5 Unusual Korean Skincare Secrets


In our quest for youthful, radiant skin, it’s hard to ignore the impact Korea has had on the world of skincare.

Korea boasts some of the most expensive and elaborate beauty routines in the world.

Lately, these routines have enjoyed overwhelming popularity in the United States.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been researching the best skincare secrets and stumbled across Korean beauty tips, techniques, and products.

Now, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy expensive products, but many of the tips and secrets can have a massive impact on your skin.

Here are 5 unusual skin care tips you can use today to restore plump, luscious skin!

Skincare Secret #1: Give your face a steam massage

Forget fancy massagers, expensive topical procedures, and plastic surgery…

A gentle steam massage is both easy AND effective. Best of all, you don’t need any fancy gadgets or tools.

Next time you’re taking a warm shower, spend a minute or two gently massaging your face with your fingertips.

The pressure and steam improve blood flow and circulation, which can flush toxins from your skin and deliver fresh nutrients.

Skincare Secret #2: Deep clean BEFORE you apply makeup

Most women who wear makeup use a special makeup remover at the end of the day. After all, it’s important to let your pores breathe!

However, Koreans often take it a step further, deep cleaning their skin before applying makeup. Makeup creates a barrier, and you don’t want to trap dirt, oil, and bacteria in your pores.

Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin, and then apply makeup shortly after, before your face collects more bacteria.

Skincare Secret #3: Tap, don’t rub

When you apply your facial products, you probably rub them in until they’re absorbed, which is a natural tendency.

Korean skincare tradition teaches us that this can be abrasive and cause irritation.

Instead, gently dab your skin products on your face, and then lightly tap all over with your fingertips until it’s absorbed. This is much less irritating than rubbing and forcing your skin to absorb the product.

Skincare Secret #4: Exfoliate gently

Exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin cells and let your fresh, healthy skin breathe but it’s important to do it correctly.

Many chemical exfoliants contain gritty materials that cause irritation.

Try this Korean beauty secret: Instead of using any special exfoliation tool, simply run a washcloth under warm water, and gently exfoliate your entire face. This removes dead skin cells, without causing any further trauma or irritation to sensitive skin.

Skincare Secret #5: Wash your face, twice

Finally, we have the famous double wash. Most of us wash our faces every day— but how many do it twice?

Korean beauty rituals involve a double wash. First, a light wash using an oil-based cleanser to remove stubborn makeup and bacteria.

This is usually followed by a second wash with a traditional cleanser, to remove any leftovers.

Next time you use a makeup remover, rinse your face off and then go in for a second wash. Your skin will feel cleaner than ever!

While Korean skincare often involves a complex routine with many topical products, these five tips will improve your skin without costing a small fortune.

Give these a try, and your skin will feel fresher, smoother, and healthier than ever.