Introduction to Korean Skincare | K-Beauty Shopping in the UK

When I first heard about the 10 step Korean skincare routine a few years ago, I was shocked.

Fast forward to 2020/21 and my interest in skincare has grown significantly.
I now want to try everything and my own skincare routines are an average of 7 steps.

Back in December, I made my first Korean skincare purchases.
Here’s a little haul throwback while I’m doing a no-spend March.

Introduction to Korean Skincare pin

Where can you buy K-Beauty products in the UK?

There are actually a good selection of places to shop for K-Beauty products in the UK. Some of the most popular ones, and ones I’d feel most comfortable shopping at are:

  • Stylevana
  • Yesstyle
  • Stylekorean
  • Jolse
  • Superdrug / Boots / Feelunique / Lookfantastic / Beauty Bay
    • These common retailers stock the basics (like OhK! sheet masks) and a mainly a small range of well-known brands (like Cosrx)
  • Wishtrend
    • I’m less likely to shop here as the prices aren’t converted to GBP, but if you can get past that it’s not bad at all

Most of these offer free delivery at a certain threshold, which is great.
I made my purchase with Stylevana.

Korean skincare haul

I’m so used to my packages coming within a week of placing my order, so when I had to wait a month for my Stylevana delivery I struggled a bit.

The delay was due to 1 single item not having stock yet, else it could have come in approx. 1 week. I have no complaints – my order didn’t get lost and I was fully aware of what was happening.

These were my goodies:

SPF

I grabbed a few SPFs, because I haven’t yet found one I really love.

Missha Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++ | £9.89

This one sounded lightweight and hydrating. I love gels.
I’m also in love with the texture of the box and tube.

Missha sun gel SPF 50
Biore UV Watery Essence SPF50+ PA++++ | £8.69

This is probably one of the most popular Korean SPFs I’ve seen online.
Recommended by many, I have high hopes.

Biore Watery Essence SPF 50
AHC Moist Sun Cream SPF50+ PA++++ | £13.19

You might have seen this in my latest Morning Skincare Routine.
I’ve been using it for over a month now and it’s my new favourite SPF.
Lightweight, moisturising, doesn’t sting the eyes, smells lightly citrusy but the scent doesn’t linger. The only downside is there is no larger size!

AHC Moist Sun Cream SPF50

Mists

Secret Key Starting Treatment Aura Mist | £7.19

Currently using this in both my morning and evening skincare routines.
It’s not a hydrating, spritz-between-steps kind of mist, but it’s pleasant as a first step after cleansing to dampen the skin.

Contains galactomyces, which is an antioxidant that can help to brighten the skin and increase subsequent product absorption.

I had intended to get the essence from the same range, but I must have missed it. That’s on my list for my next K-Beauty haul!

Secret Key Starting Treatment Aura Mist
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Innisfree Aloe Revital Skin Mist | £11.39

This is nothing special, but it does give the skin a nice glow.
I need about 3 layers of it for my skin to feel hydrated.

Innisfree aloe revital skin mist

Moisturisers

A’pieu Aqua Up Clouding Cream | £7.19

I haven’t opened this yet, but I heard good things about A’pieu and it’s a very affordable brand.
Clouding Cream sounds so dreamy and it’s supposed to be brightening so I’m intrigued!

Apieu Aqua Up Clouding Cream
Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream | £8.99

It’s going to take me a while to get round to this
I have about 13 unopened moisturisers to get through.

I’m excited to try it though. I’ve seen a lot of centella products floating around this year and I’m curious to see if it’s as calming as it claims to be.
I also love a gel moisturiser.

Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream

Also love the fact that the box has an authenticity seal on it:

Iunik authenticity seal
Etude House Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream | £11.69

I saw this highly recommended on Instagram and I actually fell in love with the packaging.

Etude House Soon Jung Moisturiser
Holika Holika Aloe Vera Gel | £4.19

I ran out of my last aloe vera gel and just wanted a cheap replacement for emergency soothing.
I couldn’t resist this packaging, it’s so darn cute!

Holika Holika Aloe Vera Gel

Toners

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner | £9.59

Another staple in both my morning and evening skincare routines at the moment.

This is such a soothing, hydrating little bottle of magic.
I only use 4-5 drops, which is enough for my whole face, neck and chest.

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Cleansers

La Neige Moist Cream Cleanser | £18.59

The pink bottle surprised me, but I loveeeee it.
Another product with very satisfying textures on both the box and tube.

I am a sucker for cleansers, but I haven’t tried this yet.
I’m hoping it will be a hydrating morning and second cleanse.

La Neige Moist Cream Cleanser

Sheet Masks

I’m trying to sheet mask more regularly to combat dryness, so I grabbed the most hydrating masks I could find

Eunyul Aqua Sheet Mask | £1.79
Eunyul Aqua Sheet Mask
Etude House Soon Jung Panthensoside Sheet Mask | £1.39

I used this before taking a photo of it, oops.

This is supposed to help repair your skin barrier, soothe and lock in moisture. I enjoyed it.


Have you tried any Korean skincare or K-Beauty products? What are your favourites? What are your thoughts on Korean skincare overall?

TELL ME EVERYTHING!

I haven’t even tried half of what I have here, but I feel so ready to do another Korean skincare haul..

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6 Responses

  1. I’ve always wanted to try Korean Beauty, but there are SO many products out there it’s a little overwhelming, so thanks so much for the recommendations!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    • I felt exactly the same and tbh, I still feel overwhelmed when it comes to K-Beauty! Kind of feels like that’s part of the fun though – pick something that sounds right for your skin concerns, or something from your favourite product category and see how it goes. It’s a slippery slope for spending though, haha. Thanks for reading.

  2. I love skincare in general and I am always happy to try new products. So far I have only tried three K-beauty brands, Belif, Laneige and Benton Cosmetics and I am willing to try more Korean skincare and add it to my skincare routine.

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