WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

SEOUL SECRETS | WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET :: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

Heading to Whole Foods, Erewhon or Gelsons for your basics (rice, produce) and Asian specialty items (soy sauce, sesame oil, kimchee) can cost you an arm and a leg — which is why I always turn to the Korean markets to stock up!  It’s fun to peruse — and if you like a good deal, you’ll be obsessed.  If you’re in LA, there are plenty good ones to choose from.  From Koreatown’s GALLERIA MARKET or HAN KOOK SUPERMARKET — or if you’re in the valley, GREENLAND MARKET on White Oak and Sherman Way is a favorite gem of many.  (I love their many Costco-like sample stations!)  The options are plentiful and the prices can’t be beat!  Here’s my guide on what to buy at the Korean market!



RICE

And bags and bags and bags of it!  This is a no brainer. They have all the same brands available at your health food stores and local grocery stores  — but for a fraction of the price.  Most Korean households buy rice in 15 lb bags which resemble dog food bags.


WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET


KIMCHEE (obviously)


WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

GOCHUJANG (and other sauces)

It’s Korea’s answer to Vietnam’s Sriracha, America’s ketchup or BBQ sauce and Australia’s vegemite.  It’s the quintessential defining Korean sauce that we add to rice, bim bim bap, etc. that is made from fermented soy bean, red chili, sticky rice and salt.  It is sooo good!  The perfect magical combo of spicy and sweet.  Your regular market has a couple options; the Korean market’s variety is endless.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

SESAME OIL

Sesame oil can get hefty in price.   And it should.  It has a slew of health benefits such as stimulating bone growth, preventing cancer, boosting heart health and making your skin and hair radiant!  So I stock up at the Korean market.  I use it on my soups, rice dishes — and oh(!) for oil pulling (more on that in a future post on the myriad ways to use coconut oil!).

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

PRE-MADE BIM BIM BAP

This is a popular item at Korean Restaurants!  It’s made of veggies, rice, protein (beef or tofu) and an egg on top.  You add sesame oil and gochujang sauce (see above) on it — and it’s instantly a fave.  Although the ingredients are simple and clean, few of us have the time and motivation to actually make it for ourselves at home.

Enter…pre-made bim bim bap!   For $5 bucks, you can have it at home.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET



PRE-MADE SUSHI

I know no one really wants a “bargain” when it comes to sushi, but these come freshly made and they’re super good!  I buy a couple for the road and I bring them to work!

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

BAN CHAN

Ban Chan means ‘side dish’ in Korean.  If you’ve ever been to a Korean restaurant, these are the small dishes of food (kimchee, radish kimchee, spinach, bean sprouts, etc.) that the waiter brings to the table for you (for free!).  You eat them with your meal.  You can buy generous positions of each one for just a couple bucks.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

SEAWEED

MMM.  Nori.  Nori sheets have been hitting the heights of popularity these days.  I eat them alone or wrap my rice in it.  It’s high in calcium, iodine and magnesium.  An easy, delicious and portable health food!

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

ORGANIC PRODUCE

They have crisp organic apples (and other produce) for a fraction of the price and they come from the same orchards from whom Whole Foods and Gelsons buy.  So why bother with paying extra?

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

RAMEN

Ramen anyone?  I’m not one who downs these delicious dehydrated noodles much now; but I admit I was the quintessential Asian back in my Berkeley college days whose parents would send ramen-packed care packages in the mail.

Who knew there were these many options nowadays?!

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FUN ASIAN CANDY

Korean and Japanese candy are just so darn cute.  Not much else to say about that.

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WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

HEALTHY SNACKS FOR THE KIDS

Crunchy rice rolls.  My kids eat these up and the ingredients are clean.  Oh, and this huge bag is $.99.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET
WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

TUPPERWARE

Who needs BPA?  The Korean (and most Asian markets) have a brilliant selection of  airtight glass tupperware — and with the best of seals.  One of the funniest questions my Iranian American friend asked me a few years ago was, “Why do Koreans have the best tupperware?”  Apparently, she’d been eyeing the lunches her colleagues had been bringing to her architecture firm.

