From cutting-edge cosmetics to cosmetic surgery, South Korea’s stake in beauty has turned it into a mecca. Korean skincare products and trends, in particular, have taken the world by storm. We’ve waxed poetic about “glass skin” —and now, we’re seeing buzzwords like “chok chok” making the rounds on social media. So if you’re looking to hop on the perfect skin wagon, we’ve got you! Below are 4 popular Korean skin trends and exactly what they mean.


Before glass skin, there was the still-famous honey skin. Like the gooey substance it’s named for, honey skin looks plump, silky, and shiny. Regular exfoliation, meticulous application of face oils and emollient creams, and whole lot of highlighter will help you achieve this bouncy look.
Neogen’s Code 9 Lemon Green Caviar Essence & Tox Tightening Pack Kit is a good place to start. The kit features a chemical peel to slough off dead skin and a Vitamin C-rich essence to add noticeable moisture. Basically, it helps your skin stay fresh and dewy, day in and day out.

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The concept of cloudless skin isn’t just about having a clear complexion. Although it is related to minimizing any blemishes, it’s rooted in the appearance of an even skin tone, soft glow, and healthy aura. Internally, that involves sticking to a diet of dark, leafy greens and low-glycemic foods—as well as getting enough shut-eye. Externally, you’ll need to adhere to a strict sun protection regimen every day.
Although it hails from Japan, Biore’s UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is perfect for this trend. Not only does it protect you from the sun with SPF50, it also keeps your skin well-hydrated with hyaluronic acid. This award-winning sunblock is also super light, so you don’t have to worry about it feeling sticky or clogging your pores. Cloudless and flawless!

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Dewy and fresh is the end game when it comes to chok chok skin. Whereas glass skin should be poreless and translucent and honey skin intensely plump, chok chok refers to a youthful sort of moistness. To get this look, Korean MUAs emphasize two things: multiple layers of moisturizer and constant misting (even when you have makeup on). It takes patience, to be sure, but this endless stream of hydration will bring your skin that chok chok bounce.
Banila Co.’s White Wedding Dream Cream is a shoo-in for this look. An illuminating base, it’s formulated with niacinamide and Vitamin C to fight dryness and blur blemishes. Bonus: it contains light reflectors to make your face glow! We’d throw in Banila’s Dear Hydration Facial Mist as well, just to keep your skin workout-fresh.

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Sok-gwang is all about looking lit-from-within. Unlike other dewy skin trends that can border on oily, sok-gwang focuses more on giving your skin a natural sheen. Think about it this way: if sok-gwang skin were a lipstick, it would be semi-matte: neither slick and glossy nor flat and powdery. Lightweight moisturizers, fast-absorbing ampoules, and detoxifying masks are the most common products used for this trend.
Unless you have a go-to sheet mask, COSRX’s Propolis Light Ampule is a must-try for this look. It gives your face a surge of moisture using pure black bee propolis. And because it rejuvenates the skin from the inside out, this formula leaves you with that natural, dewy-but-not-greasy finish you need.

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Which Korean skin trend have you tried?

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Credits: Photos via Instagram: @charlottejcho, @banilacoph, @glowrecipe, @asia_myworld