VANA Award 2021: 18 Best Korean Skincare Products of STYLEVANA

Attention: skincare junkies! It's time to make room on your top shelf and meet the elites from STYLEVANA's first-ever mid-year VANA Award to amp up your K-Beauty hall of fame (or "haul" of fame for some of us). The award-winners of this year's VANA Award are nothing but major skincare MVPs and all-star players that are 100% worth the hype. From cleansers, toners to sunscreens and sheet masks, we’ve rounded up a total of 18 best-selling Korean skincare products that totally deserve a spot in your 10-step Korean skincare routine. So sit back, relax, and read on to land yourself some real keepers for the summer!


- 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 Gel -

COSRX - Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - COSRX

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Searching for the perfect low pH facial cleanser can be a struggle but we're glad to see the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser getting so much love over the years at STYLEVANA. This COSRX cleanser checks all the boxes as the best cleanser for dry skin as it doesn't strip your skin's natural oil. Its mildly acidic formula has the ideal balanced pH level of 5-6 which feels gentle and soothing on the skin, leaving it supple and hydrated all day - thanks to the botanical ingredients that keep your skin supple.


- Best Cleansing Oil -

iUNIK - Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil

iUNIK Calendula Complete Cleansing Oil

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - iUNIK

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 sunflower seed oil being the primary ingredient, this Hyram approved (and fragrance-free, obvs) iUNIK cleansing oil is super hydrating and effective when it comes to removing the impurities on your skin. Its fragrance-free formula also ensures that your sensitive skin gets the best comforting cleanse as the first step of your Korean skincare routine.


- Best Toner for Hydration -

Pyunkang Yul - Essence Toner

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Pyunkang Yul

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is a hydrating toner formula that is designed to deliver intense moisture to dry skin. Unlike many other toners on the market, the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner features 91.3% milk vecht root extract to replace water. The root extract is full of skin-beneficial betaine and nutrients that hydrate and strength skin with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


- Best Toner for Acne Skin -

Isntree - Green Tea Fresh Toner

Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Isntree

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: There are many face toners that you can find at STYLEVANA but the best-in-class favorite for acne-prone, oily skin has to be the Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner. Free from alcohol, fragrance, essential oil, this Korean toner features a blend of EWG green grade ingredients, including 80% green tea extract from Jeju Island and other plant extracts, to soothe, control excess sebum and brighten your complexion. The hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica are also especially good for dry skin.


- Best Toner for Sensitive Skin -

COSRX - Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner

COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - COSRX

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Enriched with prime soothing ingredient Centella Asiatica, this COSRX Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner is made with leaf water and other organic ingredients to promote healthy skin while helping deal with blemishes and breakouts. The alcohol-free formula also makes this Korean toner a solid choice for sensitive skin as it feels gentle on the skin while maintaining the pH balance to keep your skin hydrated and irritation-free.


- Best Serum for Acne Skin -

iUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serum

iUNIK - Tea Tree Relief Serum

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - iUNIK

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If you are obsessed with clean beauty brands like iUNIK (and a loyal fan of one of our favorite VANA Influencers Hyram who shares the same love for the Korean brand), this Hyram-approved iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum will definitely be your next add-to-cart favorite. This bestselling tea tree oil serum from iUNIK not only is a game-changer for sensitive skin but also something every natural beauty swears by for its naturally sourced formula. It's known for improving skin conditions like acne-prone skin and sensitive skin with a whopping 67% tea tree oil for the best skin-calming benefits. This 5-in-1 K-beauty skincare product helps in powerful relief, soothing, brightening, moisturizing, and wrinkle care as well!


- Best Serum for Vegan -

PURITO - Centella Unscented Serum

PURITO Centella Unscented Serum

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - PURITO

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: This PURITO Centella Unscented Serum checks all the boxes when it comes to a vegan, cruelty-free skincare product that also packs a powerful punch of Centella Asiatica Extract + Panthenol for your skin. Not only does it rejuvenate your skin by strengthening its barrier, but it also helps restore and soothe irritated skin while preventing any skin inflammation during the mask-wearing season.


- Best Face Essence -

Secret Key - Starting Treatment Essence

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Secret Key

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If there’s anything your lackluster can’t live without, it’ll be Galactomyces which is a key ingredient for the Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence. With only a few drops of this bestselling Korean essence, you will instantly notice a radiant glow on your skin, which will appear more nourished and elastic than before. Just spread the serum evenly over your face and neck and gently massage until it is fully absorbed, then you’re set! This Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence is here to keep you going (and glowing) all day long.


- Best Lightweight Moisturizer -

ROVECTIN - Clean Lotus Water Cream

ROVECTIN - Clean Lotus Water Cream

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - ROVECTIN

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: Pick up ROVECTIN's Clean Lotus Water Cream to hydrate and purify your skin at the same time. Free from alcohol, parabens, and allergens, this cruelty-free, vegan-friendly Korean moisturizer contains 75% lotus extract which helps achieve clear and healthy skin to make you look rejuvenated no matter the season.


- Best Oil-Free Gel Cream -

iUNIK - Centella Calming Gel Cream

iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - iUNIK

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: This iUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream is a highly sought-after moisturizer packed with 70% Centella Asiatica leaf water and 10% Tea Tree leaf water, which are two of the most common ingredients for a skin-calming solution. This gel-like moisturizer is a trusty option to moisturize extremely dry skin and calm sensitive skin with blemishes, thanks to the gentle skin-cooling sensation. Not to mention the lightweight, oil-free formula that will instantly comfort your stress-worn skin after your skincare routine.


- 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 Sheet Mask -

Mediheal - N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX

Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX

Courtesy of Korean Skincare Brand - Mediheal

Stylevana K-Beauty Review: If you’re a real masker, chances are you probably have Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask EX on your K-Beauty radar already. This Korean mask sheet is named the champion of mask sheets on Stylevana for its powerful combo - ampoule + mask. Consider it a supercharged version of your favorite serum being soaked in a nourishing mask pack alongside all the nutritive ingredients you can think of: PGA, aloe vera, collagen, hyaluronic acid, etc. Not to mention its skin-fitting mask sheet that will rest comfortably on your face while you wind down for the night.


- Best Overnight Mask -

FRUDIA - Blueberry Honey Overnight Mask

Dear Klairs - Midnight Blue Calming Sheet 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 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 summer-perfect (and fast-selling) 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!


- Best Sunscreen (Essence) -

THANK YOU FARMER - Sun Project Light Sun Essence

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 is infused with cooling aloe extract that targets redness and calms irritation. Its rich blend of sacha inchi oil + lotus flower water also helps soften the appearance of fine lines and bolster skin’s resilience while deflecting the damaging effects of UV rays. Readily absorbed and completely non-greasy, this lightweight sunscreen hydrates without smothering your skin to maintain a smooth, semi-matte finish.


- 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.


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!