Everyone wants to have flawless skin. While many consider skincare a luxury, I would argue that it is a necessity. The skin is our body’s largest organ. Like the rest of our bodies, we need to take care of it in order to be as healthy as possible. For mental and physical health it is essential to take care of your skin even while you are out on adventures in Korea.
Taking care of our health is not a luxury, but a necessity. Our skin is equally, if not more important than any other part of our body. Our skin is the biggest organ of our body, and it’s the one that everyone sees. The condition of our skin paints a picture of our mental and physical health for the world to see. Anxious? Exhausted? Or perhaps in a good mood? It is written on your skin.
Take a look in the mirror. What can you see? Plump and rosy cheeks? Glowing skin with perfect pores? Perfectly moisturized luscious lips? Then, the chances are your insides are healthy too. However, if you worry about your dark circles, dull skin, or dry patches on your face, maybe it’s time to pay more attention to your health – physical, mental, or both. Even if we all have busy stressful lives, we must find time to take care of ourselves every day.
How can you take care of your skin while living in Korea?
- Try to avoid dairy products such as yogurt or flavored milk you often find in convenience stores. Most of them contain a lot of sugar which will make your skin oily and prone to acne. However, less processed dairy that doesn’t have sugar may not have such negative effects on your skin.
- Cleanse your face properly every single evening using a foam cleanser or oil cleanser. Korea has extreme air pollution, especially during spring and fall. After a long day outside, you will notice that a thin layer of dust stuck to your face. Wash it off at the end of the day!
- Use face sheet masks twice or three times a week, depending on your skin type. This way you will give nourishment to your skin and your complexion will look brighter.
- Eat kimchi often and drink small amounts of makgeolli regularly. Since both are fermented, they will help your skin retain elasticity and firmness.
- Visit skincare clinics and talk to experts. Many clinics in Gangnam or other areas offer consultations in English, so language won’t be a problem. However, the price is a different story haha.
- Go to beauty stores in Myeongdong, Hongdae, or Gangnam, and test various kinds of products. Choose what you need and be consistent with your skincare routine.
Fortunately, in Korea, you can take care of your skin much easier compared to other countries. Why? Because skincare is deep-rooted in Korean culture. Everywhere you go in Korea, it’s almost impossible not to bump into an Olive Young, Nature Republic, or some other skincare store. There are plenty of beauty shops in the city. You can find numerous brands, specially created for certain types of skin.
Korean Skincare Products
Why do I love Korean skincare products? Because they are made of natural ingredients such as aloe, Centella Asiatica, ginseng, fermented rice water, seaweed extract, or green tea leaf extract. Moreover, most of them don’t contain parabens or formaldehyde. I have very sensitive skin that tends to get irritated easily, so back in my home country, it was extremely difficult to find the right products for my skin type. But here, in Korea, almost all of the products are more gentle and nourishing. Plus, these products are more affordable than I could have imagined. For information on the top Korean skincare brands of 2022, Click Here.
Products to Take Care of Your Skin
- Innisfree. This beauty brand uses natural ingredients originating from the volcanic soil of Jeju Island. Eco-friendly and gentle to your skin, Innisfree may be the solution to your dull skin. Green tea seed serums or volcanic clay masks? Bija cica balm? Innisfree has everything.
- Nature Republic. If you are an EXO or NCT fan, you have probably heard about this skincare brand. Why do I love this one? Compared to other brands, it’s much more affordable and sells a huge variety of moisturizing creams and serums.
- Etude House. This brand was endorsed by many K-pop artists and actors such as Sandara Park, SHINee, and Red Velvet. The concept is to help the customer “freely unleash their inner princess”. Therefore, most of the products come in very cute, pinkish-red packages.
- Missha. This brand is well known for creating and selling antiaging products such as face oil, masks, and high-quality BB creams. The prices are indeed higher, but the products are definitely worth trying.
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