In February, a month before the New York hiatus, my life was alive at Technicolor in Seoul, South Korea. I traveled there for 10 days not only to interview our May cover stars, but also to chat with dermatologists and try out some of the most popular injectables that one of my favorite cities has to offer.
On my first trip to Seoul in April 2019, dermatologists told me about skin booster injections, pointing out that they are the future of dermatology. “These days, it’s not about solving a problem, it’s about preventing it,” dermatologist Lim Ee Seok of the Thema Dermatological Clinic told me. I became obsessed with the idea of being able to inject my skin with a powerhouse serum to heal, moisturize and brighten it, but unfortunately, skin booster injections are not offered in the United States. So, the second I found out I was going back to Korea, the lovely ladies of Eunogo helped me make an appointment at ID Hospital with certified dermatologist Hwang Jong Ik to finally try them out. (They also made sure I had a translator and was treated like one of the famous skin clinic patients.)
When I arrived at the clinic, I began a multi-step process before I even got to the injection room, starting by sitting down with Hwang to decide which skin booster injections were best suited for. my complexion.
Several booster shots exist – Rejuran, Jalupro, Chanel, Hermes and Volite are on the shortlist. Some patients choose based on what’s hottest, or dermatologists decide what’s best for their skin concerns. I went with the latter. I told Hwang that I have acne and want to smooth and lighten my oily skin. From there, he selected a sort of combination meal:
Chanel, alias Filorga: Why does this one share a name with a designer? I have no idea, but this is the most popular skin booster. Many dermatologists get it themselves because they think it works better than any skin care product. An infusion of hyaluronic acid and amino acids, along with vitamins A, B, C and E is injected all over the face just below the skin’s surface. After two weeks, the skin begins to appear plumper, brighter, and less textured, as the formula helps stimulate collagen production for about three to four months.
Volity: For my cheeks and my under-eye area, Hwang went with Volite, which is basically getting a strong hyaluronic acid serum injected into your skin. Even though it is not available in America, Juvéderm does. Hwang said it will give volume and add glow to my cheeks and make me look less tired. (Seoul is 13 hours ahead of New York, so I needed all the help I could get.) Results last up to nine months.
Botox for the skin: Another procedure Koreans swear by for smooth, glowing skin is Skin Botox (and it’s on my wishlist). Botulinum toxin, the same neurotoxic protein we know and love for smoothing out wrinkles, is given. Instead of dipping the needle into the muscle, it goes just below the skin’s surface to help tighten pores for a smoother, less oily complexion. It can also smooth out fine lines. The effects last about three to six months. Like all of these treatments, Skin Botox costs around $ 300 to $ 500, depending on which clinic you visit.
Then I was taken to a treatment room for a special medical facial treatment. For the first time since arriving in Seoul two days earlier, I was still. I tried to memorize all the steps, but by the time the first needle entered my face, I had forgotten the command.
Here’s a rough rundown: A nurse started by washing my face. Checkouts took place at one point. Then she applied a zest of acid and let it sit for about five minutes before adding a neutralizer. (Other Korean facials I’ve received haven’t included these steps.) A rubber mask and several ampoules and moisturizers followed to nourish and cleanse my dehydrated and congested skin after 13 hours of flying.