It is the truth universally acknowledged that Koreans love beautiful skin. And they give an exact definition of it –smooth, fresh, luminous and silky to the touch.
Skincare is like a national mania – everyone is glad to succumb to it. It’s also a favourite topic of conversation among family, friends and work associates. But if you think that only women are interested in lotions and potions then you’re wrong. Men, too, know a thing or two about beauty routine. It is considered normal for a man to use a sun blocker or a face cream. And no-one will call him ‘gay’ if his fingernails are groomed and his eyebrows are plucked.
Korean skincare is not limited only to applying countless creams and serums. What goes inside the body is also important. After all, you cannot have beautiful skin if you eat junk food and sleep less than five hours at night. Koreans drink various herbal teas and consume food rich in antioxidants. Moreover, they avoid long-lasting exposure to the sun like the devil avoids holy water. And for a good reason – UV light prematurely ages the skin. It causes wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, large freckle-like spots, a yellowish complexion, and a leathery, rough skin texture.
Let’s play! Spot the difference between these two photographs. 😉
Photo number 1. Korean way of sunbathing:
Photo number 2. How most people enjoy the sun:
Koreans know that make-up will look good only on a healthy and beautiful skin. That’s why they work hard on eliminating skin problems and preventing cropping up new ones. And that’s where Korean women differ from the rest of the world. In Europe many young women use make-up to cover their blemishes and hide them under a thick layer of foundation or powder. However, two centimetres of make-up will never look natural or appealing.
Korean mothers start educating their children on beauty routine from an early age. They show the correct way of cleaning, peeling and protecting the skin. After all, prevention is better than cure. Yet many people worry about their skin when the damage is done and their faces are wrinkled and sun spotted.
These beauty loving people treat skincare very seriously. They do not scrimp on cosmetics and spend hours taking care of their skin. Mind you, beauty routine shouldn’t be a disagreeable duty or some sort of a punishment for sins. You should develop your own skincare routine that will be pleasant and easy to follow. Time spent pampering your skin is never wasted! Therefore, we should take a leaf out of Koreans’ book and start nurturing and nourishing our skin the way they do.