With colder weather upon us, skin concerns are definitely multiplying. Chilly air and heaters contribute to making skin dry and flakey. Furthermore, the change in temperature can lead to dull and sallow skin. Simply slathering on moisturizing cream does not always solve these problems. Korean beauty emphasizes exfoliating as a method to fight dry skin and to bring out radiant and supple skin. Exfoliating is actually endorsed all year round because it prevents clogged pores and promotes cell turnover which helps with anti-aging. Check out our list of popular and innovative exfoliating products that are enjoyed in Korea!
When most people think of a Korean exfoliating product, the first item that comes to mind is probably going to Skinfood’s famous black sugar mask. This beloved scrub continues to enjoy great popularity in Korea and abroad. You can also try out their other variations including a strawberry version. If you’re a U.S. resident you can find the scrub here, otherwise you can look at it here. Be sure to avoid using the scrub on pimples!
Rather than typical granulated facial scrubs, many Koreans prefer peeling products. Peeling products are massaged on your face and remove dead skin cells with ingredients like natural enzymes. Many consider this method to be one of the more gentle ways to exfoliate without irritating your skin. After washing and drying your skin, massage the product onto your skin for 30 seconds or so and see your dead skin cells rub off. Then wash your face once more to remove the impurities.
Due to the freezing weather, people often blast their heaters to stay warm. Unfortunately, heaters can dry out your skin and make it produce excessive oil to compensate for the dryness. The extra heat and oil can cause pores to become larger. Combat enlarged pores with this easy-to-use mousse pack. The new mousse formula makes application much more simple and fast. This pack does not perform miracles, but it will definitely remove dead skin cells and tighten your pores.
Love sheet masks? Conveniently exfoliate and moisturize your skin at the same time with this revolutionary peeling mask! The sheet mask and fluid are separated within the packet. When you’re ready to use the lemon and orange extract-filled mask, you can press the fluid into the sheet mask portion. Make sure the sheet mask is thoroughly drenched before placing it on your face. The AHA and BHA in the sparkling water mask will help remove dead skin cells and promote new cell growth.
Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Sleeping Peeling Mask
This product is the newest and most innovative on the list. For all of the other products, you either need to wash them off or remove a sheet mask. However, this sleeping peel mask doesn’t require any extra work. It’s perfect for people who are lazy and busy. You apply it like a regular cream and just wash your face as usual when you wake up in the morning. This sleeping peeling mask also provides moisture and fortifies the barriers of your skin.
When it comes to dead skin cells, our bodies are definitely not exempt. Not only do our faces get dry and rough, our bodies (elbows and knees in particular!) tend to need extra love and care as well. In particular, coffee is known for being rich in antioxidants. This mask incorporates coffee, brown sugar, salt, and honey for great exfoliation and moisturization. Follow up with a body lotion or butter and your skin will feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
While all of these products are tried and true, don’t forget that over-exfoliating can worsen the condition of your skin. Only use exfoliating products once or twice a week depending on your skin. Exfoliation may result in temporary redness, so try these products at night first rather than during daytime. Have you tried any of the products on this list? Which products are you interested in? Let us know in the comments below!