Korean Skincare, Crazes and Innovation | Get A Drip Podcast

Korean skincare, crazes and innovation on the Get A Drip Podcast

This week on the Get A Drip podcast, we chatted with the lovely Maree, founder and CEO of Beauty & Seoul, THE online retailer for all things Korean beauty and skincare.

Adopted from a South Korean orphanage and raised in Australia and the UK, Maree has such an interesting story that you’re going to love. 

Maree, I love your story so much I’d love it if you told us about how Beauty & Seoul came to be.

So I’m actually adopted from South Korea, I was an orphan there when I was a baby and then I was adopted by my British parents who were living in Australia.  I wasn’t really interested in anything to do with my heritage, my adoption, or Korea and it wasn’t until I was in my mid 20s that I began to get really interested about finding out more about where I came from. 

So I quit my job in London, flew over to Seoul for six months, and tried to find my birth parents there. But, a month into that six month trip, I found my birth mother, and she didn’t want to meet me, so I was there in Korea, thinking okay I’ve quit my job for this. I don’t know what the hell I’m meant to do. I don’t speak Korean, even though I look Korean and as a distraction I just started blogging about everything that I was discovering there from the food to all the beautiful places but particularly, because it’s a topic of interest to me, the trending Korean skincare and beauty scene. 

The blog took off, I started Instagram, and then I decided to use the time to reach out to the brands that I really liked in Korea. I started writing a business plan, thinking about how I could introduce these products back to the UK. 

It was really difficult if you were in the UK and wanted to try Korean skincare; you had to buy directly from Korea, which meant, obviously, long shipping times, high costs, etc. So, I came back to London and set up Beauty & Seoul, which was almost four years ago now, which seems pretty crazy. And here we are!

Tell us about the beauty scene in South Korea

It was really eye opening the first time I went. If you compare it to the West, certainly back in the early 2000s, there was more of a focus on makeup over skincare so I think the average person would spend more money on makeup products than skincare. That was flipped on its head when I went to South Korea. You literally walked out of High Street, and it’s all just skincare stores, it’s pretty crazy to get your head around until you go there and actually see it. 

The ethos is that if you look after your skin, then you actually don’t need much makeup to hide it. And at first I was like, well, that totally makes sense and the more I was kind of speaking to friends that I made over there they said, ‘well you know, the skin is your largest organ, why wouldn’t you take care of it the way that we try to look after our insides as well?’

You’ve mentioned to me once before that there was a huge craze about plastic surgery, as well. So tell us a bit about what you discovered when you were there. 

I read an interesting stat that one in three women in Seoul has probably undergone some sort of surgery, which I just couldn’t get my head around, and just from speaking to people, it is very common. 

The most common surgery to get is double eyelid surgery. And I’m not here to want to say what’s right or wrong; I think that if you’re severely insecure about something and there’s a means in which you can rectify that for your own self confidence, hundred percent, I’m all for that. But I think where potentially they may have gone too far in Korea is that when there’s that societal pressure to look one’s best. That’s when I just see a darker side of it it’s that pressure to look a certain way. 

In Korea, you will literally see advertisements saying ‘go from witch face to pretty.’ It’s really in your face and, you know, having lived there and not having experienced that in the West, it wore me down in terms of confidence. I felt the pressure so I can’t even imagine how younger girls are feeling there. I wrote a blog about it previously, which was entitled ‘feeling fat and ugly in South Korea’, and showing all the advertisements I was seeing, it’s a dark side of what we talked about that kind of cultural thing to look your best.

How did your skincare routine change from when you’re in the UK to when you live in South Korea?

I cringe at some of the products I used to use on my skin!

I now double cleanse, using an oil based cleanser and then a water based cleanser which will effectively remove impurities, dust, bacteria, SPF and makeup, without drying your skin so you don’t want to use products they’re going to disrupt your skin’s natural barrier. 

When I think about the products I used to use, you know those toners that used to make your face feel so tight. At the time I thought, that’s great! It’s reducing my pores and I won’t have blackheads but all it was doing is just drying out your skin, and you don’t want that, even if you have oily skin you still need hydration because what you don’t want is your skin to crack and then make it more open to bacteria which then causes breakouts. So I would definitely say stringent toners so those like ones that always burn and dry out your skin and NO face wipes, I used to use face wipes a lot!

Also, I now always use an SPF on my face! 

Any Korean skincare trends you forecast coming over to the UK?

