End-of-Year VANA Award 2021: 18 Best Korean Skincare Products of STYLEVANA

In a world full of ever-evolving beauty trends and skincare hacks, we splurge on new skincare products every now and then because we're adventurists at heart! And for many of us, we found comfort and joy in our daily skincare routine because skincare is all about having fun in experimenting with what's right and best for you. Our end-of-year VANA Award 2021 is all about celebrating that. From cleansers, toners to sunscreens and sheet masks, we’re looking back at all the best-selling Korean skincare products — including the major skincare MVPs and all the hype-worthy names you've heard this past year — that have totally made our 2021 glow-up worthwhile. So sit back, relax, and read on to land yourself some real keepers to upgrade your skincare radar!


- Best Cleansing Balm -

heimish - All Clean Balm

heimish All Clean Balm

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - heimish

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Starting with one of our bestselling facial cleansers - heimish's All Clean Balm, a beauty wonder that will make your daily cleansing step 10 times better and easier. Loved by our VANA Family Influencer Cassandra Bankson who introduces this cleansing balm to her glass-skin skincare routine, this heimish's All Clean Balm will evolve into an oil-like solution that melts into your pore to break down and emulsify your makeup and dirt, all thanks to the rich and nourishing formula featuring Shea Butter, Rose Extract, and Tea Tree Leaf Oil.


- Best Cleansing Foam -

LAGOM - Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser

LAGOM Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - LAGOM

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: The LAGOM Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser washes the day away as good as any all-star facial cleanser with its lightweight, refreshing skin-feel, but there's more to it. This Korean facial cleanser has a transforming gel-to-water texture which will make you actually look forward to washing your face every day and night. It's also the perfect morning cleanser for removing any oil-based creams that may settle on your skin while sleeping from the night before.


- Best Cleansing Oil -

Rohto Mentholatum - Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleansing (Japan Version)

Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleansing

Courtesy of Japanese Skincare Brand - Rohto Mentholatum

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Cleansing oil helps break up all the makeup and dirt on your skin, and the cleanser afterward will help remove everything completely. With hyaluronic acid + concentrated olive oil being the star ingredients, this STYLEVANA approved Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Gokujyun Oil Cleansing is super hydrating and effective when it comes to removing impurities and makeup (including the waterproof mascara and eyeliner) from your skin. It is free from mineral oil, fragrance, and alcohol so it ensures that your sensitive skin gets the best comforting cleanse as the first step of your Korean skincare routine.


- Best Clay Mask -

SOME BY MI - Super Matcha Pore Clean Clay Mask

SOME BY MI Super Matcha Pore Clean Clay Mask

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - SOME BY MI

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Packed with a whopping 120,000ppm of clay, this SOME BY MI Super Matcha Pore Clean Clay Mask quickly won over many K Beauty skincare fanatics for its powerful 10-in-1 highly-functioning formula, from blackhead care to dead skin care to skin-soothing, and oil-moisture care. This deep cleansing clay mask uses Super Matcha Water to cleanse the skin and care for the elasticity of pores. It is also enriched with Centella, Tea Tree Leaf Water, Eoseongcho powder, and Cypress Leaf Extract to help calm the skin.


- Best Toner -

Haruharu WONDER - Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner (Fragrance Free)

Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner (Fragrance Free)

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Haruharu WONDER

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner (Fragrance Free) was an instant hit when it was first introduced as an unscented version of the original bestseller Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner. This sensitive skin-friendly toner excludes all essential oil but is formulated with equally hydrating and gentle ingredients, including skin-comforting Black Rice extracts and hyaluronic acid to keep your dry skin hydrated.


- Best Essence -

COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - COSRX

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Hailed for its skin-enriching snail mucin ingredient, COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence packs a whopping 96% snail secretion filtrate to treat your skin to a nice, intense repair and hydration. Think of it as the perfect rejuvenation to restore a lasting radiant glow to your complexion.


- Best Ampoule -

SKIN1004 - Madagascar Centella Ampoule

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - SKIN1004

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule packs a wonderful (and hefty) punch of Centella Asiatica extract — at a whopping 100% — from the untouched nature of Madagascar. This centella asiatica ampoule is designed for people with sensitive skin, skin with a weakened skin barrier or unbalanced water-oil ratio, and dehydrated skin. Its EWG green formula helps calm sensitive skin and repair skin barrier that is roughened by the external harmful environment.


- Best Serum -

BEAUTY OF JOSEON - Glow Serum : Propolis + Niacinamide

BEAUTY OF JOSEON Glow Serum : Propolis + Niacinamide

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - BEAUTY OF JOSEON

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: The BEAUTY OF JOSEON Glow Serum : Propolis + Niacinamide is highly nourishing for stress-worn skin, and helps treat skin inflammation like acne. ICYMI, propolis is naturally antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which helps soothe acne-prone skin and brighten dark spots. This cult-favorite face serum is also enriched with 2% niacinamide which helps restore and revive your lackluster complexion with a renewed glow.


