Specially curated by Editor at Large Jude Chao of Fifty Shades of Snail, this simple and affordable routine is designed to lighten dark marks, fade unwanted pigmentation, and protect skin from harmful UV radiation using lightweight products that won’t add stickiness or shine, even in tropical climates.


Your daily routine includes:





COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence 100ml

Diminish dark spots and hyperpigmentation without irritation using this weightless brightening fluid. Galactomyces ferment filtrate and niacinamide inhibit melanin synthesis and promote radiance for a brighter, more even-toned future.


Swanicoco Bitamin C Calm Down Emulsion 120ml

Keep skin soft and hydrated without heaviness with this silky liquid moisturizer. Stabilized vitamin C, niacinamide, and rice ferment extracts calm redness, gently brighten skin, and support your sunscreen’s protection against skin damage.


A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel 50ml

Use sunscreen every day for best results! My favorite sunscreen is smooth and peerlessly light and non-greasy, yet offers excellent protection against sun damage.


As an extra brightening treat, occasionally use the included:

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Mask 100g

This delicious-smelling facial scrub sweeps away dull dead skin cells to reveal fresher, brighter layers while infusing skin with vitamin-rich strawberry ingredients.


Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX 30ml

And while supplies last, each box will also come with an extra gift: a deluxe travel size tube of Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX! My all-time favorite sleeping mask for any climate and any time of year, Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX uses Sulwhasoo’s signature blend of traditional herbs to create supple and radiantly glowing skin while you sleep.


Retail value $72

Read the review at ELLE Malaysia!

If your skin craves a more extensive routine than this, don’t worry! You can customize the Light & Bright routine however you like — actives are a good bet if you’re diligent about your sunscreen, and the products layer well with any other essences and serums you can’t live without.



In the morning:


  1. Cleanse skin with water and/or your preferred face wash.
  2. Dispense 3-4 pumps of COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence and smooth over face and neck. Gently press with palms to speed absorption.
  3. Dispense 2-3 pumps Swanicoco Bitamin C Calm Down Emulsion and smooth over face and neck. Let dry completely before applying sunscreen.
  4. Apply a generous amount of A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Cream over face and neck. Wait at least 15 minutes before applying makeup or receiving sun exposure. Reapply for every 2 hours of sun exposure or after swimming or excessive sweating. Use sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather!



In the evening:

  1. Remove makeup and sunscreen with your choice of makeup remover or oil or balm cleanser.
  2. Cleanse skin with your preferred face wash.
  3. Dispense 3-4 pumps of COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence and smooth over face and neck. Gently press with palms to speed absorption.
  4. Dispense 2-3 pumps Swanicoco Bitamin C Calm Down Emulsion and smooth over face and neck. Alternatively, replace your Bitamin C Calm Down Emulsion with Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX. Leave on overnight.



1-2 times a week:

Wet face. Lightly massage a generous amount of Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Maskover damp skin. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water. For dry skin, do not follow with cleanser. For oily skin, finish with a gentle foaming cleanser.



Sensitive or reactive skin:

Make sure to introduce products slowly, one at a time, giving at least a few days in between adding each new product!

COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Panthenol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol, Adenosine............... Swanicoco Bitamin C Calm Down Emulsion Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrapeptide-32, Caffeoyl Decapeptide-17, rh-Oligopeptide-1, Saccharomyces/Camellia Japonica Flower/Castanea Crenata Shell/Diospyros Kaki Leaf/Paeonia Suffruticosa Root/Rhus Javanica/Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Ophiopogon Japonicus Root/Panax Ginseng Root/Poria Cocos/Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Pyrifolia (Pear) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Arginine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium PCA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate................. A'pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel Key Ingredients: Snow lotus extract, Oligo-HA (a hyaluronic acid for deep moisture), baobab seed extract........... Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash-Off Mask Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose, Glycerin, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Seed, Sorbitan Laurate, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Water, Bht, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel, D&C Red No.33(Ci 17200), Fd&C Yellow No.6(Ci 15985), Fragrance.............. Sulwahsoo overnight mask 30ml Ingredients: WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, SQUALANE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, LILIUM CANDIDUM BULB EXTRACT, REHMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, HONEY, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, MORUS ALBA ROOT EXTRACT, JUGLANS REGIA (WALNUT) SEED EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, C12-16 ALCOHOLS, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, C14- 22 ALCOHOLS, DEXTRIN, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, STEARIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM, CARBOMER, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, TREHALOSE, TROMETHAMINE, PALMITIC ACID, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYACRYLATE-13, POLYISOBUTENE, PEG-100 STEARATE, PHYTOSTERYL/BEHENYL/OCTYLDODECYL LAUROYL GLUTAMATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL ISOSTEARATE, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE

