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Our Skinfood Review: Is This K-Beauty Brand Your New Holy Grail?

Last Updated: May 24, 2022

If we’re willing to spend the big bucks on organic vegetables and Açaí bowls, we should have a similar mindset when it comes to skincare. Skin is one of the largest, and most absorbent, organs in the human body after all!

Skinfood is a popular K-beauty brand that knows the importance of the ingredients you put on your skin. We’ve shared our Skinfood review if you’re interested in learning more about the brand and seeing if they’re worth trying out!

What is Skinfood?

Skinfood is a Korean beauty brand that is perfect for beginners just beginning to dip their toes into the massive pool of K-beauty.  They have such a wide variety of products, at reasonable prices, that you could curate your entire skincare routine from one brand without breaking the bank.

They were founded in 1957 with the idea that quality ingredients derived from foods would create effective skincare products. They pride themselves on sourcing ingredients sustainably, including organic ingredients as much as possible, and developing each product with the end result in mind.

You can find their products at Ulta, Amazon, and their website

Their products all look good enough to eat.  Each item is, of course, food-themed, and the packaging is super-cute and food-esque.  If, for some odd reason, you don’t care about packaging, the products are still worth it, because the ingredients are an A+.  The ingredient lists are short, featuring fantastic ingredients like peach extract, rice sake, and aloe vera.

Skinfood Reviews

Overall Rating: ★★★★ 4.5 Stars

Quality of Ingredients: ★★★★ 4 Stars (The ingredients are nothing special and extremely basic is some of their products but I still give them 4 stars because of how they layer the ingredients in the products)

Affordability:★★★★★ 5 Stars (All of their products are extremely affordable)

Customer Service: ★★★★★ 5 Stars (Good customer service that follows their policy)

Return Policy: ★★★★ 4 Stars (Return policy is store credit if you’ve used the product. If this is your first time trying we highly recommend that you purchase from either Ulta they will allow you to return and get full credit even if you open and use the product)

I tried out a few of these products myself, so here are my raw and unfiltered opinions! Spoiler alert: they don’t really differ from what everyone else on the internet has been saying. These products truly are fantastic.

Peach Sake Pore Serum Review

★★★★★ (90 Reviews)

The Peach Sake Pore Serum is not only super cute (the label is so aesthetic), but also a great serum for sensitive, acne prone skin.  It’s main ingredients are rice sake, peach extract, and silica powder.

The rice sake increases blood circulation, thus clearing skin, tightening pores, and reducing sebum production.

The peach extract smells amazing and both prevents acne, and helps to heal acne scars.  The antioxidants in peaches are anti-aging, and the pectin is a toning agent.

The silica powder is my personal favorite aspect of the whole ingredient list, because it mattifies your skin and reduces the appearance of your pores.  This is especially helpful for anyone with oily skin, because it helps to keep your skin de-oiled for the majority of the day.

“I am obsessed with this pore serum. It immediately gives my skin a powder-like softness. No stickiness, no oily appearance, nothing! Love the peach extract. It provides my skin with vitamin A and gives the serum a lovely (yet mild) fragrance. I will definitely be buying another bottle when I run out!” – Sarah

5.1 oz Skinfood Rice Brightening Scrub Foam ($14)
Skinfood Rice Brightening Scrub Foam ($14)

Rice Brightening Scrub Foam Review

★★★★ 4.5 Stars (125 Reviews)

This cleanser contains potassium hydroxide which is listed as the 3rd ingredient on the packaging, for those that aren’t familiar with potassium hydroxide, it’s a high ph and can be harsh on sensitive skin.

Overall this product does an amazing job at smoothing out textured skin! I’m assuming this is why it’s so highly recommended.

TIP: Don’t leave on long, because of the high PH ingredient’s this will leave you skin red and irritated.

Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off ($11.50)

Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off Review

★★★★ 4.6 Stars (131 Reviews)

I tried out the wash off Black Sugar Strawberry Mask, and for all my gripes about sugar scrubs, this one really worked for me! It smelled nice, it made my skin feel cleansed and more even, and it was gentle enough that it didn’t strip my skin.

