The Best Korean Beauty Products to Reduce Redness and Inflammation

Nudie Glow
5 min readJan 25, 2018


Say bye-bye to red and inflamed skin with these 10 soothing Korean Beauty products!

Whether it’s due to rosacea, trying out a new skin care product, or even the changing season, skin redness is a drag that can be quite difficult to get rid of. If your skin’s inflamed and those annoying redness appears, reach for these 10 Korean Beauty products to soothe those flare-ups and keep your complexion looking a lot less crimson:

1. Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream ($34)

Klairs skincare line is a favourite among sensitive skin types. The Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, in particular, gets its blue colour from a botanical extract called “guaiazulene,” which is derived from the skin-calming chamomile oil. Centella Asiatica extract, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil and a plethora of other natural extracts join forces in this cream to combat redness and irritation caused by sunburn, shaving, spot extraction or even laser procedures!

2. COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask ($25)

P.S. This mask quickly dries into a light, transparent film, so it won’t rub off on your pillow even if you are a tosser!

Most of your skin’s crucial renewal processes occur at night while you sleep, which makes it the perfect time to apply products with healing ingredients. The COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask is formulated with more than 85% propolis extract to reduce redness and inflammation, leaving your skin healthy and glowing! Propolis also has antibacterial properties that help breakouts heal faster, which is a huge plus point if you have acne.

3. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum ($30)

Serums can benefit your skin in a number of ways, from hydrating to brightening, or even treating acne. The Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum’s main goal is to calm and hydrate irritated skin, and help keep it that way. This powerful serum features a blend of ingredients that fight redness and inflammation, including Centella Asiatica extract, sodium hyaluronate, and licorice extract — plus enough vegetable extracts to make a salad!

4. COSRX Galactomyces 95 Power Essence ($24)

Essence is an incredibly important step in any Korean skin care routine, and the COSRX Galactomyces 95 Power Essence contains 95% galactomyces, a fermented yeast extract known to have calming, anti-inflammatory properties. This essence has the texture of a thin serum, which allows it to absorb easily and help in evening out your skin tone.

5. Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence ($55)

Give your skin an extra dosage of hydration with the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence. One of its main ingredients is niacinamide (an ingredient frequently recommended by dermatologists to calm inflammation) and similar to the COSRX Galactomyces 95 Power Essence, contains a high dosage of skin-calming fermented yeast concentrate. Hydrating essences like these are super good at repairing your skin’s barrier, which is really important to reduce your redness.

6. Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner ($30)

Toner is an essential skin care step designed to restore your skin’s pH, which is important to the health of your skin. However, many Western toners are loaded with alcohol and drying ingredients that can worsen redness. This gentle toner from Klairs is free of alcohol and added fragrance, and is loaded with hydrating and soothing ingredients like Centella Asiatica and aloe extracts to help sensitive skin settle down after cleansing.

7. COSRX Centella Blemish Ampoule ($30)

This ampoule is basically a godsend for oily, combination and acne-prone skin suffering from acne-induced redness. With skin soothing Centella Asiatica Leaf Water as the concentrated base, this ampoule is designed to control the sebum production, restore the balance between moisture and oiliness while actively reducing the redness and irritation caused by breakouts.

8. Huxley Cream; Fresh and More ($50)

One of our favourite moisturiser is the Huxley Cream; Fresh and More, which is full of Natural Moisturising Factors such as Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide that increase hydration retention to help calm your skin down. Ceramides are a natural oily wax that already exists in your skin to keep your skin hydrated by helping it retain water. They can also help in rebuilding a healthier skin barrier, which is really important when you’re dealing with redness.

9. Neogen Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser ($28)

Double-cleansing with redness-prone skin means using cleansers like the Neogen Dermalogy Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser that will get your skin clean without irritating it. Green tea is a great ingredient to look for in your cleanser due to its antioxidant properties that heal and protect the skin, and reduce redness and sensitivity.

10. COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ ($19)

Alright, I won’t bore you again by saying just how important it is to apply sunscreen every. single. day. But yeah, it’s about a gazillion times more important than applying makeup, and takes less than one percent of the time. The best-selling COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is a great option for those prone to redness because the aloe in it helps to keep skin cool and calm when exposed to the sun and heat (a major redness trigger for many people). The lightweight texture also absorbs quickly to the skin without any white cast, making it the perfect sunscreen to use under makeup.

So, the key to calming your red skin? Give it some soothing loving with ingredients that moisturise and help build the skin’s barrier back to tip-top shape.

Do you know any other K-Beauty products that’s great for redness and inflammation?