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There’s something about Korean skincare we just can’t stop obsessing about, and among our favourite brands is the ever-popular COSRX. Apart from giving us a “glass skin” glow, the affordable price point is also what makes it easy for us to click “add to cart”.

Nestled on the shelves of Watsons, COSRX’s products are priced between S$5.90 and S$39.90 to go easy on our wallets. But if you want to dip your toes into other brands and can’t seem to find ones that check both the “affordable” and “effective” boxes, we’re here to help.

To take your skin to the next level without the hefty price tag, here are eight Korean skincare brands you need to know about.

1. Benton

Inspired by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Benton aims to make you look younger as you grow older, just like Brad Pitt’s character in the movie. Launched in 2011, the Korean brand uses only natural ingredients and preservatives in its formulas to prevent topical irritation, so it’s suitable for all skin types.

The products help to hydrate your skin and address skin concerns like wrinkles and acne, so you can look more youthful over time. Benton features four different skincare lines: Aloe, Snail Bee, Honest, and Fermentation. Made in Korea, Benton’s products are not tested on animals, which is why they’ve earned a cruelty-free certification from PETA.

Benton’s products are available at Hermo, Althea, iHerb, LookFantastic, YesStyle, Hush.sg, My Beauty Moments, and Peau Peau Beauty.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

The Snail Bee High Content Essence contains snail mucin and bee venom to feed your skin with intense moisture, while aloe, collagen and other plant extracts help soothe and smooth your skin. It also contains one of our favourite ingredients, niacinamide, to reduce skin congestion and calm active breakouts.

Of the recommended stores, Hush.sg offers the best price at S$14.70 for 60ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo, Althea, iHerb, YesStyle, Peau Peau Beauty, Hush.sg, and My Beauty Moments.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Benton Aloe Bha Skin Toner

Benton’s Aloe BHA Skin Toner is a fragrance-free toner that contains salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and calm the skin. Aloe vera soothes while snail mucin brings back moisture to the skin, so you don’t have to worry about dryness when you use this product.

Of the recommended stores, Hush.sg offers the best price at S$13.20 for 200ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo, Althea, iHerb, LookFantastic, YesStyle, Peau Peau Beauty, and My Beauty Moments.

2. Sioris

The name Sioris originated from the combination of words “simple” and “original”. This vegan-certified beauty brand prides itself on using natural and seasonal ingredients in their formulations. To maintain the freshness of their formulations, the ingredients used are harvested from local farms and manufactured within a year. It’s the perfect brand to look into if you want effective, clean, vegan products.

Sioris’ products are available at Fickle Beauty, COCOMO, and Peau Peau Beauty.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Sioris Time Is Running Out

If you’re a busy bee, try the Time Is Running Out Mist, a multi-tasking 3-in-1 toner, mist, and serum. Made with nourishing plant oils like macadamia seed, jojoba, and sunflower seed, it delivers a boost of moisture to your skin quickly and easily. Just give it a shake and spritz for hydrated, supple skin.

Of the recommended stores, COCOMO offers the best price at S$23.24 for 100ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Fickle Beauty and Peau Peau Beauty.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Sioris A Calming Day Ampoule

Sioris’ A Calming Day Ampoule is a lightweight treatment that soothes sensitive skin and provides lasting hydration. It contains 86% of Omija fruit extract, an antioxidant-rich adaptogen usually found in Korea, China, and Japan to fight environmental stressors like pollution. The ampoule also contains calendula and centella to calm inflamed skin.

Of the recommended stores, COCOMO offers the best price at S$39.90 for 35ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Peau Peau Beauty.

