The Best Korean Skincare Products For Travel

The popularity of Korean skincare, beauty, and wellness products—collectively dubbed K-Beauty—has soared in recent years, and for good reason. With an emphasis on naturally-sourced ingredients, achieving healthy complexions without potentially harsh ingredients like retinol, and accessibility, South Korea has proven to the rest of the world it’s unlocked the secrets to great skin for everyone.

So if you’re looking to give the K-Beauty and Korean skincare fan in your life with something extra special this year, refer to this curated gift guide.

Sulwhasoo Cult Classics Set, $144

Since 1932, Sulwhasoo has the standard for luxurious and efficaceous skincare in South Korea by spotlighting ginseng, an adaptogenic and antioxidant-rich plant that’s frequently used to treat various health and skincare conditions. Let this limited-edition pair of the best-selling First Care Activating Serum VI and Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream, which arrive in a chic orange travel case, be your introduction to the iconic K-Beauty brand.

Superegg Self-Care Bundle, $90

Since the holidays are stressful for a lot of us, why not consider gifting this to someone you love? The name of this chic set says it all, and contains three full-sized items (Kind Atmosphere Biome Mist, Calm Movements Eye & Cheek Mask, and This Moment Hand Care) starring Superegg’s vegan egg, a potent and proprietary combination of ingredients mimicing an egg’s powerhouse nutritional value.

House of Dohwa Thrice the Rice Kit, $74.99

Rice has been a staple of Koreans’ diets for hundreds of years, but did you know it’s also been a widely used skincare ingredient for its calming, brightening, and moisturing properties? This trio of Rice Wash Off Facial Mask, Rice Bran Toner, and Rice Bran Facial Moisturizer establishes an ideal foundation for an approachable, but results-driven daily regimen.

Dr.Jart+ 10 Face Mask Must-Haves Gift Set, $47.60

Though nearly every beauty and skincare brand offers a sheet mask these days, few can rival the diversity and effectiveness of Dr.Jart+. This comprehensive bundle lands just in time for the holidays, and is packed with sheet masks for every need imaginable, from clearing clogged pores to reducing redness and inflammation.

Elorea Heaven Hand Cream, $38

While many of us go to great lengths to take care of our hair and faces, our hard-working often get neglected. Enter this recently unveiled hand cream laced with Elorea’s Heaven fragrance. Incorporating moisture-loving hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, and ceramides, even a tiny dollop of this luxurious formula will quickly rejuvenate the driest hands.

Lapcos Red V Collagen Fluid Serum, $29

Combining the fluid texture of your favorite toner with the potency of your favorie serum, this innovative and quick-absorbing product—which brims with a special Red Flower Complex, vegan collagen, and panthenol—will be your last step before applying moisturizer. Gently press a few drops all over your face, and let the benefits soak in.

HERA Sensual Nude Balm in Tempting Red, $31.99

If you’re one of millions of people who admire Jennie of Blackpink’s chameleon-like beauty and flawless complexion, you should check out HERA. As the ambassador of this contemporary K-Beauty brand, Jennie counts its Sensual Nude Balm in Tempting Red among her favorites. All you need is a single swipe of this product marrying the best properties of a lip balm and lipstick. As for the color? It’s a universal red that flatters all skintones—not too cool or warm, just perfect.

Banila Co Clean it Zero Best of Balms Trio, $27.00

A true cult beauty product, one Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm is sold every 3.1 seconds. And that’s because this genius product accomplishes everything a traditional double cleanse would. It effortlessly whisks away oil, suncreen, and stubbon makeup while leaving skin soft and comfortable. Plus, it comes in a variety of formulas to perfectly suit your skintype. And with this handy trio of travel-sized versions, you can try all three.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $24

The product that spawned countless other versions and TikTok trends like slugging, this overnight sleep mask by Laneige staunchly remains one of the world’s best selling skincare products. Belying its lightweight gel texture and cooling sensation is a remarkable, unparalleled ability to pull moisture deep into the skin while you snooze.

Innisfree Hydrate & Glow Holiday Set, $20.24

Here’s why you should have Jeju Island on your radar. On top of being on the world’s busiest flight route and boasting a subtropical climate, this charming South Korean’s fertile soil yields exquisite green tea, which makes its way into many of Innisfree’s skincare products. This holiday kit includes deluxe-sized minis of the Green Tea Cleanser and Serum, along with a full-sized Cherry Blossom Dewy Glow Jelly Cream.

TonyMoly 2-Pc. Jelly Lip Melt Ornament Set, $20

If only everyone could make lip moisturizers this much fun. In this limited-edition duo—which doubles as an adorable tree ornament—you’ll find treatments with a bouncy, jelly-like texture in lip-smacking seasonal flavors like Hot Chocolate and Toasted Marshmallow. The best part is how they instantly provide relief to chapped, dry lips.

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