Korean skincare has truly taken over the world and for good reason. Who would not like to have perfect, blemish-free skin like their favourite k-pop idols or drama actors? However, it is not just those who get to enjoy such gorgeous skin, but a big part of the South Korean population as well.
How is that? Well, besides very good genetics, Korean people tend to have a very good and well put together skincare routine that often consist of 10 steps or more!
Yes, you read that right, 10 steps.
But don’t worry, I am not here to ask you to adopt such an extensive regime (unless you really want to), but rather give you some tips on where to buy authentic Korean skincare products in the UK so that you can at least get started on your way to perfect skin.
So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it! This are some places where you can purchase authentic Korean skincare products in the UK:
#1 Tonic15 – shop here
Tonic 15 is a Korean beauty retailer that offers a wide range of skincare products from various brands such as Klairs, Huxley, COSRX and more. They are honestly my number one place to shop for K-Beauty in the UK due to their variety of products, great service and of course for the fact that they stock Huxley which is one of my absolute favourite Korean skincare brands out there.
At Tonic15 you can find products for every skin type, from sensitive skin to oily skin, but also for various skin concerns. So whether you are worried about fine lines or want to get rid of acne scars or perhaps dead skin cells that are leaving your skin feeling flaky, you can definitely find it here.
You can read more about Tonic15 here. Also, for those of you who are reading this article from outside the UK – I have great news! They ship internationally as well.
#2 Cult Beauty – shop here
If you are looking for a one stop shop that offers not just Korean beauty products, but all sort of luxury beauty items, Cult Beauty is the place to go. Although their K-Beauty selection is not as big as Tonic15’s they make up for it with brands such as Dr Jart+, Laneige and but also carry American-Korean brands such as Then I Met You or Glow Recipe.
#3 LookFantastic – shop here
LookFantastic is similar to Cult Beauty in the sense that it’s a beauty retailer that offers a wide range of products, however, their K-Beauty section is a lot bigger. LookFantastic carries brands such as Klairs, COSRX but also less fancy, but still amazing brands such as Holika Holika or Benton.
They also have amazing discounts running all the time so this is definitely one of the places where you will want to pick up your Korean skincare products from.
#4 Selfridges – shop here
If you are looking for a more luxurious beauty experience, then Selfridges is the place to go. Although they don’t have the biggest Korean skincare selection, what they do have is of excellent quality and it includes more popular brands such as Dr Jart+, Erborian, Soulista or Laneige. The best part about shopping at Selfridges is that you can get to see the products in store before purchasing.
#5 Pure Seoul – shop here
Pure Seoul is an online retailer that stocks a wide range of Korean skincare and makeup products. They have everything from the very popular Cosrx, Klairs to lesser known brands in the UK such as Purito or Pyungkang Yul. You can also find a variety of sheet masks on their website which is always a bonus. Who doe snot love a good sheet mask!
Never shopped at Pure Seoul before? Read about my experience here.
#6 Superdrug – shop here
Superdrug have one of the most limited selection of all of the stores mentioned here, but it is still worth checking out. This is where you will want to go for products from DHC or AHC, but their range is growing slowly. The benefit in shopping at Superdrug is the fact that the products they carry are affordable and that you can take advantage of their many offers and get point for your purchases.
#7 iHerb – shop here
And now we got to the retailers that ship to the UK, but are no based in the UK. The first such retailer is iHerb.
iHerb is a US-based retailer that offers a wide range of products ranging from vitamins, supplements, groceries, beauty and more. What is great about them is that their shipping is both fast and the website is reliable – you can read more about iHerb here.
What is even better? iHerb has a fantastic selection of beauty products from Korean brands that are not available in the UK and their products are authentic. Whether you are looking for aloe vera toners from Yadah or perhaps the incredible sheet masks from I Dew Care or maybe even the cult famous Hell Pore mask from Elizavecca that the world could not stop talking about a few years back, you are sure to find them there.
#8 Daebak – shop here (use code BLUSHSUEDE for 5% off)
Now if you want to get products created in collaboration with your favourite idols (e.g BTS) or endorsed by your favourite k-drama actors and showcased in some of the most popular k-dramas out there (including the recently launched Business Porpolsa or fan favourite Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha), then Daebak is your place to go.
Daebak is an online retailer that specializes in all things k-pop and k-pop related.That of course includes k-beauty products, but also OST albums and score books. From skincare, to makeup, to hair care – they have it all. And the best part? They ship internationally and you can even get free shipping over a certain threshold.
Daebak is definitely the place to go to if you are seeking more unique products or the products you saw your favourite character using while binding on Korean dramas.
So there you have it! These are some of the places where you can purchase Korean skincare in the UK. Whether you are looking for something more affordable or perhaps a luxurious beauty experience, there is definitely a place for you. Have you tried any of these stores before? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below!
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