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Moisturiser is one of the most important steps in the skincare routine. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dry patches by replenishing moisture and keeping the skin hydrated for the next few hours. Koreans are known for having bright and dewy complexion, which is no surprise since they take moisturisers very seriously.

With so many brands available in the market, Korean skincare products tend to be innovative in packaging, texture, scent and ingredients used while maintaining a reasonable price tag. Whether you have oily, combination, dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin, there will be a suitable Korean moisturiser for you to achieve the “Chok Chok” (Korean for moist) look!

1. Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX

Best Korean Moisturisers Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream Ex

Winner of Best Cream Moisturiser (Readers’ Choice) at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2020, this moisturiser features green mineral water that is known for replenishing skin with moisture.

On top of the amazing ingredient, it also has a moisture bomb in its formula that bursts upon application to release moisture, as well as a water zipper effect that makes sure that moisture won’t evaporate from your skin. With these innovative features, we’re not surprised that it has won the hearts of our readers!

Available at all Laneige boutiques and counters as well as online at sephora.sg for S$52.

2. HERA Rosy Satin Cream

Best Korean Moisturisers Hera

This cream contains the Rosy-Satin Complex that removes dead skin cells and sustains skin’s firmness, all while delivering moisture to the skin. You can look forward to a luminous glow and a silky finish.

Its delicate rose scent certainly helps make the usage experience that much better too!

No wonder it is the winner of the Best Cream Moisturiser (Judges’ Choice) at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2020!

Available at all HERA boutiques and counters as well as online at sephora.sg and YesStyle for S$120.

3. Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream

Best Korean Moisturisers Klairs

Coloured or tinted skincare may turn you off especially if it is in an unnatural colour such as blue. But the blue in this cream is harmless. It is due to the key ingredient, Guaziazulene, a dark blue crystalline hydrocarbon that comes from chamomile oil.

The blue ingredient is often used in shampoos and soap to soothe inflammation and irritation. When infused into the formulation, the Midnight Blue Calming Cream becomes the night cream to use to reduce redness in acne-prone or sensitive skin.

Available on Althea for S$33.20.

4. Huxley Fresh and More Cream

Korean Moisturisers Huxley

Launched in 2016, Huxley is the new cult favourite Korean brand that promotes the idea of less is more; something that is very out of the normal 10 to 13 steps Korean skincare trend.

What set this brand apart is also its unique use of cactus as the key ingredient of its products. Just like how cactus thrives in the Sahara desert, Huxley cream promises to lock in hydration and deliver moisture to the skin even in extreme dry conditions.

The Huxley Fresh and More Cream is a watery lightweight gel cream that is said to be ideal for soothing skin that is exposed to heat, air conditioner, pollution and UV rays. This cream sounds just like what a Singaporean lady needs!

Available on Guardian and Lazada for S$49.

5. Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream

Best Korean Moisturiser Mamonde

If you are a fan of skincare that has a fragrant, Mamonde is the brand to look out for. Mamonde Rose Water Toner is probably the star product of the brand and we are glad that they have added a moisturiser in the same Rose Water series.

Rose Water is known for providing relief to irritated and red skin and has a long history of being used in skincare and cosmetics in many cultures and societies. Applying this Korean moisturiser at night definitely makes you feel a bed of roses.

Available on Lazada for S$34, but is currently on sale for S$18.99 at the time of writing.

6. Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream

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Another floral-based cream, Innisfree Orchid series is designed for anti-ageing and the reduction of wrinkles and lines. The Orchid Enriched Cream is made from Jeju Orchids that are highly rich in antioxidants and free of mineral oils, parabens and synthetic colourants.

It will help to firm up and brighten the skin, tighten pores and reduce wrinkles, to create a healthier and youthful look.

Available at Innisfree’s official e-store on Shopee for S$43.

7. The Face Shop Chia Seed Advanced Hydro Cream

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Superfood is no longer just the food you eat but is now added into skincare and masks. Chia Seed, a superfood that is recognised for its nutritional benefits, is rich in antioxidants.

The infusion of Chia Seeds into the Advanced Hydro Cream results in a power-packed moisturiser that keeps the skin sebum- and oil-free throughout the day, while balancing out the hydration level of the skin. Suitable for all skin types, the formula is also enriched with vitamin B12 for added nourishment.

Available on The Face Shop’s website for S$43. A Chia Seed Hydro Travel Set is also available on Lazada and Zalora for S$15.

8. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream

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Etude House has a series of products under its Moistfull Collagen line. With moisturisers, there are two different types from the range. The recommended moisturiser for daily use is this new and improved Moistfull Collagen Cream that comes in a peach-coloured packaging tub. As its name suggests, this Korean moisturiser is thinner softer in texture as compared to the Moistfull Collagen Deep Cream.

Available on Etude House, Lazada, and Shopee for S$33.90.

9. Nature Republic Aqua Super Aqua Max Gel

Korean Moisturiser Nature Republic Aqua Max Gel

When Nature Republic first launched its Aqua Super Aqua Max Gel, it became one of its top-selling products and received positive reviews from many bloggers and writers.

The selling point of this cream is that it comes in three different variants, targeting the three different skin types – dry (pink), combination (green) and oily skin (blue). For all-day hydration, we like the Combination Watery Cream (green) for its high plant-based hyaluronic acid content that continuously maintains moisture in combination skin.

Available on iHerb for S$14.94.

10. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

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Green tea is well-known for being beneficial to the body because of its high antioxidant content – did you know it’s also good for your skin?

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream is probably one of the best-selling products under the brand. The Green Tea skincare line is developed after a careful study of over 2,000 variations of Korean green tea and the key “Beauty Green Tea” ingredient contains high amino acids that aid in hydration and moisturisation.

