You may have heard about Korean skincare, or K-beauty.
The basic idea is that you carefully curate a line-up of 10 or more skin products. And you apply them religiously, morning and night.
A lot of women swear by this process, and many of them do have amazing skin. But ten products is not realistic for most women. Most women I know would prefer to streamline their routine, sleep in a little longer, and save money, too.
However, there are a few “quick and cheap” tips I’ve borrowed from the Korean approach to skincare. And I highly recommend you add them to your routine, as well. Such as...
#1. Do this in the shower.
You take a shower every day anyway, right? So as the steam from the shower opens up your pores, begin massaging your face using gentle circular motions.
Then, beginning at your forehead, start tapping in a circular pattern. Move down to the cheekbones, followed by the cheeks, and then tap the jawbone.
This gentle massage will boost circulation, giving your skin a glow. Just be sure to be gentle with your skin – don’t press too hard or tug at it!
You can also do some quick exfoliation. All you need is a washcloth soaked in hot water! I do this every night.
The hot water will work with the steam to open your pores, while the textured surface of the washcloth gently buffs away dead skin.
How to do it: Use the washcloth to massage your skin with gentle, circular strokes. Move upward on one side of your face, from chin to forehead. Then do the other side.
#2. Enjoy a cup of antioxidants.
Once you’re done with your morning shower, steep a cup of green tea.
It’s a popular beverage in Korea, and for good reason: It’s great for your skin!
Green tea is chock-full of antioxidants — more than any other tea. In fact, by weight, green tea is approximately 45% polyphenol. And these polyphenols have tremendous anti-inflammatory benefits. Reducing inflammation is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your overall health.
Not a fan of green tea? There’s another option: roasted barley tea. Many Koreans consider this naturally caffeine-free tea to be so full of health benefits that they even offer it to babies! Like green tea, barley tea is high in antioxidants and other nutrients. (Note: Barley tea is not a good choice if you have a gluten sensitivity.)
#3. Stretch your face.
Adding some face stretches can help get blood flowing to your skin.
An easy way to do this is to mouth the vowels A, E, I, O, and U in an exaggerated way. Do this three times.
You can also try smiling as wide as you can to help loosen up your facial muscles. Hold each smile for a second or two, then relax your face. Repeat this five to ten times.
As an added bonus, you’ll probably feel happier, too!
The best part: You can make these Korean beauty tricks part of your morning routine, without adding much extra time. And they really can make a difference in your skin!