6.6 OZ Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam ($13)
6.6 OZ Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam ($13)

Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam Review

★★★★ 4.7 Stars (141 Reviews)

Although the snail mask was fabulous, my favorite product that I tried out was the Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam.  It’s one of the most gentle facial washes I’ve tried, but I definitely felt like it really got into my pores and cleaned everything out.  It even makes my pores look smaller! 

“I bought this for my husband and I to try out since I have blemishes and he was developing cystic acne from being outside in the heat and sweating. We’ve been using this for a couple months and his face has cleared up dramatically and my blemishes are barely there. Our pores also look great. We have decided to keep on using this since it’s working for the both of us. It’s gentle -‘s foamy. It doesn’t leave my face feeling tight or dry after use. A little goes a long way so a bottle lasts months.” – Rose

Skinfood Customer Reviews

Customers on the website are leaving overwhelmingly positive reviews. Most products have a 4-5 star rating. For instance, of the 90 reviews of the Peach Sake Pore Serum, all are 5-star, except for four 4-star reviews. 

One of these 4-star reviews said “As with any product, I did have some reaction that caused increased acne initially so introduce slowly. Also the sake seemed to activate some heat so I noticed warmth the first couple of times but since acclimated, it has been great for my oily skin.

A 5-star Skinfood review that pretty much encapsulated what everyone was saying is “I love this product! It’s very cute and it smells so nice! It does help with my sebum (when I properly do my skincare everyday!)”

Nearly every Skinfood review mentioned that it smelled amazing.

In fact, most products had an abundance of reviews mentioning positively the smell of the products. 

One Skinfood review of the Peach Jelly Soothing Gel 90 said “Both have light, inoffensive scents that are pleasant during application that do not linger strongly afterwards. You can still smell it very slightly shortly after if you snuggle or bring your nose to your skin, but you won’t smell it otherwise, which is perfect. Nice and unintrusive.”

Another reviewer of the Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence said “Definitely saw an immediate difference. Best moisturizer I’ve ever used. Clean simple and nutrient rich ingredients. Lightweight. My oily acne prone skin loves it!”

Overall, the opinions are highly positive, and the products are widely loved.

Prices + Deals

How much does Skinfood cost? On average, you can expect to pay $10 – $15 for a full-size product from the brand, although you may find one or two products that exceed this price range. 

As for deals, they often offer free gifts as well as extra money off your purchase. For example, if you’re a new customer, they offer an email sign-up deal (usually contains 20% off your first purchase). 

Food Mask Trial Kit

Currently, Skinfood is running a promotion where if you spend $50 on their website, you can get the Food Mask Trial Kit for free! It includes 5 pieces, each 10g in size. 

The Lavender Food Mask hydrates and soothes. The Apricot Food Mask calms and purifies. The Pear Mint Food Mask deeply cleanses the skin. The Honey Sugar Food Mask moisturizes and exfoliates. The Strawberry to Pore Food Mask cleanses and exfoliates.

This is a great little kit to try out some of their best-selling masks without committing to buying a whole tub, even if you don’t receive it as a freebie!

“Words cannot describe how good they make my skin feel. There’s actual lavender (dried) flowers in the mask! I have enjoyed using all skinfold products but this is the next level awesomeness. I am so glad that I tried this kit as they will be my go-to masks in the near future once I finish this set. This is my 15th year using SkinFood products and I will only come back for more!”

Return Policy

If you choose to purchase directly from the company website, the return policy states you can return unused and unopened products within 60 days of purchase (in origianl packaging).

Opened products will receive online credit within 30 days of purchasing. Defective or damaged items will either be refunded or replaced.  

Final Verdict

To sum up our Skinfood review, we definitely recommend this brand. Not only have I bought things from Skinfood, but I will do so again (actually after reading about the Peach Sake Pore Serum, I added it to my Ulta cart so it’s only a matter of time). The products are cute, effective, and reasonably priced. I don’t see any downsides!

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