You can buy Lock n Lock for a few bucks at the Korean market — or at London’s Harrod’s department store (for Harrod’s store prices).  You decide.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

BODY TOWELS / SALUX

I use this daily.  It’s a great body scrub towel (which I lightly use on my face as well)!  $3.99 at the Korean market or $13.99 at Erewhon.  I kid you not.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET

CHOPSTICKS

A huge supply for crazy cheap.

WHAT TO BUY AT THE KOREAN MARKET


 


++ THANKS FOR LISTENING!  Hope you enjoyed my guide on what to buy at the Korean Market!  Stay tuned for my next SEOUL SECRETS SEGMENT!

SEOULFULL SKIN :: THE BEST KOREAN FACE OIL

K-BEAUTY

The K-Beauty market has taken the world on by storm – and for good reason! But with that comes a million decisions to make and lots of products to try! (And I’ve purchased and tried them all!) Today I have taken the best ingredients from my favorite products (as well as the best Korean beauty secrets I have inherited since childhood) and combined them into what I know is the new best Korean face oil. It’s unisex and made of organic and natural ingredients.

It’s called SEOULFULL SKIN — a Good Karma K-Beauty Oil.

 

BEST KOREAN FACE OIL

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The ingredients are clean — and the packaging is matte black and super-chic so it sits perfectly on your vanity. These 2-ounce bottles have sold out quickly at the local pop up shops and trunk shows so I decided to put them up on the site so you can buy them directly from the ease of your own home.

It’s $45 with free shipping – and even better than that is…it’s unisex! So tell your dad, brother, significant other to get the new best Korean face oil… you’re welcome.

Oh, and look for it at The Pantry LA on Melrose in December.  It’s a couple of doors down from Fred Segal — and it will be the coolest holistic lifestyle haven in LA.

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For daytime use: Apply a few drops onto the palm of your hand and rub hands to warm oil. Apply onto face, neck and desired areas until absorbed and before sunscreen and makeup.

For nighttime use: Apply oil as the last step in your routine or on its own.

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GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL

K BEAUTY FOR THE HAIR :: UMMA’S GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL – AVAILABLE AT COSTCO!

If you follow my blog, you already know I’m obsessed with K-beauty and all the secrets they have to offer. From essences, serums and exfoliants – I search and scour all the finest products from Korea to use on my face, neck and body. But did you know that us awesome Koreans not only follow a multistep skincare routine, but we also follow a multistep hair and scalp routine? But which products should you use, you wonder?

Enter UMMA’S Good Day Hair of Seoul.

If you don’t already know, “Umma” means mother in Korean. Therefore, the Umma brand is the mother of K-beauty and they nurture new K-beauty brands in the U.S. market. For the Good Day Hair of Seoul box specifically, they researched and tested over 50 products for over six months to find the best of the best products. Then they narrowed it down to the top 7 for you and me to use to achieve the best results for our hair and scalp health.

The best part is that it’s sold at Costco and it’s only $99.99!

GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL

This K-beauty curation box is quite the luxuriating experience. It makes my locks super shiny and soft. Also, I’m obsessed with the delicious smells!

In this set are 7 amazing full-size products (6 of them are brand new to the US!) from Korea’s most sought after brands.

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE 7 AMAZING PRODUCTS?

Listen up, party people. These 7 awesome products all do something different and are for different times of day. Some are to be used daily. And others weekly. We take skin care and beauty seriously!

But don’t worry about getting confused about the which and the when. All the details are inside the box!

AMH SHAMPOO

AMH (which awesomely stands for “Add More Hair”) was developed by doctors and contains ingredients that exfoliate the scalp, eradicate dandruff and boost general scalp health. I love massaging my scalp with this to make sure I reach the full potential of the product!


AMH SHAMPOO - GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL


BEIGIC SCALP REVIVAL PURIFYING SCRUB

This exfoliator and detoxifying shampoo may be my favorite! BEIGIC uses only clean and natural ingredients, with an emphasis on plant-based, food-grade and fair-trade sourcing. It’s enriched with sea salt, mint menthol and green coffee bean extract to deeply cleanse and remove dead skin, sebum builds up and impurities from scalp and hair. All that built up is gone and you get a new bounce, lightness and radiance to your hair! And the best part is that it’s free from drying alcohols, fragrance, dyes, synthetic preservatives and silicones.


GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL - BEIGIC SCALP REVIVAL PURIFYING SCRUB


BEIGIC DAMAGE REPAIR TREATMENT MASK

This is formulated with nourishing ingredients like green coffee bean oil, argan oil and rosehip oil and it prevents future damage and breakage! This is ideal for hair weakened by overexposure to the sun, chemical-processing, or frequent heat styling. This will especially come in handy over the summer after my hours in the pool and ocean.


BEIGIC DAMAGE REPAIR TREATMENT MASK


MOREMO REVITALIZING HAIR TONIC A

This tonic is a nutrient-rich, soothing tonic created with bio-marine stem cells, seven different plant root extracts and orange and bergamot essential oils. It cleanses the scalp and adjusts the water-oil balance for ideal hair health.


MOREMO REVITALIZING HAIR TONIC A


MOREMO HAIR ESSENCE DELIGHTFUL OIL

Actually, I lie. I can’t decide if this Moremo Hair Essence oil or the exfoliating shampoo (see above) are my faves of the bunch! This gets your hair glistening soft! This oil adds moisture to tired, dry hair with eight types of vegetable oils including brazil nut oil, olive oil, argan oil and avocado oil!

I think I’m going to slip some into my children’s hair as this may be the best detangler on the planet!


MOREMO HAIR ESSENCE DELIGHTFUL OIL


AMOS REPAIR SHINE ENRICH NIGHT CREAM

If you don’t already know, Amos Professional, the professional line from K-Beauty giant Amore Pacific, is the ultimate No.1 hair salon brand in Korea! I personally am obsessed with everything from Amore Pacific!

One of my favorite rituals at night is to go to hot yoga after work, take a shower the second I get home, and then apply the Amos Repair Shine Enrich Night Cream before bed.

It’s made of starflower oil, a powerful ingredient with hydration and antioxidant benefits. And guess what? It seals hair cuticles, while creating a lightweight shield around each strand to lock in hydration. (Adios, split ends!)


AMOS REPAIR SHINE ENRICH NIGHT CREAM


WHITE RABBIT VOLUMIZING HAIR BRUSH

This adorable pink Volumizing Hair Brush adds volume and body, while easily detangling hair. The brush was carefully designed in Korea with patented S-shaped teeth that bends through hair to minimize damage. My girls keep trying to steal it from me though.


WHITE RABBIT VOLUMIZING HAIR BRUSH


WHERE TO BUY

It just takes one click. That’s the beauty of it.

Costco,  baby.

—> Costco. <<<—-


 

 

 

 

 

GOOD HAIR DAY OF SEOUL

 

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6 OF THE BEST KOREAN BEAUTY BLOGS AND BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW

++  Welcome to another segment of SEOUL SECRETS!  The 6 best of the best Korean beauty blogs and bloggers, vlogs and vloggers to follow!  There are so many amazing blogs and bloggers out these days spilling the beans on all the Korean beauty trends and illustrating how to incorporate them into your own daily regimen.  The popularity of Korean dramas and their beautiful Korean actresses are making these trends ubiquitous and insinuated well into Western culture.  

HERE ARE THE BEST KOREAN BEAUTY BLOGS AND BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW.



| CHRISELLE LIM |

+ The only problem with this vlogger is you’ll want to buy every product she recommends.  Her instructions are easy and clear and  the videos are fun to watch.


THE BEAUTY WOLF |

+ Another one of the best Korean blogs to follow is THE BEAUTY WOLF.  Coco Park has the in on all the best of the best K beauty and skincare products, from snail serums and honey masks to donkey milk and peeling gels.  Plus, she has fun, unique graphics that lure you in to listen.


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photo courtesy of the Beauty Wolf


| JEN CHAE |

+ I’ve featured the fabulous and brilliant JEN CHAE on the blog before and I still think she’s the most beautiful, humble and lovable personalities out there.  Jen is Korean American – and she has all the Korean beauty trends down and has it down to a T.  She has lured us in and guided us through her insecurities and faults, her pregnancy, motherhood and of course, all the beauty and skincare magic up her sleeps.  Her videos suck you in as she illustrates how the impossible is all possible – in beauty and in life.

