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K-beauty is big and inexpensive performers like these are the reason why.

You may have noticed Korean beauty products at your local Sephora and hyped up in beauty blogs and magazines. What’s the big deal?

K-beauty is formulated with sensitive skin in mind. It may be that, in addition to its focus on layering products for moisture, that keeps people coming back both in and outside of Korea.

If you want to try it out, you can start cheap. That’s another one of the draws of K-beauty: affordability. The products on this list won’t cost more than $10 and have been tested by yours truly.

Problem: Dry skin
Solution: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel



Snail secretions are the primary gospel of the K-beauty world. If it freaks you out to consider putting snail slime on your face, imagine having glowing, happy, clear skin. That might get you over it (and into the valley of Korean skincare).

Price on Amazon: $9.98 (two-pack)
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Problem: Acne
Solution: Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch



Wake up with a breakout, but have a date in a few days? Pop one of these little hydrocolloid patches on it and watch as it sucks out all the gunk and accelerates the healing process. It also keeps the pimple safe from dirt and further irritation as it heals. Basically, magic.

Price on Amazon: $5.40 for 24-pack
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Problem: Tired after travel
Solution: Holika Holika Baby Pet Mask Sheet



It’s a fact that the weird air inside an airplane dries your skin out, not to mention how tired you may be from a really long flight. Fix that with a sheet mask, which replenishes moisture and delivers anti-aging ingredients to the skin. These are silly animal faces, but sheet masks come in every variety you can dream of.

Price on Amazon: $7.99 for 4
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Problem: Skin feels tight after washing
Solution: Cosrx Low Ph Good Morning Gel Cleanser



Many people believe tight skin means it’s extra clean. What it actually means is that the Ph level of your skin is way off healthy levels and that it’s painfully dry. Fix that with a low Ph cleanser, which ensures that your skin’s moisture isn’t sucked away. It should help reduce breakouts as well.

Price on Amazon: $10.80
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Problem: Fine lines
Solution: Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule




In America, we are taught to slap on a cream and expect it to magically age us backwards. Koreans believe in layering products as an investment in our skin, which will lead to results over time. One of the important layers is the ampoule, which is an extra layer of moisture that is thinner than a cream but thicker than a toner. Adding one into your routine will produce results. And yes, it’s snails again. Told you.

Price on Amazon: $9.63
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Problem: Skin looks dull
Solution: Skinfood Black Sugar Mask



Exfoliating the skin once a week is a necessity if you want to reveal its healthiest glow. Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask quickly became a cult product in the K-beauty movement for its rich texture, lovely scent and large-granules, which do a perfect job of sloughing off dead skin. Bonus: You can use it on other parts of the body too (great to care for your feet during winter!)

Price on Amazon: $8.04
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