Sep 25, 2014  •  In Beauty, Information, Korean

The Changing Face of Koreans

You probably presumed from the title of this post that I will be talking about plastic surgery. ;-)

Well, you’re partly correct. My intention behind this post is to share with you an article published in today’s WSJ: “The Changing Face of South Korea,” which discusses how Korean faces are changing over time — from tens of thousands of years ago to 100 years into the future.

The Korea Face Institute (only in South Korea would such a thing exist :-P ) has taken 20,000 photographs and skull measurements, then factored in interracial marriage, plastic surgery, and nutrition in order to create the following “past,” “present,” and “future” pictures:

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The Korea Face Institute’s assessment of a typical Korean face in 12,000 B.C.

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The typical Korean face today

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What the natural Korean face may look like in 2100

According to the Korea Face Institute, the typical Korean in 12,000 B.C. had a more circular face with southern mongoloid features.

And with the influx of Southeast Asians in recent years, which is expected to rise even more, the future Korean face will feature thicker eyebrows and a wider forehead for men. Additionally, scientists predict that the majority of women will have double eyelids.

What do you think? Does the forecast seem plausible?

It’s funny, because I don’t think I look much like the average Korean face in the “present” picture above, yet most people are able to guess my ethnicity correctly.

(In comparing Korean, Japanese, and Chinese facial features, the general consensus seems to be that Korean people tend to have flatter faces with higher cheekbones and smaller eyes. Japanese people have longer face shapes with lower cheekbones and more angular facial features. Chinese people tend to have rounder face shapes as well as rounder facial features overall. However, due to the sheer size of China and its multi-ethnic makeup, it is much more difficult to generalize.)

If you’re Korean, how closely do you resemble the typical Korean as seen in the “present” picture above?

Do you have the facial features that are considered typical for your ethnicity?

Sep 24, 2014  •  In Beauty, Korean, Personal, Reviews, Shopping

My Korean Skincare Routine: An Update

It’s been almost 3 months since I ventured into the wonderful world of Korean skincare products. (Not sure what I’m talking about? See here and here.) And because I have tried a few new products since my last post on the subject, I wanted to give you guys an update. :-)  

First things first: how is my skin holding up? I think I’ve mentioned before that in the past, after about a month or so of using a new product, my skin seems to adjust and adapt, somehow making the product less effective.

This hasn’t been the case with my Korean skincare routine at all! My skin remains softer, smoother, and more supple than I can ever remember. In fact, my skin probably hasn’t been this nice since before puberty.

I am now more confident than ever in exposing my bare, makeup-less skin — freckles, age spots, and other discolorations be damned!

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I’ve only JUST started using sunscreen on a daily basis. :-(  When I think about
all the discoloration and spots I could have prevented by doing this earlier, I
can’t help but cringe!

Now, on to the products! 

I have mentioned the double-cleanse method before and how I was interested in trying the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil as a result. But right before I was about to buy a bottle, I read about the Banila Co Clean It Zero line of sherbet cleansers.

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Can I just say that this stuff ROCKS? No messy oils running down your arms. A sherbet texture that immediately melts onto the skin — and although it is an oil cleanser, no slimy or icky feeling.

The original Clean It Zero proved so popular in Korea that other formulations soon followed: Clean It Zero Purity for sensitive skin (does not contain mineral oil), Clean It Zero Radiance for those seeking a glow, and Clean It Zero Resveratrol for whitening and anti-aging effects.

They’ve even released a large, 180ml (vs the regular 100ml) tub of the original formula, which is what I plan on getting next when my current one runs out. :-D  

As for the second step in the double cleanse method, I waited ’til I ran out of my tube of regular foaming cleanser, and then tried the exact product mentioned in SokoGlam’s blog: the Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam. (And why not? This cleanser is less than half the price of what I used before!)

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Some people do not like their cleansers to leave a squeaky-clean feeling, but I do…and hence I love this cleanser! It foams up wonderfully and tightens up my pores considerably.

The next two new products I’ve tried are from the same brand and line of products: the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin, and the Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack.

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To be completely honest, I am a bit disappointed in these products. This isn’t to say that they were bad; rather, I had such high expectations for them because of all the rave reviews I had read online! I think that the Benton Snail Bee line would work better on those with sensitive, acne-prone skin. Since I have neither of those concerns, they didn’t do much for me — that is, they weren’t any better than other skins/toners or sheet masks I’ve tried.

I continue to use them, but will not repurchase when I run out.

