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Skincare holds a special place in my heart as I have battled cystic acne; I’ve tried countless products and spent hours researching what works best. I discovered Korean skincare in late-2018 after watching a Korean drama and being in awe at how clear and healthy the actors and actresses skin looked. I’ve held Korean skincare in high-regard because of the concentrated, wholistic formulas, gentle and reasonably priced products that is difficult to find in western brands.

The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Essence

This essence contains 80% fermented green tea that gave me extra hydration and antioxidants. The unconventional lotion texture soaked into the skin nicely and gave a glassy appearance to the skin. One of the most notable results from this product was how it faded my hyperpigmentation.

Tonymoly, https://tonymoly.us/, $27

Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

If you have never tried overnight masks before this will definitely get you hooked. Do not be wary of the word “mask”, this formula will soak right into your skin and you’ll wake up with a brighter more moisturized completion. This is my go-to product when my skin is a little dull and irritated, Rice Extract is definitely a crowd pleaser as it’s unlikely to cause breakouts.

CosRX, https://www.cosrx.com/, $18

OIL-FREE Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion

This is the perfect day-time moisturizer for anyone with acne-prone skin. This formula is packed with great ingredients for the skin like 70.8% Birch Sap, which is a small molecule that is easily absorbed by the skin; this moisturizing ingredient is really good for breakout-prone skin. This formula also features Lemon and Tea Tree oil that fade hyperpigmentation and prevent future breakouts.

CosRX, https://www.cosrx.com/, $22

Beta-Glucan Daily Moisture Cream

While this is marketed as a daily cream, I love to use this at night. It is quickly absorbed and non-greasy. Moisturizers have a tendency to break my skin out, but I have never had a problem with this moisturizer. This moisturizer also helped to brighten my skin and reduce pore size.

IUNIK, https://www.iunikcos.com/, $15.99

Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence

This is one of my favorite products for redness and it will be one of my front-line products for fall and winter weather. It has a subtle herbal scent and has double fermented mugwort which is high in antioxidants.  It comes in a convenient spray bottle which I have found helps limit wasted product and it has improved the sensitivity and hyperpigmentation in my skin

Missha, https://www.misshaus.com/, $47

Madeleine is a junior at the University of Utah studying Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She likes coffee, paint-by-numbers, a little too much YouTube, and nail design.