KOREAN SKIN CARE REGIME
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On the legacy of Korean skin care…
“The first key to understanding the Korean skin care industry is to understand the legacy behind it. Koreans have among the longest documented historical civilized legacies (dating back to 8000 BCE) in the world. The peninsular geography with ample precipitation provided for a relatively stable socio-political environment and allowed artistic endeavors to flourish. Skincare interest has been documented since the earliest Korean writings (700 BCE) and the Dongui Bogam, an ancient Korean medicinal text, has an entire section (the Tangaekpyeon) on preparation and use of herbal ingredients, including for skin concerns.”
On why Korean products are different than North American products…
“Novel skincare ingredients and ingredient research and refinement are something for which Koreans have a great reputation. The state of the art Korean skincare technologies (and there are several) really do lead the world. These include unique ways of processing (and fermenting) plant extracts, utilizing nanotechnologies such as nano-sulfur and nano encapsulation of both EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor—a.k.a. human oligopeptide 1) and retinol, as well as unique ways of formulating with silicone based emollients. A very different way of deploying emollients is actually a much sensed but little understood key component to the uniqueness and desirability of Korean products.
Koreans (especially women, but men as well) view the care of skin as something to savor and enjoy. When it comes to daily skincare regimens, the ‘sense of urgency’ and compulsion to hurry and finish, are typically absent. Rather than compress and hurry, Koreans prefer to stretch out the skin care process.”
On trying to follow the Korean beauty routine… “Don't feel overwhelmed. First, get to know your skin. Figure out what it needs. Slowly add products to your routine and see if the consistency and ingredients are beneficial to your skin. The fun is in the discovery of new skincare products and finding the one that works best for you.”
On how to apply your products… “The general rule of thumb is to be gentle. Use light tapping motions to help product absorption, or gentle upward circular motions. Massaging the skin when cleansing helps with circulation and leads to a brighter complexion. It also helps with relaxation, which is a great way to end or start the day.”
On being diligent with all the steps… “While Korean women do typically have more products in their routine than their American counterparts, it’s not like they are using all 10 products, twice a day, every day. Whether it’s daily, every other day, or weekly, each product enters the rotation for a specific purpose. Some you might even only use once a month, or only during a certain season.”
On what steps you shouldn’t skip when you’re short on time… “I would break it down into four main categories that are really crucial: cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and SPF!”Shop Item