The 15 Best Korean Moisturizers for Dewy, Hydrated Skin

Formulas for every skin concern, coming right up.

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True beauty devotees know their way around best Korean skincare brands and have top shelves full of the best Korean face and sheet masks, Korean cleansing oils, and Korean sunscreens. But if they narrowed their K-Beauty collections down to a single product, the best Korean moisturizer would remain front and center. Moisturizers are a necessity in this beauty realm: “The Korean philosophy for skincare is very hydration focused,” explains Alicia Yoon, founder of K-beauty brand Peach & Lily.

All the best Korean moisturizers are designed to repair the skin barrier, soothe skin, and provide a plumped-up appearance. Some are formulated to reinvigorate dry, flaky skin, while others are a holy grail for hydrating oily skin without any excess shine. From cult-favorite K-beauty brands like LaNeige and Sulwhasoo to up-and-coming lines like Hanacure, Marie Claire editors consulted the K-beauty experts and vetted shopper reviews to find the best Korean moisturizers for quenching your skin stateside.

The Best Korean Moisturizers

What to Look For

  • Hydrating Ingredients 

“Korean beauty moisturizers strive to ensure deep hydration regardless of texture or if the formula is oil-based or oil-free,” says Yoon. So, whether you need a lightweight Korean moisturizer for oily skin or have dry skin and require a rich, peptide-packed formula, your favorite Korean moisturizer will include hydrating ingredients.

  • Texture

This is largely up to personal preference, but texture is huge factor when selecting the best Korean moisturizer for you. Marie Claire's edit includes some gel and water creams, ideal for summer months or for those with oilier skin types, as well as rich creams and emollients, which are suited to dry skin. If you have combination skin, assess your current needs (if you're going to the gym a lot, for instance, you might want a more lightweight option), or layer a lightweight moisture with a more moisture-packed face serum.

Meet the Expert

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Alicia Yoon

Alicia Yoon is a Korean skincare expert and the founder of Peach & Lily, a leading source and retailer for all things Korean beauty. Her acclaimed Peach & Lily skincare collection is 100% worry-free, non-toxic, and cruelty-free, using clinically-proven ingredients. Alicia travels regularly between New York City and Seoul to find the best products and most innovative skincare, and she has helped make Korean beauty the phenomenon it is in the U.S. today. An esthetician certified by spas in Korea and licensed in New York, Alicia is also a Harvard Business School graduate and an avid sheet-masker. She is on WWD's 25 Most Innovative Beauty Executives list and serves on the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Board of Governors.

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.