Jen doesn’t focus solely and Korean beauty — but those videos are the ones that draw me to her.  How to apply makeup on Asian mono lids, how to apply Korean BB Cream, you get the gist.




| SOKOGLAM |

+ Charlotte Cho is the brain and the beauty behind this SOKOGLAM phenomenon which should be on everyone’s list of the best Korean blogs to follow.  Cho is a licensed esthetician that brings the best of the west and the best of Korea’s skincare practices to her audience.  We have all learned by now that Koreans take a skin first (!) philosophy to their beauty routine — it’s the foundation especially for a good makeup routine. The idea is you need a beautiful and clean canvas to work with first and foremost!  It makes the application of moisturizes and makeup that much easier and smoother.

Cho and her husband travel to Korean regularly to search and research the newest and latest of the land — then they bring back to the States all the best selections.

They’re especially known for laying out the 10 step Korean skincare routine tutorial.

Watch as she talks to YouTuber Joan Kim about her Winter Beauty Essentials!


| EMILY QUAK |

EMILY QUAK is an awesome recent find of mine.  She’s Malaysian but I love her takes on Korean skincare and her K-Pop inspired makeup tricks — and especially her videos on obtaining that luminous skin of hers.  She reviews Korean skincare and makeup products and Asian beauty supplements.  Fun!


| PONY’S BEAUTY DIARY |

PONY’S BEAUTY DIARY is a huge hit in Korea!  She’s a makeup artist, beauty blogger — and is sort of the Kandee Johnson of Korea — known for recreating the looks of celebrities (Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift), etc.  She’s amazing!

Of course, I love her Dewy glow tutorial.  But be sure to check out all her videos!



+++ And that’s it!  Those are my favorite best of the best Korean beauty blogs to follow!  Thanks for reading my suggestions.  Now go buy that cleansing oil, beauty oil, essence, BB Cream — and go have fun!

+++ FEATURED PHOTO OF JEN CHAE by Melly Lee.


 


+++ Stay tuned for my next segment of SEOUL SECRETS :: THE BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  Kim Chee what?!

SKINTUITION

EXPERIENCE THE HOTTEST TREND OF INFRARED SAUNAS :: AT SWEAT BY SKINTUITION

SKINTUITION INFRARED SAUNA

Many many a-times, I’ve sung the praises of the majestic infrared sauna, one of my top anti-aging SEOUL SECRETS. And if you’re a wellness nut like me, it’s likely you’re already familiar with this latest trend. The benefits are endless (from detoxification and pain relief  — to skin rejuvenation and weight loss) and the euphoria is infinite. I worship my half infrared sauna which I’ve blogged about before — and I, too, have loved my experiences in sauna pods in wellness centers across LA. But I just relished in a full body SWEAT BY SKINTUITION infrared sauna experience in a full size CLEARLIGHT box in the SFV. And holy moly! Now I either need one of their beautiful units in my own home– or I need to make these visits to SKINTUITION recurrent in the iCal. It’s like I’m wearing glasses for the first time.


SKINTUITION
photo credit: Skintuition

This health haven is delicately hidden in the French Quarter area of Woodland Hills. You walk through a quaint ivy path and land in a serene green spa that offers massages, facials, infrared wraps and a variety of health offerings (ear coning, colon hydrotherapy and so on). And of course, you’re greeted by a gorgeous silky haired 20 something woman who exudes health, wellness and longevity.

(I don’t know what took me so long to find them. I looked them up when I got home — and their Yelp page is pretty ridiculous.)



The pros of this hot trend have been hitting the media over the past couple years since celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Leo and Goop lady Gwynnie have been singing its praises.

I guess the magic behind these infrared saunas (vs. the traditional dry saunas you find in gyms) is that the rays heat your body and organs, rather than the surrounding air. The room is about 120 – 220 degrees (I went up to 144) but because 80% of the heat goes directly into your body (and only 20% into the air), you don’t feel any  skin dehydration or that hot air suffocation sensation.


