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You can buy the best Korean Skincare Australia & NZ right here on Kanvas Beauty! Kanvas Beauty are the official stockists for some of the best Korean skincare brands, which means collabs, freebies and promotions....stay tuned.

When it comes navigating the world of Korean Skincare, let us be your tour guide! Not to toot our own horn, but Kanvas Beauty is the best online Korean Skincare store in Australia (and New Zealand, because we never forget about our Kiwi mates). And here’s just some of the reasons why.

Our curated list of KBeauty brands consists of only their most high-performing and popular products.

K-Beauty refers to any cosmetic that hails from the Asian beauty mecca of Korea. Why is Korean skincare so good? The beauty industry over there is large and competitive. This means a tonne of new brands every year, high levels of beauty innovation and early adoption of soon-to-be buzz ingredients or techniques. But not everything that glitters is gold! There are also plenty of sub-par products or those that are merely poor imitations of others. There are also some brands that have a couple of standout hero products, but not much else worth trying. That’s where Kanvas Beauty comes in: we sift through the good and weed out the average. Whatever you see on Kanvas Beauty is tried, tested, feted and recommended.

We’ve created a Korean Beauty collection as diverse as you are.

The target audience for Korean brands naturally tend to be Koreans. Unfortunately, what this can also mean is that K-Beauty products or ingredients don’t always suit skin tones and conditions prevalent in the rest of the world. This can be the key barrier to trying K-Beauty for some, particularly within makeup. You won’t find those limitations here. Our K-Beauty curation has something for everyone, whether its invisible sunscreens, 4C-friendly haircare or dark-tinted BB creams. And if it’s made it to Kanvas Beauty, then it’s high performance!

 

Our descriptions are clear (no copy and pasted Korean translations) and include links to brands’ Buying Guides as well as individual product reviews so that you can make the right purchasing decision.

If you have a look the standard description of Korean skincare products on some websites, you might find it reads rather mysteriously. This is likely because of direct translation errors. Kinda cute, yes but also kinda unhelpful. At best, you have a vague idea of what the product’s about. At worst, it’s completely misleading. At Kanvas Beauty, our product write-ups are original, honest and with as much useful information as possible. Also, our badge guide summarises each product’s key features in a single glance.

 

Keep reading as we discuss all things KBeauty Australia & NZ!

Part of being the best online Korean Beauty Store Australia & NZ is that we'll arm you with all the info you need to make an expert decision. Read on for how to construct the famous multi-step Korean skincare routine, the best Korean skincare products, and what should be the among the first products you try for various skin conditions (acne, oily skin, anti-aging, hyperpigmentation etc). We also go through some of their most popular and cutting edge ingredients, and who they best benefit. Let's go!

 

The Korean Multi-Step Skincare Routine

First, let's talk about the layered routine K-Beauty is famous for, and, more importantly, the proper Korean skincare routine order. First things first, there is no set-in-stone, established order - but there are some basic tenets the majority of us can agree on:

1. Oil/Balm Cleanser

2. Regular Foam/Gel Cleanser

3. Toner

4. Essence

5. Serum

6. Moisturizer 

7. Sunscreen (if during the day).

This is the classic Korean 7 Step Skincare Routine. Frankly, most of our skin responds incredibly well to this without the need for additional steps. But for those that are skincare buffs and want to take it to the next level, there's also the 10 Step Routine!

1. Oil/Balm Cleanser

2. Regular Foam/Gel Cleanser

3. Exfoliation treatment/toner.

4. Toner

5. Essence

6. Serum

7. Ampoule or Sheet Mask

8. Moisturizer 

9. Eye Cream

10. Sunscreen (if during the day) / Sleep Mask (if in the evening).

Do you need that many steps? It really depends on your skin. For dry or aging skin, the extra steps can make a huge difference in retaining moisture and plumpness. For oily and acne-prone skin, a simpler routine that includes some type of exfoliation on a weekly basis is better. It's horses for courses, so go by what your skin likes best. Here's what Kanvas Beauty considers the basic starting routine for skincare beginners, which you can then build on as you go along your skincare journey. It's just 5 steps, so not as overwhelming but enough to make a substantial difference to your skin!

