Curious about Korean beauty products but unsure how to find their products or create the same effect? Lately, the biggest trend sweeping the beauty world is the multi-step Korean beauty routine. Many beauty vloggers, gurus, and bloggers obsess over Korea’s beauty regime.
While I lived in South Korea, I fell in love with their skincare products – toners, eye creams, scrubs, night creams, etc. Korean products promote soft and clear skin. My skin was the brightest and smoothest it has ever been.
Moving back to America reduced my options for Korean skincare products. However, the products below produce the same effect without the hassle of finding a Korean makeup store or purchasing online. They’re all at your neighborhood Target!
My Korean Beauty Routine with Target Products
Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover
Retails for $5.89 for 5.5 oz
The first step in removing make-up is to eliminate your eye and lip makeup. In Korea, they love using oil-based removers to clear their eyes and lips after a long day of work or school. In America, the Neutrogena Makeup Remover does the exact same thing and doesn’t sting your eyes after use. What I loved about this product was that it was super lightweight and erased waterproof mascara. No more panda eyes!
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub
Retails for $6.29 for 4 oz
Double cleanse treatment is taking the world by storm. Exfoliation is a must in Korea because it cleans out the muck in your pores. Make-up, dirt, and other bad particles collect and cause acne and redness. In America, Neutrogena’s Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub is the perfect exfoliating cream. Not only does it purify your skin, but also it leaves your skin baby soft. A tip with the pore scrub- you can use it as a lip scrub too!
Clean & Clear Facial Cleanser
Retails for $4.79 for 8 oz
For the second part of the Korean double cleanse treatment, a lightweight face cleanser is your go-to item. Thanks to the exfoliating cream, your pores are open for business, so scrubbing harsh facial cleansers could cause worse outcomes on your skin. Clean & Clear Facial Cleanser is a super lightweight cleanser that is refreshing. Useful tip: if you run out of eye makeup remover, Clean & Clear Facial Cleanser erases mascara and eyeliner!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Retails for $6.79 for 13.5 oz
Cleansing Water is a must-have item. Adding a splash of water brightens and refreshes your face after a good scrub. Koreans use cleansing water or face mist for a quick refresher. In America, I enjoy using Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to hydrate my skin. A tricky obstacle is that it is water; so, using your fingers and palms will be of no use to you. Cotton swatches are the perfect teammate. For better results splash about 5 drops onto the swatch or you will be drowning in a puddle of water!
Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner
Retails for $8.99 for 5 oz
Toner is a skincare connoisseur’s best friend. Toner, the last step of the cleaning process, is a night and day product. Toner is like a vacuum collecting the remaining pesky particles on your skin. Rosewater is great for sensitive skin because the rose essence reacts with the chemicals in the toner and creates a refreshing feeling. The best part about rose water is that it smells wonderful!
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Toner
Retails for $6.49 for 8oz
For people with acne-prone skin, Neutrogena’s Acne Stress Control Toner works well with clearing up any skin blemishes and redness.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer
Retails for $12.29 for 4oz
A daily moisturizer is key to a soft and clear face. I use my moisturizer twice a day. After the first 5 steps, your skin is an easy target for bad particles and acne. You want to close your pores. A moisturizer does exactly this! The ultra-calming moisturizer is really gentle on the skin after the deep cleanse.
Olay Eye Cream
Retails for $24.99 for 0.4 oz
Eye cream shields your face from crow’s feet and dark circles. It brightens your eyes, so you don’t look like a zombie as you drag yourself to work or school. In Korea, eye creams, essences, and serums flood the beauty market. You can’t forget eye cream in your skincare routine. In America, I like to use Olay’s eye cream because the consistency is very similar to Korean eye creams. With this eye cream, a little goes a long way! If you want a splurge formula, I also recommend Lancôme’s eye cream.
Olay PROX Wrinkle Cream
Retails for $44.99 for 1oz
Wrinkles are life’s natural gifts many of us want to avoid. Your skin stops producing collagen while you are a teenager, so those laugh lines start to appear early. In Korea, wrinkle creams appear on every street corner. In America, Olay’s PROX Wrinkle Cream resembles many of the creams in Korea. Wrinkle cream reduces wrinkles and keeps your skin soft!
L’Oréal Age Perfect Night Cream
Retails for $10.79 for 2.5oz
You cannot end the night without topping your face with creamy night cream. The thick cream will soften, brighten, and tighten your face overnight. In Korea, snail night cream is the best seller. However, in America, L’Oréal’s Age Perfect Night Cream mirrors the consistency and the feeling. Whenever I use this cream, I cannot stop touching my face in the morning!
Who says that you need to be in South Korea or buy their items online to get the same affect? With these products, you will have your Korean beauty routine and flawless skin without having to look beyond the beauty isle at Target.
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