Many K-Pop idols use similar methods and products to keep their skin glowing, from three-step cleansing to serums and essences. But there are a few idols out there whose skin secrets are a little more questionable. Here are 8 idol skincare methods you might find hard to believe.
1. Kihyun (MONSTA X)
Most people like to treat with skin with gentle love and care, but not MONSTA X’s Kihyun. Instead, he likes to slap the product straight on. No, not pat—slap. I.M. revealed that Kihyun applies his skincare products very aggressively.
2. Shownu (MONSTA X)
MONSTA X’s Shownu has a weird way of applying this skincare products too. Instead of using his whole hand or just one finger, he specifically uses three fingers to rub serums and moisturizers into his skin.
3. JooE (MOMOLAND)
MOMOLAND’s JooE’s method is the complete opposite of Kihyun and Shownu’s methods. Instead of being aggressive with her application and using multiple fingers, she uses one finger—the ring finger, which is the gentlest of all. Using your ring finger to apply eye cream is recommended because it doesn’t apply too much pressure, but JooE follows the tip for her whole face.
4. Wooyoung (ATEEZ)
Washing your face is the first step of any good skincare routine, but ATEEZ’s Wooyoung says you shouldn’t use regular water or cleanser. Instead, he recommends an old Korean trick of washing your face with the same water you used to wash your rice. Having said that, Wooyoung says he has naturally clear skin, so he doesn’t actually use this tip himself.
5. Youngbin (SF9)
Everyone knows that getting enough “beauty sleep” is one of the keys to looking and feeling great, but SF9’s Youngbin takes it one step further by sleeping at a specific time. Youngbin revealed that many Koreans believe going to bed between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM improves your skin.
6. Rocky (ASTRO)
When settling on a daily skincare routine, beauty experts recommend using products that are kind to your skin. ASTRO’s Rocky, however, uses something very harsh—contact lens solution. Apparently, it’s a tip his mother gave him, but contact lens solution could easily cause skin irritation.
7. Sanha (ASTRO)
If you think Rocky’s method is bad, fellow member Sanha’s is equally questionable. Moonbin revealed that Sanha washes his skin with vinegar. To be fair, he does dilute it first, but he didn’t actually see any skin improvements after incorporating vinegar into his routine.
8. Hyelin (EXID)
Former EXID member Hyelin only uses one skincare product in her routine, but it’s not cleanser, toner, or moisturizer. Instead, she just uses Vaseline. Jeonghwa says Hyelin’s skin is naturally great, which is probably why she can get away with using this one weird product.