If it’s anything that we love more than beauty products, it’s beauty products with skincare benefits. You know, stuff that you can wear out by itself, but also have them under your layers of makeup and they only serve to enhance how those layers look on your skin.

We’re talking about complexion creams — the kinds that Asian beauty brands are currently obsessed with. What these creams do, is to brighten and whiten your skin, while lightening the appearance of scars and blemishes. Some of them also do possess colour-correcting properties that helps to balance and even out your skin tone for a smooth canvas to start your makeup on.

These creams can be worn as moisturisers at night as well. So basically, if you’re not one to wear makeup, a good way to head out with a radiant look is to slap on a layer of these complexion creams, and since they aren’t makeup but skincare, you don’t even have to remove them at the end of the day.

Check out our current favourite complexion creams:

1. Hanskin Real Complexion Cream EX

Korean Complexion Cream - Hanskin Real Complexion Cream EX

Korean Complexion Cream - Hanskin Real Complexion Cream EX

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We all want to look like glowing from within, yes? The moisturiser-primer by Hanskin does just that. Apart from containing 13 different types of patented ingredients that are derived from natural sources to hydrate and soothe your complexion, there’s also ceramide and calamine in the formula that provides soothing and moisturising effects. Put on the cream, and you’ll start to see that any blemishes — be it hyper pigmentation or scarring — will be instantly lightened, and your entire face brightens up because of the colour-correcting properties of the product. The cream can be used as a moisturiser at night, or as a makeup base/primer before foundation.

The Hanskin Real Complexion Cream EX retails at ₩59,000.

Although these are only available in South Korea, you can get your hands on them too. Join the spree to get a traveller to bring one back for you!

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2. Laneige White Dew Tone-Up Cream

instant fairness complexion cream- Laneige White Dew Tone-Up Cream

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Unlike our Western counterparts, Koreans love to have milky, translucent white skin, which is probably the reason why they’re always stocking up on creams that can give them fairer complexions. Top Korean brand Laneige heard their requests, and the beauty brand’s White Dew Tone-Up Cream does just that. As its name suggests, the cream whitens dark spots and scars, while still providing a dewy finish to your complexion. Pat the product in areas that require the most “whitening”; the product can be used on your necks and arms too.

The Laneige White Dew Tone-up Cream retails at ₩38,000.


3. MKUP Real Complexion Cream

Korean Complexion Cream - MKUP Real Complexion Cream

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This has a dual whitening effect that for one, colour-corrects your skin tone, and two, contributes to actually whitening your skin over time. The cream by MKUP is different from the rest in the sense that, the brand touts the product as one that can “replace your foundation”. You’ll have to wear it, religiously, to bed and results will start to show after. MKUP promises that you’ll wake up to improved skin texture that’s fairer and dewy, while being supple and hydrated.

The MKUP Real Complexion Cream (50ml) retails at TW$899.

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4. innisfree White Tone Up Cream

instant fairness complexion cream - innisfree White Tone Up Cream

Somewhat similar to the Laneige White Dew Tone-Up Cream, this one by innisfree is a highly moisturising product that contains five active ingredients extracted from pure berries. The gel-cream works to moisturise and hydrate the skin, to prep it for better whitening effect.

The innisfree White Tone Up Cream retails at ₩20,000.


If you’re interested in any of the complexion creams, why not get Airfrov travellers to bring one back for you?

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