We just want to take a moment to thank the Korean skincare masters of the world, who have gifted us with phenomenons such as double cleansing, sheet masks, and essences. #blessed
And digital marketplace Peach & Lily (as well as founder and boss lady Alicia Yoon) is partially responsible for Korean skincare’s rapid growth by making popular and up-and-coming brands easily accessible in the States. P&L and Yoon have a rigorous trial period before anything can even be considered for the site, so their best sellers are the crème de la crème. They took us through the items they just can’t seem to keep in stock—so if they’re available, you need to buy them, stat.
Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots, $4.49
Peach & Lily recently launched Peach Slices (like the little sister to P&L) at CVS Pharmacy. These sticker-like hydrocolloid dots just launched in April, and they have already sold out multiple times. The dot acts as a protective cover over the treated area to keep you from picking, and quickly and effectively helps reduce inflammation so the blemish becomes visibly smaller ASAP. The transparent, adhesive dots are non-drying (so no flaking) and come in a variety of sizes that can be worn night or day, with or without makeup.
Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream, (on sale!) $19
Snail mucin extract is still a buzzy ingredient, and this repair cream has remained a best seller for years. Formulated with 92 percent snail extract, this cream hydrates, improves the appearance of fine lines, and reduces the appearance of acne scarring and blemishes.
Lagom Sun Gel, $23
Korean SPF is brilliant, and this one has seamless absorbability (no white cast), great SPF protection (50+), and is lightweight and matte (non-greasy). This constantly sells out, and it actually just went out of stock again, but P&L assure us it’ll be returning very soon.
After years of testing, P&L made their own line of masks—and they’re good. Really good. This set of three sheet masks is designed to target specific skincare needs: Reset Button mask will calm irritated skin; Chubby Cheeks mask will lift and plump; Good Skin Day mask will deeply hydrate and nourish deep within the skin to offer a radiant glow.
Many sheet masks are formulated with alcohol and artificial fragrances, but these are free of synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and formaldehyde.
Costing less than a latte, this sheet mask instantly refreshes with intense hydration from Chinese morning calm flower and antioxidant-rich thyme, which helps protect skin from free radical damage.
Forty-six percent tangerine citrus extract and Vitamin C make this sheet mask highly brightening, while still being deeply nourishing. Frudia’s entire range is waterless formulas, instead replacing aqua with organic fruit-derived extracts that fight discoloration without being irritating.
One of the first big buzz products to hit US markets, the bubble mask, is still a huge success. This purifying mask features oxygen and active charcoal that, when activated, froth up and work to clear pores of trapped dirt, blackheads, and whiteheads. Afterwards, skin is exfoliated and hydrated, leaving it brighter, smoother, and moisturized.
Hello, vanity goals! Atoclassic has chic white and rose gold packaging, but its beauty goes beyond the container: The lightweight, jelly cleanser bubbles into a soft, velvety lather and features a blend of root and herbal extracts famous for healing and soothing a variety of skin conditions.
Traditionally, these “modeling masks”—aka “rubber masks”—were only available via a professional korean spa But thanks to technology, we now have this anti-aging luxury at home. This indulgent mask is infused with silk amino acids (in the silver gel) that help to replenish collagen, which give skin its strength, texture, and resiliency. Mix the gel with the active collagen powder, apply to face, let set, and then peel off to reveal more hydrated, brighter, and healthier skin.
Michelle V in the comments section of this product on P&L says: “Wearing this mask on my face felt like I was pouring metal all over my face, minus the intolerance to heat (you know that in GoT season 1, right?). As the mask was drying, I felt my face cooling down from the inflammation and as I took it off, my skin was glowing like J.Lo! Not to mention, my skin felt softer.” Sold, Michelle V!