#wishtrender: Claudia Christin, @funskincare, the PhD in Dermatology

Jul 13 2020

For the 4th episode of #wishtrender, we invited Claudia Christin! She is known as @funskincare on Instagram, where you can find some of the most useful skincare and product tips. Her passion and interest towards skincare is not just a hobby for her but she takes it very seriously. She is a Ph.D student in dermatology in Seoul National University here in Korea and is expected to graduate later this year.


Get to learn a little more about Claudia here today on #wishtrender and read some of her skincare tips and favorites!


“Your skin is unique, so listen to it”

Claudia Christin, @funskincare on Instagram and Ph.D graduate in dermatology


• Name: Claudia Christin 


• Please introduce yourself to our readers!

Hello, everyone! I am Claudia from @funskincare. I am from Indonesia and currently living in South Korea to pursue my Ph.D. degree in dermatology.


• We are now getting into the latter half of 2020, how was 2020 so far for you?

If I can summarize half of this 2020 it is: CHALLENGING! 


• Please share your story with Wishtrend!

2020 has been challenging both academically as a student and personal-growth wise! This year I am preparing for my graduation thus all the craziness of finalizing my thesis has been a roller-coaster ride, full of ups-and-downs. It is draining at some point, but it unleashes a stronger side of me that I have never realized before. In personal-growth wise, with all the things that are happening in the world right now, I realized that there are so many little things in life that we have taken for granted. I have learned to be grateful for the little things and appreciate all the time we can spend with our loved ones without any restriction. 


• How is life in Korea so far?

It has been AWESOME! I love the food, the people that I met here, and of course the skincare and beauty of South Korea. I started my page @funskincare here in my small living space out of boredom. I decided to review all new skincare discoveries and share my knowledge related to skin and who would have thought that it will meet with so many online friends with minds alike and I am forever grateful for that. I don’t think I will ever start that page when I didn’t live here in South Korea. First, the accessibility to skincare and everything beauty here is unbeatable. As a skincare enthusiast myself, it almost feels like skincare-heaven on Earth.  


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🌞 An updated sunscreen guide in collaboration with @wishtrend . Looking for sunscreen is like looking for a soulmate. It has to be one you feel most comfortable to be yourself, compliment your personality, and also one you are willing to commit with . Sunscreen has to feel comfortable on your skin, complement your skin type and has a favorable texture so that you’re willing to apply and reapply enough sunscreen whenever needed (which is every single day). Just like looking for a soulmate, it is not an easy task. Sunscreen is a LONG TERM commitment (and investment). . A lot of people have also overestimated the amount of protection of sunscreen. Despite the theory behind the label and amount of protection, protection of sunscreen fades throughout the day from all the photostability of the filters, sweats, and rubbing. So make sure to apply it generously every day when the UV index is above 3 on your place (you can check it through weather forecast apps), reapply generously after you swim/exercise because it most likely has melted down with your sweat . FAQ: Should you apply when you are indoor (with windows)? If you don't stay nearby the window all day, it is actually not mandatory. But, if you want to get full protection and your main goal is to minimize the chance of UV light to cause premature aging, then it is best to apply even when you are indoor because those UVA can still penetrate through your glass window. Again, it is personal and you can weigh the benefit and risk yourself . Hope this infographics help you! #wishtrend #sunscreen #spf #funskincare

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• When it comes to skincare, tell us your philosophy of skincare!

My philosophy of skincare has changed as I grew up and learned more new things about my skin. My philosophy now that has changed my skin for the better is “your skin is unique, so listen to it”.


• So, it’s summer – how are you and your skin getting through this season?

Summer has been pretty different as well this year. I don’t usually wear a face mask especially with all the heat and humidity in Korea! But since it is mandatory for us to wear a mask in a public space, I have twisted a little bit of my skincare routine. I noticed that my skin can get more easily irritated as I layered more products, so I’ve been cutting down my skincare steps and focus on using products that are simple yet effective to fulfill my skin’s needs. 


• Please share with us your top 5 favorite skincare products! 

▶ Read the ‘in-depth’ review of the two different sunscreens from ‘dear, Klairs’ by Claudia


Claudia’s top 5 favorite skinare items


Here are my favorite skincare products that I have been repurchasing again and again:



• Please share your top skincare/beauty tips that you would like to share with our readers

Our skin is such a unique and dynamic living organ that changes throughout time. You know your skin best and just listen to it and find what works best for you. There is no absolute right or wrong in skincare and it is supposed to be fun, so don’t put a lot of pressure into it! 


• What does ‘positive beauty’ mean for you? 

I think positive beauty is about understanding, accepting, and loving yourself. Each of those steps has its challenge and it gets harder on each step. Positive beauty is not an end goal but it is a journey that we all go through at our own pace.