Industry experts suggest that the formulations in Korean skincare brands are about 10 to 12 years ahead of French and American brands. The reason being that these brands are investing so much into research and development, because the demand is there in Korea because they’re spending a hell of a lot of money on skincare. Two trends that really excite me is that there’s been a big shift in vegan skincare formulations and also sustainable packaging, which is something really great to see, they are actually leading the way in terms of sustainability packaging in the beauty industry.

Another thing another brand is doing is using data analysis to create your own bespoke skincare, believing that everyone’s skin is different. Everyone has different skin types, skin concerns, and environmental factors, and basically on a monthly subscription basis they are analysing your skin, your lifestyle and then delivering formulated personalised skincare.

I feel like I’ve seen a lot about vitamin C at the moment. Would you agree with that?

Absolutely. It’s one of our most asked questions like, ‘which vitamin C serum like would you recommend?’ Vitamin C is just a really great all round product for brightening skin, evening out complexion. And it’s a really good ingredient for those trying to remove acne scarring as well.

How else do you take care of your skin from the inside out? Do you do anything to intentionally your skin?

I would say, intentionally I drink a lot of water. Two years ago, I was working full time and running Beauty and Seoul and I was extremely busy. I think I was averaging three to four hours of sleep, living off coffee, skipping breakfast. My skin was at its worst. It was really, really bad, and it was a result of poor diet, no exercising and just being worn out. 

I then started to take time to actually cleanse my skin before going to work. I started hydrating, sleeping eight hours a night, making sure I was exercising four times a week. My skin then went from at its worst, to at its best. at its best. 

If you could give one piece of skincare advice to everyone listening, what would that be?

Please use SPF every day and reapply it! Don’t just put it on once in the morning, reapply it and make sure it is at least, at LEAST factor 30.

 

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What a food addiction REALLY looks like

What a food addiction really looks like with Nutritionist Rhaya Jordan 

 

This week on the Get A Drip Podcast (in case you missed it, yes we have a Podcast now!), we talked to Nutritionist, Naturopath and food addiction specialist, Rhaya Jordan all about food addiction. We talked about what a food addiction actually is, how a food addiction can manifest itself and what the path to recovery looks like. It was fascinating and extremely eye-opening to say the least! 

Thank you so much for joining us today! So Rhaya, you are a nutritionist and a naturopath, and one of your specialties is food addiction. So what is food addiction?

There are a number of different definitions and the definition I quite like comes out of Kelly Brunel and his team at Yale (he’s moved on now). And they talk about a pattern of eating, that is compulsive and makes you unhappy that essentially that there’s a deep internal feeling of dis-ease about your relationship with food and I really like that definition. I really like the fact that it puts it into your own body and your own experience of eating, but there are more formal definitions as well, because the critique of that definition is that it’s too broad. Lots of people can be unhappy with their eating and not necessarily addicted. 

But the more formal definition is an addiction, whether it be food or anything else is a behaviour that’s compulsive, and you continue regardless of the consequences. So a lot of people picture addiction is, I’m doing the thing that makes me happy and people who are eating compulsively eating will say it makes them happy, but very often they’re eating and crying at the same time, this is not something that makes people happy, but it is often something that they feel really compelled to do, regardless of the fact that they don’t want to do it. 

So it’s a much bigger issue and experience than ‘I can’t stop eating, I love food so much.’

It’s interesting because you just said that it’s something that you do when you’re crying and you’re eating and that this reminds me of when you watch the movies and someone’s eating a bucket of ice cream and they’re crying. It’s like an emotional response, an emotional crutch. And so is that what it is, is that something that we do when we’re trying to alleviate emotional discomfort?

Absolutely, absolutely. It’s all an attempt at mood modification, you know, so you’re trying to medicate yourself and make yourself feel better and that’s one of the deep hooks. They talked about hope, happy, angry, lonely, tired, you know, all of these things can be triggers to eat food that you don’t want, and your body doesn’t want.

It can affect your life people can spend a fortune on food, and can feel deeply, deeply ashamed about it and very often. What techniques that they bring to try and deal with food addiction is just petrol on the fire, so if you had a heroin addiction for example, one of the key things you need to do is move away from people taking heroin in places you could really easily, which isn’t an overwhelming task in this culture. But if you are really compulsive around sugar, you really lose it when you begin to eat it, and you get a bit wild eyed, where are you going to go? It’s absolutely everywhere. We know that sugar has this compulsive element, it’s not just sugar, it seems to be a combination of sugar, salt and fat, which is very unusual in the wild or what’s left of the wild. 

