Vicky Lee founded her lifestyle blog, Sorabelle, in 2016 with the aim of sharing her secrets to lifelong beauty, fitness and style from London. Sorabelle.com is a leading authority on Korean beauty and London lifestyle trends, where Vicky combines expert advice on Korean skincare with daily inspirations in fashion, fitness and style.
To create this stunning look in just 5 minutes, I firstly applied the Emotionproof Shadow ( #07. Gigolo) all over the eyelid. I used the Tom Ford Shadow/Concealer flat bristled brush and created diffused edges with the Blending brush.
I lined the eyes with the metallic Emotionproof Eyeliner (#12.Byzantium), keeping it it quite thick. I then added the matte brown, applying it really tight to the lashes to add intensity. Add the black liner to the top lash line to create a flick and drama and the lower lash line with the metallic liner.
To complete the look and accentuate the eyes I build up the lashes with plenty of Emotionproof Mascara(Noir).
I follow the Korean 10-step skincare regime, but I also tend to condense it down a little bit by using multi-tasking products. I wash my face with only water in the morning to keep in the skin’s natural oil (sebum), then I use a toner, ampoule and essence. I carry a high SPF sunscreen with me and a mist to apply throughout the day, and at night I usually use a sheet mask, eye cream, moisturizer, and sometimes a night mask.
What’s the most important advice you have for taking care of skin?
I think the biggest difference you can make to take care of your skin is to hydrate it well. Korean skincare’s main focus is on hydration and most Korean products are made to improve skin moisture. I regularly use hydrating face masks, toner, mists, and I only wash my skin with water in the morning to keep moisture in. In Korea, we also use a ten-second rule after cleansing. Cleansing is really drying on the skin, and the longer you wait to replace that lost moisture, the drier your skin can become. That’s why we have a ten second rule to use a toner within ten seconds of cleansing! It really makes a difference.
How should someone new to Korean skincare start to try it out?
If you’re new to Korean skincare it’s best to start out slowly by trying out some of the products that people aren’t used to in the west, like sheet masks or ampoules. Starting out by trying to follow the 10 step Korean skincare routine could be overwhelming, but there are ways to condense the routine by using multitasking products like a BB cream with moisturizer and SPF.
How do you find the time to take such good care of your skin?
For me, having healthy skin is important, and when something’s important to you you can easily find the time. It’s not that my skincare routine takes so long, but it is a bit more intense than the average western routine of just cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. In Korea, we focus a lot more time on skincare than on makeup, so the effort involved probably equals out to the same amount that Western women invest on applying makeup!
Does diet play a role in skincare?
I truly believe that feeding your skin with the right nutrients is as important as what you apply on it. One of my favorite Korean brands is Skinfood because their products use this philosophy. They have black sugar products for exfoliating and moisturizing, egg white products to smooth skin, and even gold caviar products for firming skin.
What foods are good for your skin?
Kimchi because it’s loaded with probiotics from the fermentation process and antioxidants from the cabbage, garlic, and pepper. Green tea is great because it has a lot of antioxidants that fight free radicals and inflammation. Oysters, fish, and avocado have the good kind of fats – essential fatty acids – that moisturize your skin and make it glow. Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables like carrots and oranges helps with producing collagen to firm skin, and it can also help counter the effects from sun damage. Avocados and nuts contain vitamin E which is effective at fighting the free radicals that cause skin to age. Also, never forget to drink lots of water to keep your skin well-hydrated!
Why are Korean products so effective?
Korean women have much higher standards for natural beauty because most Korean women take good care of their skin. They put a lot more effort into their skin than they do applying makeup, so they expect a lot more out of their skincare products. This has forced beauty developers in Korea to make products that are really innovative and effective, but also very natural and organic because that’s what women want.
Why is Korean beauty becoming so popular?
