7 EASY STEPS TO PERFECT SKIN
1. Give your face a steam massage in the shower.
Skin clinics are down every block in South Korea, where you can get a facial massage as easy as a budget manicure. I recommend not only using circular motions with your fingers, but also tapping in rotating motions — starting on the forehead, then the cheekbones, cheeks, and working down to the jawbone. Massaging increases circulation and creates a dewy complexion. For added benefit use an oil cleanser to maximize hydration.
2. Exfoliate with a gentle peeling gel.
My aunt is 70 and has no wrinkles. Her secret? She uses a gentle exfoliating peeling gel to remove the layer of dead skin on her face, which allows her healthy skin underneath to thrive! She always jokes that her secret to youthful skin is that she washes the wrinkles off her face! We recommend using the Utesi New Skin Regeneration Exfoliating Gel.
3. Use a charcoal detox sheet face mask.
Buying sheet masks is as common as getting Kleenex in South Korea. An all the rage ingredient? Charcoal. It detoxes and exfoliates your skin, and all you have to do is let the sheet sit on your face for 15 to 20 minutes while you relax. Try our Charcoal Detox Oxygen Bubble Mask.
4. Apply a hydrating oil on your lips.
These nutrient-rich lip oil treatments slide like butter (yes, really) onto your lips, and also locks in moisture while acting like a primer base for your lipstick. Having healthy lips will add a beautiful glow to your face. Nobody wants beautiful skin with dull looking lips! For this I love the Rose Gold Elixir, which has a blend of real 24 karat gold, antioxidant complex, coconut oil, jojoba oil, & vitamin E to deeply hydrate and nourish your skin.
5. Use a hydrating facial mask to lock in nourishment.
After thoroughly cleaning and exfoliating your skin, this is the best time to hyper-moisturize and work on a tired complexion. I like to apply a deeply hydrating face mask to correct any dullness and nourish my soft baby skin. When it comes to skin repair, snail mucin is the number one key in the Korean Skin Care routine. That's why the Snail Essence Face Mask is a time-tested fan favorite. It contains pure snail mucin extract, aloe vera, seaweed extract, along with vitamin E to deeply hydrate and restore dull skin complexion, leaving your skin bright and supple!
6. Drink barley tea.
Ever gone to a Korean restaurant and gotten a nutty tasting tea? It's probably roasted barley tea, which is what is served to Korean babies from birth to fortify their skin and overall well-being. Barley tea is rich in anti-oxidants and one showed that drinking it can improve blood circulation. Some suggest it may even double as a weight loss drink. You just can't go wrong!
7. Practice mouth stretches.
Channel your inner Eliza Doolittle and say A-E-I-O-U in an exaggerated way. Repeat three times. It sounds silly, but many swear this trick improves circulation and brightens skin tone. It certainly can't hurt, so I'll let you be the judge.