Korean skincare on a budget
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How to: Korean skincare routine on a budget | The easy way

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A full Korean skincare routine doesn’t have to be super expensive. Let this post guide you on how to start a Korean skincare routine on a budget. I am always that type of person that looks for a cheap alternative, but still looking for great products. My financial situation isn’t great so I really can’t afford very expensive skincare.

So these are my tips for really nice and great skincare products on a budget. If you are completely new to this type of routine I would not start with all the products in a full routine at once. Instead start with a cleanser, toner, one serum and a moisturizer. Then when your skin is getting used to the products you add more until you have a routine that suits you.

If you want to know more about the Korean skincare routine you can read this post.

All the products are linked to a full review so if you are interested in a product, just click the link and you get a full review on it.

Links to were to shop the products is located on a list at the bottom of this post.

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Korean Skincare routine on a budget. For normal to dry skin type


Makeup remover

The face shop rice water bright lip and eye remover
ETUDE HOUSE Soon Jung Lip and Eye Remover

Oil cleanser

Tonymoly Wonder Olive Tox Cleansing Oil
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil
Banila Co clean it zero

Foam cleansers

IUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam
HOLIKA HOLIKA Daily Fresh Cleansing Foam


Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner
Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture ALOE VERA toner
The Saem urban eco harakeke toner

Essences and ampoules

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Gold Essence
It’s skin Power 10 Formula all different types of ampoules
TIAM My Signature C Source (C- vitamin serum for brightening effects)

When looking at serums and ampoules you really need too look at your own skin to determine what types of serums you will need.

Korean skincare routine on a budget
Korean skincare routine on a budget

Exfoliators/Peeling masks

TOSOWOONG Black Sugar Facial Scrub
SecretKey Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel


SCINIC Snail Matrix Cream
iUNIK Beta Glucan Daily Moisture Cream
TONYMOLY THE Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream

Eye cream

MIZON Snail Repair Eye Cream

Sheet masks

ETUDE HOUSE 0.2 Therapy Air Mask

Sleeping mask

COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask (packaging has changed)
iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask

Where to buy Korean skincare







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  • Anna

    Hi, thanks for this list of K-Beauty products. Do you know the Korean brands Urang and Sandawha? Just curious if you had tried products from them.

  • Tess

    Hi Anna
    You are welcome.
    I have not tried any of the brands you suggested yet. There is too little time:-) I hope I will in the future thought.

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