7 Healthy Beauty Habits in Kdramas you Probably Didn’t Realize
It is no secret health and beauty are important in Korean society, in fact Korea is even one of the leaders in the skincare landscape. While I started re-watching The Moon that Embraces the Sun, I started noticing certain actions and habits related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle especially when it comes to skincare. I nailed it down to seven habits that are constantly blogged about as secrets to having great skin (and to living a healthier lifestyle). So, shall we begin?
1. Sleeping on the Back
This first tip goes way back into history as seen in many of the Saeguks. Sleeping on your back is not only better for your posture but is good for preventing wrinkles too!
Although we do not have photographic evidence of people during those years long past, every Saeguk has the sleeping scenes of people (especially the royals and elite) sleeping on their backs.
It is the best position to sleep in because the spine stays in the natural alignment and also prevents fluid accumulation that causes puffy eyes. And as we get older, we lose the collagen in our skin which makes it harder for our skin to bounce back from the folds and creases caused by sleeping on our sides.
It might take some adjustment to get used to if you don't normally sleep in this position, but the long term benefits will be worth it.
2. Eating fruits (oranges)
Yes, it is AMAZING for anti-aging. Cheon Song Yi from My Love from Another Star had a lot of the major beauty habits nailed down. My favorite one was her constantly eating oranges. It was so prominent in the drama that LINE Chat even included a sticker of Cheon Song Yi being fed oranges when they rolled out a sticker pack on the messaging app.
Although she might have used it as a way to suppress her hunger during her painful diets (aka when she wasn't eating yummy fried chicken), eating oranges not only smells delicious but is also great for anti-aging. The Vitamin C and high levels of antioxidants help to reduce damage on your skin. So eating oranges or consuming Vitamin C means fewer wrinkles and healthier skin as you age. And your immune system won't be in such bad shape either.
Hydrating yourself with water is probably one of the best habits you can have in terms of having good skin and taking care of your body. However because of product placements and a lot of smoking and drinking prevalent in the media, it's always refreshing to have our leads engaging in healthy habits. Like Park Shin Hye pictured above hydrating herself in Heirs. You cannot deny that PSH has gorgeous dewy skin. Even in real life PSH has revealed that her secret to beautiful skin is exercising, smiling and drinking lots of water. And positive thinking of course.
Such a simple habit to have for gorgeous results! And you don't have pay for it. Unless you have preferred tastes for certain bottled water.
4. Sheet masks
This one might seem a bit obvious but sheet masks are really my favorite. With so many people in the US grasping onto this asian trend, you can google sheet masks and have an overwhelming amount of results of people reviewing the wonders of this little creation.
As Cheon Song Yi demonstrates in My Love from Another Star, yes it really does work if you find the right type for you. Celebrities from the east and west with beautiful skin, like Cate Blanchett and Fan Bing Bing have adopted sheet masks into their daily beauty regimens and even sleep in them.
5. Hair tied back, Away from the face
Here we have another Saeguk example but keeping your hair away from the face is vital in preventing breakouts. Growing up, my mother would always tell me and my sisters to have our hair pulled back from our faces. After years of not listening, and constantly breaking out, I finally realize the value and importance of avoiding any unnecessary contact to my face. Breakouts can occur due to the oil and hair products you use. Since you don't live in the Joseon era, you may want to adopt the habit of clipping your bangs and tying your hair back when sleeping.
You can get creative with pretty hair styles accompanied by hair accessories as seen in all the saeguks.
6. Getting the sauna/steam fix
There's nothing like a good sweat to bring out that glow in your skin. Spa visits are common in Korean dramas because they are common in Korea. And you get to fraternize with families and friends as seen in Lie to Me:
Not only is it pampering and relaxing, but saunas and steam rooms have health benefits and is good for your skin. Both increase the heartbeat and improve circulation and soften the skin as using both facilities open up your pores and increase blood and lymphatic circulation. Not only will you feel good, but you look rejuvenated with a healthy pink glow in your skin. The steam helps to clear out any impurities from the skin and the sauna will help to eradicate blackheads to give you clearer skin. However, it is important to monitor the time spent in both facilities as too much time in a sauna and steam can cause dizziness and other uncomfortable things.
7. Sleeping on silk (or pillows)
Sleeping on a silk (or satin) pillowcase and silk bed sheets is greatly beneficial to your skin as well as hair. You must have noticed that all elite members in Saeguks and some high maintenance characters in Kdramas sleep on silk beddings. Not only is it a symbol of status, it also does wonders for your skin and hair! Silk contains natural proteins and 18 essential amino acids that help keep your skin looking young and beautiful. It also prevent ‘sleep-crease’ or a ‘sleep line’ on your face that often happens when sleeping on a cotton pillowcase (which can also be helped by following tip no.1).
The smooth, silky feeling of silk is good for your hair as well. It makes your hair slide smoothly and there will be less damage. On the other hand, a cotton pillowcase will cause hair to bunch, knot and get unruly.
So there you have it! These are just some of the basics as there are plenty more, are there any you noticed while watching your fave dramas? Do share with us in the comments below.