WTF is Face-Locking, and Should I Start Doing It?

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The Korean beauty industry seems to crank out more unusual beauty terms than the rest of the world combined. The latest? Face-locking.

If you're new to Korean beauty, check out our primer to learn the basics. Much of Korean beauty relies on a strict skin-care regimen to achieve effortlessly glowy, hydrated skin.

Face-locking is the newest concept in reaching that goal. Products that claim to create a barrier on top of your skin are hitting the Korean beauty market en masse, reports Refinery29. The idea is that these products will "lock in" the active ingredients of the other products that you slather on your skin every day to ensure you're receiving the maximum benefits. Not a bad idea, if you ask us!

In super polluted areas like Seoul, South Korea, women also use the face-locking creams as defense against the toxins in the air.

"The new class of skin-care products, which I consider the Avengers of skin, protect your complexion in a multitude of ways - sunscreen to block out UV rays, antioxidants to combat free radicals, ceramides to fortify the skin barrier, and protective films that form another defensive layer on the face," writes Joyce Kong, Refinery29's Korean Beauty Correspondent.

Many face-locking creams are water repellent, and should be applied as the final step in your skin-care routine to trap in all the good stuff you've already applied.

If you're ready to pop, lock and drop it, start with Tonymoly's Dust and the City Face Locking Cream ($25, Tonymoly) or Holika Holika DustOut All Day Out Mask Mist ($8.50, Korea Depart), two affordable options.

Thanks to your new reinforcements, you might go barefaced a lot more often!


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