Do you ever find yourself staring at your shopping cart and hesitating to check out? We’ve all been there but that’s about to change – all thanks to Korean beauty. Gone are the days where you have to purchase luxurious products that are completely out of your budget in order to achieve celebrity-like skin. Korean skin care products are formulated with ingredients that are just as effective, and you can get them at a fraction of the cost of high-end brands!
Can’t decide whether or not to splurge hundreds of your hard-earned dollars on pricey skin care products? Check out five affordable alternatives – also known as dupes – that will save you money and still keep your skin in tip-top shape:
The cleansing balm you never knew you needed
Dupe for Eve Lom Cleanser: BANILA CO – Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
Cleansing balms or oils should be a staple in everyone’s cleansing routine. If you’re new to the double cleansing step or simply searching for a good cleansing oil, you can start with one of Banila Co’s most-raved-about products called Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. The hypoallergenic cleanser has a balm-like texture that softly melts onto skin and easily dissolves dirt and makeup. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm contains papaya and acerola extracts which naturally exfoliate as well as brighten skin. Its non-irritating ingredients make it a great cleansing balm for all skin types.
What makes it a great dupe? Not only is it as effective as the Eve Lom Cleanser but it’s also affordable. Another great cleansing balm to try out is the All Clean Balm from heimish.
The perfect liquid exfoliant to fight against those blemishes
Dupe for Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Liquid: COSRX – BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
For those dealing with oily, acne-prone skin, you can turn to the BHA Blackhead Power Liquid from COSRX. This liquid exfoliant is formulated with 4% BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) that can penetrate clogged pores, reduce excess sebum and gently remove dead skin cells and blackheads from deep underneath skin.
Instead of salicylic acid, the liquid contains betaine salicylate, an active ingredient that acts as a skin-soothing agent and improves overall skin tone and texture. Other key ingredients include willow bark water, niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate, which all help to brighten skin and eliminate impurities. By incorporating this product into your regular skin care regimen, you’ll begin to see clearer and healthier skin!
The ampoule that’s missing from your routine
Dupe for Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: MISSHA – Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule
If the K-Beauty community has any cult favorites, one is this miraculous ampoule. MISSHA’s Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule is a wallet savior – it’s the perfect dupe for those looking for a good quality serum that won’t cost you a fortune!
Like Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair, this ampoule contains Bifida Ferment Lysate, an ingredient that fights the signs of aging (say goodbye to those fine lines and wrinkles) and improves skin’s elasticity. Even though both serums include this particular ingredient, MISSHA’s version stands out as it’s fortified with a richer mix of fermented ingredients, plant extracts and vitamins that give you enviably hydrated and smooth skin.
This ampoule also repairs skin damage so it’s essential to apply it at night when your skin shifts to recovery mode. Sensitive or acne-prone skin types don’t have to worry about their skin reacting as the ampoule is gentle and doesn’t contain any irritants.
A gentle scrub for smoother, glowing skin
Dupe for Fresh Sugar Face Polish: Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
Exfoliating has never been so easy with this sugar mask! One of Skinfood’s bestselling products is the Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, a leave-on mask that sloughs off dead skin cells for a smoother and more radiant complexion. It’s made with fine black sugar granules that gently exfoliate and soften skin.
Similar to Fresh’s Sugar Face Polish, Skinfood’s black sugar mask also includes moisturizing ingredients such as candelilla wax, shea butter and botanical oils. The polish and mask are surprisingly alike so you might as well go for the amazing dupe at a much lower price! You can also go for another variation like the Rice Mask Wash Off.
Your soon-to-be favorite clay mask
Dupe for GlamGlow Supermud: Innisfree – Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
The last dupe goes to two of the most talked-about clay masks. The Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask from Innisfree is a total bargain compared to GlamGlow’s Supermud. It’s created with a deep-cleansing formula that includes volcanic cluster capsules that draw out toxins, impurities and excess sebum.
Reserve at least a day every week to detoxify your skin and let it reap the mask’s benefits. Soon you’ll notice not only minimized pores but also firmer, tighter and smoother skin with a more refined texture.
Tell us in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these dupes and if you’re hungry for more Korean beauty dupes!