Inspired by the beauty traditions of Eastern royalty and nobility, South Korea’s The History of Whoo skincare has now arrived in Singapore.
Koreans’ obsession with beauty dates back to the 500-year-old Joseon dynasty, when the noble ladies, and even the king, used many naturally made skincare products. Organic concoctions were created from herbal ingredients like angelica root, cherries and acanthopanax root bark, hand-picked from the forest. It was believed that these homemade remedies would rebalance the skin’s yin and yang, boost energy, increase circulation, and give the Korean nobility clear, soft, radiant and youthful complexions.
Now, you can experience the same royal treatment as the rulers of Korea. The History of WHOO reinterprets these traditional recipes. Every product contains Gongjinbidan Complex, which consists of the same ingredients used by empresses to give you beautiful and radiant skin, worthy of royalty.
Gongjinbidan Complex ingredients: deer antler, angelica root, cornelian cherries, acanthopanax root bark, asparagus root and wild thyme.
This light essence is used aft er cleansing. It contains 55.5 per cent Gongjinbidan Culture Medium, a concentrated version of Gongjinbidan Complex, fermented for three nights and constantly stirred. This supposedly optimises the Gongjinbidan Complex’s detoxing, balancing and harmonising properties. There’s also Haeulhwan Complex, which has six oriental herbs that are said to boost blood circulation to carry toxins away. Apply two or three pumps of the light-golden fluid, and cup your palms over your face afterwards to enhance absorption.
This watery and easily absorbed essence is designed to improve your complexion by improving skin cells’ ability to defend, repair and regenerate. This supposedly leads to less-obvious wrinkles, increased suppleness, smaller-looking pores, and soothed, refreshed skin. Aside from Gongjinbidan Complex, it has Cho Jahabidan, bioengineered from plants to mimic the restorative, healing effects of placenta skincare. It also contains Gyeongokbidan, a herbal formula that’s said to fight premature skin ageing, and Cheongsimbidan, which has a soothing, rejuvenating effect. Apply it after a balancer and before a lotion, morning and night.
Korean women are known for their layered skincare regimes, which may have up to 20 steps, morning and night. The reason for the complexity is that many believe each product has a different role or can affect a different layer of the skin. Korean women also tend to perceive skincare as a pampering ritual, not a chore. For maximum efficiency, most women will apply layers gradually as they get on with other morning or night-time tasks.
The History of WHOO is available at Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza. Find out more about the brand at its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thehistoryofwhoosingapore