In South Korea, taking care of your health and skin is not indulgence but necessity. No wonder K-beauty keeps increasing. Not to mention that South Korea is crowned as one of the top 10 beauty markets in the world. Nurturing skin is essential for South Korean regardless of ages and gender. Thus, do not get surprised to see various spas started from traditional to modern ones. For Korean, nurturing their skin is not about looking flawless bur rather than a form of self-care. If you agree, might as well trying a spa tour in Seoul during your visit to South Korea.
Experiencing satisfying spa tour in Seoul
There are many beauty facilities you can spot in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Aside from food hunting or shopping, it is highly recommended to try a spa tour that will benefit your skin health.
JJimjilbang is a Korean bathhouses open for public use. There are many of them scattered around the city. There are many types of Jjimjilbang you can find in Seoul today. Most Jjimjilbang in Seoul open 24 hours. This is where you can have new experience of sauna treatments. You can also try a seshin, a thorough Korean scrub. If you have sensitive skin, it might be a little bit painful. Traditional and simple Jjimjilbang usually not cost a lot.
Soaking in the pool
There are usually particular orders to have a spa treatment in Jjimjilbang especially the modern ones. Before getting scrubbed by the mistress, you will be required to soak in the pool for about 30 minutes in medium water. It has purpose to relax your skin and to make it easier to scrub the dirt and dead skin cells later.They also use bar soap instead of liquid shower gel. It is also done with a purpose. They say liquid shower gel will make your skin too slippery making it harder for the mistress to scrub your skin properly. Therefore, bar soap is used during pre-soak shower.
Another point of Korean spa treatment is the differences of water temperature of each pool in the facility. Every Jjimjilbang provides various pools with different water temperature to enjoy. There are pools with very cold temperature and there are also the ones that cause molten sensation to your entire being. Basically, you can choose which pools to soak in. As for the scrub treatment, you may be directed to particular pools by the mistress.
When the scrub time arrives, you will be laid down on the mattress naked. Then, your body will be scrubbed thoroughly and sometimes, painfully. They use special towel called Korean Italy towel to scrub your skin. The towel has sandpaper-like textures to make it easier to peel off dead skin. The process can be painful especially for those who try it for the first time. However, this treatment can help relax your body because the scrubbing is followed by massages throughout your body. After, you can enjoy some healthy snacks and drinks that said to promote healthy skin.