- Best Retinol Cream -

Bellflower - Retinol Cream for Wrinkle Care

Bellflower Retinol Cream for Wrinkle Care

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Bellflower

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Retinol is a buzz-worthy ingredient that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen, and is great for fading age spots and softening rough patches of skin. That's why the Bellflower Retinol Cream for Wrinkle Care checks all the boxes when it comes to fighting signs of aging, thanks to its rich mix of retinol, niacinamide, and adenosine that help minimize fine lines and wrinkles like a pro.


- Best Face Mist -

Sioris - Time Is Running Out Mist (Citrus Junos Version)

Sioris Time Is Running Out Mist

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Sioris

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If there’s anything your lackluster can’t live without, it’ll be an on-the-go face mist that will keep your skin hydrated wherever, whenever. Swap in the Sioris Time Is Running Out Mist as your everyday staple as it combines toner, mist and serum to enhance your everyday skincare routine. With 78% organic green plum water for instant hydration, this Sioris skincare product is the perfect hydrating face mist for dry skin type, thanks to its long-lasting nourishment to leave your summer skin refreshed and recharged all day.


- Best Lip Mask -

LANEIGE - Lip Sleeping Mask EX (Berry)

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - LANEIGE

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: File under: certified HG for night-time routine around the world. The bestselling LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask EX is a true savior for dry, chappy lips, thanks to its nutrient-packed formula with Vitamin C, berry extracts + hyaluronic acid to retain moisture. The brand's patented MOISTURE WRAP™ technology uses hyaluronic acid to form a moisturizing film to help lock-in active ingredients and the skin to restore your natural lip color and radiance, leaving you with hydrated, plump lips the next morning.


- Best Eye Cream -

PURITO - Centella Green Level Eye Cream

PURITO Centella Green Level Eye Cream

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - PURITO

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: This PURITO Centella Green Level Eye Cream combines 49% Centella Asiatica extract, Hyaluronic Acid + 4 types of peptides to take care of the delicate skin around eye areas. It helps refine the skin's texture and moisturizes and the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for a well-rested, youthful look.


- Best Overnight Mask for Tired Skin -

FRUDIA - Blueberry Honey Overnight Mask

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - FRUDIA

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Wake up refreshed and radiant with help from Stylevana's bestselling FRUDIA Blueberry Honey Overnight Mask which promises to overtime to keep your skin plump and supple while you snooze. It rejuvenates your tired skin as a daily remedy to strengthen your skin's natural protective barrier, thanks to the antioxidant blueberry extract + honey extract.


- Best Anti-Aging Sleeping Mask -

iUNIK - Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask

IUNIK Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - iUNIK

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Dry season means it's time to let a good sleeping mask take over the night shift to recharge your skin. Keep the iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask as your bedside staple as this anti-aging sleeping mask contains propolis extract, vitamin tree fruit extract to brighten dull skin tone and improve signs of aging while offering an intense moisture boost to rejuvenate your tired-looking skin while you sleep.


- Best Spot Treatment -

COSRX - Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX pimple patch

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - COSRX

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Stylevana has a lot of loyal COSRX fans who keep coming back (and also searching) for this one, and we all know why. COSRX's Acne Pimple Master Patch is more than just a concealing solution that hides your pimples, it’s also an overnight fixer for acne-prone skin that will help flatten and heal cystic acne with A.D.F. hydrocolloid material.


- Best Sunscreen (Cream) -

THANK YOU FARMER - Sun Project Water Sun Cream

THANK YOU FARMER sunscreen

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - THANK YOU FARMER

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Hailed as a cult-favorite (and under-rated) beauty, this THANK YOU FARMER sunscreen features hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and mistletoe extract to help promote the cellular renewal process and more importantly protects the skin from the damaging effects of UV exposure on a summer beach outing. It works like a moisturizing sunscreen lotion, making it even easier for you to apply your daily makeup in the subsequent steps.


- Best Sunscreen (Gel) -

Isntree - Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel

Isntree sunscreen

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Isntree

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: This Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel is our all-time favorite (and also our skincare fairy godmother Charlotte Parlermino's tried-and-true sunscreen pick). Apart from the rich blend of hyaluronic acid + niacinamide, this organic sunscreen delivers a powerful moisture-locking and transparent finish in one smooth application for oily skin types. In short, you can pretty much expect a refreshing, shine-free, non-sticky finish from this perfect everyday staple!


- Best Sunscreen (Fluid) -

make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Daily Sun Fluid

make p:rem sunscreen

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - make p:rem

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: The major reason we love this lightweight make p:rem UV Defense Me. Daily Sun Fluid is its clever blend of both chemical and mineral-based UV-blocking formulas. The dual sun protection, coupled with a strong SPF50+ spectrum, shields every inch of your face and body on all fronts so you can get through a sunny day without worry. Along with trusty ingredients and the brand's very own formula, including the aptly named "City-Proof Complex" and the "Pollustop Complex," this sun fluid will easily top your try-list!


Spot anything you like from our award-winning list? I don’t know about you but I’m definitely restocking half of it right now. Pick up your favorite Korean skincare products from our most-loved Korean brands on Stylevana ASAP! Stay tuned for our next VANA Award 2021 announcement for the best Korean makeup products and hair & body products next week! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get more instant product updates and skincare tips!