For decades, Asia has led the charge when it comes to cosmetic innovation. Korean and Japanese skincare products have become a mainstay in our routines, blessing us with dewy complexions without breaking the bank. They have officially upped the standards for the global industry – and if we’re being honest, our personal standards as well.
The hype around Asian skincare is still very much alive, and we’re constantly scouring for the next formula to slather on our faces. Heck, there’s even a subreddit for Asian beauty products with close to a million members who provide us with a constant stream of product reviews.
But with that many recommendations coming at us left, right, and centre, it can start to feel a little overwhelming. This is why we’ve turned to YesStyle, an e-commerce hub with products that have been reviewed by people who’ve tried and tested practically every Asian beauty product out there.
Ahead, we rounded up the best-selling skincare products on YesStyle and categorised them for easy navigation. Get ready to discover some delightfully obscure products and fall back in love with cult classics.
Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original
It’s no secret just how beloved Banila Co’s Original Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is. YesStyle reviewers love this multitasking product, which sells every three seconds and covers the first step in a double-cleansing routine. It removes makeup, dirt, and oil without stripping the skin, thanks to hydrating and soothing ingredients like glycerin and centella asiatica extract.
One reviewer said, “It even takes off waterproof mascara without leaving your skin dry and/or tight, which is really impressive. Not only that, I use less than a dime-sized amount for my whole face, so it will definitely last me a while.”
Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original retails for S$25.81 at YesStyle.
Heimish All Clean Balm
Heimish’s All Clean Balm melts into an oil when you massage it into your skin. It washes away heavy makeup without causing any dehydration, and it really does leave your skin “all clean”. Shea butter, citrus herbs, fruits, and floral extracts help to condition and moisturise your skin.
A reviewer said, “It cleanses without stripping my skin or leaving a residue. It doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin, which is always a concern with my super-sensitive, eczema-prone skin.”
Heimish All Clean Balm retails for S$26.43 at YesStyle.
iUNIK Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil
Loaded with natural oils derived from six different plants, iUNIK’s Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil melts off thick makeup, sunscreen, and grime from the day. The lightweight cleansing oil also contains calendula extract to soothe irritated skin.
One reviewer noted, “This is lovely as a first oil cleanser; it takes all the makeup and leftover SPF residue off. It’s super gentle, as are all iUNIK products, so no surprise there. It’s also definitely less runny than some other oil cleansers I’ve tried, which makes it easier to apply and means you need less [product] too.”
iUNIK Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil retails for S$28.97 at YesStyle.
Purito From Green Cleansing Oil
Purito’s From Green Cleansing Oil is a gentle, fragrance-free one that removes every last trace of sunscreen and makeup without causing irritation. It’s made with olive oil, sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, and grape seed oil to moisturise the skin. Once you emulsify and rinse it off, your skin will feel soft and smooth like a baby’s bottom.
One happy customer wrote, “The oil spreads well across the skin and does a great job of breaking down makeup and sunscreen. For something without added fragrance, it has a really lovely scent.”
Purito From Green Cleansing Oil (200ml) retails for S$30.35 at YesStyle.
THEFACESHOP Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil
A product that’s been highly raved about in Korea for years now is THEFACESHOP’s Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil. It has a water-based formula that’s made up of mooring oil and rice water. Together, they cut through grease and dirt to purify and detox the skin without leaving a sticky, heavy feeling behind.
A reviewer said, “I have combination skin, and it’s extremely sensitive. This oil cleanser removes BB cream and everything else sitting on my face at the end of the day, and I have not had any new breakouts. It also smells amazing. I will definitely restock once I’m out.”
THEFACESHOP Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil retails for S$21.81 at YesStyle.
Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil
If you prefer a lighter cleansing oil, try Hada Labo’s Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil. It’s formulated with olive oil to remove excess oil, dirt, and makeup, but it doesn’t feel heavy at all. In fact, it has a thin, silky consistency that glides over the skin easily.
It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and maintain the skin’s moisture balance, so you face will feel soft and smooth even after you’ve cleansed. There are no fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol, or artificial colourants in this – good news for folks with sensitive skin.
One reviewer raved, “This is my absolute favourite oil cleanser. I usually use two pumps and massage it on my face for around two or three minutes. That way I get a face massage that doesn’t drag on my skin.”
Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil retails for S$23.28 at YesStyle.