I think it all comes down to the fact that Koreans have very high standards for natural beauty and so their products are designed to deliver more effective results. Koreans have always focused a lot more on skin health and showing off your natural beauty than on using makeup products to cover up, and I think the rest of the world is starting to catch on to that philosophy.
What is the ten step skincare regime?
It involves using an oil-based cleanser, a foam cleanser, an exfoliator, a toner, an essence, an ampoule, a sheet mask, an eye cream, a moisturizer, and a night cream. It sounds like a lot compared to the Western regime of cleanse/tone/moisturize, but I normally don’t spend more than half an hour a day taking care of my skin, and I spend practically no time applying makeup.
What is the 10-second rule?
The ten-second rule is the Korean skincare rule to use a toner within ten seconds of cleansing. We use this rule because, even though it’s essential to clear out dirt and grime, cleansing dehydrates the skin and the longer you wait to restore that lost moisture, the more dried out your skin will become.
To mark the turn of the lunar year, Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries in China and in more recent years all over the world. This years celebrates the Year of the Pig. I love this holiday which sees a magnificent New Year’s Day parade through Chinatown. It’s amazing opportunity for families to gather together to watch the dragon dances and spectacular firework displays. Colours are really important in Chinese culture and all have significant meanings. The vibrant red colour is the most popular colour and is seen to bring good luck. I love to see design houses bringing out special limited editions especially for this holiday.
My favourite this year is the beautiful collection designed by Guerlain. I have recently been super impressed with the release of a report showing their commitment to being a socially responsible house. I think it’s so admirable how they are showing great initiative and incredible thoughtfulness towards the wellness of our world. I feel that a design house with such a prestigious name like Guerlain can really lead the way for other houses and cosmetic companies to follow.
As part of their advances towards creating a more sustainable world they have become the first house to offer clients to return their empty packaging to CEDRE, a sorting and recycling platform set up by LVMH. They also promise to refurbish the iconic news bottles for like. Which is why I’ve fallen in love with the limited edition Eau de Cologne Imperiale by Guerlain. Such a classic and beautiful fragrance. I love the subtle and delicate citrus fragrance, its a staple on my dressing table. Especially now its has been redesigned with a stunning festive red bottle. The lemon and bergamot notes make this perfume an easy and delightful day fragrance.
Every girl loves their skincare. It feels wonderful to treat your skin with luxurious lotions and potions. Look no further than the Chinese New Year 2019 Abeille Royale Lifting Oil. Guerlain have worked tirelessly to create this powerful formula that contains Ouessant Black Bee Honey and Royal Jelly. I would describe it as being as rich as an oil, with the strength of a serum yet feels fresh to the skin like a lotion. I love how soft my skin feels to the touch after use. It’s also important to me that I know Guerlain are working hard to protect and sustain our bees. The bee has been such an inspiration to this design house and they want to make sure they are well look after, realising their incredibly power and importance in this world. I love that Guerlain has introduced a programme to raise children’s awareness of the need to protect the bees.
I always enjoy a red lip and this is the perfect time of year to rock one! The Guerlain KissKiss lipsticks are increasingly hydrating and conditioning, which is perfect for this time of year. I find my lips appear fuller and more plumped thanks to the Commiphora oil. I love the special limited edition red packaging. It also comes in 3 different shades of Rouge isn’t your colour, there’s Sexy Coral or Sugar Kiss. For the ultimate in lipstick luxury you simply must have a carry case. Guerlain has created this beautiful lipstick carry case, with double mirror design allowing me to reapply on go. A must have for every busy girl about town.
I’m always on the look out for a beauty product that can take my skin from healthy to utterly fabulous. However we all take the time to look after our skin yet we don’t always have the time in our busy lives to visit the salon. So when I find a beauty treatment I can use at home but that’s salon professional I get really excited. I’ve always enjoyed applying a face mask. In fact Korean women will use a face and eye mask every single day. They are a great way to quickly boost your skins hydration levels. Instead of just a weekly spa treat I incorporate a face mask into my daily skincare routine. I’ve seen some amazing results. Not only is my skin looking fresher and more youthful, I also find that my make up goes on better and lasts longer.
