With Love From Korea

After K-pop and Kdramas, Korea has blessed the rest of the world with their amazing beauty hacks and secrets. Here are some tried and tested beauty ideas for flawless skin.

  • 27 Jan - 02 Feb, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

The magic of rice water

Most Korean beauty hacks can be traced back decades from now. Among the oldest traditions is the use of rice water to nourish the skin. Use rice water to cleanse your skin of dirt and other impurities. If you can’t find packaged formulas, cook up some rice water in your very own kitchen. All you have to do is soak a cup of rice in water for 15 minutes or so, this will allow excess minerals and vitamins to seep in, creating a beautiful, preservative-free cleanser for your skin.

Toss those towels away

We have news for you! Your towel is actually a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Its fabric can absorb harsh chemicals and still be harmful for the skin no matter how many times you wash and dry your towel. Ditch the cloth and air dry your face instead to stay clear of harmful chemicals. After cleansing, simple apply a toner before your skin dries up completely. Practice this for a couple of days and you’ll see a massive change in your complexion, promise!

Skin massages are the way to go!

Treat yourself to a relaxing skin massage after every couple of days. Koreans have skin clinics lined across every corner of the city because circulation keeps the skin smooth and healthy. The good news is, you don’t have to leave your house to avail the same benefits (or book a plane for that matter). The next time you’re applying skincare products, simply focus on pressure points and massage the skin, especially the temples. You will find this a therapeutic way to end your day!

Double cleanse to double the benefits

Korean beauty junkies swear by this beauty hack and for good reason! Do you ever like your skin still feels icky after cleansing? If so, try including double cleansing to your beauty regimen. Your key to success here is to use two different types of cleansers: start off with an oil-based product and then use a foaming formula to unclog pores. The oil-based cleanser will help get rid of dirt, makeup and other impurities that may have seeped into your skin. This is especially important for girlies who spend the entire day outdoors. If you’re not careful, pollution from your surroundings and traces of makeup can sink into your skin.

Add a facial essence to the mix!

If your skin is on the drier side, facial essence might provide the perfect fix, resulting in an enviable glow. Contrary to popular belief, facial essences are quite different from old-school toners and primarily help to seal in moisture after cleansing. These products are mild, filled with solutions that are capable of hydrating your skin. Once applied, add a serum and finish it off with moisturiser to improve skin elasticity.

Perfect pouts with lip tints/oils

You’ve probably heard people raving about skin and hair oils but the Koreans have another star to celebrate about: lip tints/ oils. These nutrient-rich formulas glide like butter on your lips, resulting in the perfect pout without all the stickiness. Lip oils not only nourish your lips but bring out a pop of colour, resulting the perfect glossy effect.