A true breakout star in the highly competitive world of K-beauty, COSRX’s popularity spread by word-of-mouth through the blogosphere rather than marketing. Founded with the simple mission of good, effective skincare ingredients, as little of the bad stuff as possible, open communication with their customers, minimal marketing, and affordability, COSRX believes in spending their money on ingredients and effectiveness rather than packaging and promotions. To that end, they focus on their ground game, listening to customer feedback to refine and formulate their products and provide better service. From their cult favorite One Step Pimple Clear Pads to their Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, COSRX epitomizes the future of K-beauty.

Beauty brands that claim to be nature-based are a dime a dozen in South Korea, but Swanicoco takes that claim seriously. With the commitment to ensuring that each Swanicoco product consists of 90% to 100% natural ingredients, Swanicoco has risen to the top of Rankey.com’s list of natural cosmetics in Korea. And it’s no wonder. Beloved for their standout products like the Bitamin C line, the Centella Asiatica Salve (an editor favorite), and PHA 10% Coco Soft Peeling Cream, Swanicoco is on a mission to disprove the notion that natural ingredients are less effective. Swanicoco harnesses Korea’s high-tech biotechnology to provide products with not just time-honored botanical ingredients but those that are science-based, ranging from epidermal growth factors to snail mucin to fermented ingredients. Originally founded in 2000 by Seong Chunseon as a way to treat her family’s sensitive skin, Swanicoco soon expanded to a business after Seong started getting rave reviews of her naturally fermented soaps from her neighbors. Today, Swanicoco boasts a collection of over 150 products, ranging from skincare and color cosmetics to hair and body care and, of course, Seong’s fermented soaps (now offered in nine varieties). There are 28 Swanicoco retail locations throughout Korea as well as a robust online presence. A favorite of insiders in the beauty community, Swanicoco continues to operate in the spirit of its founder, making each product as if it were for their own family.

Consider this sister brand of K-beauty favorite Missha–the younger, more affordable, perhaps even hipper version. With an eye towards trending colors and affordable skincare, A’Pieu is also socially conscious — they don’t do animal testing and try to keep their products as natural as possible. With a Snail Vital Cream that is a bestseller, A’Pieu is a great brand if you’re just getting into beauty and skincare or if you’re looking for more affordable options. W2Beauty is one of the few places you can buy A’Pieu online, and we like it for its affordability and solid quality.

This nature-focused roadshop beauty brand believes that food that is good for one’s health is also good for one’s skin. To that end, they strive to make “delicious cosmetics” from “delicious foods,” formulating their skincare, makeup, hair and body products to retain as much of the original benefits of foods like French Burgundy grapes, Brazilian brown sugar, royal black honey, bitter greens, avocado, and eggs. With bestsellers like their Black Sugar Mask and Royal Honey Propolis Essence, Skinfood leverages 60 years of beauty knowhow and works with farmers around the world to find the best food sources grown with environmentally conscious methods.

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Restock please

Just got this. Shipment was a bit late. But they gave me so much free stuff.. loved it. The sulwhasoo mask this said "not for same, sample size" weird.. but overall.. I think it's affordable buying this box than individually. 👍👍👍

I want to try this! Is it going to come back in stock anytime soon?

Just ordered this box, hope it will arrive soon. Can’t wait to try it ?

Lived this so much that I ordered my second box!❤️

the photo cover it looks good??❤️❤️??

And here I thought I won't splurge.. I ended up squeezing this box in my cart! ✌?

I'm getting this soon :)

I am african, can I use these products?

Hi there! You sure can--they are fit for all ethnicities' skin and won't damage your natural skin tone.

Thanks for the reply, bought it before I saw your reply. This and a bunch of other stuff. Will write a review when I receive them and use it for a while.

These products work great - been using it for a couple weeks and noticed brighter skin. I like these sets that are put together by the editors - makes it easier to try product combinations. ?