Korean Beauty Secret

Korean skin care has been a growing trend in Cambodia for many years. Think about it: Korea gave us BB creams, sheet masks, and cushion compacts. The reason we hold these women in such high regard when it comes to beauty is that they have the flawless sort of skin we can only dream of. Seriously, we’re talking real-life complexions that look like they have been Photoshopped with expert precision and without a ton of makeup. In fact, Korean women are big fans of the no-makeup makeup look. So, we set about trying to uncover the skincare and makeup secrets that Korean women rely on for that sheeny glow, or as they call it, mul-gwang.

1. Use Pimple Patches for Blemishes

Korean women tend to take extra care to protect their skin from harmful UVA/UVB. They wouldn’t leave the house without applying sunscreen. They’re careful to avoid direct sunlight by using hats, umbrellas, and gloves whenever necessary!

When it comes to skincare, Korean women use “natural skin brighteners such as rice extracts, vitamin C, and licorice, as well as exfoliators. For stubborn brown spots, they will visit the dermatologist to lighten the brown spots using lasers.

As for blemishes, Korean girls would wear these pimple patches on their skin to help with their spots.

2. Do Deep Cleanses Before Applying Makeup

Cleansing is the cornerstone of a better-than-great complexion. Cleansing is important because it’s the excess oil, dirt, and bacteria on your skin that can lead to premature aging, dark spots, and breakouts. It’s incredibly important to be proactive and keep your skin clean. Without a clean base, makeup will also not look good!

First cleanse: Use a cleansing tissue to gently remove stubborn impurities on your skin, paying close attention to the sensitive eye area and neck.

Second cleanse: Massage an oil cleanser into your skin to remove oil-based impurities. Rinse.

Third Cleanse: On a wet face, add a cleansing foam to remove water-based impurities. Rinse and pat dry.

Powder cleansers are a big trend in Korea at the moment. They are great to travel with or throw in your gym bag, as you don’t have to worry about it spilling everywhere or any liquid restrictions at the airport.

3. Add Face Oil to Your Foundation for Improved Hydration

Mul-gwang is all about hydration! Using mists, sheet masks, and layering your moisturizer will help you achieve that radiant, dewy, and glow. There are also several eye creams and primers out there infused with pearl extracts that will diffuse imperfections and catch the light to get your skin looking luminous which definitely helps.

If you have dry skin, try mixing a face oil or serum in with your foundation.

4. Invest in a More Extensive Skincare Routine

I know it’s intimidating and can seem a bit pricey, but it’s worth the investment in both time and money! Layering is the biggest game-changer. Most people just stick to a face wash and moisturizer. However, never overlook the importance of steps like exfoliating, toning, essence, and sleeping packs!

Not sure how to layer? Watch Stewart’s daily skincare routine below: 

5. Tap Your Skin, Don’t Rub It

I’m a big fan of gently tapping, rather than rubbing my skincare in. Not only is it more gentle, it feels like a ritual of sorts. I also recommend putting your sheet masks into the fridge for an extra refreshing treat at night! Lightweight, water-like skin products such as essences can be tapped into the skin, as well as the more familiar serums and moisturizers.

6. Use a Product With Snail Mucin

Products with snail mucin does an amazing job of getting rid of any skin irritation, while being extremely hydrating. It makes my skin glow like no other.

For the uninitiated, mucin is the slime excreted by snails when they are stressed (so not one for vegans). There is anecdotal evidence that proteins in snail slime have anti-aging benefits, and clinical trials have looked at that, as well as reversal of sun damage, and shown improvement. Snail slime is not going to help deep folds, but it will improve skin texture and quality.

7. Go Lightweight for Dewy Skin

To achieve the Korean dewy glow, use a radiance-boosting primer like IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer (Check out Amazon).

To keep things dewy, use some products like BB cream, BB cushion, or any lightweight foundation. The key is to use something lightweight, so your skin still looks natural.

Makeup is a great way to enhance, especially if you have oily skin that can’t handle too much skincare. Add the glow with a light liquid highlight.

To boost the dewy look even further, try applying a shimmery highlight to eyelids and cheeks.


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