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Ancient Korean water approach to skincare

äKwä is a ritual skincare system rooted in the ancient Korean water approach. Ordinary water in each formula is replaced with Korean fermented green tea water and combined with other specialty waters, traditionally fermented extracts, and best-in-class, plant-derived ingredients into formulas that invite your skin to glow. Our green tea is cultivated in the Boseong region, home to Korea’s largest tea fields, due to its perfect soil and climatic conditions. Tea fermentation has a long and rich history in this region, created through a two-phase process using traditional natural and lactic acid fermentation techniques to yield more potent ingredient levels.

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Your skin comes first

äKwä is dedicated to the belief that skin health and beauty come first and that the skin is delicate and needs ritual-level attention. Nourishing, smart, and natural, äKwä is the embodiment of effortless and ageless skincare.

Key benefits:

  • Suitable for most skin types
  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalate-free
  • Dermatologist-tested for mildness
  • Kind to your skin and the environment
  • Cruelty-free—never tested on animals
  • Gluten-free
  • No harsh bleaches, or other forceful ingredients that bully your skin into submission or compromise long-term skin health for a short-term effect
  • All-natural fragrances

Realistic meets ritualistic

We offer you two regimens to follow. Our real steps uniquely address common challenges, while our ritual steps indulge the skin, prompting daydreams of island getaways and decadent milk baths.

Before and after

In a pilot study conducted with women and men, 30 days of the äKwä regimen showed improvements in:

  • Red spot count, representing a calming effect
  • Porphyrin count, representing a cleansing effect
  • Wrinkle score
  • Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Overall moisture

Step away from your day and into your world with a skincare regimen designed to transform the appearance of your skin using nature-inspired, moisture-rich formulas and ancient Korean beauty techniques.

Meet the äKwä products

Real Step 1: First Wave

Oil-to-Foam Cleanser—As the first step in your skincare ritual, this cleanser offers a fresh start. Its gentle oils lift away debris before transforming into a foaming cleanser. Splash with water for a perfectly pristine and pleasantly soft finish.

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Ritual Step: LavaPure

Volcanic Mud Mask—Like the geothermal waters that rise from volcanic beds, our volcanic mask renews, refreshes, and energizes the look of your skin. Volcanic properties cleanse the skin’s surface for a purifying experience.

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Real Step 2: Glacier Glow

Four-Way Toner—Let it glow! Clarifying and illuminating, this alcohol-free toner is the perfect way to prepare your skin for additional cleansing and moisture, prime your skin for cosmetics, set your makeup look, or mist any time of the day so it can glow like a glistening glacier on a sapphire sea.

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Real Step 3: Precious Pool

Vitamin Essence—With the luxury of the earth’s offerings in a silky serum, this product infuses your skin with essential vitamins, ferments, and super-antioxidants for a nourished, more youthful-looking complexion.

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Ritual Step: Royal Bath

Sheet Mask—Decadent and delicate, this sheet mask allows you to experience a treat once only enjoyed by royals throughout history.

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Real Step 4: Ripple Refine

Eye Cream—Moisturizers and decadent emollients are blended with an ancient mushroom that’s naturally rich in plant-derived collagen to promote a smoother, more refined, and more polished outer-eye appearance.

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Real Step 5: RainBurst

Moisture Cream—Like a rain cloud ready to burst, this cream offers a surge of intense hydration in a light and airy, cloud-like formula. It’s truly a drink for your skin.

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äKwä Life C® Complexion Primer

Wake up your skin with this velvety, luxurious formula and experience a more luminous complexion and prime your skin for makeup use. Apply Life C Complexion Primer to your skin after using First Wave® for a velvety, luxurious finish.

