Women all over the world are fascinated by how Koreans have glowing, poreless, and seemingly transparent skin, known as glass skin. Apart from an impressive skincare regimen and glow-boosting makeup products, Korean women, in particular, are fastidious about what they eat and how they wash and care for their skin to bring out the radiance on their faces. It’s just part of Korean beauty culture, where products aren’t at the core, instead, it is the skin-preserving methods and techniques that matter.
You may have heard of the ubiquitous sheet mask, BB cream, BB cushion, double cleanse routine, or have already picked up one of the best Korean eye creams out there. But have you heard of left-field infusions like snail mucin serums, bee venom, hanbang, gold-infused skincare, and products with fermented ingredients? Welcome to K-beauty craze!
I really do think that these Korean products work. My eldest teenage daughter once had acne on her face for several years. I tried many natural remedies and off-the-shelf acne products on her skin but nothing seemed to work. I decided to try one last product before resorting to bringing her to a dermatologist. I bought a couple of popular mid-range South Korean skincare products targeted at acne and voila, there was a vast improvement in her skin. The acne was under control and there isn’t a single scar on her face now. I was impressed!
Korea is known not only for innovation but for its ability to turn to its past to find ingredients that benefit the skin and target all of the most popular skin concerns. Korean skincare products that focus on achieving that dewy, bouncy glow are known to contain potent concentrations of high-quality ingredients.
Do you want to achieve that Korean glow that every woman is dying to have? Let’s dive deep into this glow-enhancing regimen. Some of the tips here were revealed by K-pop stars themselves!
1. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Hydration is the heart of Korean skincare and beauty. You need to hydrate even if you have oily skin. In fact, in a hot tropical country like Malaysia, you should still moisturize in the morning and at night. Moisturizers are the secret to that natural Korean glow. Apply several layers of moisturizer until your skin feels supple and soft but not overly oily. It is important to choose a moisturizer that suits your skin.
2. Face Sheet Masks
Face sheet masks are major skincare essential for Koreans. Almost every skincare store in Seoul sells them in bulk and they are available for all skin types. Many Korean models and actresses also swear by these hydrating wonders and they use them as often as they can to moisturize and brighten their skin.
3. Get Sufficient Beauty Sleep And Go To Bed At A Specific Time
Getting sufficient shut-eye is a must for a great complexion. Young Bin from SF9 makes sure he gets into bed at a certain time, when his schedule allows it.
Hitting the sheets before midnight can do wonders for your skin and getting 7-9 hours of sleep is vital for great looking skin.
4. Skip Moisturizing Your Forehead
Yeosang of ATEEZ takes skincare seriously. His top tip is not to slather moisturizer on his forehead to avoid getting pimples.
I totally agree with Yeosang. I never moisturize my forehead and hardly ever got a zit there.
5. Rice Water As Toner
Using rice water for the skin is a natural home remedy as rice water contains amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are known to protect and repair your skin. Rice water is a part of the Japanese and Korean skincare routines. It has been used for generations in order to achieve glowing and smooth skin.
Soak 1 cup of rice with 2-3 cups of water into a bowl for 30 minutes. Strain the rice and collect the water in a bowl and refrigerate it.
Apply the rice water on your face directly as a toner.
Keep the rice water on your face for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with water.
6. Moisturize Your Face While It’s Still Damp
After double cleansing his face, SF9’s Hwiyoung doesn’t dry it off. Instead, he layers on toner and lotion while his skin is still wet. This is to help skin lock in hydration and prevent dryness and irritation.
7. Face Mist
Korean women are all about 24/7 hydration. This is where face mists come in. In Korea, you’ll see women spritzing mist on their skin all the time, everywhere. By keeping your skin well moisturized, you’re setting yourself up for smoother, glowier, and trouble-free skin.
8. Facial Massage
Koreans are taught to practice facial massage that promotes lifting, toning, depuffing, and promoting blood circulation for firming the skin too. Facial massage creams are huge in Korea as face massage is considered the ultimate anti-aging trick.
9. Korean Diet
A huge part of the Koreans’ secret to great skin is their well-balanced diet, which is high in collagen-based dishes and soups, colorful vegetables (think Bibimbap), barley tea, green tea, seaweed soup, fermented rice wine, kimchi, ginseng, and pickled vegetables. These foods are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that give the skin that subtle glow.
10. Exercise and Meditate
K-Actress Oh Yeon-Seo shared that despite her hectic schedule, she takes some time for herself to exercise and meditate to de-stress. As meditation and exercise lower stress levels, they can prevent and manage the detrimental effects of stress on the skin. Exercise and meditation improve your complexion, reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process from the inside out.
If you’re a stan of Korean glass skin, be prepared to dedicate your time and commitment to the routine.
Glass skin and the quest to retain a luminous, translucent skin glow is more than just double cleansing and layering your face with toner, serum, mist, and moisturizer.
Achieving this look requires a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as dedication to a skincare regimen. Do not expect to see miraculous results overnight. It is a process – a result of following a strict routine every single day and taking care of yourself inside and out. It’s very much a lifestyle and requires a holistic approach.
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