Check out valuable beauty tips that korean celebrities follow to get flawless skin and treat acne and spots.
Skincare in Korea is a somewhat exhaustive multi-step process, a fact which seems to have sparked a ton of intrigue in the beauty world as of late. To outsiders looking in, the “million-step” Korean skincare regimen sounds a bit extreme, but it all boils down to cleansing, exfoliating, treating, intensely moisturizing and applying plenty of SPF during the day. Treating acne on Asian skin presents special challenges that are often overlooked by the manufacturers of the most popular acne care products. The products that work on other skin types can be harmful for Asian skin. Here are ten useful tips for treating acne on Asian skin.
5 Basics to follow:
- Change your Pillow Case 2-3x a week
- Wash Your Face Regularly
- Drink lots of fluids
- Avoid Salty & fatty foods
- Avoid Junk Foods and Chips
Go Hyun-Jung – Beauty secrets from Korean actress
Go Hyun-Jung, a Korean actress best known for her luminous and youthful skin, published her skincare secrets in a “beauty documentary” titled “Go Hyun-Jung’s Texture” in 2011, the same year she turned 40. The book (a bestseller that sold out in just two days of its launch), covers Go’s beauty philosophy as well as her tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. The beauty tips in this book written in Korean, have been translated and summarized into this post together by me and my mum over Christmas. Go’s beauty tips affirm my philosophy that beauty is as much about rituals as it is about specific products and brands. So many people ask me for “miracle” product recommendations and are surprised (almost disappointed) when my response is that cleansing and exfoliating are the foundations of clear skin.
- Know Your Skin Type & Treat Your Skin from the Inside Out: If you are prone to problem skin, keep a food diary and observe the effect different foods have on your skin.
- Go avoids salty and spicy foods to keep her skin clear, and alternates her diet with plain / bland food to re-calibrate her skin from the inside.
- Cleansing is the Key to Clear Skin: Wash your hands before applying any makeup or skincare. Also try to avoid touching your face except when cleansing or applying makeup.
- Skincare Commandments: Whilst she cleanses her face from the jawline moving to the centre, she applies skincare (Eg. serums, toner) from the centre and outwards.
Go prefers using her fingers to apply foundation. Unless the sponge is brand new or the brush is fresh and clean, she avoids using them for hygiene reasons.
Brows: Her philosophy on makeup is centered on beautifully shaped brows. She believes that an hour spent at a brow bar pays off for an entire month, compared to a professional makeup artist where makeup only lasts for moments.
Primer: Before applying base makeup, she applies a generous amount of hydrating cream to avoid looking tired by the afternoon.
Foundation: The secret to natural looking skin is not to apply foundation all over the face. She applies foundation only on the shadows of the face (under the eyes, under the cheek) and keeps the high points of the face sheer. Avoid foundation around the nose to prevent caking. Even when filming, apparently she never has a full face of foundation.
Korean Skin care tips – Medicine defines causes of acne
- Heated Lung Type: A red papulosa acne and a little pustular acne appear together. A little papule can be a pyopoiesis in short time. In this type, people have much heat on their upper body, so they often wants cold water and their mouth and nose are dry. Their tongue is deep red and evacuation is irregular.
- Weak Stomach Type: Thick acne appears and suddenly disappears. Acne usually appears around the mouth. Acne appearance is on-and-off, so possibility to be a pyopoiesis is low. In this type, people have a white face and they are sensitive to the cold. If they feel stressed, it takes long to overcome.
- Humid Heated Stomach Type: This type shows anoily skin, so a papulosa acne and pustular acne usually appear around the cheek. These acnes appear because of the weak digestion, so when people have constipation and indigestion, it may make acne worse.
- Extravasated Blood Type: Symptoms can be worse before and after the menstruation. Sometimes menstrual blood is dark and forms a mass. Menstrual cycle is irregular and hands and foots are swollen. People always feel heavy and acne mostly appears around the mouth and nose.
- Heated Poisonous Colon Type: People having this type of acne have constipation almost throughout the year. If constipation issevere, they have to depend on drugs to evacuate. Poisonous gases in the intestine increase toxicity and mess blood. It makes skin trouble.
Acne Scar Removal Korean Tips for Flawless Skin
- Get flawless skin by treating the scars after acne is healed. Below are some natural tips to acne scar removal:
- Skin prone to acne should be cleansed using a piece of soft cotton and mild toner twice a day.
- Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea helps in eliminating toxins from your body, which controls acne.
- The grated raw potato is an effective mask to acne scar removal. Just rub some grated potato on affected area and leave it till dry and wash off. Apply 2-3 times a week.
- Juice of half a lemon and two parts of glycerin together can work wonders on the skin. Lemon contains Vitamin C which minimizes the dark spots. This is the best way for acne scar removal.
- Even if your skin is oily, don’t stop to moisturize it. Apply a good moisturizer with Vitamin E, as it helps in lighting the blemishes. Make sure to use cream which doesn’t block the skin pores.
- Keep your skin hydrated all the time by drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day. Water is the best way to have a radiant skin as well.
- Don’t use the harsh Chemical products. The facial skin is very delicate and sensitive. Avoid using soaps which contain harsh and strong chemicals.
- Including all kinds of vegetables in your diet provides essential nutrients and vitamins required for your skin. Making a vegetable facial mask or having a glass of vegetable juice is other ways to have a clear skin.
- Keep your face fresh by washing it 2 times a day with a pore minimizing face wash.
Korean Skin Care Routine
Here are the steps for a typical Korean skin care routine:
- Cleanser: Korean beauties suggest you pick a foaming cleanser that is gentle on your face. A lot of gel cleansers that you have used are very intensive and often very drying.
- Toner: Most people think toners are useless/overkill/drying to the skin, but if you pick the right toner for your skin type, it will be well worth your money.
- Essence/Serum: This is a super important step that a lot of people here in the US skip – which is really unfortunate. Many people think serums are used by older women whose primary concern is wrinkles and what-not, but many serums in Asian are more than just wrinkle treatments – many have hydrating, whitening, oil-controlling, etc. abilities. Even if you’re under that belief, it’s never too early to start fighting wrinkles! This is another product that you want to be prepared to spend more money on because the purity, quality, and quantity of the special ingredients make a big difference.
- Moisturizer: This is also a super important step in the Korean skincare regime! Finding the right moisturizer can be really tricky, especially if your skin type changes with the seasons like mine does. In the summer, my skin is oily, so I need a lightweight moisturizer (oil-free, too!) that can easily be absorbed into my skin. However, in the winter my skin becomes a combination of oily and dry (oily in my t-zone and dry on my cheeks), so I need a heavier moisturizer (still preferably oil-free) to accommodate the season change.