5 Life-Changing Korean Skin Hacks - SW1 Clinic

5 Life-Changing Korean Skin Hacks


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There’s no denying that when it comes to beauty, the Koreans are leading in the stakes. They are more diligent when it comes to skincare, so it’s no wonder that most of them boast dewy soft skin we can only dream about. Here are some beauty hacks we have gleaned from our Korean counterparts that may just prove to be our skin salvation.

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Give your face a steam massage in the shower.

Skin clinics are down every block in South Korea provides facial massage as part of their service. There is real science behind this after all. Korean doctors believe that facial massage can help boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, both vital for a clear, glowing complexion. Try giving yourself a facial massage while in a steaming shower, use not only 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. For those who are serious about giving their complexions ultimate dewiness, try a self-heating detoxifying cleanser like Skin Gym. Formulated from snail secretion extracts that has been shown in studies to be both healing and rejuvenating, this gel cleanser heats up on contact with wet skin. Massage well into the face to boost circulation and dislodge dirt and debris. Upon rinsing, the cleanser transforms magically into a solution and leaves no trace on skin.

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Exfoliate with a washcloth soaked in hot water.

My aunt is 70 and has no wrinkles. Her secret? She uses a nubby washcloth to massage her face every day, using upward moving, circular strokes. This age old secret is not only used by the Korean beauties but also Japanese beauties when they take their baths in the onsen. Regular exfoliation keeps pores clear and speeds up skin renewal. If you want to take this a step further, invest in a good facial scrub. Not all scrubs are made the same, choose one with circular crystals that has no jagged edges that may injure skin. Try Crystal healing which forms a paste when mixed with water. It dries up as a mask to first attract and mop up dirt and debris residing in your pores. Then gently scrub off the mask with your fingertips when it dries — and it doubles as a super skin exfoliator that leaves a glowing complexion behind.

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Sleep on Your Back.

Don’t worry. We’re not going to tell you to get eight hours of sleep, which is probably the oldest free skincare trick in the book. Because as essential as how much sleep you’re getting is the position in which you sleep. It really does matter. After UV exposure, the second most common cause of wrinkles is squishing your face into a pillow at night. It’s like ironing wrinkles into your skin. Sleeping on your back is ideal, since even pressing your cheek into a pillow can cause lines. For those who just cannot help but squish one side of their faces each night, celebrity facialist Cecilia Chong recommends wearing a medical facelift band to sleep at night. It keeps skin in a lifted position and like a good headstand, it gives your face a break from the aging effects of gravity.

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Facelift Band


Use an overnight sleeping mask.

It’s during sleep that your skin cells turnover and do their hardest work at cell recovery. This is the best time to hyper-moisturize and work on a tired complexion. I like to an intensive skincare mask like Sleep Mode, this is designed for bedtime as it control-releases glycolic acid throughout the night to renew, brighten and clarify skin at the same time. Its gentle formulation does not dry up skin like other fruit acid peels, instead you wake with baby soft skin. Trust me.

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Make a DIY Peel.

Homemade masks are a dime a dozen, but homemade peels? Not so much. This one requires a few household staples: baking soda, water, and a splash of lemon juice. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water, and squeeze in a little lemon juice. Apply it to your face and let it dry for five minutes before rinsing with water. Allot another five minutes for checking out your newly radiant skin.

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