1. Oil/Balm Cleanser

2. Regular Foam/Gel Cleanser

3. Toner

4. Serum

5. Moisturizer (followed by SPF if during the day. You can also use a combined moisturizer with SPF).

Confused about what the differences between some of the steps are (are a serum and ampoule really that different)? Check out our FAQs below, where we explain some of the differences between the steps and some of your other most pressing questions.

 

Some of the best Korean Skincare products:

Some of Kanvas Beauty’s best-selling K Beauty products are:

  1. Beauty of Joseon Probiotics Relief Sun Essence: An instant hit as soon as it launched, this brightening and hydrating sun lotion from clean hanbang brand Beauty of Joseon offers SPF50+ PA++++ protection. It’s lightweight, dries invisible and contains lovely ingredients to unify your complexion such as rice extracts and niacinamide.
  2. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch: The original and the best pimple patches! These cult hydrocolloid patches come in various sizes, and are essentially little band-aids for leaky zits, whiteheads and pustules. Not only do they magically suck all the gunk out, but they also decrease post-acne scarring and help the area heal quicker.
  3. Heimish All Clean Balm: A hot favourite of makeup artists, this popular cleansing balm from vegan K Beauty brand Heimish has a lemony, sherbet-like texture that melts into a silky oil upon contact with your skin. It removes every trace of makeup (including waterproof mascara), and leaves skin clean and primed for your second cleanse.
  4. Purito Centella Green Level Recovery Cream: This lightweight, redness-fighting moisturizer packed with 50% tiger grass calms and sooths irritated skin in a jiffy. It’s the product you reach for when you’ve over-exfoliated or just feeling a little sensitive. Plus, it’s clean, cruelty-free and vegan.
  5. Etude House My Lash Serum: Loved for both its affordability and efficacy, this gentle eyelash serum dispels the myth that these things have to be ridiculously expensive to work! My Lash Serum is specially formulated to target the health of your eyelashes for length and strength.
  6. Some By Mi AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner: A bonafide miracle at kicking acne to the curb, this exfoliating toner enhanced with papaya enzymes and niacinamide reduces texture, whiteheads and the appearance of pores.
  7. Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner: One of Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho’s favourite products, this astringent toner uses a 10% concentration of licorice root extract to naturally brighten and even out the skin tone. It’s a pro at extracting dirt and debris, even after cleansing (you’ll be surprised and how much the cotton pad picks up!). And because of its skin-matching pH, it won’t dry you out, either.
  8. Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder: The oil-soaking finishing powder of your mattifying dreams, innisfree’s holy grail No Sebum Mineral Powder use a natural mineral base for a soft-focus, airbrushed finish.
  9. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: This is Laneige‚Äôs product extraordinaire - and worth the hype! An Allure Best of Beauty award winner, this leave-on lip mask soothes and hydrates. Its patented Moisture Wrap‚ĄĘ forms a protective film to lock in moisture and active ingredients.
  10. Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner: Just 7 ingredients are in this minimalist, apothecary-style Korean brand ‚Äď but it still delivers spectacular results. This viscous, silky and slightly acidic toner is a Godsend for dry and dehydrated skin. It literally coats your dermis in moisture, and can be used in layers or between steps in your skincare routine.

Popular K-Beauty ingredients to try

Some of the best Korean Beauty products for every skin type:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some uniquely Korean creations?

Did you know BB Creams were a K-Beauty brand? That’s right, they are originally a creation of Dr Jart+. So are CC Creams, Essences and Cushion Foundations (the latter first brought to the market by IOPE).

What is the difference between the first and second cleanse?

