The notion of consistency can feel rare in a fast-paced, ever-evolving space like the beauty sphere. This is all the more exacerbated with the advent of platforms such as TikTok and Douyin, where the emergence of buzzwords and trends have become a daily occurrence, admittedly with limited staying power. Perhaps it is why the treatments and solutions that have persisted within the space feel all the more precious—because it truly speaks volumes on its effectiveness and potency. At the top of the list? Skin revival treatments that incorporate one-of-a-kind tech to provide lasting and long-term results.
If it sounds as if we are suggesting that all-around hydration can be achieved without employing a focused skincare routine, it is because we are. It’s no secret that an adequate amount of moisture is pivotal to achieving a smooth, bouncy complexion free of fine lines and sagging, so it only makes sense that hydration-focused skin revival treatments rule the roost amongst beauty buffs. Top Korean actress, Kim So Hyun, is no exception. Dubbed “the nation’s little sister” thanks to her early start in the entertainment field, she has since become the ambassador for Merz Aesthetics’s complexion-reviving treatment touted to improve skin softness; up skin hydration; and increase firmness.
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The magic of this procedure lies in its method of application, where it comes in an injectable format that allows for a licensed doctor to distribute the product specifically where it is needed across mid- to deep dermis layers of the skin.. The end result: a healthy, glowing visage with results that can last up to nine months. Below, the full lowdown on Kim So Hyun’s beauty philosophy and self-care secrets, ranging from her skincare must-haves to her go-to activity that facilitates feelings of contentment.
Tell us about your skincare regime and the treatments you employ to help you achieve a glowing visage.
KSH: In order to maintain healthy and bright skin, I believe hydration is critical. So I think it’s important to pay attention to even the most basic things—like, for instance, drinking an adequate amount of water and applying sunscreen religiously before you go out. I think it’s paramount to make it a part of your daily routine.
What does self-care mean to you?
KSH: I do believe that self-care has to do, to some extent, with improving your outer appearance, but I also feel that it has more to do with taking care of your inner self. In order to do this, I think it is essential that you know yourself well. This way, you’ll be able to treat and take care of yourself well.
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Do you have a go-to wellness activity that helps you relax and reduce stress?
KSH: When I wake up, the first thing I do is drink water as much as possible. I think being active is really good for your health, too. So if possible, I try to take a stroll outside in the park to breathe in some fresh air outside.
What are your thoughts on prevention with regard to skincare, and when do you think one should start on an anti-ageing routine or treatments?
KSH: Personally, I feel that it is ideal to start as early as possible. In my case, I started my career when I was very young, and I was exposed to a lot of harmful pollutants around me. Because of this, it has dawned on me that it is essential to maintain your complexion when it is in a good state. You have to continue to treat it well, as much as you can.
What is your definition of beauty, personally?
KSH: Well, of course when you think of beauty at a glance, appearance is important. But I do think it is crucial to look inward, too, and it’s important to know yourself and love yourself so you can live with more confidence.