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äKwä DayStar Shade

The sun brings us life and light, but when it comes to skin, too much of a good thing can be damaging. DayStar Shade combines SPF 40 sunscreen and other fortifying, nutrient-rich ingredients formulated to protect and replenish your skin. Octinoxate and oxybenzone free! Reef-conscious formula

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First Wave
First Wave Crystal-clear formula that glides on as a light oil and then transforms into a luscious silky lather that rinses clean
Retail: $32.00
LavaPure<sup>™</sup> Volcanic Mud Mask
LavaPure Volcanic Mud Mask A volcanic mask that renews, refreshes, and energizes the look of your skin
Retail: $32.00
Glacier Glow
Glacier Glow Alcohol-free toner that prepares your skin for additional cleansing and moisture and cosmetics
Retail: $32.00
Precious Pool
Precious Pool Silky serum that infuses your skin with essential vitamins, ferments, and super-antioxidants
Retail: $44.00
Royal Bath<sup>™</sup> Sheet Mask
Royal Bath Sheet Mask A treat for the complexion once only enjoyed by royals throughout history
Retail: $32.00
Ripple Refine<sup>™</sup> Eye Cream
Ripple Refine Eye Cream Promotes a smoother, younger-looking outer eye appearance with an ancient mushroom that’s naturally rich in plant-derived collagen
Retail: $44.00
RainBurst<sup>™</sup> Moisture Cream
RainBurst Moisture Cream A cloud-like cream that helps calm and reinvent skin to its younger-looking self
Retail: $32.00
äKwä Skincare System
äKwä Skincare System One of each formula to help you enjoy the true real and ritual experience that äKwä can bring to your complexion
Retail: $292.00
Life C<sup>®</sup>
Life C® A silky, smooth formula to give your skin that chok chok glow.
Retail: $41.00
DayStar Shade<sup>™</sup> SPF 40 Moisturizing Sunscreen
DayStar Shade SPF 40 Moisturizing Sunscreen Elegant SPF 40 Moisturizing Sunscreen with nutrient-rich ingredients to protect and replenish your skin
Retail: $44.00

Frequently asked questions

  • How is äKwä different?
    äKwä is a ritual skincare system rooted in the ancient Korean water approach. Ordinary water in each formula is replaced with Korean fermented green tea water and combined with other specialty waters, traditionally fermented extracts, and best-in-class, plant-derived ingredients blended into formulas that invite your skin to glow. äKwä is dedicated to the belief that skin health and beauty come first and that the skin is delicate and needs ritual-level attention.
  • Why is Korean skincare so good for my skin?
    The appearance of your skin is largely dependent on your ability to quench its ongoing thirst. The art of maintaining and replenishing moisture is how we approached formulation, which combines a variety of specialty water sources and ferments to help bring skin back to its beginning. The ancient Korean technique of fermentation harnesses ingredients like green tea water into potent and powerful solutions that promote younger-looking skin and enliven the skin’s surface environment. And it’s not only about the ingredients. The power is in the process.
  • What is “chok chok” skin?
    äKwä skincare offers you the ritual Korean skincare experience through a compressed program that helps bring your skin to what Koreans call “chok chok”—a dewy complexion that literally glows with luminosity—within your hectic lifestyle.
  • Is äKwä skincare cruelty-free?
    Yes! None of the äKwä skin care products is tested on animals.
  • Is äKwä skincare paraben-free?
    Yes! All äKwä formulas are paraben-free.
  • What types of fragrances are used in äKwä skincare?
    All äKwä formulas, except for Glacier Glow Four-Way Toner, feature all-natural fragrances. Glacier Glow is fragrance-free.
  • How many times per week should I use Lava Pure Volcanic Mud Mask?
    Lava Pure is a ritual step and should be used one to two times per week.
  • How many times per week should I use Royal Bath Sheet Mask?
    As the second ritual step in the äKwä skincare line, Royal Bath should be used one to two times per week.
  • Can I use the Glacier Glow throughout the day?
    Yes! Glacier Glow Four-Way Toner is the perfect way to prepare your skin for additional cleansing and moisture, prime your skin for cosmetics, and set your makeup look. Plus, it’s a great way to mist your skin any time of the day. This helps your skin glow like a glistening glacier on a sapphire sea.
  • I’m vegan. Can I use äKwä?
    Most äKwä skincare formulas are vegan. Royal Bath Sheet Mask contains the only non-vegan formula.
  • I’m gluten-intolerant. Can I use äKwä?
    Yes! All äKwä skincare formulas are gluten-free.