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This Is How Korean Girls Never Get Chapped Lips

Yes, there is such a thing as a Korean lip care routine.
IMAGE Song Hye Kyo | instagram.com/kyo1122

It's no secret that the Korean skin care routine is definitely not for the lazy girl. But whether you're into an elaborate 10-step skin care regimen or you're a classic cleanse-tone-moisturize type of girl, there's no denying the Korean skin care routine works wonders for the skin.

Chapped lips is a common beauty problem that a lot of girls face—especially in a tropical country like the Philippines. So when we found out that there is such a thing as a Korean lip care routine, we just had to find out the Koreans' trick to never ever ever getting chapped lips. And get this, Candy Girls, the Korean's secret to great, smooth lips only involves two steps! Scroll down and find out how you can combat your chapped pout without breaking a sweat!

ONE: Exfoliate

Just like your skin, your lips also accumulate dead skin cells, which you need to slough off. This will prime your lips and keep it soft, smooth, and moisturized. Choose a lip scrub that's 100% natural for a gentle lip exfoliation.

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TWO: Hydrate

Emma Stone made a huge buzz in the beauty department when her makeup artist Rachel Goodwin posted a photo of the actress with a lip mask on while preparing for the Golden Globes.

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Turns out that the lip mask has always been a favorite in the K-beauty scene! Skip your usual balm and opt for a trendy lip mask for maximum hydration.

Try: Sephora Collection Rose Lip Mask P154, Sephora PH

What other K-Beauty trends do you want to know about? Let’s talk beauty!

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Janelle Yau
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The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

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