The general skincare sentiment in America is that once you reach a certain age mark, it’s time to change your products over to intensive anti-aging and firming creams. In contrast, Korea doesn’t emphasis that transition as much as they do just overall skincare maintenance from an early age. The fight against age actually starts super early to ensure the appearance of longer and younger lasting skin. Sharing with you guys a few preventative measures you can start taking right now to look forever young! (Okay maybe not forever …) Here are 5 anti-aging Korean tips and products!
1. Anti-Wrinkle Moisterizer
Remember when I said that oils moisturize your face the best? Well balms are now my new favorite because they have all the moisturizing benefits of oils packed in an emollient base to completely hydrate and revitalize the skin! This Boscia Sake Balm is really unique because it has sake properties that can reverse dullness and dryness of the skin. The texture already feels very hydrating and I love how my skin looks already brighter and healthier after just using it a few times! It’s enriched with the finest grade of sake to improve skin texture and for a healthy looking complexion. When it comes to anti-aging, this product is a must have as it also helps reduce the look of wrinkles!
Shop | Boscia Sake Balm
On the days where I don’t have to be camera ready, I prefer to wear a light layer of BB cream. This Dr. Jart BB is amazing because it’s infused with white gold to stimulate anti-aging and supports your skin’s natural collagen. Collagen is what keeps your face looking young and bouncy! This BB cream also has SPF 45 sun protection and includes brightening properties. It has natural looking coverage and it’s great for evening out your skin tone. It’s super lightweight so it doesn’t even feel like anything is on, and keeps my skin super smooth!
Shop | Dr. Jart BB SPF 45
3. Use SPF BB Cream
Like I said in my sunscreen post, one of the best advice I’ve ever received was to wear sunscreen in my early 20’s. This is because sun damage can happen and not show up until years later so it’s super important we do preventative measures now! While it’s all about having the Cali tan in California, Korean women really pride themselves on milky smooth skin. For me I personally like a happy balance of having some color, so I like that this BB cream has a high SPF. Sun protection is a huge deal because there are even women in Korea that carries umbrellas to shield themselves from the harsh sun. I like this BB cream cushion because it’s easy for me to take in my bag for quick touch-ups during the day!
4. Use a Sleeping Mask
You guys know how much I love masks and this water sleeping mask is inconspicuous enough to use anywhere and everywhere. I think masks are a great way to give your skin a boost of moisture and nutrients every few days just to maintain a healthy glow! This Dr. Jart mask is quick-absorbing and has tons of moisture and nutrients that nourish your skin as you get your important beauty sleep. It’s infused with essential oils so the fragrance also helps to promote a deep sleep, and we all know how important beauty sleep is to looking younger and more refreshed!
5. Use Sheet Masks
When I put Chloe down to bed around 8pm that’s when I start my work and beauty routine! If you guys follow me on snapchat you might see me religiously putting on sheet masks every other night. That’s because sheet masks are amazing for instantly revitalizing your skin and not to mention it’s super popular in Korea! There’s probably a sheet mask for any skin issue you can think of, but I’m really in love with Too Cool for School’s egg cream sheet mask. When you remove the sheet mask from its packaging you can already tell that it’s going to be incredibly moisturizing. It’s infused with egg white and egg yolk extract so it’s extremely hydrating and leaves the skin immediately radiant. It also helps firm your skin for a younger-looking appearance, which I’m all for! Just leave the mask on for 10 – 20 minutes and gently peel it off to reveal luminous and radiant skin!
And last but not least, anti-aging is also a lifestyle! Drink lots of water and eat healthy! When I’m in Asia I notice that I eat a lot less sweets. Koreans consider fruit as dessert and free dessert on the house is a often a fruit platter or dried up fruit. Culturally I think it’s because people understand the benefits of fruit and eating healthy. Of course there are cute cafes with pastries but in traditional restaurants they usually give you fruit and cold sweet drink shikae (a sweet Korean rice drink) after every meal. And of course opting for green tea rather than soda or coffee is always a plus. Taking care of yourself is the first step towards a beautiful you!