Winter Wonderland: Beating Dry Skin in Korea
From the time I was 8 until I was around 10 years old, I had some strange breakouts that plagued me (and my poor Mother while we were in France!). I got teased quite a bit because of it. When kids called me the traditional, silly, childhood names reserved for acne I wasn’t really bothered because they were mislabeling the issue. They weren’t zits, but nobody really knew what was going on with my face. At one point it all just cleared up, and since then I’ve always been the kind of person who found pride in being able to wash my makeup off with soap and water and still have pretty flawless skin.
Since coming to Korea, I’ve made much more of an effort to use a proper cleanser to take off my make-up before bed. Since I’ve started teaching, my crows feet and forehead wrinkles have gotten out of hand. It’s sudden, too. I woke up in Osaka, Japan last summer and smiled at my reflection in the mirror while putting on make-up. To my sheer horror, there were crows feet. Aging: not a subtle bitch! That’s actually why I decided to get botox once I moved to Seoul.
When I wrote this article, I hadn’t gotten botox, but you had better believe that my medicine cabinet had more than a few moisturizers. Even with my twice daily moisturizing routine, the air quality in Korea combined with the dry winter cold (they don’t heat places like they do in Canada! I’m constantly wearing my winter coat indoors) has left my skin really dry. I know that a lot of my friends have had their fair share of weird and unexpected changes in how their bodies react to things in Korea, but the most common issue (beyond gut rot) has been related to skin.
My face is the biggest concern because that’s the only place where the dry skin actually feels itchy. I don’t want to constantly be scratching my face – I’m (finally) trying to be good to my skin! One of my kindergarten students actually pointed out that I had some red patches along the lower half of my face closer to the jaw-line. My bronzer or blush actually clumps up in these patches. It’s not pretty, y’all.
I think it’s important to note that while this is in no way a sponsored post, The Plastic Surgery Clinic and Miracle10 skincare were in a Brand Ambassador-style partnership back in 2014 and 2015. Miracle 10 skincare had been very good to me when I was in Toronto and had my lifestyle blog up and running, and my Twitter feed was more Toronto-centric. I had been given the entire starter line of skincare products ($249.00 on their website) tailored to my particular skin type. The scents are very, very subtle (which I loved) and my skin felt fresh, clean, and healthy. After running out of the products I unfortunately just did not have the money to purchase the set, but now that I’m getting older I think it would be a really wise investment (especially with this air quality and pollution in Asia). Since their products are available with international shipping on miracle10.com, as well as on The Shopping Channel and Amazon.com, I can’t imagine I’ll have a problem getting them shipped to Seoul. Fast forward to cleaning out my Busan closets and going through my beauty collection, I found I actually still had quite a bit of one product left: Super C.
Super C is designed for Normal/Maturing and Delicate/Dry Skin. It helps to refine the appearance of fine lines, refines the texture and tone of the skin, and aids with skin brightening and fortifying. When I see skin brightening in Korea it usually means whitening agents (eek – bleach!), but since this product is from Canada I felt fine going right ahead. The Miracle10 skincare website also provides the following information:
Your unique skin type may need a little extra boost to help it look its radiant best. Super C is 100% pure Vitamin C. This powerful anti-oxidant helps to repair the look of sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, and the signs of aging.
- Over time, skin becomes accustomed to certain ingredients, so it becomes important to adjust your skin care system.
- This powerful antioxidant instantly dissolves into and supercharges any Miracle 10 cream or gel.
- Improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Within 2 days and 3 applications my dry patches are almost entirely gone. I’m pretty thrilled with the change in how those dry patches reacted, and wanted to pass on this little beauty fix to you! Have you tried any of the Miracle10 products? Are there any Korean beauty products that corrected an unexpected problem? Let me know in the comments!