Humans haven’t been in the wild for a long time but all of these things are really primal signals to us that this is a really good food, and you should go for it with this food because it’s really high in calories. And there’s a famine coming, or it’s really salty there’s a lot of sodium in the wild so quickly, eat it because it’s salty. If it’s crisp, that signals freshness to us and there are a lot of really deep primeval wiring that the food industry plugs into when they’re designing a product, so they will specifically design a product to be ideally irresistible. 

There is something called the bliss point, which is this point where salt and sugar and fat crossover to make this food just fantastic. For me, that will be Haagen Dazs pecan and caramel ice-cream. If I have it in the house, I finish it. Some people have a more creamy, savoury palate. Some people have a sweeter palate. People’s bliss points are different and triggered by different foods. 

So there’s a lot of individuality, when you’re talking about compulsion and that food. There is a billion dollar industry trying to get you to eat as compulsively as possible because it relates to mass sales, so you don’t have an easy escape, you don’t have an easy time of it. And there’s a lot of baggage around addictive behaviour there’s still this huge myth, no matter what your compulsion is that really it’s just a character flaw, and that you just need to buckle up, rather than a really really complex marriage about the stresses in your own life your genetics and the environment you find yourself in. 

It’s really interesting what you were saying how we have this primal instinct, because we think we’re modern humans living in cities, and as far from the caveman as we’ve ever been, in most societies anyway. We still have this innate instinct that when we see some sugar, our caveman brain just says ‘we’re not going to say this for a long time. I need to eat that now and I need to eat as much of it as possible because I might not get it again for X amount of days or weeks or however long.’ It is fascinating that we still no matter how advanced we are or how advanced we think we are, we still have these drives and it can manifest itself in different people in different ways.  You did mention that though sugar and salt and fatty addictions, but is there a spectrum of food addiction?

Absolutely. It’s probably more useful to think of it as a spectrum of behaviour. So, earlier you talked about you know sitting in a sad movie eating popcorn and crying is not necessarily anything to do with food addiction or just being mindless eating. So, I think that there’s a time when nearly every single person in the developed world has engaged in comfort eating. And that’s not necessarily food addiction and the mechanisms might be the same, but it’s not shredding your life and it’s not pulling your health to pieces and it’s not a constant grinding obsession, but it might be similar behaviour and. And we see that behaviour, really promoted a lot in schools and small children and babies, you know, give them a dummy or give them a sweet treat so we can hook food and emotion in very very quickly and for some people that never really moves much past, I’m having a sad day, I’ve had a break up I’m going to go and buy some ice cream and then when they feel better. 

They’re eating is just less problematic for them- it’s not an issue, but for some people that can’t get out of that, like they wake up and their first thought is right, I’m going to diet today. And then, as the day goes on, they usually crack at about four o’clock and start eating foods that they’ve forbidden themselves from eating. And the minute that you forbid yourself from eating something, guess what happens to that food? It just becomes the only food you want, like, ‘Don’t think of a pink elephant.’

It’s actually crazy to hear all of this because but it sounds like food addiction is very, very closely tied to capitalism and brands making money and getting into your head psychologically. We’re constantly flooded with images all day every day, you go for a drive and you’ll see about five different billboards or advertisements of some form. ‘Go to McDonald’s get this, that and the other.’ You’ve literally got burgers in your face! If you have a food addiction, it must be extremely difficult to try and heal that addiction when you’re bombarded constantly all day every day. 
How does someone know they have a full blown food addiction or just perhaps problematic eating habits that they may need to address?

So, the only validated questionnaire that I know about was developed at Yale; the food addiction scale, which you can find on the internet. It’s a professional tool so what if you’re worried that you may be eating in a way that’s really catastrophic for your, your finances and your peace of mind and your health.

I would say as a nutritionist, you just need to be sufficiently unhappy and unwell, not necessarily to say that you’ve got an addiction. The word addiction is a double edged sword and there’s lots of jokes about food externality, and it plays into a kind of level of helplessness which you can feel when your behaviour is really compulsive and you’re constantly being triggered to eat and triggered to eat. 