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Start and end your day right with this gentle cleanser from COSRX. It has a low pH level that works with your skin’s natural pH balance to keep it soft and refreshed. It’s formulated with tea tree oil to target blemishes as it effectively removes excess oil and dirt.
A reviewer said, “This cult favourite gel cleanser is what I recommend to anyone looking for something that is not too stripping on the skin. Perfect as a one-step mild cleanser for mornings and as a second step water-based cleanser for nights as well.”
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser retails for S$17.80 at YesStyle.
Some By Mi Bye Bye Blackhead 30 Days Miracle Green Tea Tox Bubble Cleanser
Like a refreshing cup of green tea, Some By Mi’s Green Tea Tox Bubble Cleanser is packed with antioxidants to restore your skin’s radiance. It contains green tea water, tea extracts, as well as salicylic acid to slough away dead skin cells and keep your skin balanced.
One reviewer commented, “Although my skin is not acne-prone (normal skin), I always had tiny pimply bumps on my forehead and blackheads around my nose. But they have disappeared [after using] this every night and my pores [appear] smaller!”
Some By Mi Green Tea Bubble Cleanser retails for S$26.20 at YesStyle.
Senka Perfect Whip
Gentle and refreshing, Senka’s Perfect Whip has found a permanent spot in many beauty routines. It produces a dense, fluffy foam that removes dirt, oil, and makeup without upsetting your skin’s moisture balance. That’s because it contains silk essence and hyaluronic acid to cushion your skin.
A customer said, “This cleanser is non-stripping. In fact, it feels rather nourishing on the skin and is a lovely welcome in comparison to other cleansers that I have used in the past. I don’t feel like I need to rush and put on something moisturising afterwards.”
Senka Perfect Whip retails for S$14.90 at YesStyle.
iUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam
iUNIK’s Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam not only rids your skin of makeup residue and grime, but it also soothes and moisturises your skin. Its concentrated formula contains 69% of cica extract, which helps to calm irritation and strengthen your skin barrier.
One reviewer said, “It has a nice green tea smell and leaves my face very hydrated and plump. It did not cause any breakouts at all (I have oily/combination, acne-prone skin).”
iUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam retails for S$24.81 at YesStyle.
Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser
Another cleanser that respects your skin’s natural pH levels, Purito’s Defence Barrier pH Cleanser is one that strengthens your skin barrier as it removes impurities. It’s packed with tea tree oil, centella asiatica, and royal jelly extracts to nourish your skin and prevent blemishes.
A reviewer noted, “This cleanser is gentle yet very effective! I use it as both a daily cleanser and a second step cleanser in my double cleanse routine. It lathers well and doesn’t dry out my skin as much as the other cleansers normally do.”
Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser retails for S$19.27 at YesStyle.
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.
One reviewer said, “This is beyond amazing! I had been suffering from acne scars due to an allergic reaction to a facial ingredient earlier this year. I’m on day nine and I can see results [already]!”
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner retails for S$23.35 at YesStyle.
I’m From Rice Toner
This Rice Toner is one of I’m From’s most popular products for a good reason. It’s packed with Goami rice extracts, which has a higher fibre content than conventional rice and contains active ingredients such as aminosine and lysine. Together with niacinamide, this milky toner moisturises and brightens your complexion.
A reviewer said, “Just a small, dime-sized amount is enough to deliver intense hydration to the skin. It also softens your skin, almost better than exfoliants!”
I’m From Rice Toner retails for S$42.97 at YesStyle.
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Enriched with apple water, AHA, and BHA exfoliants, COSRX’s AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner sloughs off dead skin cells and removes excess oil. The gentle formula preps your skin for the rest of the products in your routine. It comes in a convenient spray bottle too, so you can give yourself a spritz right out the shower.
One reviewer commented, “This toner is fantastic and it helps with whiteheads, blackheads and blemishes. [It’s] very gentle and especially recommended for those who have acne-prone skin.
It is [best] to use it in your nighttime routine as it contains AHA/BHA (acids), making your skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB [rays].”
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner retails for S$21.50 at YesStyle.
Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion
You’re probably already familiar with Hada Labo’s range of hydrating lotions, but this Gokujyun Premium Lotion takes it to the next level. It contains five types of hyaluronic acid and urea to lock in moisture and keep your skin plump throughout the day. If your skin is dry or dehydrated, pat this on after you cleanse your face to quench its thirst.