The newest, and quite frankly the most fun, trend in the beauty world at the moment is the modeling ‘rubber’ mask. I love the Shangree Gold Premium Modeling Mask for the ultimate indulgent at home beauty treat. I mix the gel with the Active Collagen Powder, apply it liberally to my face, sit back and let it do all the work. It peels off incredibly smoothly and leaves an instantly more refined complexion. I love how the rubber effect of the mask seals moisture deep within the skins surface. After each mask I feel my skin is revitalised and it continues to feel hydrated days later. Infused with gold and caviar, this face mask is delightfully extravagant with genuine results.
Within the modeling mask range there’s a silver, green and black version. The Shangpree Silver Premium Modeling Mask is infused with silk amino acids and helps to replenish collagen levels giving my skin its strength and elasticity. It help skin become brighter and more radiant, with an intense moisturisation. The Shangpree Green Modeling Premium Mask helps to soothe irritated or sensitive skins thanks to its spirulina, chlorella and green tea ingredients. I love how it leaves my skin cool, calm and refreshed. Finally the Shangpree Black Premium Modeling Mask contains charcoal to help detox my skin and pull out any impurities. I love to use this after wearing a lot of make up as I feel my skin needs some deep cleansing. The witch hazel really leaves my skin cleaner and smoother.
I think its really important to take extra care of the delicate skin around you eyes. This is where fine lines and wrinkles appear first as the skin is thinner and lacks hydration. I love using an eye mask to give my eyes a little treat. I love the Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Eye Mask. They are so quick and easy to use. I can pop them on and they will be giving my eyes a treat while I prepare for an important event. I don’t tend to wear make up daily but for an evening out I can really see a difference when I’ve prepped my skin with a mask. The masks are enriched with countless minerals and proteins to give a concentrated treatment direct to the eye area. The mask helps to rejuvenate the skins ability to fight those fine lines and wrinkles. I love how it tackles and diminishes dark circles. There is also a Ginseng Berry version which is packed full of powerful anti-oxidants from berries.
Shangpree have also taken their Spa treatment expertise and applies it to a selection of sheet masks. These masks use the incredible strength of oceanic energy to deliver some amazing results. The Shangpree Marine Jewel Masks come in Illuminating, Nourishing and Hydrating versions. All enriched with DNA of salmon, pearls, oysters and seaweed to help rejuvenate and restore a youthful glow. I simply apply the sheet to my face and press into my skin to ensure the best results. I leave on for 10 or 20 minutes, where ever possible. After removing the mask I massage the remaining serum in and then I can apply my daily skincare and make up routine. It so easy. My skin feels smoother and blemish free. I really feel like they have helped to restore my skins hydration too.
Explore the Shangpree mask collection at the Shangpree counter in Harrods or at Harrods.com.
Are you ready for an influx of Korean skincare products? People are becoming more aware of how innovative Korean beauty products are, something beauty insiders have known for a long time. They promise and deliver real results. Thankfully they are now more readily available in the UK so we can all enjoy them. When South Korea introduced the BB cream to the world, everyone sat up and took notice. I have long been an advocate for Korean products, beauty and skincare. I love that there’s always new products to try and ultimately fall in love with!
I often get asked what’s the secret to my healthy skin. Well it really is quite simple, it takes some fantastic Korean products and a little dedication to your skin. Every morning and evening I have a special 8 to 10 step routine. This may sound excessive but it really will help you to achieve skin that looks healthy and beautiful. You might be already be employing some of the steps in the routine, however adding in the extra ones will transform your skin. This 8 to 10 step technique is used by all Korean women and they take pride in knowing that they have some of the best skin in the world. I believe taking a little extra time to complete these steps will be the difference from your normal skin to a more flawless complexion.
