As the cofounder, esthetician, and curator behind Soko Glam and the skincare content site The Klog, I'm passionate about scouring Seoul for the latest and greatest innovations and bringing them to the U.S. so that your skin will see results.
No two skincare journeys are exactly the same and building a routine that is right for you is a very personal journey. K-beauty is all about tailoring skincare routines—whether one step or 10—to specific skin concerns, types, and goals. One skincare concern that plagues many of us is sensitive skin, and with so many products out there it’s hard to tell what actually works.
Korea is a leader in sensitive skin-friendly products because many Korean women and men identify as having sensitive skin, especially due to high pollution levels in Korea, which exacerbate the issue. As a result, they’ve come out with the most innovative sensitive-skin friendly formulations, which include ingredients such as centella asiactica extract, mugwort, and ceramides to coat, soothe, and protect your skin. To help demystify this skincare concern, I've rounded up the best sensitive skin K-beauty products to help you see results.
These pads are gentle yet pack a punch, targeting inflammation and irritated skin, while removing dead skin cells and impurities. Each pad features a three-layer cotton structure to boost efficacy and are soaked in a salicylic acid and allantoin-filled formula to clean pores, soothe, and condition skin.
The name says it all! This refreshing, skin-strengthening toner calms irritated skin with mugwort extract, which is packed with anti-inflammatory properties. The ingredient helps to heal skin sensitivities and acne, while madecassoside provides essential soothing benefits.
This gentle mask calms redness and irritation with a blend of botanical extracts like cica, fig, licorice, aloe vera leaf juice. The refreshing formula also contains vitamin C–rich pomegranate extract to repair and prevent damage.
This multi-tasking moisturizer fights inflammation and strengthens the skin barrier with madecassoside and ceramides. These two ingredients work together to instantly hydrate and plump the skin, while adenosine smooths out fine lines and niacinamide brightens a dull complexion. It’s the perfect moisturizer to help reduce redness due to acne and other skin sensitivities.
Missha is a K-beauty favorite and this mist that hydrates, heals, and protects skin on the go will be yours too! The formula contains 100-percent artemisia extract, which is an herb that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants. To effectively extract the most active form of the ingredient, the brand used a unique double-fermentation process in both warm and cold environments.
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