On my first day in Korea, I entered a bathroom around lunchtime only to find women literally slapping their faces in front of the mirrors! What the..?!!!
I soon discovered that that’s how Korean women apply their skin care products.
All my life, I’ve rubbed or massaged creams into my skin to get them to penetrate deep. But apparently, I’d been doing it all wrong!!!
Face slapping or ‘patting’ is not a new Korean trend. It’s been around for centuries. Korean women will never massage a serum or moisturizer into their skin as the tugging and pulling can actually makes your skin sag. Quite the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve!
Instead, they gently warm the product between the palms of their hands and slap it on their faces – about 50 to 100 times! It’s not hard slapping, but rather a firm, painless patting. If it hurts, you’re patting way too hard.
What face slapping actually does:
- It helps the nutrients in your products to penetrate into the deepest layers of your skin – making them more effective.
- It improves blood circulation and gives your skin a rosy glow.
- It massages and firms up your facial muscles – taking years off your face.
At first, I thought it was crazy, but now I’ve actually started enjoy slapping my skin. It wakes it up and leaves it feeling all plumped up!
How to slap your face correctly:
Start by slapping your inner cheeks – moving upwards and outwards, then move to your chin and finally, end with your forehead. I like to finish off by using my fingertips to pat my whole face as if I’m playing a piano!
It looks a bit insane, but who cares if you’re getting plumper, younger looking skin right?