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SKINTUITION



I have a pretty intense martial arts practice — and this has been the only thing that has been able to lift the aches and pains. (And I do acupuncture, yoga, pilates, massages. In sum, I drink all the Kool Aid.) The radiant heat penetrates deeply into your joints, muscles and tissues – improving circulation and boosting oxygen flow.

I sweat bullets. Pails. And it felt so f…… awesome.

They gave me a tall glass bottle filled with thirst quenching fruit-infused alkaline water — and then I got to choose two Osmosis Harmonized Waters to add to it. (I chose their Environmental Protection and Digestive Health water therapies.)


SKINTUITION


 


I sipped my water, turned on my tunes (you can attach your iPhone/iPad to their sound system), kicked my feet up and laaaaaid back.


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When you come out, you look like you jumped out of the pool. You’re drenched! Clean up with fresh towels and a eucalyptus infused cloth and you’re golden.

I arrived home and scrubbed myself down with my SALUX wash cloth (another fave SEOUL SECRET) which I buy at the KOREAN MARKET, gave myself what my kids call a SMURF facial (aka my luxuriating SCHIQUE mask ), prettied up with some moisturizer and makeup – and then skipped out to a family wedding. My skin was smooth and dewy and my body was de-puffed and pain free  — leaving me lean and mean in my skin tight dress.

Meet you there?



+++ AND STAY TUNED READERS: COMING UP ON THE BLOG ARE INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER FACEBOOK EXEC AND CURRENT LEADERSHIP COACH AND FOUNDER OF DBSTYLE, DEBRA BEDNAR-CLARK AS WELL AS AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. ATHENA PERRAKIS, FOUNDER OF SAGE GODDESS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOURCE OF SACRED TOOLS AND METAPHYSICAL EDUCATION. THESE WILL BE MUST-READS FOR ALL OF US TRYING TO MAKE POSITIVE SHIFTS IN OUR LIVES.


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

6 OF THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Hi beauties! Thanks for checking out my list of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles. I’ve tried them all and I’ve narrowed them down to these top picks! Enjoy!


REAL FOOD DAILY (West Hollywood)

REAL FOOD DAILY is my jam and I’ve been devouring their foods for about 20 years.  It’s the only restaurant that serves 100% organic plant based foods grown exclusively through organic farming methods.  Without a doubt, RFD is one of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Los Angeles.

They’re known for their savory tacos and burgers — but my favorite all time, always, go-to meal is their Basic 5.  2 servings of sea veggies, greens, brown rice, blackened tempeh — with their spectacular peanut sauce.  And their vegan pudding and chocolate cake is ridonk.  Give it a whirl if you haven’t already.


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

CAFE GRATITUDE (Larchmont)

If I had the money, I’d convince them to let me open a franchise.  I believe in this place that much.  They believe in sacred foods and service and optimal positivity.  Everything is delicious, beautiful and responsible.  Ooh – and their brussell sprouts are a yumfest!  The perfect texture, sweetness and crispiness.  And one of the best places for people watching too!


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES



CROSSROADS (West Hollywood)

This is the Four Seasons of vegan joints.  It’s not your every day casual fare, but Crossroads is where you go for birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions for your veggie-lovin’ loved ones.  The chicken and waffles, their beet salad and everything else – no words.  Their presentation is unbeatable.  Wanna meet be there and buy me dinner?


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SUN CAFE ORGANIC (Studio City)

My awesome meat and potato loving man brings me here or buys me take out from this incredible, happy land of organic love.   Everything is so darn flavorful.

Their outside patio is adorable and chic — a perfect kidless romantic getaway — or an adorable place to hang with your girlfriends.


BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES



FOLLOW YOUR HEART (Canoga Park)

I feel like this is the OG of vegan / vegetarian restaurants.  Follow Your Heart has been around since I was in high school and they have never diminished the quality or tastes of their foods.  Their sandwiches, their soups, their cookies, OH MY!  The best part is that this restaurant/market carries their salad dressings, mayonnaise and other grand products in super markets everywhere.  Their spicy ranch salad dressing and their VeganEgg are amaze.


