It’s easy to think that our favourite celebrities have struck genetic lottery when we look at their flawless complexion. But many of them actually have their unique set of skincare tips that they attribute their good skin to. Thankfully for us, many of them have shared publicly what they’ve been doing for their skin.
Want to know the Korean celebrities’ beauty secrets? Read on!
1. The 424 Method
Popular idol and actress Bae Suzy swears by the 424 cleansing regime. What this means: four minutes of rubbing oil all over the face, followed by two minutes of foaming cleanser, and then rinsing with water for four minutes. This is how she ensures that her face is clean of any dirt and makeup; after all, a clean face reduces the chances of acne and forms the foundation for flawless skin!
2. Drinking lots of water
We know that drinking water is important, not just for our health, but also for our skin. Song Ji-eun from girl band Secret is zealous with drinking up as a way to keep her skin radiant. She makes sure to drink three to four litres of water daily for glistening skin. She even says that she feels the difference if she doesn’t drink as much water for a prolonged period.
3. Consistent moisturisation
Ha Ji-won is obsessed with moisturising her skin. This Korean top actress does not allow her skin to be dry for longer than three seconds. Immediately after cleansing, she applies the jelly pack from her own skincare line, J-one, to restore moisture to her face. If your skincare products are on your vanity or away from the shower, Ji-won suggests keeping a facial mist spray in the bathroom to start off your skin care routine. Keep your face constantly moisturised so your glow can shine through!
4. Create your own masks
Song Hye-Kyo may be endorsing skincare brands, but she also enjoys homemade masks once in a while. She has talked about a couple of recipes. In one, she blends the whites of one egg and a spoonful of honey. Apply the mixture to her face and rinse off when dry, for baby soft skin. In another, she mixes honey with water in a 1:2 ratio. Then, she massages the mixture onto her face and rinse off. She claims that this recipe helps brighten the appearance of skin and visibly reduce fine lines. She recommends using each mask fortnightly.
5. 2-Step Mask
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Have you been religiously using masks? If you have, it’s time to amp it up a notch! Actress Go Hyun-Jung relies on a two-step mask routine every week to keep her skin dewy and radiant. The first step involves a mask booster that can prep and prime the skin. Next, she uses a sheet mask that is soaked in serum for nourishment. According to Hyun-Jung, her mother uses the same routine too!
6. Be smart about cleansing
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Another tip from Go Hyun-Jung is regarding cleansing. She recommends cleansing the T-zone (forehead and nose area) first, followed by the U-zone (cheeks). This is because our T-zone is oilier while our U-zone tends to be drier, and by cleansing it last, you’re making sure that the drier area is not exposed to cleanser for too long.
7. Healthy diet
Several celebrities claim that their healthy diets are to be thanked for their gorgeous skin. Here are some of their tips:
- Minah from Girl’s Day believes that eating cooked tomatoes can help improve skin.
- B1A4’s Baro avoids oily items which lead to acne breakouts. (Editor’s note: Fried food can trigger inflammation and in turn cause pimples to appear.)
- INFINITE’s Sungyeol consumes lettuce concentrate as a way to keep his skin healthy.
They may not have the same recipe to good skin, nonetheless, the theme is clear – stock up on the fruits and vegetables!
8. Cover skin with oil
Many of us may be afraid of oil products, but not Seohyun from SNSD. In order to seal in moisture and keep her skin glowing, Seohyun professes to applying facial oil after her cleansing routine.
9. Start skincare routine with hand cleansing
We’ve always known that the first step to any skincare regime is “cleansing” and by that, we take it as cleansing our face. For Daesung from Big Bang, “cleansing” means washing his hands thoroughly. He shares that he scrubs his hands for a few minutes before beginning his skincare routine proper. This ensures that he is not transferring any bacteria or impurities to his skin.
10. Wash face with milk
If you’re envious of Song Joong-Ki’s fair and smooth-looking skin, try this tip that he shared. The Descendant of the Sun actor says that he washes his face with milk as part of his nightly routine.
11. Soothe pimples after shower
To soothe down pimples, model Irene Kim has a simple hack. After a hot shower, she soaks a cotton swab with toner or face mist and place it onto the affected area.
12. Sanitise pimples
Just like Irene Kim, Korean actress Go Hyung-jung has a hack she swears by for treating breakouts – she bathes pimples with salted, lukewarm water, which she says help sanitise them and reduce inflammation.
13. Focus on the basics
Song Ji-Hyo admits that she’s someone who prefers to feel comfortable than “look good”. Her enviable complexion is a result of a minimalist routine that focuses on the basics. Song Ji-Hyo says that she sleeps a lot, and focus on getting her cleansing step right. She also professes to using little makeup – who knows, that could also have contributed to her great skin!
14. Pamper your skin with masks
Actress Park Shin-hye is religious about masking. She shares that she applies a mask every day, especially when she is filming and subjected to harsher environmental elements. She explains that daily masking keeps her skin hydrated and look less fatigued.
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