Is Mugwort The Korean Skincare Ingredient of 2020?

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Korean skincare is definitely trending towards cleaner and simpler product formulations with more natural, and Asian-centric ingredients (those used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine). Say goodbye to the 10-step Korean skincare routine and products which promise ‘glass skin’, because 2020 is all about keeping it clean and simple (yet effective) by incorporating soothing, healing and protective ingredients into your …

The 5 Best Korean Vitamin C Serums For Anti-Aging & Skin Brightening

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Pure Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the most powerful skincare ingredients for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fading hyperpigmentation, protection against photo-aging and pollution AND treating acne scarring! It’s one of the most thoroughly researched skincare ingredients and dermatologists definitely agree that it is one of the most effective ingredients to include in your skincare …

Skin Hydration: The Importance of Humectants In Skincare Products

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When wanting to improve our skin, we’re often so busy searching for the best anti-aging, anti-inflammatory or anti-acne ingredients to include in our skincare routine that we often forget about one of the most important and basic things we can do to keep our skin healthy and glowing – hydration! There are many ingredients that help to keep the skin …

Fading Hyperpigmentation With Licorice Root Extract (Does It Actually Work?)

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There are many ingredients available to help fade hyperpigmentation. Some of these are naturally-derived plant extracts, while others are synthetically-derived compounds. Each ingredient works in a slightly different way: by preventing either melanin synthesis or melanin deposition within melanocytes; or by increasing the turnover rate of skin cells to shed pigmented skin cells faster. Dermatological studies have shown that the …

Why Dermatologists Recommend To Avoid Essential Oils In Skincare

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There’s an increasing trend in skincare at the moment: natural skincare. You’ve probably noticed a lot of skincare brands doing away with synthetic ingredients, and offering products that feature natural ingredients instead. However, just because an ingredient is natural, doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin. One group of natural ingredients that are added to a lot of skincare products …

The 4 Best Korean Hydrating Toners

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Korean skincare is all about hydration and maintaining a healthy moisture barrier. This is because skin that is hydrated not only has that dewy glow, but is less prone to irritation and breakouts and helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Hydrating toners (which are commonly called ‘skin‘ in Korea or ‘lotions‘ and ‘softeners‘ in Japan) are beneficial for any skin …

Cleansing Balms vs Cleansing Oils – Which Is Better?

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Double cleansing is probably one of the most defining (and important) steps of any Korean skincare routine. It involves cleansing your skin in two steps: first with an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser. Using an oil cleanser in addition to a water-based cleanser ensures that you remove oil-based impurities including sunscreen, makeup and excess sebum to help prevent …

The Anti-Wrinkle Benefits Of Adenosine In Skincare Products

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An ingredient that is commonly found in a lot of Korean skincare products (especially in serums and creams) is adenosine. You may have spotted it in ingredient lists before and wondered what this ingredient is. Today I’m shining the spotlight on adenosine, and I’ll explain how this somewhat lesser known skincare ingredient can help you fight wrinkles. Don’t have enough …

A Guide To iUNIK Serums: Which Is The Best For Your Skin?

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If you’re already a little familiar with Korean skincare, then you’ve likely heard of iUNIK. Today I wanted to write a guide to the various serums available from iUNIK for you – because I am going a little bit crazy for this brand right now. iUNIK is a Korean skincare brand that I’ve been loving a lot lately. So much …

What Is Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate And How Can It Improve Your Skin?

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Starting a Korean skincare routine can seem a bit daunting sometimes, since there are so many ingredients to figure out. It can be difficult to know what these ingredients do, and which ones are best for your particular skin concerns. Galactomyces ferment filtrate is an ingredient often used in Korean skincare products that many people starting a skincare routine (including …