PHOTOGRAPH BY SALLY J SHIM
Moving back to Korea has reminded me that Korean women really know how to take care of themselves, especially their skin. I've mentioned my skincare routine and makeup routine before but I'm trying to make a bit more effort to step up my skincare routine a notch or two. I recently had my first Korean facial which was quite an experience. Although I've had some facials back in the States the one I had here was different since it involved massage boots on my feet and legs (which actually felt really good after all the running I've been doing lately) and arm and upper chest massage (I had to warn the aesthetician that I am very ticklish). The facial itself involved a long massage and a thick cooling mask which left my skin feeling really clean and smooth. Although I plan to get facials on a more regular basis I'm not sure I can commit to going once a week (which was what my aesthetician recommended). I figured I could do a bit of maintenance at home so I ventured out to our local beauty shop. If you've ever been to Korea you will notice there are tons of beauty stores everywhere you look which makes it a bit overwhelming to decide what to buy and where to buy it. I know there are tons of beauty blogs out there that review Korean products but I opted to go into an Innisfree store and randomly browse their skincare goods. I spotted their Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask because it had a "Bestseller" sign next to it (somehow this kind of advertising works on me regarding beauty products). I was intrigued by the coordinating Jeju Volcanic Steam Towel (yes, the cute packaging was also a big selling point) and decided to purchase both items. You need to moisten the steam towel with water, heat it up in the microwave and place it on your face for several minutes to open up your pores. Then you apply the mask all over your face (I also apply it to my neck), let it dry and rinse it off. It made my face feel smoother and did not tighten up my face the way some masks do. I plan to keep using this mask every week until it runs out. If there are any skincare products you love, please share!