Korean Skin Care on a Budget

Korean skincare is so hot right now – and for good reason: it works. But sometimes, a 10-step beauty routine – with 10 different products – can be a bit of a financial strain. So, with that in mind, we’ve collected all the best K-beauty under $20 so you can get the glass skin without breaking the bank.

Clean It Zero Cleansing Cream Original, $19 by Banila Co
The first step to a double cleanse is an oily cleanser like this one that melts away makeup and doesn’t leave your skin dry. The vitamin C in the formula boosts your radiance, and the vitamin E base is safe for sensitive skin.

Cleanse your skin again.Neogen Dermalogy Real Fresh Foam Cleanser Green Tea Cleanser, $19.
Suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, this cleanser brightens the skin and removes impurities. The fermented green tea extract calms and moisturizes the skin while cleansing it.

Or, use this for another cleanse. aprilSkin Magicstone Soap Original, $15.
This Youtube sensation is a deep cleansing product with all-natural ingredients. Particularly good for acne-prone skin.

Exfoliate.Oh K! Chok Chok Multitasking Scrub, $7.49.
To get rid of dead skin cells and get your skin ready for a serum, these scrubs work super well and give your skin a beautiful glow.

Tone: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner, $22
In addition to removing any cleansing residue, this toner also adds the dewy moisturizing effect of hyaluronic acid. It also contains plant extracts that help soothe and soften the skin.

Serum. Metamaxon Hydrating Serum, $17.98.
So….. Essence Step. Doesn’t it look a little redundant? Maybe, but you are worth it, especially at this price point. This one is hydrated with snow algae (oh, fancy seaweed) and brightened with lactic acid.

Treatment: Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Serum, $27.
Your skin is ready for the ultimate in Korean beauty: snail slime. Snail mucus has the power to lighten scars, seal in moisture and more, leaving your skin as crystalline and radiant as glass. And, fun fact: Benton is named after Benjamin Button (you know, the Brad Pitt movie that reversed aging).

Sheet mask. My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask, $13.99 for 10 pieces.
They brighten, nourish and rejuvenate tired skin……. Sheet masks are basically magic. Also, many of the ingredients in these masks are more expensive masks, such as red algae and Malayvistam extract, which leave skin softer overnight. Well, this particular brand is not technically Korean (it’s Chinese) and we love it, so we’re including it anyway.

Acropass Problem Repair Mask, $18.
This next level of acne treatment uses a (painless) microneedle patch that provides medication to eliminate spots, STAT. it can even help treat stubborn cystic acne.

A K-beauty starter set. Innisfree’s best-selling discovery set, $18.
If you’ve been holding back (or under a rock) and haven’t tried Korean skincare, this set is all you need. Paired with Innisfree’s most popular pore-cleansing clay mask, an intensive hydrating serum and a youthful moisturizing face cream, this set will get you on glassy skin for just $20.