These days more and more people are fascinated about South Korea. Most of us are obsessed with K-Pop, K-Dramas, and K-Idols as we all want to speak Korean and take a trip to Seoul. Whatever the case, here are the most exciting facts about K-Beauty and South Korea.
1. History Of Korean Makeup
Korean makeup history began in the year 57 BC during the Three Kingdoms period. This period refers to the three kingdoms of Goryeo, Baekje, and Haja. Makeup becomes even more prevalent during the Goryeo Kingdom.
Makeup was invented to help women appear healthy.
It's incredible to learn that Koreans were already producing facial scrubs, creams, oils, lotions, coloured powders, and eyebrow ink even back then.
During the Joseon period, a Korean dynastic kingdom, it became trendy to use heavy makeup. In this time, the aristocracy and upper-class women mirrored the look of female entertainers. Currently, Korean women prefer natural and simple makeup.
Even from the beginning, the use of natural ingredients was a must. For instance, ground beans were used as cleansing soap. Most beauty lotions were made from gourd stems and castor oil.
Fruits such as apricot and peach were applied to minimize dark spots, and freckles and oils were used to moisturise the skin.
2. Everyone In Korea Is Captivated With Makeup
Makeup is an obsession for both men and women in Korea. Koreans love to experiment with different makeup styles. That's why K-pop idols such as BTS are constantly transforming their look.
Usually, people in Korea apply makeup to improve self-esteem and feel better about themselves.
South Korea is one of the most influential makeup capitals worldwide. It's common to see entire areas of the city with cosmetics shops.
3. Plastic Surgery Is Cheaper In South Korea
In Australia, plastic surgery is usually taboo. However, in South Korea it is supernormal, accepted, and even encouraged sometimes. It's common for teenagers to get their first surgery before entering college. Most parents approved it and paid for it.
The most typical plastic surgery is double eyelid surgery, followed up by the nose and the chin. It's essential to note that these surgeries are cheaper in South Korea than in other countries.
4. Face Masks Are Use Daily
As mentioned, in Seoul, you can find beauty areas inside the city that only sell beauty products, and in some shops, only face masks. Face masks are used every day as opposed to in Australia, where we only use them once or twice a week.
Face masks are one of Koreans favorite skincare products. They're easy to use, fun, and deliver exceptional results. They're the ideal skincare treatment as they can help you with your skin issues.
People in Korea use face masks to hydrate skin, improve oily skin, remove dead skin cells, and more.
5. They Don't Leave Their House Without Applying Sunscreen
Most Koreans are more sensitive to dark spots. That's why they won't leave the house without applying sunscreen. Besides, they're careful to prevent direct sunlight using umbrellas, hats, and gloves whenever they know they'll be exposed to UVA and UVB rays.
They treat uneven pigmentation with natural skin brighteners such as rice water, vitamin C, and exfoliators. If they suffer from more profound spots, they're not afraid to go to beauty experts to lighten the spots with lasers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peelings.
6. Friendly Packaging For K-Beauty Products
K-beauty products are not only famous because they're considered miracle workers but because they have cute, attractive, and friendly packaging.
Beauty brands in South Korea pay special attention to packaging so social media influencers can easily promote them on their online platforms. Korean skincare products are so popular thanks to their natural ingredients and fun packaging.
7. Facial Cleansing Is A Must Before Applying Makeup
The cornerstone of the Korean 10-step beauty routine is facial cleansing. Usually, Korean women cleanse their faces before applying makeup to remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria.
Facial cleansing is crucial for keeping the skin healthy, preventing the ageing process, and stopping breakouts.
Koreans believe that without a clean face, makeup can't look good. They usually double clean the skin.
Initially, they use an oil cleanser to remove makeup and impurities on the skin and then a foam or gel cleanser to remove stubborn dirt. Remember, K-beauty is about taking care of the skin, so always rinse with cool water and pat dry.