Every year, US-based K-beauty retailer Soko Glam compiles a list of the top 10 most innovative must-haves. Wrapping up 2019 with a bang, here's the list of winners.
Finalists were chosen by shoppers via a survey that was circulated over the summer. The list spans all categories and from newcomers to longtime holy grails, like Mamonde Petal Spa Oil To Foam Cleanser and Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch.
Mamonde Petal Spa Oil To Foam Cleanser
Supposedly a one-stop-shop answer to double-cleansing, this Mamonde oil-to-foam cleanser starts as a silky oil that grabs makeup, SPF, and grime, and then emulsifies into a milk that cleanses skin without stripping it of moisture.
Customers note that it’s good for sensitive skin, and the damask rose oil makes for a great natural scent.
Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Sheet Mask
Mediheal makes some of the most hydrating masks customers have tried.
Developed by dermatologists and estheticians, the masks contain hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and sugars (a natural humectant to helps skin retain moisture) to take skin from dry and flaky to soft and supple. Other ingredients like willow bark and witch hazel tone and exfoliate.
Elensilia CPP Collagen 80% Intensive Eye Cream
This eye cream is made with 80% hydrolyzed collagen extract that helps plump skin, preventing the appearance of fine lines. It also has two patented peptides, one that reduces puffiness and one that helps boost collagen production and protect against collagen loss.
According to reviews, shoppers appreciated that the eye looks smoother, brighter, and more hydrated as soon as the cream is applied, and that concealer doesn’t cake up when layered on top.
Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Klairs’ Midnight Blue Cream helps calm irritated skin post-facial extractions, sun exposure, windburn, and more, while also hydrating and reducing redness.
The guaiazulene comes from chamomile oil and is also responsible for the cool blue hue, while centella hydrates and relieves irritation and redness. Staff and customers note that a thin layer was enough to boost moisture and calm skin overnight and that the formula melts right into the skin.
Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil
If your skin requires something to stop breakouts in their red tracks, Hanskin's Pore Cleansing Oil with PHA is recommended. The cleanser features polyhydroxy acids to gently exfoliate even sensitive skin and stop blackheads and blemishes by helping skin cell turnover.
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
Cosrx stickers act as a vacuum for acne-causing bacteria and gunk.
Stick one on top of a whitehead and it’ll draw all the gunk inside to the surface like a magnet without irritation, pain, or the potential contamination or scarring from your own wandering hands.
According to shoppers, it also seems to fast-track the healing process too.
Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner
If you haven't been using a toner, Benton's Aloe BHA Skin Toner could be the place to start. This product was voted as one that exceeds customers' and experts' expectations. With calming aloe to soothe and moisturize as well as salicylic to combat excess oil, it's good for all skin types.
Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon
Vitamin C is often cited as an unstable ingredient in skin care, but Neogen's Vita C Powder helps to combat that issue with its powder form. The product contains 17% ascorbic acid that activates once combined with an essence or toner of your choice.
Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads
Solved Skincare Coconut Oil Cleansing Pads are travel-friendly double-sided pads that can tackle waterproof mascara, longwearing lipstick, and even sunscreen without missing a beat.
The pads are formulated with an emulsifier to make sure the 100% virgin coconut oil rinses off cleanly with water. They’re less messy than a traditional cleansing oil and not housed in a heavy bottle either, so they can go wherever you go.
Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist
A collaboration, this essence mist is full of brightening and hydrating ingredients, and sprays a fine, even mist. Your face should feel refreshed and nourished after spritzing.