[By Shan Vee Na]
Whether he’s a pretty face fronting a boy band or a leading actress on prime time tv, Korean idols are well known for their out-of-this-world complexions. There must be something that these Seoul mates are doing right, so you might want to look into their beauty regime if you desire softer and smoother skin that’s absolutely ‘pore-fection’ this spring!
Eat your way to skin that glows— Kim Jong Hyun, Shinee
With his breathtakingly beautiful, androgynous good looks plastered all over magazine covers and billboards at every corner of Gangnam, It’s hard to imagine that the poster boy of Korean ‘yeppeunnamja’ (pretty boy) Kim Jong Hyun of Shinee’s fame didn’t always have flawless skin. In fact, he only noticed remarkable improvement to his complexion after he cleaned up his diet by cutting back on junk food such as pizzas and soda, consuming large amount of vegetables including tomatoes and concentrated lettuce juice.
“For great looking skin that glows, it is important not only to cut back junk food choked with artificial additives, but to adopt an all-rounded healthy diet that’s focused on lean proteins, fiber, healthy fats, raw fruits and supergreens as well.” Advises Dr. Toby Hui, senior medical consultant with the SW1 clinic (formerly from The Sloane Clinic).” High-quality amino acids consumed form the basic building blocks for firming up skin cells, while antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients mop up harmful free radicals, protecting against environmental stressors and boosting skin’s metabolism to optimize it’s health.“
PDRN Perfection, one of the many medically designed spa treatments backed up by scientific studies available at the SW1 spa is equivalent to a health fanatic’s disciplined diet for your skin. Anti-aging PDRN (Polydeoxyribonucleotide) corrects DNA damage and regenerates skin, existing in small amount in newly formed tissues to standardize DNA structure into the right size, replacing damaged and aged skin cells with young and healthy looking ones. PDRN Perfection helps jump start your skin’s physiologic regeneration processes, reversing some of the age-related changes that have taken place in your skin as well as optimizing skin’s health to better withstand future assaults. Regular treatments will therefore give you one of the best defense against accelerated ageing caused by environmental and lifestyle factors, giving you that desired BB cream-liked allure of gorgeous looking skins.
Tea to the rescue— Hyolyn SISTAR
Singer-actress Hyolyn of Korean girl group SISTAR is often touted as one of the sexiest pop idols around, with an impossibly svelte and toned figure turn every piece of apparel she puts on into bespoke couture threads. According to her publicist, Hyolyn drinks Omija tea everyday, and usually topped that off with pine nuts. Omija tea also known as Omijahwachae or Omijacha is a Korean traditional drink made of Omija (Schisandrachinensis) also commonly referred to as red Korean berries, These anti-oxidants rich berries are said to contain five different flavors of sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty, are harvested in August and September and made into a concentrate or dessicated and dried. The concentrate can be mixed with water or the dried berries soaked in hot water to make the tea that leggy Hyolyn cannot go without.Teas are great beverage options to supplement the best of your weight loss efforts indeed!
Seek out traditional goodies— Minah Girl’s Day
Girl’s Day Minah may be every inch your modern day Cinderella, but when it comes to her beauty mantra, she’s a firm believer of the age old Korean tradition of using rice water to cleanse your face. Rice is rich in a complex of B vitamins called ‘inositol’ that helps promote cell growth, slows down the aging process and stimulates blood flow, the perfect recipe to tighten pores and give you that desirable glow of healthy looking skin. Ginseng and Pearl powder are another two revered ancient wellness ingredients for noble dynasty ladies of the past. As metaphors for good skin go, pearls rank right up there with milk and babies’ bottoms. Who wouldn’t want their faces to resemble the rare, lustrous beads of unparalleled luminosity?
Pearl powder has been shown in studies to not only improve the appearance of aged skin but excels in lightening and evening skin tone. Pearl éclat isa high-potency skin whitening treatment available exclusively @SW1 Spa that transforms complexions from drab to fab, imparting upon lackluster visages a luminous and youthful glow.A skin whitening ampoule of Glutathione, rice callus culture extracts & carrot cullus culture extracts work in synergy to aid the clearance of blemishes and skin pigmentation, while boosting skin health to glow with unmatched radiance. Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants, playing a pivotal role in reducing melanin (pigment) synthesis through its tyrosinase inhibitory activity. In addition, Pearl éclat does double duty of mopping up free radicals, purging skin of deleterious toxins, supporting the perpetuation of a healthy and porcelain complexion that’ll make you feel right at home while roaming the streets from Dongdaemun to Namdaemun.
Seal the deal with oils— Seohyun SNSD
Despite a super hectic schedule all year round, SNSD Seohyun remains impossibly fresh-faced with not a single blemish in sight from bare-faced Instagram upload to random paparazzi shot. To maintain her dewy complexion all year round, Seohyun applies a thin layer of oil immediately after she double cleansed her face to trap moisture in for intense hydration.
If you’re still not receptive to the idea of using facial oils especially in the warmer climate, an equally effective option will be SW1 DRINK Softening & Replenishing Serum. Harnessed from pure, naturally-sourced olives that’s rich in antioxidants, this 100% all natural, preservative-free skin hydrator is perfect for all skin types including sensitive and problematic, combination ones. Being non-comedogenic, it delivers vitamins and minerals for intense moisturization without the fear of clogging up pores and causing breakouts. Not only does it saturate skin with fluid replenishment, it protects your delicate mien from free radicals, repairing initial signs of ageing to ward off fine lines and wrinkles, keeping you fresh-faced the Hallyu way!
Using medical knowledge to your advantage— Go Hyun Jung
From a newly debuted beauty queen (1st runner up for Miss Korea 1989) to a critically acclaimed, award winning acting thespian, 46 year-old Go Hyun Jung who could’ve easily passed off as someone half her age has always been rife with speculations of having works done throughout her illustrious career. While plastic surgery rumors used to cause her much unhappiness, a new found confidence that comes with age and positive experiences led her to be upfront with her perchance for dermatologist and spa visits to help maintain her youthful looks.
If creams, lotions and potions alone aren’t making the cut to garner you with the kind of results you desire, perhaps it’s time to explore viable options that are based on medical knowledge and backed up by board approved technologies. The highlight of the age defying Baby Skin Program conceptualized by the team of medical beauty experts from the SW1 Clinic is the BB AquaTouch Laser, utilizing a novel 1927nm Thulium wavelength of the patented non-ablative Fraxel technology for faster clearance of pigmented lesions, improving skin elasticity and reducing enlarged pores and wrinkles all at one go. The ultimate skin transformation at is completed with LED Red photo-biomodulation therapy, stimulating skin renewal with complimenting Pearl Éclat’s extra whitening boost to revive the glow from within, leaving your skin a little less flawed and smoother to the touch, raising the bar of your beauty standard a notch closer to that set by your fave Korean idols….