One reviewer said, “I love this lotion so much, as well as the other Hada Labo lotions. I put this on right after I finish washing my face, but I put it on while my skin is still wet. I find that this really helps the product to sink in better, and my face feels way more hydrated than if I put it onto dry skin. Plus, it’s unscented, which is great for sensitive, red, irritated skin.”
Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion retails for S$24.52 at YesStyle.
Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (Original & Unscented)
Prep your skin with this refreshing vegan toner by Dear, Klairs. When applied with a cotton pad, the Supple Preparation Facial Toner removes excess dirt and sebum while restoring pH balance. It’s also chock-full of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and beta-glucan, which reduce irritation and provide deep hydration. If you have sensitive skin, go for the unscented version.
A reviewer said, “I have tried a lot of different toners in my life, but the Klairs toner is my favourite. Lots of toners are very watery. However, the Klairs toner has a thick texture which makes applying it on your face easier. Moreover, it’s quite moisturising and surprisingly also made my skin a little bit smoother.”
Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (Original or Unscented) retails for S$30.49 at YesStyle.
Purito Centella Green Level Calming Toner
If your skin needs a time-out, reach for Purito’s Centella Green Level Calming Toner. It’s infused with centella asiatica extract, panthenol, and witch hazel to deeply hydrate and soothe angry skin. It has a light blend of essential oils too, which give the toner a lovely scent.
One reviewer said, “I have been using this toner for a month now and I am very pleased with results. My skin has a tendency to get red and this toner has really helped me to control the redness. I no longer get redness for prolonged periods, and when it shows up, the toner can pretty much fix it right away.”
Purito Centella Green Level Calming Toner retails for S$27.04 at YesStyle.
Secret Key Fresh Nature Toner
Secret Key’s Fresh Nature Toner comes in five variants for different skin types. There’s Milk Brightening, Tea Tree Refresh Calming, Witch Hazel Pore Clear, Aloe Soothing Moist, and Rose Floral Softening. Each bottle is infused with milk protein, glycerin, green tea, soybean, and berry extracts to feed your skin with moisture, keeping it smooth and firm.
A reviewer bought two variants and said, “I bought the Milk Toner and the Witch Hazel Toner. I have combo skin and use the Witch Hazel on my nose and chin to shrink my pores and clear the excess of sebum. [Then, I] use the Milk toner on the rest of my face to [provide] moisture on dry areas. The results are immediate and my skin feels so soft and hydrated.”
Secret Key Fresh Nature Toner retails for S$17.80 at YesStyle.
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
You may cringe at the words ‘snail mucin’, but this ingredient is highly sought after in the K-beauty industry for its healing properties. This COSRX essence has a whopping 96% snail secretion filtrate for intense hydration. It helps to prevent and repair any topical damage, giving you smoother, bouncier skin.
A reviewer shared, “I heard about this product from Joan Kim on YouTube and she said it really helped fade her acne scars and hyperpigmentation and let me tell you, MY SKIN LOVES IT! After a month of using this twice a day I started seeing results. My scars have become so much lighter and my skin looks brighter!”
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence retails for S$28.97 at YesStyle.
Melano CC Vitamin C Essence
Rich in vitamins C and E, Melano’s CC Vitamin C Essence helps to fade and prevent dark spots as well as acne scars. Apart from its brightening benefits, it also reduces redness and irritation while combatting acne-causing bacteria. Read our review here.
A happy customer said, “I have tried many vitamin C serums and this is by far one of the best! It’s not grainy [and doesn’t sting] when applied. It has given my skin a brighter, [more] even tone, and has also lightened some of my dark spots! I’m in love!”
Melano CC Vitamin C Essence retails for S$19.59 at YesStyle.
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 formula 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.
One reviewer shared, “It soothed and chucked moisture into my skin when it needed it badly. In under a week, the dry skin had gone, the flakes were down to nothing, the redness was fading, and I was starting to get a slight glowy sheen.”
Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner retails for S$26.43 at YesStyle.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx
Missha’s best-selling essence has been given an upgrade. It uses the same fermented ingredients you know and love, except the extraction method is different. Using a new double-fermentation method, they’re able to create a more powerful active extract that delivers benefits even more efficiently to the skin.
A K-beauty dupe for SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, Missha’s essence soothes, smooths, and balances, for firmer, more supple skin.
