4 Ways Korean Women Protect Their Skin From The Sun

Summer Skincare

K-beauty has grown to be known for its elaborate skincare routines, and their youthful skin as well. It is no surprise why K-beauty products are so popular in the skincare and cosmetics niche.

Korean women are taught to avoid the sun at all costs. As you may already know the sun is responsible for premature aging and sunspots. UV rays dry out our skin, breaks down collagen, and can cause skin cancer.

These are the main reasons why Korean women use sun umbrellas, big hats, and of course sunscreen.

Keep in mind that if you want to protect yourself from the sun it is important to do it in layers. Applying only a thin layer of tinted moisturizer with a hint of SPF won’t protect you from the dangerous UV rays.

It is important to apply on SPF several times during the day to prepare your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This also helps you to keep your skin youthful elasticity. Try to apply SPF over your face every two hours.

Here are 4 Korean beauty tips to do sun protection perfectly

Tip # 1 Use daily sunscreen and reapply often

Korean women use a sunscreen every day, but they know it is necessary to reapply throughout the day.

How to apply sunscreen

  1. Make sure to apply a thick layer of sunscreen of at least an SPF 25 on your face, and two ounces for your body.
  2. Put sunscreen on first, then your moisturizer.
  3. Use sunscreen daily.
  4. Always apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go into the sun.
  5. Reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes.

Soo Joo Park, use three different sunscreens when outdoors. She wears a sunscreen for her sensitive skin, a sunblock face oil, and body moisturizer.

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Tip # 2 Stay out of the sun

Kpop Star with Umbrella

It is a good idea to stay no more than 30 minutes if you are going to stay longer make sure to find some shade.

Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the sun’s rays are strongest during this time.

Tip # 3 Wear protective clothes

Try to wear protective clothes with SPF 50+ to block 98% of UVA/UVB rays.

Also, consider the following:

  • Always apply sunscreen under your clothes.
  • Woven, polyester, and rayon are better than cotton to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Dark clothing blocks more ultraviolet rays than light colors
  • Mesh materials offer no protection from the sun.

Heejung Park, who recently walked Louis Vuitton’s Fall collection avoids the outdoors, especially during peak summer hours. And she makes sure to wear long pants, and a long sleeve top to cover her skin.

Now there is a new accessory on the streets of Korea this summer, and it is designed for maximum protection of the user’s face from the sun and that is Korean masks.

Korean masks help to block 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays it might look strange at first but more and more women are seen wearing the new masks around Japan and Korea.

Remember, to cover even more up by using parasols, visors, shields, and even cotton gloves. 

Tip # 4 Re-hydrate your skin

Finally, the Kbeauty skincare routine is all about re-hydrating your skin. So, make sure to provide your skin, especially during the summer, with the nutrients it needs. For this, you can try using sheet masks.


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