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Five Asian Beauty Moisturizers to Add to Your Summer Skincare Routine

If you’ve tuned in to our last article on the Glowie Blog, you’ll know the kind of Asian Beauty toners we love for summer: lightweight and refreshing! Naturally, our preferences for the best summer Asian Beauty moisturizers follow the same traits. We’re looking for weightless but potent hydration, with other benefits that combat all the negative effects summer can have on the skin!

Here are our must-have moisturizers for this summer, all available at Glowie Co!

Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel

Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel


One of our biggest pet peeves during summer? A sticky moisturizer that enhances the humidity and overall unpleasantries of hot weather. That’s why we absolutely adore Naturie's Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel, which is a smooth, cooling gel that melts into a liquid consistency upon contact with skin. It forms a “water protective film” on the skin surface, increasing the ability of the skin’s stratum corneum (a.k.a. acid mantle/moisture barrier) to retain moisture. The hydrating and moisturizing abilities from such a lightweight gel are astounding, but we haven’t even touched on the other benefits of Naturie’s best-selling moisturizer yet!

Naturie centers hato mugi (which you may recognize by its other names, such as pearl barley, adlay, job’s tears, and coix lacryma-jobi) in its product line. Hato mugi, popular in Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea, is used not only as a superfood, but in skincare for its antioxidant properties. These antioxidant properties, along with hato mugi’s high concentration of peptides and Vitamin B3, or niacin, help reduce free radicals, firm skin, and regulate melanin. Plus, hato mugi contains 12 kinds of amino acids to supplement the Natural Moisturizing Factor of skin, protecting the skin from dryness and environmental stressors.

These benefits are especially important in the summertime, as increased UV exposure leads to premature skin photoaging: we’re talking about dark spots, wrinkles, and overall skin damage. Try using Naturie’s Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel both in the morning and at night, layering until your skin feels comfortably hydrated and plump!

KEEP COOL Ocean Hydrating Gel Cream

 KEEP COOL Ocean Hydrating Gel Cream


While we love a good gel moisturizer like Naturie’s, we sometimes want something a bit thicker in consistency. Luckily, KEEP COOL’s Ocean Hydrating Gel Cream combines all the things we love about gel moisturizers, like a cooling and non-sticky finish, with the more moisturizing benefits of cream moisturizers! This gel cream is formulated with KEEP COOL’s bi-gel method, which helps your skin maintain a healthy water-and-oil balance through simultaneous nourishment and hydration.

It’s almost weightless, but carries a serious hydrating punch from KEEP COOL’s special formulation, Hydrating Ocean’s 5. A combination of Seawater, Spirulina, Chlorella, Glasswort, and Green Confertii, Hydrating Ocean’s 5 replenishes the moisture content of the skin while soothing skin. The complex also promotes collagen production, a much-needed benefit considering that UV exposure increases free radical activity to break down collagen, which then leads to a loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin.

Aside from the Hydrating Ocean’s 5 ingredients, KEEP COOL includes its Cool Keeper ingredients in this gel cream as well! Three types of plant extracts known to have cooling effects on the skin, Japanese honeysuckle, Baikal skullcap, and forsythia fruit, reduce skin temperature and maintain the skin’s optimal condition. When you apply the Ocean Hydrating Gel Cream, you’ll feel an immediate cooling sensation with a silky smooth finish!

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream


A year-round goodie! Something about the way this light cream manages to effortlessly regulate the oil-water balance of the skin makes it a KBeauty essential. Pyunkang Yul’s Moisture Cream is, as the brand itself describes, extremely mild and refreshing. A hanbang-focused brand with over 40 years of experience, Pyunkang Yul maintains its core philosophy of treating the root cause by eliminating all unnecessary ingredients, using just the right amount of highly effective ingredients to pamper the skin.
While most moisturizers use purified water, Pyunkang Yul replaces this with barberry root extract! Barberry root extract not only protects the skin from environmental stressors, but also deeply hydrates the skin for long-lasting moisture. In oriental medicine, barberry root extract is also known to lower overheating and relieve inflammation. On skin, it reduces redness, calms irritation, and cools skin temperature for a comfortable and relaxing effect!
Plus, Pyunkang Yul’s Moisture Cream also includes jojoba seed oil (an emollient) and shea butter (an occlusive) to seal in moisture without feeling greasy or suffocating. No clogged pores here!
This moisturizer is best suited for sensitive, oily, and combination skin, although any skin types are sure to enjoy the lightweight hydration and skin-strengthening benefits Pyunkang Yul delivers!

Heimish Watermelon Moisture Soothing Gel Cream

Heimish Watermelon Moisture Soothing Gel Cream


The ultimate summer fruit? Watermelon, duh. (No, we’re not accepting any other answers!) Juicy, cooling, and thirst-quenching, watermelon is also a great summer treat for your skin! Watermelon, which is a whopping 92% water, provides intense hydration as expected. More surprisingly though, watermelon is chock-full of antioxidants and vitamins to reduce free radicals, promote collagen production, protect against UV damage, and more!

Heimish’s Watermelon Moisture Soothing Gel Cream delivers all these benefits with watermelon extract, but do not be mistaken! The watermelon extract is not the sole noteworthy ingredient in Heimish’s formulation; we’re in awe of the way Heimish has expertly combined eggplant fruit extract, aloe extract, ceramide 3, sodium hyaluronate, and much, much more into a single moisturizer that strengthens, soothes, and plumps skin.

In terms of thickness, this gel cream sits somewhere between Naturie’s Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel and KEEP COOL’s Ocean Hydrating Gel Cream. It looks deceptively thick in the tub, but melts seamlessly into the skin much like Naturie’s conditioning gel, absorbing quickly and comfortably. The silky finish is reminiscent of KEEP COOL’s gel cream, not at all sticky or greasy!

And let it be known as well that Heimish’s Watermelon Moisture Soothing Gel Cream was previously named Moisture Surge Gel Cream! Not only is it a dupe for Clinique’s Moisture Surge 100 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, it’s also a dupe for Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask!

Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Cream

Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Cream


This is the lesser-known sister of the Tiktok-viral Haruharu WONDER Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner! Also containing hyaluronic acid and fermented black rice extract, Haruharu WONDER’s Black Rice Hyaluronic Cream hydrates while protecting skin against free radicals. More about fermented black rice extract: it’s rich (think yacht and caviar levels of rich) in amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals to fortify the skin and improve skin elasticity. Haruharu specializes in fermenting high quality raw ingredients to increase absorption of these substances into the skin, so your skin is soaking up a plethora of anti-aging and moisturizing properties. Plus, bamboo shoot bark extract brightens skin and evens skin tone, a welcome benefit during sunny days! Naturally, this cream is our top pick for a summer moisturizer, with anti-aging benefits that combat photoaging of the skin through UV exposure!

Since this cream is so thin and lightweight, it’s a dream to layer! We find that just one layer is already enough to nourish skin, but two or more really ensures long-lasting moisture for especially dry and dehydrated skin. As Haruharu WONDER formulates their Black Rice line with their patented Ultra Deep Technology involving panax ginseng root extract, active ingredients in this moisturizer are carried deep into the skin to firm skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dehydration lines!

Final Thoughts

Summer skincare doesn’t have to be a sticky, unpleasant affair! With these Asian beauty moisturizers perfect for hotter weather, you can replenish lost moisture, cool down overheated skin, and so much more.

Balancing your skin during the hottest season of the year can be tricky, but once you find the right summer moisturizer, your skin is sure to get that healthy summer glow!

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