Effective Ingredients From Korean Skincare That Are Trending Now
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No matter age, gender, skin type or tone, If there’s one thing at the top of everyone’s skin wish list – it’s healthy glowing skin. It’s universal. However, the Korean skincare regimens are winning when it comes to ingredients and innovation. In So-Ko (South Korea) they call it ‘choc-choc’ although, to you and I, this does sound like something you would have with a nice cup of tea; the true meaning is skin that is well moisturised with a plumped-up radiance.
The first introduction to getting choc-choc perhaps was the teeny, kitsch packaging, environmentally un-friendly sheet masks and the possibility of smearing yourself in snail goo. However, Beauty Daily is pleased to report there are plenty of sophisticated formulations that don’t need shipping from Seoul and are a dream to use.
What makes Korean skincare so different?
You could call Korean beauty – skintellectuals. They are high-tech, science-backed over-achievers when it comes to testing and ingredients. Some are taken from ancient passed-down by generations healing tinctures and ointments and others are plant-driven straight from a lab next generation.
Most Popular Korean Skincare Ingredients
Does anyone have time for a 10-step Korean skincare regimen? We certainly don’t. However, that doesn’t mean to say you can’t embrace the K-beauty ingredients and streamline it down for the plumpest, glass-like glow or brilliant wellbeing hit. Here are the plant-powered or science-backed ingredients to have on your radar now.
This was the original superfood. A staple in Asian beauty for years, this plant that looks like the ‘Shrieking Mandrake’ plant in Harry Potter or some gnarly old parsnips – but don’t judge its appearance – it’s a powerhouse when it comes to skin and body wellbeing.
According to GinSen, the experts in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM in London, “Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. It is packed full of antioxidants to help calm inflammation, holds immune-boosting properties, and may help support energy levels.”
The USP of ginseng is that it will be beneficial regardless of body, hair or skin type. It naturally balances skin and increases the circulation of your blood vessels, upping collagen production. It’s also an antioxidant powerhouse and will help protect from environmental damage and address any hyperpigmentation problems.
It’s also uniquely energising without irritating – the Chinese call it ‘Eastern coffee’ due to its revitalizing capabilities. We love employing it as a morning wake-up call and post-shower layer liberally with the Tonic Moisturising Balm; it contains ginseng root extract, rosemary, mint and geranium for a spa-like smell and promotes a feel-good sensation to your limbs. Get your buzz now.
This herbaceous plant goes by many names – so look for cica, centella asiatica, or tiger grass. Still, essentially, they are all the same bright flowers and green leaves that tigers often roll themselves amongst to repair skin wounds.
Along with regeneration, it soothes, calms and also strengthens the skin’s barrier, plus it may lessen some of the visible effects of sun damage – so it is the perfect solution for stressed-out, ray-inflicted skin. It’s a naturally sourced ingredient and as it’s been tested for centuries in Asia and beyond and used by Clarins for years, so you know it’s not going to cause nasty side effects.
See the results for yourself in the form of Double Serum, 1 product is sold every 6 seconds in the world and in tests a multi-ethnic panel reports a 94% felt their skin was visibly smoother. High-tech indeed.
Huang qi, also known as ‘astragalus’ is a flowering plant that is native to parts of Asia. It’s considered an ‘immune amphoteric’, which means it can help normalise functions of an organ or system within the body – neither suppressing nor stimulating – just making it work at its optimum level. As a result, this plant brings a sense of balance both inside and out.
It’s a multi-tasker too; it has enhanced benefits since it contains the three major antioxidant vitamins: vitamins A, E and C, plus amino acids and trace elements which are all important when looking at skin health. Find it in the Nutri-Lumière Night Cream , which works its magic while you sleep, so you wake to fresh, luminous skin.
To sum it up? Including huang qi improves skin healing, reduces inflammation, increases skin elasticity, and increases collagen production and is a great revitaliser for all skin types.
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