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VINH LOI TOFU (Reseda)

My fellow Valley Girl Jackie took me to this hidden treasure in the deep, deep valley.  It’s one of those places that have so many menu options with photos plastered to the wall.  You watch as the waiter brings orders to your neighbors’ tables — and you want everything that they’re ordering.  Well — the last time we were there, we ordered about 5 things and each dish was no less fabulous than the next.  And they have so many great soups and broths that are perfect for this cool, misty weather!  It’s vegan, it’s Vietnamese, it’s Vinh Loi!


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+++ That’s it for my list of the BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  Stay tuned for my next segment of SEOUL SECRETS :: THE BEST KOREAN RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES!  Kim Chee what?!


 


+++ All photos courtesy of the respective fabulous vegan restaurant.

GUA SHA FACIAL BENEFITS

GUA SHA is having its moment right now. Evidently, it’s the new jade roller, the new kale, the new black — as Gua Sha facial benefits are outweighing the benefits of all the other facial tools. It’s become so popular (even Nordstrom and Neimans are carrying their own versions now), that I needed to take a deep dive into it!



WHAT IS GUA SHA?

Gua sha is a traditional East Asian healing technique where the body surface is press-stroked with a smooth-edged instrument to intentionally raise therapeutic petechiae. – NIH

GUA SHA FACIAL BENEFITS

This is a traditional Chinese medicine technique and health and beauty secret tool that helps with many things!

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A GUA SHA FACIAL

Giving yourself a Gua Sha facial is sort of like rolling your body out on a foam roller. For years I have been rolling my body out on a roller since health and wellness experts like Ashley Borden (who also happened to be my partner and cohost of the KIMCHI+CHALLAH podcast – coming soon!) have been advising the public that rolling out repairs those muscles and joints! It releases fascia (which reduces inflammation, increases circulation and improves tissue quality). And for those who don’t know, fascia is the connective tissue between the muscle and skin. (Think the white part of the chicken.)

The exact same concept applies with Gua Sha facials. Devotees swear by its ability to make your face look slimmer, ward off headaches and jaw pain — and give you brighter skin! I’m too scared to do Botox or any of its cousins, so this has been the perfect answer for me.

My favorite gua sha tool is DARCASE’S 24K GOLD PLATED AURI GUA SHA which I learned about from a gorgeous beauty event at my fave Beverly Hills spa, CIEL SPA BEVERLY HILLS at the SLS Hotel. I love the weight of it and its ergonomic feel. And as we know, gold holds ancient healing, anti-aging and brightening properties — and its reflective particles have antibacterial and inflammatory magical powers.

EASY STEPS TO THE GUA SHA TECHNIQUE

The process is so simple, fun and therapeutic — that even my 5 and 7-year-old girls can do it!

SERUM / OIL

Apply a few drops of face oil or serum by pushing and pressing into the skin. (I use my own Seoulfull Skin Food!) Don’t rub as we will need the oil/serum as a lubricant to glide the gua sha tool.

GUA SHA FACIAL BENEFITS

 

PLACE GUA SHA BOARD IN DOMINANT HAND
  • Start with the jawline. Hold one hand on your chin. Then use your dominant hand to hold the gua sha tool (at a 15-degree angle) to delicately glide across the jawline on the surface of the skin, upward toward your ear. (Always go upward, not downward! No one wants to facilitate gravity!)
  • Repeat this 3-5 times.
  • Next, go to the base of your nose and glide the board toward your cheekbone.
  • Then swipe from the side of your nose, over your cheekbone toward your temple.
  • Finally, take the board and place it right under your third eye. Glide the board upward and well into the scalp. Massage it into your scalp once you get there. This is crucial for relieving stress and insomnia.
  • Repeat on the other side.

GUA SHA FACIAL BENEFITS

 


++ The benefits never cease to amaze me. This is the best massage therapy for your face (and neck) and the side effects are not just physical but emotional too. If professional Chinese medical practitioners suggest Gua Sha to their patients, then I will take this as my own medical advice! I’ll be posting my own gua sha video using SEOULFULL SKIN FOOD on Instagram with my talented facialist friend, Leah,  — so stay tuned for that. I will be bringing my own Darcase gua sha with me!

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