A Cruelty-Free Korean Skin Care Routine

Curating your skin care routine takes time and a lot of research. You have to consider your budget and skin type as well as your product preferences. Do you look for natural, organic or cruelty-free options? 

Going completely cruelty-free with your skin care regimen may sound impossible or even expensive. Luckily, you’ll find a wide variety of cruelty-free skin care products at YesStyle — plus they’re wallet-friendly!

Check out these cruelty-free alternatives that you can incorporate into your skin care routine:

Step 1: Oil Cleanse with Dear, Klairs

New to cruelty-free skin care? Dear, Klairs is a great brand to start with as the brand steers clear of animal testing. All their products are formulated without harsh chemicals such as colorants, parabens, alcohol and artificial fragrances, making them ideal for sensitive skin. 

No skin care routine is complete without a cleansing oil. Try Dear, Klairs’ Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil; it’s formulated with natural vegetable oils, like black sesame oil and black bean oil,  to gently remove makeup and stubborn dirt while also controlling sebum production. 

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Step 2: Cleanse with The Plant Base

Complete your cleansing routine with The Plant Base’s Pore N Clear Foam. The Plant Base is known for their 100% all-natural handmade soaps and their bestselling ampoules are game-changers for those with dry skin, premature fine lines, and a damaged skin barrier. 

The Pore N Clear Foam will get rid of all your impurities and also your dead skin cells, thanks to its AHA and BHA ingredients. This cleanser also tightens pores, controls excess sebum and provides your skin with antioxidants as it’s enriched with tannin extract, EVERMAT™, and INFLAX™.


Step 3: Tone with Beauty of Joseon

If you’re a fan of skin care products with hanbang ingredients – like ginseng, green tea, lotus root and ginger, all of which are found in traditional Korean medicine – then you should check out Beauty of Joseon

After cleansing, give your skin a boost of hydration with the brand’s new Cloud Bubble Toner. This vegan-friendly toner is formulated with EWG-verified ingredients that balance, replenish and revive skin. 

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Step 4: Apply a serum from iUNIK

iUNIK’s range of products cater to all skin types, plus they’re formulated with ingredients that are derived from nature and have safe EWG ratings. If you’re looking for a product that provides relief to sensitive or acne-prone skin then go for the Tea Tree Relief Serum. Your skin will instantly feel calm since this serum contains tea tree and centella extracts to soothe irritated skin. 

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Step 5: Apply Benton’s eye cream

You can count on Benton if you’re searching for a brand that’s both cruelty-free and wallet-friendly. Their Fermentation Eye Cream contains many natural fermented ingredients including galactomyces ferment filtrate and bifida ferment lysate, which help diminish fine lines around the eyes. This eye cream also helps keep the delicate skin around your eyes firm and refined thanks to ceramide, EGF and hyaluronic acid. It’s no wonder that it’s one of YesStyle’s best-selling eye creams! 

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Step 6: Moisturize your skin with Purito

Looking for a simple but effective daily moisturizer? Purito is the perfect brand to try. As an eco-friendly and cruelty-free brand, PURITO develops skin care products that are hypoallergenic and chemical-free, making them gentle enough for any skin type.

Try PURITO’s Deep Sea Pure Water Cream as both your morning and night moisturizer. You won’t be disappointed since this cream deeply moisturizes your skin and keeps your complexion firm and bright. Your skin will quickly absorb this cream, leaving you with a non-sticky finish. 

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Step 7: Protect skin with HYGGEE Sunscreen

The last and most important step is, of course, sunscreen! Minimalist skin care brand HYGGEE offers simple and natural products packed with potent ingredients. The Relief Sun Moisturizer is the perfect sunscreen for year-round protection against harmful UV rays.

All skin types are welcome to try this sunscreen out as it’s formulated with only EWG-verified ingredients. It provides you with ample protection of SPF50+ PA++++ while leaving your skin super hydrated and supple. Not to forget, no white cast!

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What are some of your favorite cruelty-free skin care brands or products that you’ve tried? 

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