It’s that time of year: the STYLEVANA Mid-Year VANA Awards 2023 for the 13 best Korean skincare products has arrived! *round of applause* Twice a year we ask you to vote for your favorite skincare products, ranging from cleanser and toner to SPF and face mask, , and now is the time to recognize the ones that have risen to the top. Featuring your favorite K-beauty labels, bestselling crowd pleasers and your next top shelf Holy Grails, get to know the award-winners that have won over fans and rightfully achieved star status in the history of STYLEVANA. Just keep scrolling to begin.
- Best Face Wash & Cleanser -
STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: It’s no surprise the heimish All Clean Balm has won yet another VANA Award. This cult-favorite cleansing balm formula has taken home the title of Best Face Wash & Cleanser for its ability to gently but effectively remove buildup, debris, and makeup from the skin. It’s formulated with a lineup of skin-loving ingredients like Shea Butter, Coconut extract, and Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) that prevents the complexion from feeling stripped of hydration and moisture.
- Best Toner -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: The second to nab a consecutive award is the Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner (Fragrance Free). Lightweight and nourishing, the Black Rice-enriched toner works wonders for all skin types to quench and comfort the skin post-cleanse. Its titular ingredient works alongside Ginseng Root extract, Beta-Glucan, and more to provide intensive soothing and hydration benefits to the complexion, prepping it for the next steps of the routine.
- Best Essence & Ampoule -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: When it comes to calming sensitivity, inflammation, and redness, the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule triumphs above all. The brand’s famed Madagascar Centella ingredient takes center stage in this booster that douses the skin in soothing goodness, restoring the imbalance caused by the external environment and stressors. Splash on a layer while completing your day and night routines to heal and replenish your skin.
- Best Serum -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Amongst the lineup of boosters and skin perfectors, the Dr.Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha Tea Essence was clearly first choice amongst our STYLEVANA fans. This Kombucha and Tea Complex-infused concoction promises to detoxify the skin of impurities, maintain ideal hydration levels, and impart a blinding glow. The 15:85 oil-water ratio of this formula refreshes, nourishes and hydrates in one step, proving it's the all-in-one superstar that definitely deserves a spot in your routine.
- Best Eye Care -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Bid dark circles and undereye wrinkles adieu, the BEAUTY OF JOSEON Revive Eye Serum : Ginseng + Retinal is here to treat them once and for all. Packed with 10% Ginseng Root extract and Vitamin A, this eye serum supplies moisture to the skin and smooths over fine lines, resulting in an awakened appearance. Users rate it 5 stars for its brightening effect, easy-to-spread texture, and the genuine difference it makes to the undereye area.
- Best Moisturizer & Cream -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Hyaluronic Acid is just one of those ingredients that every skin type adores, just as the Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream is widely revered. 5 types of HA of different molecule sizes drench every layer of the skin, providing rich and non-oily moisture. The gel cream also includes Betaine and vegetable Squalane to strengthen the skin barrier and improve moisture retention. It offers a cooling sensation when applied, and leaves the skin with a natural healthy appearance.
- Best Lip Care -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Plumped and supple lips are a breeze to achieve with the CARE:NEL Berry Lip Night Mask in your arsenal. Not only does it deliver rich moisture and nutrients to the lips thanks to Strawberry, Raspberry, and Macadamia Seed extracts, but it also softens and exfoliates the dead skin on the lips for an extra-smooth pout. Slather this before bed as an overnight treatment or before your lip makeup to make it last all day.
- Best Exfoliator, Peeling & Scrub -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If you’ve yet to establish your exfoliation routine, make sure you’re adding the Haruharu WONDER - Centella 3% PHA Gentle Liquid Exfoliating Serum to cart in your next haul. One of the newer items to the brand’s lineup, it uses PHA to slough away dead skin cells, Centella extract to soothe potential inflammation, and Orange Water to improve skin tone and elasticity. It’s intended for use on all skin types to soften the skin and bring out the skin’s natural radiance.
- Best Face Mask -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: It’s all in the name: the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Sleeping Pack combines the skin-quenching benefits of Hyaluronic Acid with the relieving calm of Centella Asiatica to revitalize your complexion as you sleep. Alongside Pear and Melon extracts, the gel formula sinks into the skin quickly without residue and replenishes dry and dehydrated skin. Don’t be surprised to wake from your beauty sleep with a bounce and clarity like you’ve never experienced.
- Best Sheet Mask -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Be it your weekly pamper session or a quick fix for a complexion suffering from stress, the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Watergel Sheet Ampoule Mask solves all qualms and concerns in a matter of minutes. The Tencel and Bamboo-derived masks are soaked in an elixir of Centella Asiatica, to dramatically soothe and moisturize the skin, and Corn Mint Oil, responsible for cooling an inflamed complexion and balancing oil-water levels. They were developed to have a high absorption power so that the ampoule doesn’t evaporate from the skin easily.
- Best Spot Treatment -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Sorry not sorry, pimple-popping is simply no longer acceptable; instead, we’re reaching for the SOME BY MI Clear Spot Patch to safely get rid of blemishes. These high-adhesion waterproof hydrocolloid patches are intended to be stuck over pimples and affected areas to absorb exudation, as well as create a barrier against environmental irritants. To avoid scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, they’re your best bet.
- Best Sunscreen -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: The sunscreen category featured many high-ranking bestsellers and cult favorite formulas, but ultimately the BEAUTY OF JOSEON Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotic SPF50+ PA++++ reigned supreme. It hardly requires introduction but allow us to refresh your memory: creamy and nourishing, this SPF formula applies onto the skin without a white cast or stickiness, utilizing Rice and fermented grain extracts to moisturize the complexion.
- Best Sun Stick -
Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Few sun sticks have garnered the noteworthy hype that Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++ has accumulated. Loaded with 8 types of Hyaluronic Acid, Bamboo Water, and Aloe Leaf extract, it cools down and hydrates the skin as it glides on sans tackiness or residue. The sun stick is shaped as a teardrop to navigate all edges and crevices of the face and body. Toss it into your bag for SPF application and reapplication on the go.
What are you waiting for? Spice up your current routine and shop the award-winners now! Keep an eye on this space as we roll out our best Korean makeup products and hair & body products, coming extremely soon. Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook, as well as keeping an eye on the VANA Blog, so you receive all the latest news, promos and information!