3. Pyunkang Yul

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미세먼지가 또다시 찾아온 지금, 편강율 에센스토너와 함께 닦아내세요 – 💙편강율이 알려주는 에센스 토너 사용 꿀팁💙 – 편강율 에센스토너 그냥 스킨으로만 사용하고 계신가요? 그런 여러분들을 위해 편강율이 준비한 에센스토너 사용정복기 – 1) 피부가 지친 날에는 1/3 화장솜을 이용한 수면팩 피부가 많이 지친 날에는 무거운 수면팩 역시 피부에게는 자극이 많이 가요! 따라서 가벼운 수면팩에는 1/3 화장솜에 에센스토너를 듬뿍 묻혀서 사용해주세요 2) 클렌징 후에도, 한번 더 깨끗하게 정리하고 싶다면 에센스토너를 1/3 화장솜에 묻혀서 통에 넣어두면 클렌징 후 닦아낼 때 간편함은 덤! Now that the fine dust is here again, Wipe out with the pyunkangyul essence toner. – 💙Use essence toner tips as directed by Pyunkangyul💙 – Are you using essence toner only for skin? Focus!🔥 – 1) Sleeping pack with 1/3 cotton when skin is tired When the skin is tired, the heavy sleep pack is also very irritating. Therefore, use a light sleep pack covered with 1/3 of the cotton wool with essence toner. 2) Even after cleansing, if you want to clean up the essence toner once more, put it in a cotton container and put it in a container, and the cleansing is easy!

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Developed by the Pyunkang Oriental Medicine Clinic in Korea, Pyunkang Yul is known for treating dry skin and dermatitis. The brand eliminates all the frills and fillers you’d typically find on an ingredients list. That means no fragrances or textural enhancers – a dream come true for those with sensitive skin.

This cruelty-free brand places emphasis on finding the right balance between oil and moisture, which is imperative to achieving healthy skin.

Pyunkang Yul’s products are available at Hermo, Althea, Hush.sg, Skinx, iHerb, YesStyle, and My Beauty Moments.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

This Essence Toner is the product that catapulted Pyunkang Yul to fame. Made with 91.3% of milkvetch root extract, this hydrating toner absorbs quickly into the skin. Whether you use a single layer or multiple layers after cleansing, you’ll notice plumper, smoother skin. The antioxidant-rich essence toner also has anti-inflammatory properties to calm irritated skin.

Of the recommended stores, Hush.sg offers the best price at S$16.90 for 200ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo, YesStyle, iHerb, Althea, Skinx, and My Beauty Moments.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream

Pyunkang Yul’s Moisture Cream is a creamy yet lightweight moisturiser that’s suitable for all skin types, especially those with sensitive, acne-prone, or oily skin. Formulated with 92% of coptis japonica root extract, an anti-inflammatory medicinal herb, the cream gives your skin a glow without feeling greasy or sticky.

Of the recommended stores, Hush.sg offers the best price at S$26.90 for 100ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo, YesStyle, iHerb, and Skinx.

4. iUNIK

In case you were wondering, iUNIK is an acronym for Ideal Unique Natural Ingredients Knowhow. This K-beauty brand uses only hypoallergenic ingredients for all its skincare products, from everyday skin essentials to treatment serums.

iUNIK’s products are available at Hermo, YesStyle, and COCOMO.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream

The iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream is a light and moisturising gel that helps refresh and relieve stressed skin. Enriched with 70% centella asiatica leaf water, 10% tea tree leaf water, and six patented sprout extracts, the cream soothes and calm acne-prone or sensitive skin while protecting it from external stressors.

Of the recommended stores, COCOMO offers the best price at S$15.90 for 60ml with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo and YesStyle.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Iunik Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum

Nourishing and brightening, the iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum revitalises dry and sensitive skin. It’s made with 70% propolis to soothe irritated skin as well as sea buckthorn extract to brighten the skin. The product also contains niacinamide to smooth out wrinkles and even out your skin tone. It’s perfect for dull or tired skin that’s in need of a pick-me-up.