However we don’t also have as much time as we would like to dedicate to our skin. Sometimes its a rush in the morning and might seem impossible to complete a 10 step skincare routine. However just selecting the most essential steps will take your normal skincare routine but it will deliver big results. First thing in the morning, I wash my face with water. This helps remove any impurities that are left on my skin from overnight. Next its important to balance out my skin’s pH levels to avoid the skin becoming dry or dehydrated. I do this by applying a toner with a cotton pad all over the face. This will also ensure that the products in the next steps are fully absorbed and can give the results I’m looking for.
Smooth a lightweight Ampoule on next to give my skin an extra boost. I only need to use this for when I feel that my skin needs a little extra help. I use Marine Jewel Capsule by Shangpree. This beautifully light jelly like lotion is enriched with the DNA of salmon, pearls, oysters and seaweed. This delivers powerful anti-ageing oils to replenish nutrients to create a youthful complexion. I feel as if I’m really treating my skin to a little TLC with this amazing capsule.
I follow this capsule by pressing a serum in to the skin. This acts as a natural base or foundation for a healthy looking complexion. I use S-energy Long Lasting Concentrated Serum by Shangpree. This concentrated formula is packed full of active ingredients, making it really beneficial for my skin. It will targets all my major skincare concerns, such as wrinkles, pigmentation and dryness. This is a special serum unlike any other. It has a super lightweight formula that contains super anti-oxidants that help to combat environmental damage. It leaves my skin feeling really smooth and super well hydrated.
It always good practice to apply a light eye cream, following the socket bone round and up under the brow. Always using my ring finger to apply the correct pressure on this delicate area. The skin here is the thinnest of all the face meaning there’s much less natural oils to keep it hydrated. It’s really important to look after and protect your eye area to keep those wrinkles at bay.
Of course I always have to apply a moisturiser. I like to use a light layer of a really good moisturiser so that it doesn’t feel heavy on my face. I love the S-energy Resilience Cream by Shangpree. This incredible cream helps to revitalise my skin, promoting cell turnover and even out skin tone. It contains a super ingredient called Propolis which is incredibly powerful in soothing the skin. The soy and oxygen elements help stimulate collagen production in the skin too. It delivers nourished and hydrated skin, looking bright and healthy.
Recently I’ve been using a facial mask daily which has been a real game changer. If I can’t get to the salon I’ve found a few face masks that I can use at home but that deliver amazing results. I adore the Marine Jewel Masks by Shangpree. There are Illuminating, Nourishing and Hydrating versions, which all are anti-aging and help restore a youthful glow. However for a real treat, I absolutely love the Gold Premium Modeling Mask by Shangpree. This indulgent mask brings the luxury of a spa treatment to enjoy in your own home. I am so enamoured with these special facial masks that I’m going to do a separate blog on them. So watch this space!
We all crave wonderfully clear glowing skin. Sure there are an abundance of products to help us cover up and cleverly disguise blemishes, however nothing makes you look and feel more fantastic than when skin glows from the inside out. There’s lots of things we can do to help us achieve a naturally beautiful glow. It all starts from ensuring you are drinking enough water. Be sure to be drinking 8 glasses of H2O every day, to help flush out any toxins from your body. This will help to clear out any dirt and bacteria that has been trapped underneath your skin. Staying hydrated is essential in helping to speed up the skins rejuvenation process. I like to keep a bottle of water bedside, so as soon as I wake up I can start the day with a good drink of water.
