Inspired by the clear, glowing, and poreless-looking skin of K-pop celebrities? While we can’t all have naturally dewy radiant skin, there are things that we can do to keep our skin healthy and looking its best.
With as many as 12 steps, the K-beauty routine can be an arduous one, not to mention expensive! In this article, we look at some ways you can replicate certain steps with DIY treatments. Before we begin, let’s make sure we all understand what Korean skincare is and what it’s about.
What is Korean Skin Care?
The K-beauty philosophy is focused on preventing instead of repairing skin damage. Koreans value naturally healthy, radiant skin and adopt skincare regimens that have many steps and purposes.
In the last few years, Korean skincare products have also become increasingly popular. Their affordability, unique ingredients, and wide range have many foreign visitors coming home with suitcases filled with K-beauty products.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to go all the way to South Korea to have a little K-beauty session of your own.
How Can I Get Korean Skin at Home?
Lucky for us, Korean skincare products are made from natural ingredients. While there are some ingredients that are near impossible to get for DIY purposes like Centella asiatica, snail mucin, and propolis, there are more accessible ingredients that we can use.
Korean Home Remedies For Skin Brightening
The Korean standard of beauty champions skin that is clear, radiant, and supple. As a result, the mirror skin or glass skin beauty trend was born.
If you’re looking to brighten your skin K-style, here are a few home recipes you can try:
#1. Fermented Rice Water Face Mist
You may have been throwing rice water away, but did you know that the water you rinse your rice with is packed with antioxidants, minerals, phenolic compounds, and vitamins A, B1, and C? Fermented rice water cleanses pores, strengthens the skin’s barrier, and keeps acne at bay. Its hydrating properties keep moisture locked in while preventing skin aging.
A fermented rice water face mist is nothing but boiled rice water. Soak some rice in water overnight. You can then use the water as it is. Another method is to boil the rice, strain it, and collect the rice water in a bowl. Transfer the water to a spray bottle to use as a facial mist spray.
Simple, cost-effective, and convenient, K-beauty-style rice water is an easy and cheap way to brighten your skin at home.
#2. Green Tea Facial Rinse
As a beverage, green tea has many health benefits. Its many advantages are carried over when used in skincare. This is why many commercially available products feature green tea as an ingredient. Active components called polyphenols make green tea rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has caffeine and tannins which reduce puffiness and irritation.
Green tea can be used to prepare a wide range of at-home beauty products from face serums to facial rinses to give you bright and glowing skin. Additionally, green tea protects skin from sun damage, curbs sebum production to keep acne away, and prevents eczema, dandruff, and dry skin.
Boil green tea leaves in a quarter cup of water. Once the water has cooled, rinse your face with green tea. This formula detoxifies and gives skin a natural glow.
#3. Rice Flour and Aloe Vera Face Mask
Rice flour contains para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) which allows it to work as a natural sunscreen protecting you from harmful UV rays. If you’re looking for a natural skin brightening ingredient, a combination of rice flour and aloe vera can do the trick.
Aloe vera is a hydration powerhouse. It is full of antioxidants and has antibacterial properties that reduce breakouts, soothes redness, and heals burns. Add some rice flour to aloe vera extract and treat yourself to a homemade brightening facial mask.
To create a paste for your mask, grind three large spoonful’s of rice flour. Blend the finely ground rice flour with two ounces of aloe vera sap. Mix a tablespoon of water until the consistency becomes even. Apply the mixture to your face with gentle and circular motions. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off.
#4. Lemon and Strawberry Face Mask
Lemons and berries have skin brightening capabilities. Strawberries are enriched with vitamin C making them ideal as a natural facial cleanser. Strawberry can also be used to lighten dark lips and brighten one’s complexion. Lemon is loaded with citrus which is known to even out skin tone, lighten acne scars, and erase blemishes or dark spots. Lemons also restore your skin’s pH balance.
Mash a dozen strawberries until they form a paste. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil. Mix and apply to the face. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.
With accessible ingredients and easy steps, a lemon and strawberry face mask is a great way to get your K-beauty routine started.
K-Style Beauty From Your Kitchen
K-beauty doesn’t seem so unattainable now, does it? With a few ingredients that can easily be found in your kitchen or at the supermarket, you can enjoy K-style quality beauty treatments that won’t break the bank while being fun to do.