- Exfoliation: softer, smoother, & more youthful-looking skin in under 60 minutes
- This is why Koreans swear by exfoliating spa towels
- These Korean Spa Mitts Scrub Me to Baby Softness
- Korean Exfoliating Washcloth Body Scrubber - Original Italy Towel 4pcs
- My favourite Asian Beauty tools: Cotton pads, Face brush, Wooden Comb and Korean Italy towel
Exfoliation: softer, smoother, & more youthful-looking skin in under 60 minutesThe rest, as they say, is history. Defining icons, food delivery boxes, Nong-Shin ramyon and the Italy Towel. Like sandpaper, Italy Towels come in different gradients and these are denoted by the colour. Other colours are manufactured, including red. The green one is actually described as 'silver. Italy towels are not to be confused with the larger version cloth which is also supplied in a bathhouse and which is usually red. What typifies the Italy Towel is its size. My hand barely fits into it. The cloth is used to scrub the skin, usually in one direction, top to bottom and in straight lines and if used effectively a line of gray, dead skin is produced. The towel is fairly abrasive and needs to be used with caution on the face. Koreans will scrub their entire body with this cloth in a process which can last well over an hour. It is not at all uncommon to see a row of school boys or students all sat in a chain as they have their backs scrubbed while scrubbing the back of the person in front. This is not restricted to small children. How often one should use the Italy Towel is a personal preference. Some Koreans use it every few days, others once a week. Perhaps the best guide is simply whether or not you have a layer of skin which needs removing. I use a pumice stone on my feet regularly and if no skin is being removed I stop the process — this is perhaps the best guide to using the Italy Towel. I have noticed that you can scrub yourself meticulously and regularly with the larger, less abrasive towel, the one usually provided free in all bathhouses, and that this does not remove dead skin with the effect of the Italy Towel. I was very surprised when after a period of not using an Italy Towel, a friend scrubbed my back and arms and then made a joke about how dirty I was. It is surprising what that little towel removes. Unlike the larger cloth and towels for drying, the Italy Towel has to be purchased, costing about Won. I usually keep one for months at a time and have even seen the odd person use ones discarded in the used towel bin. This work is licenced under a Creative Commons Licence. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
This is why Koreans swear by exfoliating spa towels
I remember as a kid watching commercials for body washes and white people would be using their hands, washcloth, or sponge to clean themselves. Growing up in a Korean household meant you were well aware of the vibrantly-colored body exfoliating k-scrubs. They were used to scrape your entire body of dead skin, scum and everything else between each and every crevice. The k-scrub is like sandpaper, and like sandpaper, it came in different coarseness. A successful scrub was when the corners of your bathtub was lined with a light gray layer of dead skin. Then, you would scrub your entire body until it turned pink, what is sometimes a very painful experience. These spas are an amazing consortium of magical rooms ranging in temperature and mineral composition. You can step into the ice room at like 30 degrees, then walk into the fire room at over degrees. Beyond that, there are rooms filled with large pink salt crystals, or clay balls, or jade-lined walls. You walk in and people are just lying there sweating their asses off and taking in the mineral powers that surround them… or something like that. While you can purchase additional services like massages like any other spa, the only not-so-chill service is the scrub down. Every crevice, like every, is touched. My friends who get this done love it because they feel so refreshed afterwards, especially after looking at their dead skin in a pile on the floor. When the good people at DUO asked me to try out their newly-created body scrub and polisher, I was intrigued. Could it soon replace my Korean towel, I wondered? I totally took them up on their offer to test the product to see if it was comparable to my Korean one. The DUO has an exfoliating side and a smooth polishing side for sensitive areas, with a block of cleanser aka soap in the middle. You get three choices: Old Spice, Olay, and Ivory. I tested out the Ivory version because it was made for more sensitive skin. The scrub side is surprisingly comparable to the Korean Italy Towel — particularly the pink one which is the softest of the three K-scrubs. The soft side is something fairly new to me. It feels almost as if you are polishing your body, which is nice after a good hard scrub. It is perfect for sensitive areas of your body like your underarms, nether regions, neck, and if you got a bad sunburn.
