6 of the best Korean moisturizers for dry skin.

Well, it’s that time of year again.

The arctic winds are pushing through Seoul and stripping my face of all the much-needed moisture. I’m trying to save the last remaining molecules of moisture left on my face.

I fear for the worst.

My moisture barrier is at a critical stage.

Redness is starting to show.

I’m getting that dry uncomfortable itch.

My face is in dire straights.

I need some moisturizer!

In Seoul today it plummeted to minus 8. If like me, you have dry skin then it’s going to be a nightmare without the correct moisturizer.

Fear not

I have done my research and found the best Korean moisturizers for dry skin.

I have gathered together some information including Korean products and skin routines to help combat our Dry Skin.


What Is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is uncomfortable.

Symptoms include: flaking, peeling, itching and general tightness.

It happens because your skin can’t retain enough moisture. It’s very common to have dry skin and can affect people of all ages.

Why do I have Dry skin?

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Well, I ask this question over and over.

It could be genetics and age. Your skin like mine, might not be good as it was at retaining moisture.

Usually its external factors like the weather.

The cold dry winter air, like in Seoul, can wreak mayhem on your face. This is due to the lack of humidity in the air.

Or it could be internal factors which you can control:

Hot Water

More so if you think bathing and washing your face will help you add moisture well this is true to some extent. However, if you’re using hot water, then the hot water can remove the natural oil in your skin, and your face will end up feeling tight.

Harsh soaps

Another cause is using harsh soaps. If you’re scrubbing your face with a lavender-scented soap bar you bought from the dollar shop, well I hate to tell you, but you need to throw it away. Soap is an emulsifier that removes oils. The more soap you apply to your face, the more oil is lost.

Wrong moisturizer

Using the wrong moisturizer can also have an impact. Therefore it is critical to choose the right moisturizer to combat these ill-fated side effects. Use creams that your face can handle.


Ingredients to look for in Korean Moisturizer for Dry Skin

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Moisturizers keep water in and we need the good old thick type to trap as much water as possible.

They do this by re-hydrating the top layer of skin cells and locking it into your skin.

The best Korean moisturizer will contain the three main ingredients:

  • Humectants, like Ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, and Glycerin help attract moisture.
  • Petrolatum, Lanolin and Silicone trap the moisture within the skin.
  • Emollients, like Linolenic and Lauric acids, fill in the spaces between skin cells.

Opting for heavier and thicker creams will be more effective in combating dry skin, but of course, they could be greasy and not very appealing.

Creams that include petrolatum will be the best for dry and cracked skin. They will stay on your face for longer and prevent water from evaporating.


How to Use Korean Moisturizer for Dry Skin

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Some useful tips go a long way.

You might have the best cream in the industry but if you don’t use it properly it might as well be fish water.

Here are some Korean Beuaty tips:

Sort your skincare products from the lightest to the thickest and apply them in that order.

You also don’t want to apply a heavy cream on first as it will prevent the lighter creams from being absorbed.

So start light, and then gradually go heavy.

When applying the moisturizer, don’t rub it all over, but rather gently dab and tap it into your skin.

When I’m in a rush I miss this step and spread it over my face like I’m spreading Nutella on toast. It’s probably not the brightest idea.

Koreans tap there faces and gently stroke their faces in an upwards direction to prevent unwanted droopiness.

If you have severely dry skin like me, try these tips. I’ve noticed a difference after using them.

  •  Wash your face with only water in the morning. Preferably, mild-warm water, It will help mitigate your dry skin.
  • Or use a super gentle and light face wash like Etude house Soon Jung. This foam cleanser is soft, cool and hydrating. It won’t leave you with that horrible tight feeling you get after using some other cleansers.
  • At night, don’t use any face washes that hack away at your moisture barrier. -Your moisture barrier is important
  • Use creams that contain Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid.

What Is The Best Korean Moisturizer For Dry Skin?

With so many to choose from, Korean brands tend to be one of the most forward-thinking in their design, use of natural ingredients, texture and scent.

More so, they are reasonably priced.

It’s no wonder Koreans look so radiant and young!

So let us check out the best Korean moisturizer for dry skin:


Innisfree Orchid Enrich Cream

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It’s one of the best in the business for dry skin. Especially in the winter. When that cold dry air starts to bite your face off, this really holds up well.

To keep your youthful complexion intact it’s infused with Orchid Elixir to combat free radical damage, and hold back your wrinkles.

As a side note, it does have a strong scent, which some people might not like.

But overall Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream is silky smooth and extremely hydrating.

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Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

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The aqua bomb certainly makes a splash.

This popular moisturizer is a great all-rounder, meaning you can use it day and night.

It hydrates your face instantly by trapping moisture for up to 26 hours to give you that long need needed protection.

As it says on the tub, it’s clinically proven to increase moisture by 18% which is a big thumbs up.

It’s also formulated without parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.

This watery cream helps to soften dry flaky skin without giving you that oily glow.

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Dr. Jart+ Water Infuse Ultimate Hydro Gel

A photo of Dr. Jar t+ water infuse ultimate hydro gel  which is a Korean moisturizer for dry skin

If you’re looking for a cream to use under your make up, then this one might be for you.

It’s light, spreads easily and doesn’t clump together. It’s made with Belgium hot spring minerals so you are getting the skin regeneration and anti-bacterial properties too.

What’s more, it’s super hydrating and not greasy; ideal for cool and dry climates when you need some added moisture.

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Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

A photo of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream which is a Korean moisturizer for dry skin

To battle the elements in winter, you need a super thick cream. Well, look no further. The Ceramidin Cream will do just that and more.

It acts as a strong barrier against the wind, while constantly locking in all the moisture.

Your face will feel smooth and hydrated all day, and all night if needs be. It’s pricey, but due to its thickness one tube will last you months.

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Innisfree – The Green Tea Seed Cream

A photo of inns free Green tea seed cream which is a Korean moisturizer for dry skin

A marvelous little tub of moisturizing cream which is practical for dry skin.

Amazingly, green tea has been renowned for its healing properties for over a millennium.

All the amino acids packed into this moisturizer are going to have a powerful effect on your skin. It absorbs fast, sits well, and will give your face some needed elasticity.

It’s cheaper than some other creams listed here and does a fine job at moisturizing your skin.

It’s lightweight, so in the winter you may want something heavier. It has a subtle fragrance, but it’s not overwhelming.

Overall this is a fantastic moisturizer for hydrating the skin.

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Klaris Rich Moist Soothing Cream

A photo of the bottle Klaris Rich Moist Smoothing cream which is a Korean moisturizer for dry skin

Klaris has some great products and this may be one their best. Their rich, moist soothing cream is exactly what it says on the bottle: rich, moist and soothing.

The cream is packed full of natural goodness, such as Ceramide 3, Shea butter and jojoba oil, which will make your face glow.

Even more fantastic, it’s not heavy or greasy, and it melts into the skin perfectly. It is probably a good transition for the winter months, especially if you have dry and flaky skin.

It could be a little too thick for the summer, but for some who have really dry skin, it will be perfect.

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What else can you do to combat dry skin

Get a Humidifier

In the winter you could try using a humidifier. If you set it to around 60% it will be enough to hydrate and replenish your skin cells.

Take Shorter showers

I love having a long shower, especially in the winter. But those long showers could be wreaking havoc on your moisture barrier.

Having a shower longer than 10 minutes and using hot water will strip away your skins oily layer and leaving your face tight and dry.

Instead, jump in and out of the shower, and try using lukewarm water.

Use fewer soaps and stick to the one you trust

If you’re using perfume or deodorant soap it might be stripping your face of those precious oils.

Instead, try using a fragrance-free soap, or if you have extremely dry skin; use just water.

Apply moisturizer immediately

When you’ve taken your shower, try and apply your Korean Moisturizer immediately.

In doing so you are trapping all the moisture before it has time to evaporate.


Summary for the Best Korean Moisturizer for Dry Skin in 2020

I hope this article helped you learn more about dry skin and also some of the best Korean moisturizes to buy.

I’m using the Innsfree Orchid Enrich Cream at the moment. It seems to suit my skin really well. Maybe you might find the fragrance too much, but i love it.

Korean moisturizers are fantastic at hydrating your skin. I love how refreshing they feel and I think their popularity is down to their quality and results.

It would be great to hear what you think!

If you have any recommendations that you think I should add to the list let me know in the comment section below.