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Korean Beauty Rituals: Bath Culture

Korean Beauty Rituals: Bath Culture

Last weekend, I spent my day with ladies in the buff.

Here’s some context: I went to try out a membership-only health and lifestyle doctor for my annual. After 75 minutes (!) of digging into body, health, and soul, she noticed my back was very dry and suggested I get a body scrubber.

Being a good Korean, I decided to go to a Korean spa for a traditional body scrubs or seshin. If you’ve never gotten one, check out Conan O’Brien’s trip — it’s hilarious.

I had taken my daughter when she was 5 years old, and she loved it. But this 10-year-old got a culture shock this time: women of all ages were strutting around completely nude and completely unashamed.

Korean bath culture celebrates taking care of mind and body without stigma: self-care is a shameless ritual.

During the actual Korean body scrub, an elderly Korean lady wearing a modest black two-piece suit put a towel over my eyes + exfoliated every nook and cranny.

It was oddly intimate, but also not. Maternal care was there that resonated with my nature of taking care of my daughter and my body.

When I went home with new baby-soft skin, I decided to start a weekly ritual:

  1. Apply the Manuka Honey Mask onto my face, allowing the steam to melt the honey into my pores.

  2. While steaming, exfoliate in circular motions with the Manuka Honey Sugar Scrub toward the heart.* This helps with lymphatic stimulation, a great weekly detox.

*For the back, I add a dollop on the honey scrub on a loofah, or a sisal scrubber, and gently buff in circles.

Manuka Honey Skincare

Manuka Honey Mask

Manuka Honey Skincare

Manuka Honey Sugar Scrub

With the aromas and the steam, my whole body feels like it’s dipped in a honey jar.

I’d love for you to experience this sweet bath ritual and celebrate your body positivity. Happy K-style bathing! :)


Angela, Founder + Happy Bather.

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