Eastern Skincare Promises
My wedding is less than two weeks away, so things are really getting down to the wire. Some details are still up in the air, but my skincare routine is fully mapped out. I’ve been doing a series of rather intense medical-grade glycolic peels to exfoliate my skin, followed by a good slathering of Sulwhasoo First Care Serum to prevent post-facial flakes in between sessions. A nourishing formula packed with traditional Korean herbs and extracts, the lightweight elixir is meant to bring harmony and balance to the skin—and will perhaps score me some points with my future Korean mother-in-law (who has a flawless complexion). Sulwhasoo blends modern science with ancient techniques, such as its unique Poje Method, a 500-year-old refining process that involves soaking herbs in honey and roasting them to assure maximum efficiency. The brand’s time-honored approach can even be seen in its gold packaging, which is decorated with a subtle floral pattern that’s inspired by the HanBok, the traditional Korean wedding dress (which I will be wearing for part of my nuptials, FYI). My ritual is to apply two pumps of the serum twice a day under my usual moisturizer, and then gently wrap my hands around my face, as per the directions, to help the serum absorb better. A few days in and already my skin feels soft and smooth, without a flake in sight. Now if only I could get my hands on Sulwhasoo cosmetics, a collection of skin-enhancing foundations, powders, and compacts, which look fantastic online, but are only sold in Asia. (A future mother-in-law/daughter-in-law girls’ trip may be in order).
Photo: Courtesy of Santa Maria Novella