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A Guide to Shopping Skincare Products in South Korea

You’ve finally started planning your itinerary for your most awaited South Korea trip – but have you already considered all the beauty loots you’ll be purchasing? If you’re a true beauty junkie, then you know that the country is a home to life-changing beauty products. You definitely can’t pass the chance to hoard some multi-step Korean skincare products. To help you, here are a few tips on how you can make the most out of your skincare shopping time in Korea without going broke in the process.


  1. Book Tours That Stops By Cosmetic Shops

If you’re travelling to Seoul in groups and is planning to book city tours, consider choosing one that stops by cosmetic shops. Through this, you’ll be able to get special coupons, discounts, and freebies that some tour companies usually solicit for their clients. If you don’t like shopping in groups, however, consider visiting these shops during your free time.

  1. Visit the Right Shopping Districts

Although major regions in Seoul have a good number of beauty stores, the Myeong-dong shopping district would be your best bet if you’re planning to purchase Korean beauty brands. Alternatively, consider strolling Ewha Womans University as well as the neighbourhood of Samcheong-dong to score some affordable beauty finds and to purchase organic skincare products.

  1. Search for the Best Package Deals or Promos

As you visit Seoul, the “buy 1, take 1” or “10 + 10” (purchase 10 face masks to get another 10 masks for free) promos aren’t that hard to come by. The trick to scoring better deals is to take your time comparing each of them. Set half a day or two for your skincare shopping, and take note of the purchases you’re planning make. Also, keep track of the shops you’re planning to revisit by pinning them on Waze or Google Maps.


  1. Ask for Free Skincare Product Samples

Again, you don’t need to look far to get free product samples, since some shops would happily give you free face masks if you just enter and look around their store. Purchasing some products is another way of getting more freebies from them, but if they don’t offer the samples outright, don’t be afraid to ask.

  1. Learn Some Useful Korean Phrases Beforehand

While some shops have salespersons who can speak English, some of them might not, making it quite difficult for you to communicate with them. So make your shopping spree easier by memorizing phrases like Jom kkakgajuseyo for “Could you give me some discount?” Eolma-eyo for “How much does it cost?”, or Mulyo saempeul for “Can you give some free sample?”

Also, don’t underestimate the power of saying Kamsahamnida or thank you with a smile for it can earn you more samples as you leave the store.

Shopping for skincare products in Korea is every girl’s dream. So make the most out of your skincare shopping spree by putting the aforementioned tips to work.