Before moisturising I always apply a serum. I use the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate day and night. This serum can be used by any skin types and is a pre-treatment to enhance the efficacy of your moisturiser. It not only helps your make up apply more evenly but your skin will appear flawlessly softer and smoother. I’ve seen the benefits and the results of this serum, and its no wonder that its the number 1 serum by Shiseido. It literally sinks into your skin, strengthening and restoring its firmness.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Once I’ve thoroughly cleansed my skin, I like to use a sheet mask. I’ve really started to see the benefits of these masks and have added them to my daily routine. They are such a simple way of giving your skin an instant boost of vitamins and hydration. I’ve been using the Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalising Face Masks. I apply the sheets to my face and leave on for 15 minutes then peel off. I love the gentle fragrance that promotes calmness. I lightly massage in any remaining concentrate and its easily absorbed in to my skin. The sheet is packed full of goodness, the concentrate encouraging my skins natural recovery function. After just one use, it dramatically improves my skins suppleness and radiance, making it appear more youthful. I love how easy sheet masks are to use with maximum benefits.
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalising Face Mask
Although we all love the sun and that wonderful warm feeling it gives us after spending the day sunbathing. While its great to get lots Vitamin D from the sun, its rays are incredibly damaging to our skin. When your skin is exposed to UV rays without protection, the rays can harm and even kill skin cells. This will cause dryness and skin pigmentation. It’s so important to apply a layer of sun protection even on cloudier days. I use the Shiseido Waso Colour-Smart Day Moisturiser Oil-Free. I apply this as a last step of my skincare routine, knowing that it’ll give me long lasting protection against UV rays. I love that its oil free so it doesn’t feel greasy or heavy on my skin.
Shiseido Waso Color-Smart Day Moisturiser Oil-Free
Finally my little Korean beauty secret, the Erborian Bamboo Glow Moisturiser. This is more than just your normal moisturiser! It’s a 2-in-1 product that delivers both hydration and coverage. I love a product that can save me time and make my skincare routine fast and simple. This immediately covers any signs of fatigue and the Glow version gives me a naturally glamorous dewy finish. The Bamboo Matte Moisturiser is also bursting with moisture yet leaves my skin with a smooth, shine-free and blurred finish.
With sun kissed skin and beachy waves there’s no other time that you feel more naturally beautiful than on holiday. It so refreshing to not be a slave to your make up bag. I find that the summer is a wonderful time to go back to basics with my beauty regime. To do this, I’ve collected together my favourite holiday beauty products to share with you. These essentials give me the freedom to enjoy every second of my holiday, while the peace of mind that I’m still looking and feeling my best. It amazing how a few simple products can make such a massive difference.
Passioneyes Mascara by D&G Beauty
I think mascara has to be the most essential part of any girls make up bag. It certainly is mine! I’m always a big fan of a mascara that can lengthen while thickening lashes, and I believe I’ve found the perfect one. I feel it instantly transforms my lashes, giving them the perfect curl and making them appear bolder. I don’t even need to take my lash curler with me! Although one of the best things I like about this mascara is that its buildable, so you add extra layers in the evening without it clumping together.
Bamboo Matte Moisturiser by Erborian
Here’s a little beauty insiders secret all the way from Korea. If you are after flawless looking skin and lets be honest who isn’t? Then this is your new hero beauty product. It’s an amazing 2 in 1 hybrid moisturiser that combines intense hydration with a mattifying finish. I apply mine everyday as a moisturiser, and I don’t feel the need for a separate makeup base as well. Which is perfect on holiday when you don’t want to have the heavy makeup feeling. I love how it make my skin feel and look smoother, creating a shine free yet fresh complexion. I really try and let my skin breath on holidays however this is perfect to give you that little bit of skin confidence without the hassle of a full face of makeup.
Verbena Icy Body Gel by L’Occitane
When you’ve been out and about in the sun all day there’s nothing better than getting a shot of icy coolness from this body gel. The cooling menthol infused gel glides so effortlessly on to my skin, giving me an instant boost of freshness. I absolutely adore this gel, so much lighter than a cream and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and well hydrated. For those extra hot days I popped my jar in the fridge to give me a really intense refreshing moment. A true holiday beauty hero!
