skincare routine if you’re not already.
Serums have been a game-changer since adding them to my skincare routine—my skin has never looked better.
If you decide to try out any of these Korean serums, be sure to tag me on Insta @wtfab so I can see what you went with. Definitely share some more recs if you feel like I missed some.
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The best Korean serums are:
– Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
– Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum
– Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum
– MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule
The best Korean serums for brightening the skin are:
– Jumiso All Day Brightening and Balancing Vitamin Serum
– MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair Probio Ampoule
– COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
They are both pretty much the same so you can but either on first as long as you cleanse and add essence first.