Of the recommended stores, COCOMO offers the best price at S$16.90 for 50ml and with free shipping for orders of S$60 and above. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo and YesStyle

5. Some By Mi

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지금 내 피부는 비.상.사.태 이럴땐 뭐다⁉️ AC SOS 키트 . 여드름성 피부 완화 기능성 클렌저 [미라클 아크네 폼] 짜지말고 닦아내자 [미라클 토너] 유수분 밸런스를 맞춰주는 [미라클 세럼] 민감해진 피부를 튼튼하게 가꿔주는 [미라클 크림] . 아하,바하,파하가 함유되어 문제성 피부에 효과적인 미라클 라인 스킨케어 4종을 [AC SOS 키트]로 만나보세요🤗 . 아하·바하·파하 30 데이즈 미라클 AC SOS KIT . —————————————— . My skin is in crisis now🆘 AC SOS KIT at time like this! . Gentle and clear Deep Cleansing on problematic skin [Miracle Acne Foam] Don’t squeeze, wipe it out [Miracle Toner] Control water-oil balance [Miracle Serum] Strengthen sensitive skin [Miracle Cream] . Meet 4 types of Miracle Line Skincare in [AC SOS kit] which contains AHA·BHA·PH to improve problematic skin effectively💁🏻‍♀️ . AHA·BHA·PHA 30 Days Miracle AC SOS KIT . . #썸바이미 #썸바이미토너 #미라클토너 #토너 #스킨케어추천 #약산성세럼 #스킨케어 #피부장벽 #문제성피부 #성난피부 #트래블키트 #스킨케어루틴 #기초화장품추천 #아하바하파하 #피부진정 #somebymi #miracletoner #ahabhapha #acneproneskin #problematicskin #skinproblem #koreanskincare #skincare #asianbeauty

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A brand that offers both skincare and makeup products, Some By Mi believes that natural beauty deserves attention. The brand takes its name from the Korean word “mi” which means “beauty,” and proudly manufactures all its products in Korea.

Some By Mi products are available at Althea, COCOMO, iHerb, YesStyle, and Olive Young.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Some By Mi Aha Bha Pha 30 Days Miracle Toner

If you’re new to Some By Mi, then you have to try the raved-about AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner. Best suited for people with oily and acne-prone skin, this low-pH toner is fortified with the anti-inflammatory goodness of tea tree leaf extract. It also uses a combination of three chemical exfoliants to slough off dead skin cells and unclog pores.

Of the recommended stores, Althea offers the best price at S$15.70 for 150ml with free shipping. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at YesStyle, iHerb, COCOMO, and Olive Young.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Some By Mi Truecica Mineral100

The Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Sunscreen is perfect for those with sensitive skin. The star ingredient is cica, also known as centella asiatica, which helps to repair the skin’s barrier and soothe inflammation. It’s a trendy ingredient that’s usually found in serums and moisturisers, but the brand has infused its sunscreen with it to ensure all-day protection from UV rays and aggressors.

Of the recommended stores iHerb offers the best price at S$18.84 for 50ml and with free shipping for orders over S$40. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Althea and YesStyle.

6. PURITO

Combining the word “purify” with the Korean word for “soil”, PURITO’s name aptly reflects the brand’s ethos. Eco-friendly and cruelty-free, the brand uses naturally-derived ingredients that are approved by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

PURITO’s products are available at Hermo, YesStyle, and Peau Peau Beauty.

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Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ has climbed the ranks of popularity within the last year, and with good reason. It’s a gentle, non-sticky sunscreen that uses mineral filters to shield the skin from harmful UV rays. Centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid in the formula help to soothe the skin and restore hydration too. Plus, the sunscreen doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin, which makes it the perfect base for makeup.

Of the recommended stores, YesStyle offers the best price at S$19.41 for 60ml and with free express shipping for orders over S$110. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo and Peau Peau Beauty.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum

Infused with 49% of cica extract, ceramides, and collagen, the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum helps to smooth out wrinkles while strengthening the skin barriers for brighter, healthier skin. It sinks into the skin quickly, feeding it with numerous nutrients all at once like a buffet.