One reviewer said, “I know so many people have said this but as soon as you stop using this product you notice how much it was doing for your skin. I have very dehydrated skin and I can’t for certain say it helped with hydration but for dullness, brightness and overall glow? I definitely noticed a difference.”
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx retails for S$45.52 at YesStyle.
Purito Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence
If your skin’s looking a little dull, try Purito’s Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence. It’s made with 92% galacytomyces ferment filtrate and five percent niacinamide to give your complexion a brightening boost. The formula doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances too, so it’s suitable for sensitive skin.
A reviewer shared, “This is my third bottle of this essence and I will keep buying it because it works wonders. It not only controls your sebum and breakouts but also moisturises your skin really well. I use this product after my toner and before my moisturiser and it is amazing.”
Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original retails for S$25.81 at YesStyle.
Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
Made with five fermented ingredients including rice ferment filtrate and saccharomyces ferment filtrate, Neogen’s Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence softens and plumps up your skin. It delivers instant moisture to keep your complexion youthful and supple.
One reviewer commented, “I have used this for a month now and it works wonders on my skin. My acne scars are fading away and my skin looks plump and glowy. People asked me if I’m getting regular facials because I have glowy skin.”
Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence retails for S$53.99 at YesStyle.
Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence (Rose Edition)
Galactomyces ferment filtrate makes an appearance in another essence, and it comes as no surprise. Together with rosewater, Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Essence clarifies your complexion and smooths out wrinkles for softer, more radiant-looking skin.
A reviewer shared, “This formula is so gentle on the skin and hydrates so well after cleansing. The texture is like water and sinks just right into the skin leaving no residue. It has no harmful ingredients or any potential ingredients that could irritate your skin. I have oily and very acne-prone skin and my skin just loves this.”
Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence (Rose Edition) retails for S$31.91 at YesStyle.
I’m From Mugwort Essence
Made with a single ingredient of mugwort extract, I’m From’s Mugwort Essence is a cooling and refreshing formula that absorbs into the skin quickly. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and tannins, which soothe redness and irritation. It bears a herbal scent that reminds us of traditional Chinese medicine, but it’s not off-putting at all.
One reviewer said, “I’ve been using it morning and night every day for 2 months and it’s changed my skin. I have huge, very easily clogged pores and acne-prone, oily, sensitive skin with some dry areas on the top of my nose and sides of my face. Using this daily has basically HEALED my active pimples by soothing the redness around them and it’s helped clear my skin by preventing further pimples.”
I’m From Mugwort Essence retails for S$55.30 at YesStyle.
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum
Products with a blend of AHA, BHA, and PHA can seem a little intimidating to use, but this serum by Some By Mi is loaded with soothing extracts to cushion its actives. It’s infused with tea tree leaf water and 14.5% of centella extract, so it soothes and moisturises as it minimises pores.
A reviewer said, “I’ve been using this for a little over a week, once a night, along with my regular toner and moisturisers. I have painful large breakouts before my period, but this helped to significantly reduce the inflammation overnight, and the pimples healed twice as fast! Even my older, stubborn acne scars are starting to fade.”
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum retails for S$22.11 at YesStyle.
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
It’s hard to find a 5% vitamin C serum that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, but Dear, Klairs has filled in that gap with its Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop. It provides anti-ageing protection and brightens the skin. If you have stubborn dark spots or pigmentation, this will help to lighten them.
One reviewer said, “I have new/old scars from pimples and blemishes, as well as some redness going on my cheeks. I noticed that my scars have gotten a lot lighter. Not only that, but I’ve been getting [fewer] and smaller pimples compared to before, where I would break out and have a couple [of] big pimples.”
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop retails for S$35.42 at YesStyle.
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’s barrier for brighter, healthier skin. It sinks into the skin quickly, feeding it with numerous nutrients all at once like a buffet. It’s lightly scented with bergamot and lavender essential oils to relax your senses too.
There’s also an unscented version, which is specially formulated for those with sensitive skin. One reviewer wrote, “I’ve used this serum daily for 3 months now and I’m really really happy with the result. I’ve come from huge cystic acne to little/no acne on my face now. This serum has really saved my face. It’s definitely my holy grail product.”
Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum retails for S$20.27 at YesStyle.
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.
