It is no secret that cleansing is the cornerstone of the Korean skincare routine: whereas most women hurriedly skip through this step, Korean ladies (and gentlemen) take their time to thoroughly remove every last trace of dirt and grime from their faces, often utilizing up to three cleansers to get the job done. But, what may come as a surprise is that Korean women don’t use plain old tap water to cleanse their skin. Although not harmful, normal tap water doesn’t have any particular benefits for the skin to warrant its use.
Instead, Korean women wash their faces with sparkling water, namely carbonated water that contains carbonic acid and is free of all harmful chemicals. Unlike normal water, sparkling water is a multitasker that benefits skin in a number of different ways. To start with, the bubbles boosts blood circulation, helping to deliver oxygen to skin cells more effectively. This simple action can alone reduce puffiness and give your complexion a more fresh-faced look.
On top of it, this fizzy face-cleansing technique helps to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness by keeping the cells between collagen fibers strong and healthy. Finally, sparkling water washes out impurities and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and the inside of the pores and gives the complexion a brighter, more dewy glow.
In case you’re wondering how to get hold of carbonated water for all your face-cleansing needs, Innisfree has come to the rescue with its very own Jeju Sparkling Mineral Powder, a cleansing powder that harnesses the power of Jeju’s pristine water. Jeju’s sparkling water is rich in minerals and nutrients, delivering the same benefits of a spa therapy in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Powder contains two sachets, one filled with baking soda and the other with the cleansing solution. I first fill a bowl with normal water and then put the baking soda in. The next step is to pour the second sachet with the cleansing solution into the bow and stir. As I do so, I immediately notice the water starts to bubble as the carbonated reaction occurs.
Now the water has turned sparking, I can either put my face in the water for two or three minutes or wash my face using both hands as usual. I prefer the latter option because it allows me to feel the effects of a sparkling massage as if I were in a luxury Korean spa rather than my own bathroom. The final step is to rinse off the face with lukewarm water.
I particularly like to use this bubbly cleansing technique after a poor night of sleep because it makes my whole face look brighter and more awake. The bags under my eyes – a telltale sign my night was restless – also appear slightly depuffed. These are all the immediate benefits: with regular use, blood circulation improves too, helping the skin performs its regular functions at the very best of its abilities. As a result, my skin remains young and firm – in short, it looks better than ever.
One thing’s for sure: I will never go back to cleansing with regular water again!
Summary: Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Powder cleanses, brightens and depuffs skin, giving it a fresh-faced and glowing appearance.
Claims: A cleansing powder with Jeju sparkling mineral water that delivers rich minerals for skin.
Ingredients: 1) Sodium Bicarbonate / 2) Citric Acid, Silica, Onsen-Sui (100ppm), Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Propanediol, Magnesium Stearate.
Where to buy: Innisfree