Have you ever wondered how your favourite Kpop idols or Korean actresses always seem to have such glowing and flawless skin? I've always been totally jealous, but it's becoming easier for those of us not living in Asia to pick up some of the products and techniques that are popular there. I did a little bit of research into the subject, and I'm going to share a few of the things that I think you might all be interested in! Let me know what your skin and routine is like in the comments, and perhaps even recommend some of your favourite products^^ Thanks for reading!
1. Number of products used
First of all, I'm sure that like me, many of you have skincare routines consisting of three products. I cleanse, tone and moisturize my skin every morning and evening, thinking that I didn't need anything else. But many Korean women use between five and ten products every day! Usually this will include: Cleansing Oil, Foam Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Cream (often more than one) and sun protection. Sheet masks are also becoming more frequently used, as well as sleep packs.
Part of the reason Korea's skincare is so advanced, is that there is a much higher demand for it. Where I live, more girls would choose to buy makeup instead of high quality skincare. The theory is that the better your skin, the less makeup you need~ and the more naturally beautiful you are the better! This makes more sense to me, and now I question why I buy so much makeup.
I found that on multiple sources, it is said that Korea is around ten times ahead of the UK and US in terms of skincare. Another reason for this is that they use lots of new ingredients that we don't have. An example being snail slime, which my Mum was horrified at when I got a sample of some with a Yesstyle order one time! Because of this, you can actually find that some high street brands in Korea have products that rival the expensive high end ones in the UK.
Korean women tend to avoid very salty foods to keep skin healthy, as well as drinking plenty of water every day. It's said also that spicy food isn't good for the skin - but these things are generally known all around the world.