One reviewer shared, “Compared to most runny serums, this one is more viscous, adding a lot of hydration and plumpness to the skin while still not being sticky or tacky like true honey. It helped with the general acne that I had been suffering with, while also keeping my fungal acne at bay!”
iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum retails for S$20.88 at YesStyle.
The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule
If you have dry, sensitive skin, try The Plant Base’s Time Stop Collagen Ampoule. Packed with lion’s mane mushroom and various other mushroom extracts, this ampoule firms up your skin and restores elasticity. It repairs sun damage and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles too.
A reviewer said, “I definitely noticed a difference in the glow of my skin after using this product. Fine lines do appear to lessen after using this, but unlike other serums I’ve used, this effect seems to be lasting, and not just a temporary effect.”
The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule retails for S$20.88 at YesStyle.
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.
One reviewer shared, “I’ve got very oily, acne-prone skin so I’m no stranger to gel moisturisers. I love the feel of this one. “Calming” is the perfect way to describe it. It delivers a modest amount of moisture while calming redness on the face.”
iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream retails for S$15.34 at YesStyle.
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Cream
The 30 Days Miracle line by Some By Mi has gotten a whole lot of love thus far, and this cream is no exception. Packed with tea tree leaf water and centella asiatica extract, this moisturiser provides some gentle exfoliating action to clear out your pores and seal in moisture all at once.
A reviewer said, “I’ve only been using this product for a week and it has already cleared up some red scarring I had on my forehead. This cream smells very nice kinda minty or fresh. A little goes a long way, it glides very smoothly [across] the face. I can’t wait to see how my skin changed when I finish the product.”
Some By Mi AHA, BHA, PHA 30 Days Miracle Cream retails for S$27.66 at YesStyle.
COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap
If you have sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin, you need a lightweight moisturiser like the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap. It’s enriched with birch sap to boost your skin’s hydration levels, reduce sebum production, and prevent pesky breakouts.
One reviewer said, “I have oily skin and it works perfectly! It hydrates, feels great under makeup and I love the smell of it! After a long search, I feel like I’ve found my perfect moisturiser. I only wish that there was another one with SPF for sunny days. But still, it’s perfect!”
COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap retails for S$26.43 at YesStyle.
Purito Deep Sea Pure Water Cream
Made for dehydrated, oily skin, this watery cream from Purito contains 60% deep seawater to quench your skin’s thirst. It provides the right amount of moisture to maintain your skin’s water-oil balance. Packed with nutritious ingredients like green caviar, seaweed extract, and green tea extract, this cream alleviate dryness and discomfort. It’s fragrance-free and essential oil-free too, perfect for those with sensitive skin.
A reviewer shared, “This is actually my first time purchasing this moisturiser and all I have to say is that my skin is loving it! I have really dry skin and that’s very dull-looking. I noticed a big difference the first time I applied it. My skin sipped the product up and it felt super nice inside and out! After using this product for weeks, I noticed that my skin has been looking more hydrated, healthy, and glowy!”
Purito Deep Sea Pure Water Cream retails for S$23.27 at YesStyle.
Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream
A K-beauty cult-favourite, MIZON’s All In One Snail Repair Cream contains 92% snail extract. It hydrates, improves the appearance of fine lines, and reduces blemishes as well as acne scars, so it’s little wonder why millions of tubs have been sold across Asia.
One reviewer commented, “I bought 2 of these and I’m loving them! I noticed that my skin started to clear up after using this for 2 weeks. I always apply this after I wash my face at night. Some people say it’s sticky but I never [experienced] that. It actually makes your cheeks/face very mochi-like, if you know what I mean.”
Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream retails for S$33.73 at YesStyle.
Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
This gentle cream by Dear, Klairs helps to soothe incredibly irritated, stressed skin. It works well for those with oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin too. The star ingredient is guaiazulene, a powerful skin-calming agent extracted from chamomile oil – it’s what gives the cream its beautiful blue colour. Added to this is centella, which hydrates and relieves irritation and redness.
You can also use the Midnight Blue Calming Cream to soothe sunburnt skin, post-shaving redness, and irritation after spot extractions. It now comes in a larger 60ml tube, so there’s more product to go around.
A reviewer raved, “I’m almost done with my first tube, and wow, I will absolutely be repurchasing! I have sensitive, very acne-prone skin, and this cream has been a god-send, seriously. It’s so calming, soothing and hydrating, and the ingredients are bomb. I’m so glad this has no fragrance in it, my skin cannot deal with fragrances or essential oils anymore. Also, the texture is great – it melts right into the skin and leaves a fresh, non-greasy finish.”
