Kpop and Bb cream aren’t the only good things that have come out of Korea. If you are into exfoliation, you will love Korean bath mitts. What are they anyway?
They are a piece of clothing folded and stitched to pocket form.
Unlike ordinary clothing material, they are made of pure viscose and have a sandpaper-like quality to them. They are very common in Korea and are easily recognizable by their dark green color and black stripes on one end.
If you prefer to not chemical peel in your exfoliation routine, the Korean mitts are the way to go. It’s cheap, costing less than one dollar on Amazon, however, they are acquired. Koreans who grew up with them first hated the sandpaper feeling on their skin. Eventually, though, seeing dead skin come off as the mitt is being used has proven to be its own satisfaction.
If you are in Korea
you can go to a jimjilbang, the Korean equivalent of a sauna, and have a professional scrub the dead skin off your body for $30 or so. Of course, if you are conscious of being naked in front of other people, just buy a mitt and bring it home.
When you first use it, the dead skin might not come off immediately. This is okay. Just continue scrubbing until you see results. It will hurt a bit, but trust us, the price is all worth it.
If you want to make your life easier (red: less painful), you can apply exfoliating liquid on your skin and scrub away.
What I like about the Korean mitt is that the exfoliation is deep, especially when you use it with firm pressure. But as we said earlier, if you are not used to pressure, it is acquired taste. know if Should You Use a Loofah Washcloth for Exfoliation?
You can use your mitt everyday until the surface feels too smooth to remove dead skin (the sandpaper feeling is everything). You don’t need to worry about replacing – the mitts cost less than a dollar and lasts a few months or even years.
You can buy your supply on Amazon, or you could have friends staying or vacationing in Korea buy some for you. They are usually not sold in supermarkets – they are only widely available at the jimjilbang, which you will find plenty in different major cities like Seoul, Busan and Incheon. Check out body mitt .