Verbena Body Lotion by L’Occitane
I’ve been using this body lotion for many years and always get compliments on how soft my skin is. I have to say it’s thanks to this wonderfully rich, yet light in application, that leaves my skin beautifully moisturised and healthy nourished. I love the gentle zesty aroma it leaves on my skin. It’s gently uplifting, yet subtle enough that it doesn’t interfere with my perfume. After every shower or bath, I always enjoy applying this energising lotion. It’s a perfect pick me up on those sleepy mornings to help awaken the senses with the aroma of freshly squeezed lemons.
Miss Sicily Lipstick in Isabella 410 by D&G Beauty
I love wearing lipstick, adding a beautiful pink lip can transform your whole outlook on the day! I’m in one with this shade from the new Miss Sicily range from D&G Beauty. All the colours in this range have been inspired by the femininity of Sicilian women, with traditional Sicilian names. Which of course makes them the perfect holiday lipstick. I love how hydrating they are, even after wearing all day in the sun. I think they are the perfect handbag lipstick that will see you from day to night. I like to build up the colour by applying extra layers in the evening, giving a beautifully seductive dewy finish.
Its such a treat having a special place just for myself, filled with lotions, potions and amazing fragrances. I love to escape here, discovering and indulging in the latest beauty must-haves. Having a spritz of my favourite perfume before an evening out or nourishing my skin with sumptuous over night creams. My girls are always so intrigued with all the beautiful perfume bottles, I remember being exactly the same with my mothers collection. They love to sit and watch me in the mirror while I experiment with new products.
Carnal Flower Hair Mist by Frederic Malle
I’ve recently been obsessed with hair mists, they seem to having somewhat of a moment in the beauty world right now. Although they have been around for a while, but I feel they have remained a beauty insiders little secret. More and more beauty houses are now bringing these deliciously fragranced hair mists to market. I’ve been told that spraying a perfume or an eau de toilette directly on your hair can be quite drying and damaging. So I love that they’ve created hair mists to add moisture and shine, leaving you with beautifully fragranced locks. My absolute favourite is the Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle. I love this truly sumptuous fragrance, it makes my hair smell amazing. The white musk base note adds an subtle sexiness making it perfect for my date night.
Carnal Flower Hair Mist by Frederic Malle
Nothing can lift my mood like one of my favourite fragrances. I think it may be the quintessential summer scent for me. It’s called Millesime Imperial by Creed. I love how it recreates a fruity watermelon freshness making it so easy for me to wear day or night. Its the salty scent that transports me straight back to Capri, sipping an Aperol Spritz on the back of a yacht. The late afternoon golden sun gentling kissing the sea, having spent the day surrounded by friends and family. It’s a wonderful memory that can live forever for me associated with this perfume. A floaty silk kaftan blowing in the calm salty breeze, beach hair don’t care and that subtle warm sensation on my sun kissed skin. This scent takes all the pressures and strains of a busy city life away in one spritz. I feel fun, flirty and ready to party with every single drop of this delicious perfume.
Millesime Imperial by Creed
When I have a demanding day ahead, I know that this fragrance will give me that instant confidence boost. It’s a personal positive affirmation in a bottle. Musc Ravageur has been created by Maurice Roucel, one of the perfumers who has collaborated with Frederic Malle. The ultimate in sophistication, I adore wearing this grown-up scent. The powerful mix of ingredients create a truly unforgettable fragrance. On my skin the bergamot and cinnamon explode first, followed by delicious vanilla and warming amber notes.
Musc Ravageur by Maurice Roucel
In the warmer summer months, it wears so beautifully, developing through the day to evening. I really feel like this particular fragrance has immense power. Its bold and takes no prisoners. It makes me feel like I can conquer the world, unashamedly feminine in a mans world. If I have an important business meeting I would always go for this scent above everything else. It gives me that extra boost of confidence in myself, feeling empowered. I believe every woman should have that special scent.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “beauty sleep” at least several times in your life. While sleeping your way to beauty seems too good to be true, slumber is nature’s most powerful beauty treatment and the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth.
