Anyone who is remotely aware of hallyu—basically, the Korean Wave we’ve come to know since the mid-aughts—know how South Koreans hold their beauty standards in such high regard. Beautiful skin is just expected from both men and women, even more so from their most popular celebrities.
If you’ve been on an extended K-Drama binge as much as we have for the past few weeks, you’ve possibly gushed over the leads’ amazing skin more than you can count. Yes, we don’t just mean the female leads. How can we miss our favorite oppas’ perfectly poreless faces?
Whether they’re starring in light-hearted romantic comedies or emotionally heavy dramas, these handsome Korean actors keep us glued to our screens with a highly addicting combination of compelling storylines, great acting, and complete eye candy.
Jessica Rapp of CNN recently reported that South Korea is actually leading the men’s beauty market with “the world’s biggest male spenders on skincare.” In fact, these Korean heartthrobs are just as sought-after endorsers of beauty brands as much as their female counterparts.
So what’s the secret of the smoothest-skinned K-Drama leads to ever grace your high-definition TVs? Here are 10 of the most popular Korean male celebrities, their skin care tips, and the products they endorse!
Oppa Skincare Secrets
Oppa Skincare Secrets
By Metro.StyleDecember 10 2023, 9:04 PM
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The man that has sent many hearts aflutter in dramas like Itaewon Class, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, and Fight For My Way, Park Seo-joon has modeled for at least four beauty brands in the past two years alone.
(Con't.) In an interview on KBS’ Entertainment Weekly, the 31-year-old revealed that he uses one sheet mask a day as part of his regimen to maintain his glowing skin. At present, he endorses Korean skincare line TirTir and Singaporean LED mask brand Cell Return, so it appears he’s really serious about masking!
Who hasn’t marveled at Gong Yoo’s ultra fresh skin? At 40 years old, he continues to prove his undeniable pull as Korea’s most favorite celebrity endorser with a recently launched campaign with La Mer in Korea.
(Con't.) In an Instagram post, the luxury brand shared the Goblin and Train to Busan star’s “essential routine” includes using The Treatment Lotion, The Eye Concentrate, and the iconic Crème de la Mer. Many of us can only dream of looking this good at his age, but great skin does come with a price tag.
Since making us fall in love with North Korean military Captain Ri Jeong-hyeok, we’ve stared at Hyun Bin’s flawless face for at least 18 hours in Crash Landing on You alone. (If you’ve been following his other dramas; congratulations, you’ve stared at him even longer!)
(Con't.) Of course, Lee Dong-Wook credits his closeup-worthy skin to good makeup, but tells Elle Korea that “Just by [the] nature of my job, I have no choice but to do makeup, but afterward, I always do a thorough cleansing and apply lip balm.”
Though he’s kept a low-profile last year, we still haven’t forgotten how Song Joong-ki stole our hearts in Descendants of the Sun and Arthdal Chronicles. That, plus his ever-glowing skin which is widely reported to be the result of cleansing with milk every night.
(Con't.) After serving in the military for two years, he also shared to Soompi how he maintains his flawless complexion: “If I have a contract with a skincare company to be their model, then I usually use their products. I always wear sunscreen and every day, I use a mask or a pack.”
(Con't.) As a long-time actor, he tells female Magazine Malaysia that he’s most concerned about skin dehydration and makeup overuse so “I try to do deep cleansing using a foam cleanser to keep my skin clean and clear.” Currently, he is the face of LED mask Cell Return alongside Park Seo-joon.
(Con't.) While we’re patiently waiting for new projects after his discharge from the military in July 2019, we don’t mind re-watching his dramas to swoon over those lips, that jawline, that...face. He currently endorses beauty brand DPC, known for their anti-aging and firming Skin Iron.
One of the babiest of baby faces you’ll ever Encounter (Get it?) in Korean dramas and films, Park Bo-gum’s is considered one of the most ideal faces in Korean men. The Love in the Moonlight star previously endorsed Korean brand VPROVE, his face plastered in everything from sheet masks to hand creams.
(Con't.) His poreless complexion easily sends hordes of fans in a frenzy because not everyone can go on YouTube Live fresh from the shower—wet hair, bare face, and all. We can only wish to come out of our nightly shower with skin as smooth as Bogummy’s!
Four years ago, Nam Joo-hyuk came swimming into our lives with his breakout lead role in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo. Since then, we’ve never forgotten how the now-26-year-old made us kilig with his cooler-than-you swag and, of course, his perfect skin.
In an interview with High Cut, he reveals that he keeps his skin in tip-top shape by wearing suncreen. “I never forget to put it on, especially for outdoor filming,” he says. It’s all about UV protection!
It’s hard to believe Jung Hae-in is already 32 when he looks more like he’s 22. The While You Were Sleeping and Something in the Rain star is widely considered to have boosted sales of Korean beauty brand Dewytree with his flawless complexion.