Everytime I get used to my life in Seoul - of all of the benefits, opportunities and experiences - something new comes my way. If you keep up with my blogs, you may recall that I have received laser hair removal and underarm botox while in Korea.
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Anyway, recently I stumbled upon the wonders of PDT treatments - photodynamic therapy! I have been going to MK Skin Clinic, a clinic in Gangnam, for a month and a half now. Thus far, I have received seven PDT treatments and get the full service set each time. My skin has improved significantly. I'll add the clinic I frequent's website link at the bottom. Similar to my prior beauty clinic experience, I had a free consultation where every step of the treatment was explained to me, and the possible packages I could get were presented. Since one of my bucket list wishes has always been to become accomplished enough to afford properly treating my skin, I knew I had to go through with this opportunity while in Korea. Koreans care a lot about taking care of their skin, thus there are many, many skin clinics. What happens when there is a lot of competition? Prices have to be competitive to reel people in! While not cheap, skin care options in Korea are still significantly cheaper than in the US. Moreover, teaching in Korea provides a healthy salary, so adding luxury skin care treatments to my weekly routine was very plausible.
So here's a little background to why I looked into Korean skin clinic culture so much. I am 25, suffered from acne and acne scars since I was 16, and had no prior skin clinic treatments. After the second session, I noticed that thanks to the full treatment service, my existing acne was almost all cleared up, and I was not getting any new acne due to the PDT. Clinics are so fancy in Korea! I get my full treatment while in a luxurious massage chair. I get my acne extracted and PDT care about once a week. The massage chair works wonders after a week of teaching, and I feel refreshed for the upcoming week of work. Now as for my skin’s progress, after my third session, I was being complimented by friends because of the noticeable difference. By my fifth session, I had basically no new acne to extract, so I was placed under longer PDT treatment. Now that I have had seventh sessions, I can see that even my deep scars are less visible, too. I plan to continue to visit my favorite clinic, for their service is not only very effective, but the staff is great. I highly recommend at least going once to a skin clinic and seeing if there is anything that catches your interest. When else will you be able to get such good quality skin care for a steal of a price? Plus, it makes one feel like a true local.
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.