As the weather gets warmer and the school year comes to an end, English teachers and expats in Korea are packing their bags and planning trips to exotic locations.
Whether spending a few months backpacking through Southeast Asia, jaunting off to Europe, or heading home for a few weeks, travelers must stay conscious of their packing habits as airlines are continuously upping fees for extra luggage weight. For those who like to travel with carry-on baggage only, it's also important to keep liquids to a minimum, as one is only allowed a tiny Ziploc bag to put them in. This can be especially difficult for us girls who like to bring along toiletries and cosmetics to look nice and feel comfortable. Fortunately enough, for those of us living in Korea, we don't have to make any sacrifices this travel season, as popular Korean cosmetic chains offer up travel-sized products for girls on the go.
Yesterday, I was in a coffee shop in Sorae, and I noticed this rather amusing restroom sign.
Yup, the figures of the woman and the man taking a leak are funny, but what really caught my attention is the phrase on top of the sign.
In the Seoul metro, Apgujeong station one of many dozens in that station
When commuting in Seoul you are constantly reminded how having a good face 을짱 is a major concern in Korea. Plastic surgery ads are plastered all over the subway with incredible before & after pictures, telling us there is a price to achieve perfection. Korean women don’t think twice: in 2009 one of every five women in Seoul between the ages of 19 and 49 said they had undergone plastic surgery at least once (Trend Monitor).
Korean Face Mask
Don’t be scared, it isn’t a patient escaped from a plastic surgery clinic… It’s a Korean facial mask! Found in Korean women’s beauty arsenal along with the famous BB Cream, facial masks are an easy and practical way to pamper your skin.
I first came across them back in 2008, the first time I really tried to understand Korean women’s penchant for skin-whitening. While it turns out that I misinterpreted what exactly the images above were though, from a 2005 study of the relationship between female attractiveness and hormones, one of its conclusions remains the same: the redder a women’s cheeks, the sexier.