12 Korean Skin Care Hacks Every Young Woman Should Know

The glass smooth complexions of Korean women have been getting a lot of attention lately. Korean women are famous for their incredibly youthful skin that seems to glow from within. The question is, how do they get their skin to look like that? Here are 12 skin care hacks that will help you get that baby-smooth complexion Korean women are known for.

1. Establish a Good Skin Care Routine Early

You are never too young to start taking care of your skin! One of the key philosophies taught to Korean children (both girls and boys) is how to properly cleanse and care for your skin starting at a very young age. The best Korean skincare routine by Peach & Lily involves 10 steps that are proven to prevent things like acne, sun damage, and premature aging. Preventing skin care issues before they actually become a visible problem just makes sense.

2. Improve Circulation and Brighten Your Skin Tone

Practicing mouth stretches may make you’ll feel a little silly, but many Korean women swear by it. They say it can improve circulation in your face, which brightens your skin tone. You’ll probably want to do this one in the bathroom where nobody can see you! In a very exaggerated way, say the vowels A-E-I-O-U. Really get into it and stretch your face as you do it. Repeat at least three times every day.

3. Give Your Skin Some Extra Love

We all have days when our regular skin care routine just isn’t enough to get our skin glowing. On days like that, what you need is an ampoule. An ampoule is kind of like a serum, but it’s much more concentrated. The ingredients are intended to recharge, rebalance, and repair the skin fast. You only need to use a few drops, but the results are visible instantly.

4. Try Barley Tea

If you’ve ever been to a Korean restaurant, you were probably served a nutty tasting tea. Most likely, it was tea made from roasted barley. This tea is served to babies in Korea from birth because it is believed to invigorate the skin and improve overall wellbeing. How does it work? Well, it is incredibly rich in anti-oxidants, which help to prevent skin damage, regenerate cells, and prevent premature aging. In one study, it was shown to improve the flow of blood to the skin’s surface. Some people even believe it can help you lose weight. Sounds pretty good, huh?

5. Give Your Skin Some Extra Love While You Sleep

If you haven’t heard about sleep masks yet, you’ve got to check them out! Skin can become clogged and dull over time, especially if you wear makeup every day. A sleep mask will boost cell recovery and hydration overnight while you sleep, and you’ll wake up to super-moisturized, glowing skin. Who doesn’t want that? It’s like a secret weapon you can pull out when you’ve had too many late nights. 

6. Try a Tinted Lip Oil

A lot of lip products can leave your lips feeling sticky and even dried out. Several Korean beauty brands have been coming out with nutrient-rich lip oil treatments that add hydration along with sheer pop color, without making your lips sticky. They are usually formulated with a base of Korean Camellia oil along with other benefits like rosehip and avocado lips.

7. Enhance Your Lip Color

Enhancing your natural lip color can have a significant impact on how vibrant and youthful you look. Instead of choosing heavy lipsticks, go for a lightweight lip tint or oil. It’s a simple way to brighten your complexion without loading your face up with a ton of makeup.

8. Add an Essence to Your Skin Care Routine

Essences are unique to Korean skin care. They are used to add moisture to the skin after cleansing. They are usually very lightweight (almost watery in texture), and they are filled with nutrient-rich ingredients that add hydration and plump up the skin, giving it a smooth, youthful appearance. Add one to your routine before you apply your serum for added elasticity and hydration without clogging pores.

9. Blur Away Imperfections

Skip the heavy liquid foundation and use cushion foundations to blur away imperfections instead. No matter how meticulous you are with your skin care, there are going to be days where you wake up with some things you want to conceal on your skin. Cushion foundations blur away imperfections with ultra-sheer coverage that never looks heavy, cakey, or mask-like.

10. Keep Acne at Bay With a Charcoal Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are extremely popular in Korean skin care. Most women keep a variety of them on hand to target problems as they crop up. Charcoal sheet masks are used to detoxify and exfoliate the skin, which is imperative for the prevention of acne. Simply apply the sheet mask to your face, leave it on for 10 or 15 minutes, and remove the mask to reveal smoother clearer skin.

11.Exfoliate Your Skin With a Wash Cloth

Harsh, scratchy physical exfoliators are so bad for your skin. Try exfoliating with a warm, wet, nubby washcloth instead. Simply massage your face in upward, circular motions to exfoliate dead skin and improve blood flow to the skin’s surface. You’ll be surprised how much more radiant your skin looks with this simple technique!

12. Give Yourself a Facial Massage

There are skin care clinics on just about every corner in Korea, and facial massages are one of the most popular treatments. You can easily enjoy the benefits of facial massage without spending a dime! Gently massage your face in the shower for all the benefits of a steam facial massage. Start by massaging in circular motions with your fingertips, and then add in tapping motions to increase circulation and create that dewy complexion everyone wants. Use an oil cleanser during your massage for extra slip and hydration.

Having perfect skin doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, but it does require some work and dedication. Using these 12 Korean skin care hacks will get well on your way to your best skin ever!

Vivianne Sterling

Editorial Manager at Beautips. I love street style and I'm always in search of bits of inspiration around me. I also believe in home-made solutions for fitness, beauty tricks and healthy cooking.

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