We know that being constantly exposed to food makes everybody equal. We know that when we add more salt and MSG to food, we’ve learned since the 20s, MSG will increase the amount of food that you eat at one sitting by about 30%. We know that when you eat without paying attention, you’re not sitting down with a plate in front of you, you’re actually enjoying the meal in front of you that if you don’t remember you’ve eaten it, you don’t feel satisfied, and you’re more likely to eat more. So, eating in front of the television is probably one of the key behaviours and it’s going to drive the amount of calories you eat right up because you’re never really going to be satisfied by that food and cause hunger hasn’t been the trigger to start eating, there’s no absence of hunger to trigger you to stop eating. It gets very complicated quite quickly. And so, if you’re concerned, you can look at the Yale food addiction scale, if you want to.

If you are really worried about your health, and you’re worried about eating sugar and sweet treats and keep trying but then keep going back to problematic eating habits. Don’t diet. Don’t diet!

So it’s a continuum of a behaviour that everybody recognises, and that behaviour might be more acute at some times in your life, and less acute in others but for people who would, I would recommend to go and see an addiction specialist. It’s an everyday reality and it’s sucking the life out of their ability to be happy.

Recovery is really possible. You can be free from obsessing and, and that’s probably the most important message to get out that you can absolutely be free, and it’s not easy. It’s a lot of work and it might even take a couple of years but it’s possible.

It’s like if someone had a problem with alcohol or if they’re addicted to drugs. You can’t just say, ‘don’t do them anymore’. And at the time they might say ,’actually yeah I’m done, I don’t need you anymore.’ But you’ll almost always find that, unless they get professional help or they really do the deep, deep work, they’re going to keep going back to that to the alcohol or to the drug so it sounds very similar in that sense.

I’m one of one of the things to talk about, you know, even though alcohol is also everywhere. If you’ve got somebody who feels really compulsive around food. It’s like an alcoholic who lives inside a pub, giving up alcohol. So that’s the extra burden. 

Yeah, that’s it we don’t need alcohol to survive. We do need food. So they’ve got to completely rewire their brain and change their habits. 
Rhaya, if you could only get one piece of health advice, what would it be?

Be kind to yourself.

It’s the point at which all change is possible when you start being kind to yourself. You can never hate yourself well. So, if you’re not well or you want to improve your health, you have to start from a place of kindness, which is a point of real strength and resilience. It’s a really really powerful thing.

Want to get in touch with the lovely Rhaya? Request a consultation with her or watch the full interview here.

Food addiction resources:
Yale Food addiction scale: https://www.midss.org/content/yale-food-addiction-scale-yfas

Vitamin D Testing Is Here!

After a much anticipated wait, Vitamin D Testing is available at Get A Drip!

Get A Drip has been offering Vitamin D Booster Shots for as long as we’ve been open and, finally, we are able to test your Vitamin D levels and give you a personalised Vitamin D recommendation!

 

Why test your Vitamin D levels?

Research shows that Vitamin D is important for general health and wellness. Vitamin D is produced in the skin via exposure to the sun, but in the UK more than 50% of the population don’t make enough Vitamin D, and in the winter the Government advises that we should all supplement with Vitamin D because most of us are deficient, when sunlight levels are so weak that we cannot produce Vitamin D even when outside. Even in the summer, Vitamin D deficiency is common due to the use of sunscreen and spending a lot of time indoors. 

According to the NHS, Vitamin D is needed to regulate calcium and phosphate in the body which is imperative for bone, teeth and muscle health. Not getting enough Vitamin D may result in you being more susceptible to getting ill and if left untreated, can lead to a slew of health problems.

Signs you may have a Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiencies are very common in the UK due to the mild climate and lack of exposure to the sun. If you have any of the below symptoms, you may be suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. 

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Getting ill often
  • Poor immune system
  • Bone and back pain
  • Muscle pain 
  • Hair loss

Certain people are also more likely to be Vitamin D deficient, for example: 

  • Elderly people
  • People with dark skin
  • People who are overweight and obese

How does Vitamin D testing work? 

The process is super simple. Our medical staff will conduct the Vitamin D test with an easy finger prick test. You will have your results within 15 minutes and they will give you a personalised Vitamin D recommendation based upon your reading. If you’re in need of Vitamin D, we can administer a Vitamin D Booster Shot so your Vitamin D needs are taken care of for a whole month- no need for your daily tablet!

How much is a Vitamin D test?

At Get A Drip, we pride ourselves on making optimum nutrition accessible to everyone. Vitamin D tests are £35

How do I book my Vitamin D test?

You can book your Vitamin D test here! We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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