Hydration Heroes: Must-Have Korean Products for Dry Winter Skin

When winter arrives, it’s not just our wardrobes that need to change for the season – some skincare routines need to adjust, too. As it gets colder, the temperature and humidity can dry out your skin’s natural moisture, leaving your skin dry, flaky, and irritated. The best way to address this is to choose skincare products with hydrating effects. 

Many Korean skincare products offer hydration benefits that help skin look fresh and moist. If you plan on selling the best Korean skincare for dry skin during the winter, these are some of our must-have products to stock for your K-beauty customers. 

Hydrating Cleansers

Cleansers are a non-negotiable first step to every skincare routine. However, many cleansers have harsh effects that strip your skin’s natural oils, which can dry your skin even more during the cold winter. While there are many hydrating cleansers from Korea, these products are popular online. 

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Light Cleansing Oil 

This lightweight, oil-based cleanser is rich in Centella Asiatica Extract, which soothes dry skin and replenishes moisture while removing makeup. Suitable for all skin types, many users online praise its non-irritating formula, even around the eyes. Its hypoallergenic sebum care features also help with removing blackheads and excess sebum.

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm 

Banila Co.’s Clean It Zero features Zero Balance Technology, which removes makeup, dirt, and other skin impurities while keeping skin at a perfect zero-point balance – no drying or excess oil, just skin at its best. Its formula is rich in vitamin C and Acerola Extracts for skin brightening and no alcohol and sulfates that can strip the skin of its natural moisture. 


When layered correctly or choosing the proper Korean skincare for dry skin, these toners can prevent dry skin during the winter. Our best picks provide many hydration levels and balance the skin’s pH levels. Choosing one or more toners with hydrating ingredients creates a barrier that seals moisture and protects the skin from harsh winter conditions. 

Essence is an essential product in a Korean skincare routine. Nourishing and deeply hydrating, essences contain active ingredients that target skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. 

Applying essence after cleansing and toning delivers additional hydration. It also preps the skin for the products that come after, such as serums, ampoules, sheet masks, eye creams and moisturizers, amplifying their effects. 

I’m From Rice Toner 

I’m From’s Rice Toner features the moisturizing effects of rice extract. With 77.78% rice extract, this product’s formula promotes skin collagen production, which helps retain water in the skin. Antioxidants and vitamin E also help slow skin aging, giving users a naturally youthful and plump complexion. Users online claim to use this toner to achieve a healthy glass skin look. 

Dr. Ceuracle Vegan Kombucha Tea Essence 

This cream-essence hybrid works like a toner and a cream-essence in one. This is the perfect toner for the winter, as kombucha tea extract, plant botanicals, and seed oil help with tight, dry, and dehydrated skin. Although suitable for all skin types, it’s great for users with overly dry and imbalanced skin concerns. 

Sleep Mask

Sleep masks create a barrier between the skin and the dry indoor air common in winter. The mask acts as a shield to prevent moisture from evaporating off the skin while sleeping. Sleep masks are also soaked in moisturizers, night creams, and hydrating essences, allowing the skin to soak in its hydrating properties throughout the night. 

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask EX 

Winter can also dehydrate your lips and lead to chapped and flakey lips. Aside from exfoliating, don’t forget to use Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask EX. This lip mask was a 2021 GLOWPICK global bestseller that provides intensive moisture and softening effects through antioxidants, vitamin C, and berry fruit complex. Its formula also includes coconut oil, greatly reducing the moisture that evaporates at night. 

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Ampoule-In Mask

Wake up to softer and radiant skin with a formula that includes “mega moisturizers” specially formulated for sensitive skin to treat dryness and irritation. Centella Asiatica, Jartbiome, Centella Rx, and Cicabond provide intense moisturizing effects as you sleep. This sleep mask won the Allure Best of Beauty for 2021 and 2022 and is a fan favorite in Dr. Jart+’s Cicapair collection. 

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Sleeping Pack 

A more lightweight and quick-absorbing gel option that calms and nourishes your skin throughout the night. Its key ingredients include hyaluronic acid and Centella Asiatica, which help replenish hydration and prevent moisture loss. Some users may also enjoy its brightening and anti-aging effects on their neck and face. 

Moisture Cream

Moisture creams can prevent dry winter skin by sealing in natural skin moisture and preventing hydration loss. During the winter, temperatures and humidity strip the skin of its natural oils. However, moisturizing creams, like the products we listed here, can provide hydration, nourishment, and lubrication to replenish the skin’s moisture and keep it hydrated, soft, and smooth.

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream 

Its key moisturizing ingredient is snail mucin, one of the most popular Korean skincare ingredients for moisturizing and soothing irritated skin. Its long-lasting hydration promotes collagen and elastin production, which helps newer skin cell generation and sheds older skin cells that could give you a dull and dry appearance. 

Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream 

This 2019 GLOWPICK Consumer Awards winner contains a patented Ceramide Skin ComplexTM, which builds up your skin barrier and promotes water retention. Additionally, ginseng extract and soybean ferment nourish the skin and reduce the signs of aging by promoting younger skin cell growth. 

Etude Soonjung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream 

This intensive moisturizing cream has 93% natural ingredients to hydrate and soothe the skin. With plenty of nutrients that boost hydration, a low pH, and formula free of fragrances, parabens, and artificial color, users love using this cream for their morning and evening skincare routines. 

Eye Cream

Eye cream is a must-have part of your winter routine to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes from dryness and damage from cold weather. Using an eye cream regularly can nourish and hydrate the area, preventing dryness and promoting a smoother, healthier appearance.

Beauty of Joseon Revive Eye Serum: Ginseng + Retinal 

This eye cream’s anti-aging effects are based on restoring hydration to the skin around the eyes. Users’ skin can stay healthy and moist by promoting the body’s collagen and hyaluronic acid production. Ginseng root contains saponin, which quickly moisturizes the skin, while retinal nourishes and keeps it healthy. 

Heimish Matcha Biome Hydrogel Eye Patch 

Apply these cooling eye patches under your eyes to nourish your skin with a watery and hydrating essence. Its formula includes probiotics and enzymes, which have good bacteria that can strengthen the natural skin barrier. It’s specifically formulated for users with a dry under-eye area. 

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Korean skincare products may be what your customers need to get through the winter season looking their best. If your area is prone to cold temperatures dehydrating the skin’s natural moisture, you could benefit from adding Korean skincare for dry skin to your catalog. 

UMMA is your B2B wholesale distributor of authentic Korean skincare and makeup products. We source from official brands and authorized vendors and make K-Beauty accessible at competitive prices to sellers worldwide. Browse UMMA’s products to find great deals on Korean skincare products for dry skin. 

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