The truth of the matter is that the state of your skin and the quality of your sleep are closely connected: the restful amount of sleep you get reflects on your face and makes the difference between a tired and worn-out appearance and a plump and glowing complexion.
This is because your skin has its own internal clock, scientifically known as Circadian Rhythm, that tells your body when to perform certain activities, including DNA repair, cellular energy production and cellular detox. These three all important skin-repairing functions occur all day long but they peak at night when blow flood to the skin is increased in order to accelerate the healing process.
Lack of sleep cuts this restorative process short and this inevitably leads to the formation of visible signs of aging. Scientific research has shown that poor sleepers have twice as many wrinkles and dark spots than women who get a solid eight hours of sleep each night.
On top of it, lack of sleep is also well-known for causing premature sagging of the skin. Sagging, just like wrinkle formation, is caused by a lack of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm and maximizes water retention, which is key to a naturally plump and supple appearance. The production of collagen is accelerated at night, which makes sleep the best skin plumping treatment available to us.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg because lack of sleep also causes a decrease in blood flow to your face and neck, which results in a dull and lackluster appearance and puffy eyes and dark circles, two common telltale sign of exhaustion.
Finally, beauty sleep is also an excellent remedy to treat stubborn acne and breakouts. Eight hour of uninterrupted sleep keeps the production of the stress hormones glucocorticoids, which are well-known for triggering acne flare-ups, low, minimizing the chances of a relapse.
To maximize the effectiveness of your beauty sleep, it is important to keep a regular bedtime schedule as the slightest change may throw off your body clock. I turn off my computer, as well as all other electronic devices, at least an hour before I go to sleep and ensure my bedroom is always dark and cool before hitting the pillow. In the morning, I inevitably wake up to a glowing and plumper complexion and am always energized to boot!
I can hardly imagine a more relaxing way to unwind at the end of a long and tiring day than a warm bubble bath. But for Korean women, a pampering bath is also the perfect occasion to exfoliate the body. While in the West, exfoliation is a practice reserved only for the face, Korean women understand how important it is to extend it to the rest of the body to achieve softer, smoother, and brighter skin all over.
This is why body scrubs are such an important part of Korean culture, they’re performed in jimjilbangs, Korean bathhouses where, once a week, spa-goers congregate for pampering beauty treatments. Korean body scrubs are much more effective than Western-style salt and apricot scrubs because they slowly performed with ttamirri, special brightly-coloured mitts with a sandpaper-like texture that doesn’t irritate the skin.
Before these mitts can perform their magic, though, it is essential to soften up the skin to prepare it for this exfoliating treatment. This is easily achieved by soaking the body in warm water for at least ten to fifteen minutes. Then, you place your hand inside the ttamirri and gently rub it all over your body, including those hard-to-reach and often neglected areas such as the armpits, the inside of your thighs and the backs of your knees.
As you proceed, you’ll notice thin, grey rolls of dead skin coming off your skin, which is very rewarding and satisfying. You’re supposed to pass over the same area two or three times until no more skin comes off, which can take quite a bit of time if you’ve never performed this treatment before. Finally, splash your body with lukewarm water to rinse away all the grey rolls that are still hanging onto your body.
At the end of this simple treatment, your skin is completely transformed: whereas before it is used to be dull and rough to the touch, it is literally as soft as a baby’s and has taken on a beautiful dewy glow. Now that your skin is quickly clean, all the skincare products you apply next will be able to go deeper into the dermis, which enhances their effectiveness.
At the end of the day, the key to achieving flawless and glowy skin of your body is very simple: treat the skin of your body the same way you treat the skin on your face and you will reap the same rewards. That includes exfoliating your body as often as you exfoliate your face and pretty soon you’ll have a body you’ll be proud to show off in bikinis and mini-skirts!