We think EVERYONE should use double cleanse! Your first cleanse should consist of an oil or balm cleanser. Oily and acne-prone skin benefits from their ability to dissolve sebum. Meanwhile, dry skin will love its ability to clean without stripping, as well as adding additional moisture to your skin before the second cleanse. Plus, it removes makeup and thick SPF like a pro, without excess tugging. Now, your second cleanse generally consists of a foaming cleanser, whether gel or water-based. This will remove any residue from the first cleanse, as well as clean water-based dirt from your skin (i.e. sweat) that the oils may not pick up. After your double cleanse, your skin will be perfectly primed for the rest of your routine.

Can cleansing oil replace cleanser?

A cleansing oil CAN replace a cleanser on extremely dry skin, but it's not something we'd recommend - generally the best results require an oil-based cleanser first, followed by a water-based cleanser. If your skin is very dry and has a tendency to feel stripped after water-based cleansers, look for water-based cleanser with a skin-matching pH of 5.5. These are ultra-gentle.

What is the difference between a toner and an essence?

A toner is used immediately after cleansing. It is meant to correct the skin’s pH after washing your face, remove any leftover residue and preps it for the remainder of your routine. An essence meanwhile, comes after your toner. It usually has a specific function (brightening, moisturizing, treatment etc). Generally, most essences hydrate, refine and soothe skin at the cellular level. A simple skincare routine might just involve a cleanser, toner and a moisturizer, but someone looking to address specific skin concerns (or who loves the KBeauty multi-step routine) will typically use an essence as well. 

What is the difference between a serum and an ampoule?

A serum is a¬†targeted and concentrated¬†treatment that comes after cleansing and toning (and an essence, if you're using one). An ampoule meanwhile, was made famous in the K-Beauty multistep routine, and comes¬†ÔĽŅafterÔĽŅ your serum. It's basically a serum on steroids - it's meant to be even more potent and usually works on one area of concern. An example is the ISNTREE Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule, which would just be applied on highly inflamed or acne-prone areas.

What is the difference between a moisturiser and a sleep mask?

A moisturiser is an essential step in any skincare routine, and can come in a variety of forms to suit different skin types: gel, water-based, oil-based, creamy, you name it. It can also be occlusive (i.e. acts as a barrier to keep moisture and other goodies in, as well as keeping environmental aggressors out) semi-occlusive or not occlusive at all. The latter tends to be best for oily skin or skin prone to pore-clogging as it lets skin breathe. Sleep masks meanwhile, tend to be more on the occlusive side. Many can be worn as a moisturizer, although they're usually designed to be worn over one in the evening. They will help protect your skin during the night from drying out (particularly if you sleep in dry or air-conditioned climates) and can encouraging faster healing and repair. 

What is the number one skincare brand in Korea?

It changes every year and it depends if we’re going by the value or number of products sold, but some of the most consistently popular K Beauty brands year in, year out are innisfree, Missha, Dr Jart+, Purito, Some By Mi, COSRX and Laneige.

What is a good Korean oil cleanser?

Which Korean oil cleanser is the best for you is subjective. It depends on the needs of your skin and what your key concerns are. A good all-rounder is something like Purito’s From Green Cleansing Oil. Those preferring a balm consistency and something that can remove makeup easily will love Heimish’s All Clean Balm. A good Korean cleansing oil for oily skin would be innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Cleansing Oil. And those who want a touch of luxe and natural exfoliating properties should try I’m From’s Fig Cleansing Balm.

Where can I buy Korean skincare online?

Now you should already know the answer to that! From Sydney, to Perth, to Auckland, you can find all the best K Beauty brands at Kanvas Beauty (I mean, no brainer). Forget the long wait times from ordering from overseas websites! We source directly from the brands themselves and accredited suppliers, and dispatch your order within 24 hours from our Melbourne warehouse so you can get it in your hot little hands ASAP.

Plus within Australia, enjoy free standard shipping with any purchase over $50, and free express shipping with any order over $99. If you’re new to Kanvas Beauty, take an additional $20 off your first order with us (use code WELCOME20 at checkout).

Happy shopping! If you have further questions on Korean skincare or any of our other brands, drop us a line on: hello@kanvasbeauty.com.au.

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