These Korean Spa Mitts Scrub Me to Baby Softness
If you invest a lot of effort and funds in cosmetics and skincare, you start asking yourself the question if the beauty tools you are using are also on-board to make you look and feel better, or are they working against you. My hair will simply rebel, not behave, and look bad. A harsh comb will damage my sensitive scalp, make my hair flat and will pull away and indecent amount of hair, and unfortunately these are already scarce. So I wanted to make a small post about my personal favourite beauty tools, some typically Asian others less, to share with you my experience. I will review in this post my favourite Asian cotton pads, my beloved wooden comb, the Korean cleansing brush I am currently using, and my special recent discovery, the Italy towel which despite its catchy name also comes from Korea. I like Korean brands for cottons pads, because I feel they are as picky as me when it comes to these little beauty essentials. And trust me, there is nothing worse than bits of detached nasty cotton coming into your eyes, especially if they are super sensitive and you are already beyond tired. Also, I feel we research a lot into the ingredients of our lotions, essences and creams but not as much of the ingredients of our cotton pads, cause hey! Well, no. I have a weakness for some Korean cotton pads, like these silky Clio ones, simply because I feel they are very gentle yet strong enough not too tear apart too fast and they soak in just the right amount of essence. When finding your perfect cotton pads, check out their composition look for organic unbleached cotton preferablytheir absorbency level and texture. Here some of my favourite cotton pads:. I used to have a Clarisonic brush, it is expensive but it always felt like it was worth the price, up to the day it broke. It is a nice combination between the concept of Clarisonic with its super soft bristle and the scrubbing plastic side that imitates a Foreo Luna brush. Well, I like to think of it this way: would I wash my dishes with my bare hands, or use a sponge? Not that I would compare of course my face to dirty dishes, but when you think of all the sweat, oil and dust that sits on my face all day, the idea kind of applies. I do not use my face brush every single day — no, I am way too lazy for that. But I need to admit, that the days I do use my brush, my skin looks kind of brighter and sinks in my cream faster. Where to get it? And now I will need some space to proclaim my love and full commitment to my wooden comb. The one I am using is not an Asian tool per se, but for my defense as to why I included it in the list, I noticed quite a lot of artisanal traditionally made wooden combs during my trip to Japan, which confirms the theory it is still well loved over there. While my hair behave when pampered with expensive hair masks, most of the time they are super thin, rather dry, prone to tangle easily and I am loosing a hell too many of them per day. So I needed a comb that would detangle them, while being super gentle on my scalp, generous to my hair and therapeutic to my mind. I simply wanted a Super Comb. After day-and-night internet research, I came to a conclusion, that wooden combs may have this magical something I am looking for. And I was right. Objectively speaking it smells like sandal wood. Subjectively speaking, it is the most soothing, therapeutic natural smell I know, and simply sniffing it in the morning and having it close to my face already makes me feel better. This wooden comb, also has very smooth and rounded wooden wide tooth, so they never scratch my scalp. More than that, I sometimes use this comb to give myself a little scalp massage, so much I love the contact of this wood on my scalp. As compared to plastic combs, wooden ones also tend to be stronger and last longer without deteriorating, so even if they tend to be a bit pricier, they are a long term investment.
Korean Exfoliating Washcloth Body Scrubber - Original Italy Towel 4pcs
This week, I came across a product used for exfoliation that is not only inexpensive, but requires no lotions, potions, or goo for results. Based on my reading, this product has been around since the 60s and is very popular in Korea, particularly. Those who have had a Korean massage might have experienced this product and its skin-smoothing effects. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Please read the affiliate policy here. Korean Italy Towels are abrasive think sandpaperwhich is why they work so well for exfoliation. Similar to sandpaper, they also come in different levels of coarseness. The pink colored towel, for example, is the least abrasive and is commonly used on the face. Exfoliating is a great way to rejuvenate the skin. With regular use, it may help lessen ingrown hairs and it may help those with keratosis pilaris those little bumps that often show up on the back of arms, thighs, butt, etc. Because it unclogs pores, it can help tackle those pesky blackheads and it can help reduce the occurrence of acne in some cases. Some have also reported that exfoliating can help with fine lines and wrinkles. I have read that these can also be purchased at local Korean stores. This product must be used when your skin is wet. To see whether your skin is ready for exfoliation, you can test a small area such as the back of your hand by rubbing the towel firmly in a back and forth motion this may take a few passes with the towel. This should go without saying, but if this causes you pain, stop immediately. Also note: if you want to exfoliate the skin on your face, be very careful — you may need to apply a little soap or facial cleanser to the towel and use VERY LIGHT, circular motions. I anticipate the ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris to continue to improve with weekly use of the exfoliating towel. One thing to note about the Korean Italy Towel — it does shrink when it gets wet it even says this right in the product listing. This is the main complaint among those who reviewed this product. The entire process took me roughly around 45 minutes including soaking time. There are some areas that are a little more difficult to get to like your back, obviously. I just reached around to as many areas as I could, though you could probably attach this towel to a back scrubber to get the hard to reach areas or, better yet, have someone else do your back for you. She loves a good DIY, making a mess in the kitchen, and working up a sweat. Hi did you use this on a weekly basis yourself? Does it even your skin and clear it of scars etc? I also feel like my skin is somewhat less blotchy. I do love how soft it makes my skin and I have noticed improvements with ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris.