As we couch together with our favourite K-dramas, not only are the honey looks of our favourite oppas making us drool, the flawless, photoshopped-like faces of Korean actresses leave us in awe (and jealousy).
Thanks to high definition screens and the popularized K-culture, K-beauty is constantly reinventing and outperforming itself to satisfy the need for flawless beauty. In addition to the amazing products Korea has been providing, the now-no-longer secret hacks of the beauty centric 24 million female Korean population has been trending across the globe.
Let’s take a look at eight hacks which can transform your skin.
Acne is always a pain and sticks out like a sore thumb - blemish patches are overnight saviours thanks to its antiseptic properties. Patches like the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches are targeted cures which isolates spots and pimples, magically making them “disappear” overnight.
There are also thin day patches like the Skinesis Spot SOS Sticker which are suitable even beneath makeup. Patches like these help to “conceal” your red acne spots while healing them.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (24 Patches)3 Stars 1 ReviewsS$11.50
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Spot SOS Sticker - 20 Stickers4 Stars 1 ReviewsS$48.50
Blackheads appear when our pores are blocked by skin debris and the oil oxidizes to turn black. Blackheads are also an on-going problem as our skin is constantly producing sebum - there is a need to clear out the “junk” in our pores from time to time.
Thank god for blackhead targeted products which make our jobs much easier in extracting these tiny bumps.
Holika Holika Pig Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit (No Water)S$8.50
COSRX Blackhead Silk Finger BallS$9.50
yes to Tomatoes 2-Step Nose KitS$9.50
REN Clean Skincare Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask 50ml4.5 Stars 40 ReviewsS$37.50
Heard of those cleansing products which claim to be 3-in-1 or a one-step cleanser which cleans even the most stubborn makeup? Products like those are targeted at “fuss-free” women who’d like their cleansing routine to be kept at minimal steps. “Fuss-free” definitely does not apply in the Korean’s beauty dictionary as they believe that cleansing is the most important step to the beauty routine and make-up has to be thoroughly removed.
Double cleansing involved first removing your make-up with cleansing oil like the By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil, which is a purifying formula which banishes even the most stubborn makeup and impurities from the face and eyes. Residue is then removed with a cleansing foam or soap like Benton's Honest Cleansing Foam.
By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil 150mlS$65.50
Benton Honest Cleansing Foam 150gS$24.50
10 second rule
The Koreans believe that your skin loses moisture every second after your face wash hence they ensure they’d moisturize within 10 seconds after a face wash.
Spritz your face generously with facial mists as soon as you get out of the shower and pat on serum within the next 10 seconds.
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist 240ml5 Stars 1 ReviewsS$50.50
Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist (100ml)4.4 Stars 5 ReviewsS$41.00
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum 30ml4.5 Stars 4 ReviewsS$72.50
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum (30ml)4.75 Stars 4 ReviewsS$52.00
There’s no time to lose when it comes to beauty - at the time when your cells are regenerating give them a push with specifically developed masks that does its magic while you are sleeping. It’s a super easy skincare step - put them on before you sleep, as the last step of your bedtime routine, and wake up with radiant skin.
The Lotus Lotus Leaf Extract Sleeping PackS$39.00
COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask 60gS$43.00
KORRES Wild Rose Sleeping Facial (40ml)4.67 Stars 6 ReviewsS$48.50
Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask (80ml)5 Stars 1 ReviewsS$65.00
Massage your face
Circulation is very important in maintaining a healthy glow. Add light facial massaging steps which focuses on the pressure points of the face and neck while applying your skincare products. Your knuckles are effective in stimulating blood flow but there are many home facial devices which amplify the effects of your skincare routine.
NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device5 Stars 5 ReviewsS$324.00
Philips SC5370/10 VisaPure Advanced Home Facial DeviceS$368.50
Rice up to better skin
From as long as the women in Korea can remember, they have made their own “skin toners” with rice water and washed their faces with them. Rice water is said to be a natural moisturizer which brightens the skin and slows down the process of aging. This hack is simple and easy to achieve in every Asian household - simply soak the rice in water for 10-15 minutes, swirl it and use it for your next face wash. Rice made products are also readily in the market which provides the same benefits (or more).
Holika Holika Pure Essence Mask Sheet - RiceS$4.00
COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask 60mlS$43.00
Chantecaille Rice & Geranium Foaming Cleanser 75mlS$102.00
Sheet Mask Daily
A mask a day keeps the “ugliness” away - use at least one sheet mask daily to preserve that ageless beauty. There are tons of sheet mask options - stock up on various brands and masks of different function to target different needs.
Some women even apply the sheet mask in the mornings to prime their skin and ensure their make up application is perfect. There are specific sheet masks developed for that function, like the I Love Myself Make Up Boosting Mask.
Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack (10 Pack)S$33.50
Skin79 Extra Premium Gold Mask 27g -Bird's Nest (Pack of 10)S$109.50
Berrisom Animal Mask Series - Cat 25mlS$5.50
Vitamasques Korean Red Ginseng Sheet Mask 20mlS$7.00
Oh K! Sheet Mask - Bubble 23mlS$7.50
Skin Republic Hydrogel Face Sheet Mask Seaweed 25gS$13.00
Leegeehaam Life Vita Propolis Nutri Mask - 1 PackS$18.00
PACKage Don't Worry Healing Mask (1 Mask)S$4.50
Tried any of the hacks or have a favourite? Share with us in the comments below!