13 Best Korean Serums & Toners To Help You Achieve Glowing Skin
Serums and toners from the K-brand beauty market!
By: Cherelle Lim / January 29, 2023
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Korean skincare products are constantly on our skincare radar when scouting for new products. They always seem to provide ingredients and textures that are just right! Besides, we also love it when our favourite K-Pop idols recommend a product.
Koreans are well-known for their baby smooth skin, so of course, we are all eager to achieve that glowy skin too. In this case, a serum or toner is a good place to start. Brands like Cosrx, Dr.Jart+ and Some By Mi, all have become faves among Korean skincare fans. If you’re looking for a good serums and toners that are produced by the Korean beauty market, look no further!
Beauty Insider has curated a list of the best Korean serums and toners that you can get your hands on!
- 1. Numbuzin’s No.6 Deep Sleep Mask Serum
- 2. Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
- 3. Neogen Real Ferment Micro-Essence
- 4. Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence
- 5. Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief
- 6. Benton Tea Tree Serum
- 7. Some By Mi AHA-BHA-PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
- 8. Cosrx Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
- 9. Mamonde Rose Water Toner
- 10. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum
- 11. Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Serum
- 12. Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum
- 13. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
1. Numbuzin’s No.6 Deep Sleep Mask Serum
No. 6 Deep Sleep Mask by numbuzins Serum is a brand-new form of sheet mask serum that you haven’t seen before. And it might be the key to making your skin appear soft and hydrated. The powerful serum promises to restore radiance to dull skin with a mixture containing a high concentration of glacial water and comes in a serum-like texture and is meant to be worn as an overnight mask! Apply two to three pumps to your face before going to bed to achieve that desirable glow.
Price: Starts from RM 60.48
Where to buy: Shopee
2. Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
Essences are a sort of hybrid of toners and serums, so the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence is a refreshing pick! It is best for those that have parched skin as it helps hydrate the skin. It has a formula that sinks into the skin easily and leaves it looking plump and fresh! Its formula is packed with green mineral water, which is a hydrating extract derived from veggies such as watercress, beets and kale. With a water-light texture, it is suitable for all types of skin, even oily!
Price: RM95.00 (30ml)
Where to buy: Sephora
3. Neogen Real Ferment Micro-Essence
If you have uneven skin tones, then the Neogen Real Ferment Micro-Essence is your new friend! This product is actually a K-Beauty icon due to its natural brighteners and fermented ingredients that are high in concentration, such as rice ferment. Although, it has quite a thick texture. But, patting it until it absorbs is totally worth it. A shocking discovery to note is that its ingredient list does not contain water at all!
Where to buy: Althea
4. Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence
Want a fix for your dull and tired skin? Try the Peach & Lily Wild Dew Treatment Essence! Its formula is made with lotus extract, which helps provide antioxidant protection. Besides that, it also contains niacinamide to help promote the absorption of your other products while also brightening your skin!
Where to buy: Faveful
5. Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief
Leaning more towards the creamy side is the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief. This serum helps combat environmental aggressors and evens out texture as well as skin tone. Its formula contains a mix of conditioning oils that help fight off breakouts, irritation and discolouration. Its star ingredient is tamanu oil, which has benefits to calm redness and soothe irritation. Rosehip and safflower oils, on the other hand, help support the skin barrier with fatty acids. The presence of ceramides and niacinamide help brighten up your skin as well!
Where to buy: Krave Beauty Global
6. Benton Tea Tree Serum
The Benton Tea Tree Serum has the benefit to help your skin achieve a smoother and balanced complexion. This serum is lightweight and contains tea tree extract to help cool and calm the skin too! Besides that, it also helps with reducing the production of oil. With 80% of tea tree oil within ints formula, it also helps hydrate the skin while retaining its moisture. It also contains betaine, which is an amino acid and this serum is also great for normal, oily and combination skin types. Benton even uses packaging that can be recycled too!
Where to buy: LookFantastic Singapore
7. Some By Mi AHA-BHA-PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
If you have acne-prone and oily skin, check out Some By Mi’s AHA-BHA-PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum! A miracle indeed as it contains 14.5% of centella asiatica extract. Besides that, it also contains tea tree leaf water along with the combo of AHA, BHA and PHA. These three different types of acid contain ingredients that are great for acne-prone and oily skin. This serum also helps provide triple-time brightening and helps clear acne and impurities to reveal a radiant complexion!
Where to buy: Lazada
8. Cosrx Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner
Cosrx is yet another Korean skincare brand that we all love. It is also fairly easy to get our hands on too! It is also a good idea to pat on your toner before your face fully dries too. The Cosrx Full Fit Propolis Synergy Toner has a formula that is brutal. It contains 72.6% of black bee propolis extract along with 10% honey extract. Thus, it has the benefit to help your skin glow while looking smooth and plump.
Price: RM28.00 (50ml)
Where to buy: Watsons
9. Mamonde Rose Water Toner
The Mamonde Rose Water Toner is long-lasting and great for your skin. Its formula contains 90% rose water derived from Damask roses that are 100% organic! This helps provide your skin with a boost of hydration that is refreshing. Besides that, it also helps soothe and tone your skin. It also helps absorb the rest of your skincare better and it’s even a winner of Allure Korea’s Best of Beauty!
Where to buy: Althea
10. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum
The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum is super mild and gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Vitamin C itself has the benefits of brightening and helps fade spots and marks that are stubborn. It is also a great option for those with fine lines, brown spots and open pores. What’s more, is that the ingredients list in this serum is chosen according to Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety Standards.
Where to buy: Threebs Malaysia
11. Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Serum
The Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Serum is highly concentrated and acts quite quickly. It has the benefit to help soothe and calm your skin’s sensitivity. At the same time, it also helps reduce redness and protects your skin as well. Its texture is watery and absorbs quickly as well to help reduce dryness. This serum is also suitable for dry, normal, sensitive, combination and oily skin types.
Price: RM195.00 (30ml)
Where to buy: Sephora
12. Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum
If you are a frequent makeup wearer, the Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum is great for layering underneath! This serum is lightweight and moisturising, which makes it ideal for applying before your makeup. Its formula also contains diamond powder, which can help achieve radiance and the Laneige signature Light Fit Prep technology. It has the benefit of helping strengthen your makeup’s consistency and adherence. All while delivering your skin with a healthy dose of hydration!
Where to buy: Wako Beauty
13. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
For a boost of hydration, get the Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. Innisfree is a cult favourite and one of the most well-known Korean beauty skincare brands. This serum is super hydrating and has a special formula that targets the loss of moisture. With the presence of Jeju green tea extract, it harnesses its hydrating properties and strong amino acids. Thus, it has the benefit to help create a moisture barrier that is strong for your skin!
Where to buy: Threebs Malaysia
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