Korean, Taiwanese and Indonesian Beauty Standards Explained
Some common beauty standards are acceptable in many parts of the world, each region also has unique female beauty and appearance ideas. Suppose you’re planning on traveling to these regions.
In that case, you may be surprised to find out what precisely these standards entail and how they can affect your skin, hair, and body type. Here is everything you need to know about beauty in South Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia to look stunning when you visit!
History of Beauty in South Korea
The ideal woman in South Korea is pale with a slim figure. She will also go to great lengths to maintain her appearance, including dieting and using makeup every day. The 1990s saw an influx of Japanese products in South Korea. These were seen as trendy because they were from Japan and considered more advanced than South Korea.
As a result, some women spend over five hours a day on their appearance. South Korean culture prizes homogeneity in both sexes, which means there’s less focus on men being muscular or women being curvy. Plastic surgery has been so joint in South Korea that it’s been dubbed the “new national hobby.” More recently, however, K-pop stars are breaking boundaries and setting recent trends for beauty.
Traditional Practices in South Korea?
Korean women follow a series of routines designed to provide flawless skin. They cleanse their faces twice daily with gentle cleansers, use nourishing serums, and spritz moisturizers on their faces morning and night. The most popular Korean brands of skincare products are Laneige (an anti-aging brand), Sulwhasoo (a luxury range) as well as Etude House (an affordable coverage).
Of course, other brands are available, but these seem to be the most popular South Korea. Face masks for all occasions are also used regularly by Koreans – either homemade or from premium lines such as 7 Berry White from Sulwhasoo, which is made using mulberry extracts.
History of Beauty in Taiwan
Taiwan had its roots in Japanese rule from 1895 until 1945. During that time, Japan implemented its rules of traditional beauty, such as pale skin, light eyes, and a small face. After the Japanese government ended, Taiwan’s influence came mainly from China until Western culture was introduced after World War II.
To survive in business and have upward mobility in Taiwan, you must be attractive to your employer. This is why traditionally, workers wear makeup during work hours. To be good-looking means more than just having a pretty face; it means having high self-esteem and being responsible for your safety when walking alone at night or running late to an appointment alone.
Traditional Practices in Taiwan?
While Taiwan may be best known for its technological innovations, such as smartphones, it’s also home to an ancient facial practice taking Asia by storm. Known as a fish spa (fish pedicure), there are now more than ten fish spas in Taiwan alone. The concept is simple: Fish nibble dead skin off your feet and toes while you relax. It’s a practice believed to have originated from traditional Chinese medicine.
According to practitioners, fish helps stimulate blood flow and circulation of nutrients in your body. They can also help reduce swelling or inflammation on areas of your body prone to cellulite or varicose veins. It seems like a pretty harmless way to pamper yourself as long as you don’t have any open wounds or infections on your feet or toes.
History of Beauty in Indonesia
Beauty has been a driving force in Indonesian culture since its discovery. One of Indonesia’s most important functions is to put people on display, to show off their culture to others. We can see just how pride Indonesians take in their appearances through hair braiding, makeup clothes, dances, and food.
These same displays are used as tools for keeping various groups separate. To ensure everybody was informed about proper conduct for each group, an intricate system of social taboos developed over time. This led to even more different standards of beauty where specific values were placed on physical appearances depending on whether you were a man or woman from a particular region or ethnic group etc.
Traditional Practices in Indonesia?
Traditional Indonesia is a rich land with many natural resources. Rich in biodiversity, it consists of thousands of islands that make every region has a unique way of life. Its population is highly diverse, ranging from Papuan-Melanesian to speakers of Austronesian languages. The vast archipelago has very dense tropical rain forests where flora and fauna are abundant.
The traditional Malay dress commonly worn in Indonesia consists of a piece of cloth called kebaya worn as an overgarment above the waist for women. It’s made up of two rectangular pieces sewn together at one side while leaving one side open.
It was initially made from silk or cotton fabric, but nowadays, they use synthetic materials instead because they’re cheaper and easier to maintain. However, some still wear silk kebayas because they want to preserve tradition or because they can afford it. For men, a sarong called serial is usually used to wrap around in the Javanese language.
Secret models of Korea descent to newly-discovered top models from Indonesia. And there are many other countries with extraordinary beauty, such as China and Thailand (which have been covered in previous articles). Some reports state that over 80% of Asian women wear makeup daily regardless of nationality or ethnicity. This is likely due to culture (religion) and upbringing.