Why You Probably Aren't 'Attractive' In South Korea

Why You Probably Aren't 'Attractive' In South Korea

Meet the unrealistic beauty standards of South Korea: are you considered to be attractive?

With the Hallyu Wave striking the world, it's understandable that there has been much interest in Korean culture - music, language, and the infamous Korean beauty industry. As a young Korean-American woman, I go back to Korea yearly during school vacations. Every year, I notice the barrage of make up and skincare stores at every street. Basically, the equivalent to the epidemic of Starbucks in America are these beauty stores.

Don't get me wrong - I love Korea. But, I breathe a sigh of relief when it's time to go back.

I am tired of my relatives telling me that I should consider plastic surgery to get larger ssang-kah-peul, double eyelids. My American friends are confused when they hear "double eyelids at first" and stare at their own eyes - this highly regarded Korean standard of beauty is not even noticed by most people in the states.

I am tired of seeing Korean schoolgirls stopping in front of the massive plastic surgery ads that are posted at every corner, every subway. They stare at the before-and-after pictures, saving photos of celebrity A's eyes to show a surgeon during consultation and aspiring to a photo of celebrity B's nose for their next surgery.

I am tired of these unrealistic beauty standards being shoved into the throats of young girls.

As an 18-year-old Korean-American woman, perhaps this is just a cultural difference. I simply can not comprehend why an entire society is so obsessed with an unrealistic appearance that goes to extremes.

Examples: to be attractive you need to...

1. Have a round forehead instead of a flat one.

2. Have double eyelids but not sunken eyelids - think puffier.

3. Aegyo-ssal! Essentially, a protruding eyebag.

4. A modest, medium-sized nose bridge.

5. "V-line" face (literally, a face that looks like the letter V)

6. Extremely pale, white skin.

In America, we have a general sense of beauty. A blonde girl with pale skin and green eyes, curly black haired brown eyed tan girl, red headed blue eyed girl - you get the picture. Celebrities and "beautiful" women are all beautiful in - as cliché as it sounds - different ways.

If you were going through some of these examples and checking yourself out in the mirror, it's totally normal. A lot of these specific beauty standards are considered to be very obscure and arbitrary things in the United States.

I am not saying that this is the mentality of all Koreans, nor do these standards represent the entirety of Koreans - but really, these are the mainstream beauty standards of South Korea.

So, do you think that you're considered attractive in South Korea?

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Believe it or not but there is something manly about a mustache. It gives a macho or a mature look to the most baby-faced appearances. Whether you are trying to grow one for Movember or just simply want to look a bit different, mustaches are on trend now. However, along with growing a mustache, you should have to do a special care of it. 

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If you want that your mustache looks amazing every time, you must invest in a mustache comb. You can choose any pocket-friendly size stache' comb to keep your mustache looking nicely groomed. You can also use that comb on your beard, hair and sideburns. This tool easily glides through any tangle and helps to evenly distribute the mustache wax. Also, it is good to lift hair to make trimming easier and helps part your mustache in the middle. The smooth finish of a mustache comb helps to eliminate frizz or static.

Wash and Clean It

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Moisturize Under Your Moustache

The skin underneath your mustache is also susceptible to dryness just like the skin on the scalp. This happens because the hair draws the moisture from the skin. Or sometimes because of the flakes or dirt that accumulate beneath the growth of hair. After cleansing, you should moisturize the skin under your mustache regularly with the help of your fingertips to prevent this dryness. Avoid using regular skin lotions as they are too thick and make your mustache hair greasy. Therefore, only use purpose-made mustache moisturizer.  Moreover, rinse your face well after using shampoo or face wash because the residue of such products can cause itching.

Trim A dry moustache

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Skincare Is Taboo For Men In America, But It Shouldn't Be

Skincare promotes healthy masculinity, and more men in the U.S. should embrace it.

It is incredibly difficult as a male living in America to embrace a subject considered very feminine: skin care. The notion of healthy masculinity is something that many contemporary men are dealing with and trying to help promote through our peers.

Just type "skin care" in google and see what pops up. Here is a screenshot of what I found:

Majority of the photos that appear are pictures of females and their routine of skin care. Almost no males are present. It's very clear that this act is mostly associated with females rather than males, but changing this perception could be a way to promote healthy masculinity.

This perception is definitely less apparent in a Korean society, where it is very common for males to wear make-up and take care of their skin. It was this perspective that made me wonder why western men considered it to be taboo? I think it's crucial to take care of your skin, and it shouldn't be frowned upon.

It is evident that males in western society are pushed to be stoic in nature, rugged, and tough. Skincare is the complete opposite of that norm. By permeating this act to be normalized, men can learn to embrace the variety of what healthy men can be.

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