Of the recommended stores, YesStyle offers the best price at S$19.41 for 60ml and with free express shipping for orders over S$110. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Hermo and Peau Peau Beauty.

7. Illiyoon

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. 세라마이드 아토, 네가 궁금해! 🤭 세토에게 무엇이든 물어보세윤~😎 . 일리유너의 극찬👏 민감피부의 애정💙 육아맘의 입소문🗣 써본 사람이라면 아묻따 지인들에게 추천한다는👍 #믿쓰템 . #일리윤 을 대표하는 시그니처 라인 💙 #저자극 #고보습 #세라마이드아토 💙 . 세토 입문러라서 궁금한점 평소 세토 라인에 아쉬웠던점 칭찬해주고 싶은점, 개선점까지! 스토리 Q&A나 댓글로 무엇이든 물어보세요😉 . ✅딱 일주일간만 진행되는 세라마이드아토 #베스트셀러 올리브영 기획전도 놓치지마세요🤗 . 🛒 #올리브영 6월 세토 #기획전 🛒 💚 ~6/14(일)까지 💚 세라마이드 아토로션 / 집중크림 / 수딩젤 40% 할인 💚 2만원 이상 구매시 3종 미니키트 증정 💚 프로필 링크 클릭🖱

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A skincare brand that specialises in restoring your skin’s moisture levels, Illiyoon offers products that are perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin. Its key ingredient is ceramide, which helps to strengthen the skin barrier. Each formula is gentle and nourishing, using hypoallergenic ingredients that are suitable for babies and toddlers.

Illiyoon’s products are available at YesStyle, Qoo10, and Olive Young.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream

Illiyoon’s Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream contains little white capsules that burst as you rub the cream into your skin. Each tiny capsule actually contains a pseudo-ceramide complex gets absorbed into your skin at a deeper level, which makes them more effective for skin repair and protection. It comes in a huge 200ml tube too – a real bang for your buck.

Of the recommended stores, Qoo10 offers the best price at S$22 for 200ml with free shipping. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at YesStyle and Olive Young.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Soothing Gel 1

If the Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream is a little too heavy for you, try the Ceramide Ato Soothing Gel. It’s a refreshing gel that hydrates and soothes the skin – great for our humid weather. It’s enriched with fermented ceramide to provide lasting hydration, while the amino acids from sugar beet calm irritated skin.

Of the recommended stores, Qoo10 offers the best price at S$22 for 175ml with free shipping. This is accurate at the time of writing.

This product is also available at Olive Young.

8. Isntree

Fusing the words “island”, “natural”, and “tree” together, Isntree’s brand name represents and guides its philosophy. The skincare label uses pure and safe ingredients derived from nature, such as aloe vera and green tea extracts harvested from Jeju. All of its products are cruelty-free and made in Korea.

Isntree’s products are available at iHerb and My Beauty Moments.

Products to try

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner

If you have oily skin that looks dull and tired, try the Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner. It uses green tea leaves that are packed with amino acids, minerals, polyphenols, and protein to keep your skin healthy. In addition to the green tea, the toner contains hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, a humectant that draws moisture into your skin.

Reviewers have touted this product as the perfect dupe for Amorepacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence too. Like the essence, the toner is designed to protect, brighten, and clear up your complexion, but at a fraction of the price.

Of the recommended stores, only iHerb has this product in stock at S$27.52 for 200ml with free shipping for orders over S$40. This is accurate at the time of writing.

Lesser Known Korean Skincare Brands Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream

Formulated with five types of hyaluronic acid, Isntree’s Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream is made to lock in moisture for those with oily or combination skin. The light jelly-like texture spreads easily over the skin and leaves a cooling sensation behind. Squalane and allantoin in the formula help to calm and protect your skin too.

Of the recommended stores, only iHerb has this product in stock at S$26.69 for 80ml and with free shipping for orders over S$40. This is accurate at the time of writing.

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