I think I have finally settled into a good regimen — a slightly pared-down version of the Korean skincare routine:

morning:
1.  Cleanse with the Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam
2.  Apply the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin (will stop using when I run out)
3.  Apply the Missha Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence
4.  Apply the Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Fresh Watery Cream (will switch to the Combination Watery Cream in the cooler months)
5.  Apply the Missha All-Around Safe Block Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF45 PA+++

night:
1.  Double-cleanse with Banila Co Clean It Zero and Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam
2.  Apply the Benton Snail Bee High Content Skin (will stop using when I run out)
3.  Apply the Missha Time Revolution the First Treatment Essence
4.  Use a sheet mask (only once or twice a week, and the type depending on how my skin feels)
5.  Apply the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX
6.  Apply the Innisfree Eco Science Eye Cream

Before, I used to view skincare as a chore. (And I’ve gone to sleep without washing my face more than I care to admit. :oops: )  But now, I actually look forward to my skincare regimen! And contrary to what I’d feared, the new routine does not require too much time, and despite the fact that I’m using more products, is cheaper than what I used in the past.

Again, why didn’t I do this sooner?!??

Sep 23, 2014  •  In Art/Design, Facebook, Funny, Web

Thoroughly Depressing Comics About Our Relationship to Facebook

FACEBOOK TO BEGIN CHARGING USERS $2.99/MO STARTING NOVEMBER 1ST, the headline read.

A friend — who is very active on Facebook with over 1,000 friends and numerous subscribers — had shared the article to her timeline. The response was swift and immediate.

Grief. Denial. Rage. Threats to move to other social networks.

Only then did an astute commenter point out that the article was a hoax; there was no need to panic.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of this incident when I came across these clever and powerful comics yesterday.

The truth hurts, doesn’t it?  ;-) 

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Sep 23, 2014  •  In Entertainment, Infographics, Movies

A Comprehensive Chronology Chart of Disney Movies

Ever wonder where exactly in known history (or future) your favorite Disney movie takes place? Or how they compare chronologically to other Disney films? Now, you can, with this handy chart from Disney’s New Groove.

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Aish, the creator of the timeline, explains:

Disney movies in order of historical setting. (Excludes most of the package films. Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)

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Sep 22, 2014  •  In Aerin, Parenting, Personal

Chalazion

A couple of months ago, we noticed a small lump under Aerin’s left lower eyelid. (You can kinda see it in the first picture from this post about summer camp.) It wasn’t painful and it didn’t seem to bother her, so we took the “wait and see” approach.

But over the weeks, the lump grew larger and redder. We took Aerin to the pediatrician who suspected the lump to be a sty and — because it hadn’t gone away on its own — prescribed an antibacterial ointment. In addition to the ointment, we were to give her warm compresses, and hopefully the sty would go away on its own.

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When Aerin’s eye didn’t get any better after 10 days, we visited the pediatrician’s office again. This time, we saw another doctor from the practice who prescribed an oral antibiotic. His recommendation was the same: medication and warm compresses. If it didn’t get better within a week, we were to call and get an referral for a pediatric ophthalmologist.

As you can probably guess, it didn’t get any better. And when we finally saw the ophthalmologist, he told us that the lump wasn’t a sty, but a chalazion. (A sty is a bacterial infection, while a chalazion is caused by a blocked oil gland.) Chalazia do not respond to medication, so the antibiotics we had been giving her were for naught.

The good news was that because the blockage was external and not internal, and because Aerin’s vision was not affected, she would not need surgery. He told us to continue to apply warm compresses to the area, and that the chalazion would eventually pop on its own.

And a few days ago, it did pop. While Aerin was in the bath. And you guys, there was SO. MUCH. BLOOD. (It probably looked worse because we were in water, but still.) And she cried SO. MUCH. :cry:  When the bleeding finally slowed, I applied some petroleum jelly to the area and covered it with gauze, then covered that with a large bandage.

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I considered taking her to the ER that night because a thin layer of skin had actually peeled down, exposing about ⅓” of raw, bleeding skin. J told me that I was overreacting — as you can see from the picture above, Aerin was in considerably better spirits after we dressed the wound — and told me that the doctor could wait until the next day.

Aerin woke up a couple of times that night from discomfort, and at 5am she shook me awake to hand me the bloody bandage she had ripped off. I quickly examined the wound to see that it was scabbed over, and decided to leave it alone and let it air out for a few hours.

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Aerin’s eye the next morning

I called the ophthalmologist’s office as soon as it opened, and they were able to fit us in for a quick examination. The doctor told me that the chalazion looked good, but because the wound was larger than what he usually sees, he prescribed an antibiotic ointment to apply to the area for the next couple of days.

He told me that the wound may continue to open/pop, ooze, and scab over for the next couple of months (!), but there is no need for concern unless it gets larger, or shows signs of infection.

And that’s what’s been happening for the past few days. Aerin’s chalazion continues to open, then scab over, and open, over and over again. All we can do is keep the area clean and try to keep her from picking at the scabs.

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The picture above was taken right after the wound had opened again, so it looks a lot worse than it actually is. The swelling has gone down considerably and Aerin continues to be in good spirits. I know it could’ve been a lot worse and we should consider ourselves lucky, but it just sucks to see an injury on your child whenever you look at her face, you know? Here’s to hoping the chalazion will heal quickly and without any further complications…