Keep your skin looking dewey fresh on long flights with these Korean skincare products


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Korean skincare products have finally made it mainstream! I was thrilled to see if finally come into the US market. My daily skincare routine is like a mini vacation. I take it religiously. Some people might find the 10-step process excessive or a hassle, but I see it as mini-spa treatment. So when I travel, I make sure my mini-spa treatments come with me – especially for those long flights that really dry out my skin.

All your skincare needs can be found in New York City‚Äôs Korea Town. Many of the larger Korean skincare retailers are here. There’s The FaceShop, Nature‚Äôs Republic and Tony Moly, along with a handful of smaller shops.

Many products are travel friendly, but one of the things I love about buying Korean skincare products is that every purchase comes with free samples! They’re are great for traveling and small enough to keep in your handbag.

Pamper yourself to healthy skin by squeezing in little shopping spree between your visit to the Empire State Building and The Morgan Library & Museum nearby. To maintain healthy skin during your travels, here are 10 products to look for in Korea Town.

Before Boarding

Exfoliate: Before leaving for the airport, scrub away dead cells to prep your skin for better absorption. My holy grail for exfoliating is Lemon Sparking Peeling Gel. You can actually see the dead skin cells roll up in little white balls as you massage it into your skin.

Toner:¬†Beauty Water is THE toner to use. It does EVERYTHING. Not only does it serve as a toner, but you can also use it as a light exfoliator and as a cleanser.¬†It picks up dirt and oil even after you’ve double cleansed.

Essence (Optional): SK-II is one of my favorite luxury skincare brand and their essence is like no other. Essences are a combination of toner and serum so when I travel I tend not to bring one since I the hydrating serum is more important for keeping my skin moisturized.

Serum:¬†Mizon’s Hyaluronic Acid 100 is my favorite hydrating serum. Hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to add long-lasting hydration back into the skin. When I really need an extra boost of hydration, I add a drop or two¬†into¬†other serums and/or moisturizers.

Moisturize: The star ingredient in this moisturizer is snail mucin, which makes up 70% of ingredients. Snail mucin extract helps natural cell regeneration and adds moisture to increase firmness in skin. Plus, it makes my skin all dewey and refreshed.

SPF: Even though you’re not directly exposed to the sun, the higher altitude means you’re closer to the sun and therefore are exposed to stronger UV rays. MISSHA’s Waterproof Sun Milk doesn’t leave a greasy residue or a white case so you’ll be selfie ready.

During Flight

Sheet Masks: SO MANY OPTIONS. The fun is in trying different brands and different types to see what your skin responds best to. Have some fun with animal face masks.

Oil Blots: Dry skin leads to oily glands because your skin secretes oil to overcompensate for your dry skin. These oils causes breakouts so to prevent acne, use MISSHA Magic View Oil Paper to absorb excess oil and reduce clogged pores.

Cushion: Cushion compacts gives you that dewey look. Pat some on before you land and you’ll look fresh faced and well rested. Depending on your skin type, many¬†compacts offer¬†light and heavy coverage formulas.

After Flight

Pore Mask: Elizavecca Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask is my go-to for getting rid of dead skin, dirt, oils and white heads. After a long flight, it’s important to remove all the grim and buildup so you have a clean canvas for your regular skincare routine.

Attractions Nearby:

  • Empire State Building
  • 34th Street Herald Square
  • Penn Station
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • Chrysler Building

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Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.