Available at Innisfree’s official e-store on Shopee for S$34.

11. The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Fresh Cream

Korean Moisturisers The Saem Harakeke Cream

The brand that was fronted by various celebrities such as G-Dragon, Shinee and now, Seventeen, The Saem is more than having posters of K-pop stars at their store fronts. The brand is known for producing good quality products at affordable prices.

The Harakeke series is the pride of the brand as it makes use of the unique Harakeke plant from New Zealand that is packed with linoleic acid, which is necessary for boosting the skin’s barrier layer, helping to seal in natural moisture. The Harakeke Cream contains New Zealand calendula flower extract and New Zealand Manuka honey to complement the Harakeke extract and provide the maximum moisturising effects for the skin.

Available on Qoo10 and Shopee, retailing between S$21.90 and S$27.90.

12. It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream

Best Korean Moisturiser Its Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream

Hyaluronic acid is the most talked about when it comes to hydration and moisturisers. It is often the key ingredient used in skincare for dry skin as it is the natural compound in the body that helps the skin to retain water. Lotion or cream that is made with hyaluronic acid is the best bet if you are looking for intense moisturisation. It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream is suitable for all skin types and delivers long lasting hydration especially for tired and dry skin.

Available on Shopee for S$13.

13. IOPE Derma Trouble Cream

Korean Moisturiser Iope Derma Trouble

Moisturisers are not only for dry skin. It is an important part of the skincare routine for acne-prone skin as well. For troubled skin, moisturisers could be tricky as the oily feeling of the cream may irritate the skin even more. IOPE’s Derma Trouble Cream specialises in creating moisture for acne-prone skin by balancing between the level of water and oil needed to protect the sensitive skin layer. If you have been shunning from moisturisers due to the fear of breakouts, you may now try this Korean moisturiser with a peace of mind.

Available on Qoo10 for S$44.90.

14. The Saem Iceland Hydrating Soothing Gel

Korean Moisturiser The Saem Iceland

A good alternative to aloe vera gels, The Saem Iceland Hydrating Soothing Gel is formulated with 98% pure mineral water. It is quick and refreshing to absorb to the skin and is said to provide instant relief to cracking skin and skin that was exposed to the sun.

Available on iHerb for S$11.25.

15. Dr Belmeur Advanced Cica Rocovery Cream

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Dr Belmeur is a skincare line under The Face Shop that was created for the sensitive skin group. The products from this range are derived from natural plant-based ingredients that are mild and gentle to the skin.

The  Advanced Cica Recovery Cream contains a cocktail of ceramide, panthenol (an alcohol form of Vitamin B5 that is often used as moisturisers or aid to improve wound healing), and centella asiatica extract that improve skin barriers to prevent excessive moisture loss.

Available on The Face Shop’s website, Zalora, iHerb, and Shopee, retailing between S$41.35 and S$48.

16. Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream

Best Korean Moisturisers Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream

Snail may sound very strange to have in skincare but get this – snail extract has a history of helping farmers with inflammation and healing of scars. It also contains the holy grail component – hyaluronic acid – on top of other moisturising agents such as protein and glycolic acid.

Besides the intensive hydrating properties from snail extract, the Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream is mixed with collagen, making this snail cream an anti-ageing cream that smoothens the appearance wrinkles and lines.

Available on iHerb for S$29.49.

17. Medicube Zero Pore Cream

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Another cream that is dedicated to oily and acne-prone skin, the Zero Pore Cream from Medicube is a clinically tested pore tightening moisturiser that improves the appearance of pores while ensuring refreshing hydration in the skin.

The formula uses a patented camellia flower extract to help reduce pore visibility, control excess sebum and regulate optimal sebum-moisture balance. Another key benefit of this cream is that it’s hypoallergenic, making it suitable for sensitive skin type as well.

Available on the Medicube’s website for S$53, but is currently on sale for S$45 at the time of writing. It is also available at Guardian for S$56. 

Considering more Medicube products to try? You can check out our reviews on their bestsellers here!

18. 3ce White Milk Cream

Best Korean Moisturisers 3ce White Milk Cream

When 3ce launched its White Milk Cream, it marketed the product as a moisturiser that could brighten up your skin so much, you could leave your house with no makeup on. The cream is dermatologically tested, contains milk protein extract and Vitamin E which help to promote moisturisation. As with other 3ce products, the packaging of this cream is rated 10 out of 10, so you can’t resist but pick it up as your morning and night cream.

Available at Sephora for S$52.

19. Aprilskin Real Carrot Blemish Clear Cream

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This non-greasy moisturiser by Aprilskin is packed with organic Jeju carrot extract, protein and seed oil to provide brightening benefits and wrinkle care to sensitive and acne-prone skin without the risk of breaking out.

Using the contents found in a whole carrot, the formula is abundant in vitamin A and beta-carotene to soothe and protect the skin while ensuring continuous moisture supply. It also contains M-peptide, a triple peptide complex that balances sebum, retains moisture and strengthens skin’s natural barriers.

Available at Aprilskin and Guardian for S$32.90 and S$32 respectively.

20. Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb

Korean Moisturiser Belif Aqua Bomb

Another super light-weight cream with watery texture, reviews have it that Belif’s The True Cream – Aqua Bomb is effective on oily skin, dry skin, and combination skin types.

It is made with Belif’s signature Napiers Aqua formula and contains no mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and animal-origin ingredients, so you can trust to have no break-outs after putting it on.

Available at Belif boutiques as well as online at The Face Shop website and Althea from S$54.10.


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