Get to know these Korean skincare brands that promise to give you glowing skin, with the added bonus of being both vegan and cruelty-free

Korean mania has hit hard—from K-pop, K-drama to K-beauty. Korean skincare and cosmetics, in particular, have risen in popularity over the years with the range of innovative products continuing to be highly sought-after items in our beauty routines.

While there are a number of brands that have dominated the beauty scene for some time, if you're looking for new Korean skincare to try that is both vegan and cruelty-free, we've rounded up some of the best brands that offer both while helping you achieve a youthful and glowing complexion.

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1. Dear, Klairs

Dear, Klairs is a Korean skincare brand that boasts effectiveness, functionality and safety for sensitive skin, along with being cruelty-free. Using only necessary raw ingredients, their simple line-up provides all the essentials from cleaning and moisture to claiming and soothing.

The brand champions respect for the beauty of the environment, carrying the same values on how they treat the Earth. Most of Dear Klairs products are also vegan.

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2. Sweet Chef

Sweet Chef's cute packaging may be eye-catching, but what's even better is its cruelty-free skincare line that's formulated with skin-loving vitamins. The brand is created by the team behind Glow Recipe and was designed to mix and match with each other to give your skin a healthy, radiant glow.

Inspired by all things nature, healthy and fresh-pressed, the skincare collection is made in South Korea and makes use of the Korean beauty trend of layering serums (also known as double-seruming).

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3. Benton

Benton, named after the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, about a man looking younger as he gets older, is also what inspired this skincare brand. With the aim to provide quality products to give you a youthful look, Benton champions clean and green beauty—being eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free.

The brand seeks to prioritise healthiness using all-natural ingredients from the get-go and only going for natural preservatives so even those with sensitive skin can enjoy their products.

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4. Krave Beauty

Along with being vegan and cruelty-free, Krave Beauty also wants to challenge the fast-paced beauty industry to help people slow down and change the way they look at skincare. The brainchild of beauty influencer, Liah Yoo and her team, the brand aims to simplify skincare through their #PressReset philosophy.

Instead of relying on the overwhelming amount of "fast skincare", the team wants people to get in tune with their skin's cravings without all the confusion. Their product selection is made in South Korea and designed to be simple, easy and fuss-free.

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5. Glow Receipe

Glow Recipe, now available at Sephora, believes that skincare should be fun, which is why colourful packaging, sensorial textures and innovative ingredients are what sets them apart from other brands. Each of their products are easy-to-use hybrids that make skin glow naturally from within.

Committed to not only giving you the best care for your skin, but also for the environment, their skincare essentials are of the highest natural quality as well as being cruelty-free.

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6. Peach & Lily

Peach and Lily sets out to empower you to transform your own skin, whether it's a specific skin concern, struggle or goal you're aiming to tackle.

Through their products, you can achieve your best glowing skin. The beauty brand is one of the best when it comes to Korean beauty, but also goes beyond the standard by being vegan, cruelty-free and toxin-free. From serums, cleansers, creams to masks, you'll be spoiled for choice with their selection.

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7. The Vegan Glow

The Vegan Glow prides itself on being formulated nature in mind, with their products further enhanced by science. Thanks to their simplistic yet effective formulations, The Vegan Glow provides gentle care to your skin. The skincare brand is also cruelty-free and strictly formulated with EWG green ingredients so you can rest assured that everything is safe for use.

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8. Then I Met You

Then I Met You, helmed by Charlotte Cho, creator of Soko Glam, is a skincare brand inspired by the Korean concept of jeong, which is a deep feeling of empathy and affect that one can develop for people, places and things. The brand's name signifies the points in one's life where they met someone or something that deeply affected them and their routines—and Then I Met You wants to be that serendipitous skincare product for you.

All of their formulations are clean and free of artificial colourants, parabens, silicones and alcohol as well as cutting back on consumption where possible. On top of being vegan and cruelty-free, Then I Met You's packaging is also recyclable with product bosses printed in soy ink.

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9. TonyMoly

TonyMoly is a well-loved Korean skincare brand, known for its attractive packaging and wide selection of sheet masks. Born in 2006 in Seoul, TonyMoly pioneered the Korean beauty scene and also delivered more than you can ask for, offering a range of Korean make-up, skin, bath and body care products that fit all skin types.

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This article was originally published on July 8, 2021 and was updated on September 9, 2021.

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