Dear, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream retails for S$47.74 at YesStyle.
Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++
An unscented version of Purito’s OG sunscreen, the Centella Green Level Unscented Sun is a calming and moisturising one that’s formulated with sensitive skin in mind. This refreshing, lightweight cream provides comfort without skimping on strong UVA and UVB protection.
It’s made with mild yet effective ingredients, such as centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid. The former works to soothe and strengthen the skin barrier, while the latter draws moisture to the skin and plumps it up. There’s also niacinamide in the mix to give your complexion a brightening boost.
One reviewer said, “I have sensitive combination skin and this product works fantastically for me. It doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin, nor does it clog my pores. I love how quickly it is absorbed into my skin without leaving any residue or white cast.”
Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ retails for S$20.27 at YesStyle.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
For those who are looking for a sunscreen that doubles up as a primer, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is it. This refreshing, lightweight formula forms an invisible, waterproof shield without imparting a tacky feeling on your skin. With hyaluronic acid and royal jelly, the sunscreen moisturises to keep your skin comfortable throughout the day.
A reviewer said, “One of my new favourites. This sunscreen literally feels like water on the skin. It is completely clear, with no white cast whatsoever. It’s really easy to reapply throughout the day, even if you don’t have a mirror. It’s not greasy, but it’s not matte either. It kind of gives the skin a subtle glow, which I don’t mind. The only con I can think of is that it contains fragrance, which is slightly unnecessary.”
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ retails for S$15.34 at YesStyle.
Dear, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++
A long-time favourite within the K-beauty community, Klairs’ Soft Airy UV Essence is a lightweight, water-based sunscreen that melts on your skin as you massage it in. It protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays and it won’t give you that ghostly white cast too.
Glycerin hugs hydration to your skin while niacinamide brightens and reduces blemishes – ideal benefits for those with oily, acne-prone skin. Although there’s a hint of orange oil on the ingredients list, you won’t be able to detect it once it’s on your face. So if you’re put off by fragrances, don’t worry, you won’t be able to detect it here.
One reviewer shared, “This lightweight sunscreen is perfect for sensitive skin. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin. It works great on my combination skin with eczema and occasional acne. It really has a translucent and weightless finish, without any white cast or greasiness.”
Dear, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ retails for S$35.42 at YesStyle.
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++
COSRX’s Aloe Soothing Sun Cream feels so light and moisturising on the skin, you’d think it was a day moisturiser. Many reviewers have searched high and low for a sunscreen that bumps up moisture levels without leaving a white cast, and they’ve finally found that in this sun cream.
Infused with aloe leaf extract, the sunscreen soothes any irritation and calms redness. It’s got a refreshing scent too, but if your nose or skin is particularly sensitive to artificial fragrances, we’d suggest trying out other fragrance-free bestsellers on this list.
A reviewer raved, “This sunscreen is like no other sunscreen I’ve used. There is no white cast and it’s great under makeup because it doesn’t pill. It is not heavy, sticky, oily, drying, or impossible to wash off. It doesn’t clog my skin (I have combination, easily congested skin). The scent is really nice and pleasant. You put it on and you don’t think about it because you don’t even feel it.”
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ retails for S$22.95 at YesStyle.
Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45 PA+++
MISSHA’s All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun nourishes and hydrates with a blend of plant extracts. It has an SPF of 45 to block UV rays as well as an advanced formula that promises to last longer through sweat, water, and heat.
There are apricot, lotus, chrysanthemum, and camellia flower extracts in the formula to strengthen and lock in moisture, while thanaka extracts soothe and cool the skin. The oil-free, water-resistant formula is a dream come true for those with oily, acne-prone skin.
One reviewer said, “I really like this sunscreen, it’s very light and doesn’t clog my pores unlike a lot of other sunscreens that I’ve tried. It doesn’t leave any white cast and absorbs really quickly, which makes it my favourite sunscreen for an everyday basis. Would definitely recommend this for people with more oily/combination skin.”
MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45 PA+++ retails for S$11.64 at YesStyle.
Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream
The star ingredient in Some By Mi’s Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream is cica, also known as centella asiatica. It’s a reparative, anti-inflammatory ingredient that’s usually found in serums and moisturisers, but the brand has infused its sunscreen with it to enhance its protective properties.
