South Korea is not only known for its K-pop and K-drama stars, beautiful sceneries, and fantastic food. It is also known for its harsh winters with temperatures that can go down to -25 degrees Celsius.
The country is an archipelago which makes it vulnerable to sharp gushes of winds and extreme weather conditions. That is why, the country’s published temperatures show two numbers: one for recorded temperature, and another for “feel.” It is common to find a recorded number of -12 degrees Celsius but the “feel” can get as low as -25 degrees Celsius.
If you are a first-time visitor, it might shock you to find out how cold winter is in South Korea. The locals’ pictures lie, too, with people wearing miniskirts and skinny jeans on the dead of winter. You then think that the weather is okay, after all. But in Korea, being the land of beauty innovation, it is not frowned upon at all to sacrifice sometimes for the sake of beauty and fashion sense. It is even more uncommon to find baggy sweaters and pants being used on the streets of Seoul. If anything, this get-up is only ever accepted at ski resorts.
If you are local, there is nothing more appealing than picturing sunny skies and warm weather on Korea’s winter months. That is why, many Koreans travel to nearby tropical countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand from December to February. People leaving Korea means even those from the country find it hard to cope up with this harsh weather. Even with lots of innovation on thermal wear and sweaters, people still don’t see these enough to protect them from winter.
Winter, of course, is a dry season, and that’s not good news for anyone’s skin. That’s why you usually get super dry skin and cracked lips during this period. No matter how careful you are, a gush of wind in South Korean can quickly bring you windburn. This season is not the friendliest when it comes to protecting your health and skin.
But don’t fret just yet. South Korea is the land of beauty innovation, so if the country has an answer to any beauty problem. For sure, it will have a solution to protecting you from the unforgiving winter season. What are the K-Beauty cosmetics & makeup tips for you to get through winter scathe-free?
For one, Koreans cannot stress enough the importance of moisturizers before you start any beauty routine. For Western makeup, the face’s base should be the foundation. But for Koreans, you must always start with a moisturizer. Since this is winter, choose a cream-based moisturizer instead of a gel-based one so the effects will last longer. Choose a moisturizer that is made with organic materials because these ingredients will allow your skin to breathe despite the heavy that you’ve put on it.
Apply moisturizer in the morning before you prep your face for makeup, and at night before you sleep. The moisturizer for the evening should be lighter than the one you use in the morning, so you can still allow your skin to rejuvenate even with a beauty product on. Utilizing no moisturizer in the evening is bad for you because of built-in heaters in your home, which can quickly dry up your skin.
Another tip is to have a water-based facial spritzer ready on hand. This spritzer is useful especially during dry seasons because it gets to perk up your skin. Choose facial mists that are made with chamomile, lavender, and mint as these ingredients help protect your skin from windy and dry conditions.
Let’s face it, South Korean winter is harsh. But you don’t have to lock yourself up in the house because of the weather. You can prepare for it by purchasing thermals and sweaters that can guard you against the cold. You can also help protect your skin from the dryness of the season. You don’t have to welcome spring with bad skin!