Top 5 Unique ‘Ulzzang’ Skincare Tips
By Victoria R.
Ulzzang is a Korean word meaning “good-looking.” The term is used in social media to describe a subculture (usually Korean, but sometimes Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and other ethnicities) that incorporates healthy eating, exercise, skincare, and fashion into daily life habits. They become known as “goals” within the community. With Asian beauty trends quickly growing popular in Western culture as well, here are five ‘Ulzzang’ skincare tips to help you feel healthy and fresh.
Number One – Charcoal Products
This tip is the most popular one already known to Western culture and is also very popular in Korean beauty routines as well. Sheet masks are a very common household item and are typically used twice a week at the least. Charcoal is a go-to face mask ingredient as it cleans and exfoliates your skin in a healthier way than the harsh chemicals and artificial floral scents found in many cosmetic products.
Number Two – Hot Water
In China, carrying a bottle of hot water is as common as room-temperature water in the U.S. Not only does drinking hot water help clean your skin and prevent acne, it also aids in digestion and blood flow. This tip is also helpful for alleviating pain–whether from sore throats or menstrual cramps.
Number Three – Barley Tea
Barley tea is another beauty tip that’s as simple as just taking a drink. Like hot water, barley tea fortifies skin and can aid in digestion and blood circulation. However, this drink also has its own unique benefits such as preventing tooth decay and boosting your immune system. Barley tea is rich in antioxidants and is even given to Korean babies to boost their health.
Number Four – Facial Stretches
You may think that workouts are only important to your body, but it’s also beneficial to exercise your face. Repeating exaggerated vowels and facial expressions can improve your circulation, benefit your skin tone, and create a healthy glow.
Number Five – Nurture your Lips
By taking care of your lips, your skin naturally seems healthier in complexion. Trying products like lip scrubs, chap sticks, and oil treatments will keep your lips looking plump and nourished. In addition, sticking with lipsticks and glosses that are close to or match your natural lip color will bring out the beauty in your skin tone.
In times of intense study-sessions and test prep, it’s important to remember to take a step back and treat yourself with self-care. By following these five tips and sticking to a habitual skin care routine, your skin will be looking healthier in no time.