One reviewer shared, “There’s a lot of love on here already for this but it’s a really great mineral sunscreen! There’s a little bit of white cast on my medium/fair skin but it melts in pretty quickly and it doesn’t feel tacky at all. Very pleasant light tea tree oil scent and it also seems to add a nice dewy glow to the skin, nice to wear without any makeup. Recommended for sure.
Some By Mi Truecica Mineral 100 Calming Suncream retails for S$20.34 at YesStyle.
THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask
Sheet masks are a staple for many of us, which is why THEFACESHOP has created 20 different variants of its Real Nature Face Mask to suit our preferences. Each mask is packed with natural ingredients to nourish and keep your skin radiant. Honey, aloe, cucumber, and avocado are among the bestselling sheet masks from this range.
A reviewer said, “The mung bean mask has become my new holy grail! It is so good for my large pores and oily skin. Immediately after using, I noticed a difference in my skin, and the effects last throughout the next day. I have tried so many others from this line of sheet masks, but the mung bean will always be my number one.”
THEFACESHOP Real Nature Face Mask retails for S$3.63 per piece at YesStyle.
Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask EX
Also available in different variants, Innisfree’s My Real Squeeze Mask EX is made of cellulose fibre and uses naturally derived ingredients to address various skin concerns. From blemishes, dryness, and brightening, simply pick a mask and treat yourself to a pampering evening.
One reviewer said, “I first tried this product when I went to Korea with my family back when I was in high school. My mom had bought a whole pack of the rice water ones and I had used it during late nights while I stayed up doing homework. Every time after using this mask my face would be refreshed, dewy, and supple!”
Innisfree My Real Squeeze Mask EX retails for S$3.63 per piece at YesStyle.
A’PIEU Milk One Pack
We can’t resist its adorable milk carton-shaped packaging, and we’re pleased to know it works well too. This mask quenches thirsty skin and nourishes it with extracts from various fruits and botanicals. Available in seven variants, each is infused with milk extract to help brighten your complexion.
A reviewer said, “This mask does a really good job at hydrating my skin. Some other masks have burnt my skin, as it can be very sensitive and dry, but this doesn’t affect it badly at all. The essence soaks in properly and doesn’t leave my face feeling sticky.”
A’PIEU Milk One Pack retails for S$3.63 per piece at YesStyle.
COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
Formulated with 65% rice extract, this sleeping mask from COSRX intensely hydrates and brightens skin to give you a fresh and even complexion. It’s packed with niacinamide and sunflower seed oil, so it nourishes and moisturises tired skin while you sleep. With the texture of a lightweight cream, it absorbs easily, so it can even be used as a regular day or night moisturiser!
A reviewer shared, “After almost having given up on sleep masks (I thought they just weren’t for me), I finally gave this ago and I love it. It’s nourishing, gentle, and I’ve even noticed the brightning effect. I wake up in the morning with a soft and moisturised feeling skin, without any film over it. It melts into the skin, without feeling heavy or giving you a sticky feeling.”
COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask retails for S$26.03 at YesStyle.
Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX
If your skin needs a boost of hydration, try Mediheal’s N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX. It’s filled with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture. Witch hazel reduces excess sebum, while allantoin soothes the skin and tightens pores.
One reviewer shared, “I’ve tried tons and tons of different brands for sheet masks and nothing has compared to this. I have extremely sensitive skin and pretty much everything breaks me out except for this. This mask has hydrated my skin and calmed it down whenever I have breakouts.”
Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX retails for S$28.27 (10 pieces) at YesStyle.
I’m From Honey Mask
A recent favourite in the K-beauty community, I’m From’s Honey Mask contains 38.7% natural honey to moisturise your skin. It also contains antibacterial propolis, bee venom, and plant oils to eradicate acne-causing bacteria and nourish your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes to an hour and rinse it off with warm water for softer, smoother skin.
A reviewer said, “I’ve got really dry skin and it works so well for me. Whenever my skin feels really dry, I use this. I leave it on for about an hour (which is the longest time they say you can use it for) and then wash it off with luke-warm water. Afterwards, my skin feels so nice and hydrated and nourished! Just remember that it may feel sticky afterwards but it will disappear once you’ve done the rest of your skincare.”
I’m From Honey Mask retails for S$46.69 at YesStyle.