Korea’s Best-Selling Soap Is Legit Magical
Gounjae is a revered Korean traditional soap brand originating from Korea’s botanical-rich Jeju Island. It approaches soapmaking with the same obsession as vintners do winemaking. Using time-honored techniques, Gounjae obsesses over optimal temperature and timing to unlock ingredients at their most optimal state. Soaps are steamed three times and then aged 500 days to ripen before being wrapped in traditional Korean hanji paper that allows the soaps to “breathe.”
The soaps are egg-shaped and I can almost see the wizened old hands that crafted each single bar. The brand’s Green Farm soap contains persimmon leaves to lighten freckles and pigmentation, pine leaves to purge pores, and nutrient-rich mulberry leaves for amino acids.
Because it’s a natural soap, it doesn’t have abundant lather, but the soap works more effectively when applied directly to the face. The texture is gently exfoliating and the shape makes it effective as a facial massager as you cleanse.
Gounjae Green Farm Handcrafted Soap, $12, available at Shop Rescue Spa.
Now that the cold temperatures have reared their ugly head, it’s no surprise that many clients are experiencing dry, red, flaky skin, along with increased sensitivity and eczema flare-ups. In order to keep our skin healthy and hydrated during the rough winter months, I’d like to share a few of my favorite winter skin savers.
Make sure to keep your cleansing regimen as gentle as possible. You never want your skin to feel stripped or tight after washing. Switching to a more emollient cleanser such as the Cellcosmet Gentle Cream Cleanser, will help to keep your skin balanced and properly hydrated.
For daytime, the goal is to create a barrier against the wind and cold and prevent moisture loss. I particularly like Valmont Priority Cream because of the protective properties and calming effect. It truly soothes and effectively protects even the most delicate skin, with the added benefit of SPF 30. For a boost of hydration, or if you plan on being outdoors for extended periods of time, you can layer a serum such as Valmont Hydra 3 Serum underneath.
For nighttime, Valmont DNA Repair Serum is absolutely essential, especially for eczema-prone skin, as it helps to strengthen and repair the skin’s natural barrier. Applying a rich moisturizer like Cellcosmet Cellular Night Cream will also help to heal and regenerate the skin while you sleep.
For a little pampering, I like to apply a mask such as Nature by Valmont, Moisturizing with a Mask, once or twice a week. It feels like a soft cushion on the skin and will instantly re-plump, rebalance and replenish skin that has been ravaged by cold temperatures and dry air.
Lastly, I recommend running a humidifier at night to prevent dehydration caused by indoor heat. This is one of the best and least expensive things you can do to keep the skin functioning properly during the driest of winter months.
I hope these tips will help your skin beat the winter blues…
Joanna Kula, Esthetician