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Shopping at Olive Young: The Most Popular Skincare Products in Korea

Irene
January 16, 2024

Korean skincare and beauty has taken the world by storm, captivating people around the world with its innovative products and techniques. From double cleansing to chasing the glass skin look, and incorporating newer sunscreen ingredients that can't be found in American sunscreens, K-beauty has cemented its position as an industry leader and global trendsetter.

If you're traveling in Korea, one of the top spots for K-beauty shopping is Olive Young. Olive Young is a leading health and beauty retailer in Korea, known for its vast selection of products and competitive prices. It's a one-stop shop for all things beauty, health, and personal care, with something for everyone. Every year, Olive Young releases a list of their most sold products in Korea, called Olive Young Awards, which is not available on the Global website. So, if you don't know where to begin on your Korean skincare journey or you're on a time crunch to shop for the most popular products to bring back home, this is for you!

Here are the top 3 products of each skincare category of Olive Young Awards 2023.

Top 3 Toners

ROUND LAB 1025 Dokdo Toner

Round Lab's Dokdo Toner is a soothing toner that contains 72 types of naturally derived minerals from the deep waters of Ulleongdo Island in Korea.

Anua Heartleaf 77% Soothing Toner

Anua's Heartleaf Toner contains heartleaf extract that helps calm redness in acne prone skin.

BRINGGREEN Tea Tree Cica Soothing Toner

Bring Green's Tea Tree Cica Toner contains tea tree and centella asiatica extract to help cool and sooth acne prone skin.

Top 3 Serums

ISOI Blemish Care Serum

ISOI's Blemish Serum contains bulgarian rose oil, bearberry leaf extract, baobab leaf extract, and more to help improve uneven skin tone and pigmentation.

Goodal Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Care Serum

Goodal's Green Tangerine Serum is a gentle vitamin C serum that helps improve dark spots and brightens overall skin tone.

Torriden Dive In Serum

Torriden's Dive In Serum contains low molecular hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration.

Top 3 Creams

Dr.G Red Blemish Clear Soothing Cream

Dr.G's Soothing Cream contains a 10-cica complex ingredient that helps bring relief to sensitive and irritated skin.

AESTURA Atobarrier 365 Cream

AESTURA's 365 Cream contains high-density ceramides that helps imrpove the skin barrier for sensitive skin types.

PHYSIOGEL Daily Moisture Therapy Facial Cream

PHYSIOGEL is a German skincare brand that's popular in South Korea. The DMT Facial Cream provides long-lasting hydration for dry and sensitive skin.

Top 3 Face Masks

MEDIHEAL Tea Tree Essential Mask Sheet

MEDIHEAL's Tea Tree Essential Sheet Mask contains tea tree extract and leaf oil to help soothe irritated skin.

Torriden Dive-In Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Mask Sheet

Torriden's Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask provides deep hydration for dry and sensitive skin.

ilso Natural Mild Clear Nose Pack

Ilso's Nose Pack is a 2-step pore strip that will help clear stubborn blackheads without irritating your skin.

Top 3 Toner Pads

What it's for: Gentle exfoliation and hydration.

SKINFOOD Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad

SKINFOOD's Carotene Water Pad contains beta-carotene extracted from organically grown carrots from Jeju Island in Korea. Helps soothe irritated skin.

Abib Heartleaf Spot Pad Calming Touch

Abib's Heartleaf toner pad contains heartleaf extract harvested from Jiri Mountain in Korea. Helps calm and reduce the temperature of your skin.

MEDIHEAL Madecassoside Blemish Pad

MEDIHEAL's Madecassoside Blemish Pad contains madecassoside and niacinamide to help treat acne prone skin and brighten pigmentation.

Korean Beauty Tip! Use toner pads like mini sheet masks. Place it on your cheeks and the center of your forehead, or other problem areas, to hydrate and prep your skin before applying make-up.

Top 3 Makeup Removers

ma:nyo Pure Cleansing Oil

Manyo's Pure Cleansing Oil is a gentle cleanser for removing makeup and blackheads.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

Bioderma is a French pharmaceutical brand and their micellar water effectively removes makeup from skin. It's also commonly used to clean up eyeliner and eye shadow when applying makeup.

BANILA CO Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original

BANILA CO's Cleansing Balms gently removes waterproof makeup. If you don't like cleansing oils, try cleansing balms instead.

Korean Beauty Tip! After using a oil or balm makeup remover, use a foam or gel cleanser for your nightly double cleansing routine.

Top 4 Sunscreens

ROUND LAB Birch Juice Moisturizing Sunscreen

ROUND LAB's Birch Juice Moisturizing Sunscreen is a hydrating chemical sunscreen that also filters blue light, and leaves no white cast.

Dr.G Green Mild Up Sun+

Dr.G's Green Mild Up Sunscreen is a non-irritating mineral sunscreen.

Cell Fusion C Laser Sunscreen 100

Cell Fusion's C Laser Sunscreen 100 is a slow-aging sunscreen that contains collagen and peptide to help improve skin barrier.

Whether you're looking to start a multi-step skincare routine or find the next holy grail product for your skincare rotation, Olive Young is definitely worth checking out. If you're traveling long-term in South Korea, you can use Shuttle's next day delivery services to get beauty products delivered to your place of residence. Shop Next Day Beauty here.

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