Skincare As A Hobby

By Minji

"Hobbies.  Remember what that means?  It sounds like such an ancient word now...For most of us, we used to have things we called hobbies, but as life became hectic and complicated, they were the first things to go.  As a society, we’re all-consumed with activities that result in immediate returns such as work or school, or taking care of someone or something…we’ve put our hobbies on the back burner and become less interesting and less satisfied people." 

Shortly after the launch of SeoulofSkin, I had dinner with a close friend I hadn’t see in a while.  She’s my age and a beast of a woman.  Highly accomplished and super smart, even with a full house and full-time job that demands most of her attention, she’s always seemed invincible to me.  Every question I ask her she has a good answer for, and I’m constantly getting life tips and knowledge from her – you know that friend in your circle, the super competent one who somehow always seems full of energy and has an answer for everything? That’s her.      

But during this particular dinner, she was telling me she feels burnt out and asking me for advice on how to get over that feeling.  Coupled with her recent review of SeoulofSkin, she was asking me for skincare tips…she was finally making space for herself and ready to embrace skincare…as a hobby! 

Hobbies.  Remember what that means?  It sounds like such an ancient word now.  In case you need a refresh, the definition of hobby is “a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation,” or “an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure.” For most of us, we used to have things we called hobbies, but as life became hectic and complicated, they were the first things to go.  As a society, we’re all-consumed with activities that result in immediate returns such as work or school, or taking care of someone or something…we’ve put our hobbies on the back burner and become less interesting and less satisfied people. 

But again, for most of us, there’s a point when this becomes too much.  There’s a breaking point, we feel burnt out and we realize abandoning all hobbies was a mistake.  To make the daily grind sustainable, we need to show ourselves some compassion and make room for joy.  We need to allow ourselves some space to adopt a hobby, not for immediate value, but to feed our souls.   

My hobby used to be baking.  Such a soothing activity that resulted in yummy delicacies.  But not only did I have the daily grind to deal with, everyone around me slowly got scared of carbs and sugar.  It isn’t fun anymore to hand out free baked goods – even my 12-year old daughter started to reject them calling them "unhealthy".  So I’ve turned to skincare. 

When I raise skincare as a hobby, I’m not talking about obsessing over product and buying more.  I’m talking about genuinely being interested in the habits, practices, the beauty and science behind it.  It could be as simple as reading ingredients lists on products and researching them.  Or could maskitation become a weekly hobby for you?  How about a monthly facial massage at the Korean spa with friends? 

If you want to take it one step further, I recommend dabbling in your own homemade creations.  One of the most unexpected things I’ve embraced as part of my skincare hobby is making my own natural skincare products.  As I’ve mentioned before, I never saw myself as someone who would ever embrace DIY, but there are some really simple yet gratifying projects out there.  Working with oils is especially super easy...and none of my friends have rejected the free hair oils or face oils I’ve had to hand out.

Think about it.  We all could benefit from reviving some simple pleasures and skincare might be the exact hobby you need today.  Not only can it be fun and take your mind off of things, it will help you glow and give you some interesting stuff to talk about.  Especially if one of the functions of a solid hobby is to counter the monotony of daily life, perhaps a hobby like skincare that can rejuvenate and counter the exhaustion inside and out is exactly what we need!