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I probably don’t need to tell you that Koreans take their skin care very seriously. Have you heard of the 10-step routine? Which is just the tip of the iceberg. Over the past few years, they have brought us Glass Skin, Snail Serum, Acne Patches, BB Creams, CC Creams, Compact Pillows, Tiger Grass, Venom bee, baby foot peels, lip masks and, of course, everyone’s favorite party trick. : sheet masks. Then, around 2018, just as this comprehensive, multi-step diet was reaching its climax here in the United States, they quickly declared the 10-step process – the skin care regimes, on the inside.
All this to say that South Koreans are unprecedented – and still miles ahead – in the field of aesthetic self-care. (The dark side being that the small country is also the plastic surgery capital of the world and is known for its extremely narrow beauty standards, but that’s another story for another time.) The Made in Korea stamp commands respect. , trust and, in some circles, religious devotion. And it’s not just because of aggressive marketing, or the fact that Korean celebrities really have skin as translucent as glass (K dramas and movies prove it).
Koreans have been making, refining and perfecting skin care since the Three Kingdoms era – 57 BC. AD to 668 AD Silla. And texts from the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), such as Dongui bogam (A precious mirror of oriental medicine) compiled by the king’s royal physician in 1613 and the Gyuhap Chongseo (Encyclopedia of Women) from 1809, have entire sections devoted to cosmetics. This spirit of innovation – which at the time included using ground mung beans as a cleanser, extracting juice from squash stems for lotion, and treating freckles and liver spots with Apricot Oil – carried the industry to the present day, where it is the ninth largest beauty market in the world and is expected to reach $ 31.6 billion by the end of this decade.
In other words, we are in good hands. Although I personally don’t have the patience to apply dozens of essences, serums and potions to my face twice a day and couldn’t keep up with all the new K-beauty trends, I stuck with it. faithfully devoted, from 2015, to one product in particular: the Shangpree Gold modeling mask.
Prior to expanding into a skin care line (available from Peach & Lily and Harrods), Shangpree was, and still is, one of Seoul’s most beloved and sought after spas. dyed to dozens of loyal clients (including many actresses and pop stars) since 1990. The process is so rigorous here that every esthetician, regardless of their resume, must undergo at least three years of training before they even start. be allowed to put his hands on a face.
Shangpree’s products are created with this same level of rigorous care. This shaping mask (also known as the rubber mask, which was all the rage in America a few years ago even though it had been a staple of facial care in Korea for decades), is formulated like those used in the famous spa treatments and is loaded with premium ingredients including antioxidant-rich cica (or tiger grass), collagen-boosting ginger root extract, and jojoba seed oil. The mask also features variations of silver (which contains silk amino acids), green (fortified with snail mucin, spirulina, and chlorella), and black (infused with charcoal).
Like Hanacure’s famous “all-in-one at-home facial” on Instagram, Shangpree’s mask requires a bit of preparation. It also helps to purchase the reusable $ 10 bowl and spatula specially designed for the process. You mix the gold gel and the collagen powder until it creates a thick, gooey concoction which you then spread over your face (using the spatula) as evenly as possible. Cue the feeling of immediate freshness (making this ritual especially perfect for summer). After about 20 minutes, when the mask has taken on a more rubbery consistency, remove it and you’re done: So this is what the glass skin looks like! The goop transferred ultra-concentrated doses of hydration and hydration, removed impurities and left only a silky, glowing complexion, which will last for about a week. It’s like 24 karat magic.
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