Why Korean Skincare Products Typically Shy Away From Retinol

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Retinol is probably one of the most beneficial ingredients for your skin and it’s no wonder that everyone seems to be eager to incorporate some form of retinoid into their skincare routine! Retinol has powerful anti-aging properties, as well as the ability to fade hyperpigmentation and fight acne. Research also suggests that retinol is the most effective ingredient for fading …

The 4 Best Korean Skincare Products With Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

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Regular exfoliation with chemical exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) has significant benefits for every skin type and skin concern. AHAs are similar to beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and are much less abrasive than physical exfoliants (such as scrubs). These leave-on products will gently help to shed the build up of dead skin cells, leaving your skin hydrated, smooth …

The Best Korean Eye Creams For Wrinkles & Fine Lines

I follow a simple Korean skincare routine (which is helping me to keep acne at bay and fade my hyperpigmentation), but this winter I’ve noticed I actually have quite a lot of fine lines underneath my eyes. So, I’ve decided to include an eye cream in my skincare routine to: 1.) try to prevent any worsening of wrinkles, and 2.) …

Why You Need Ginseng In Your Skincare Routine & The Best Korean Products To Try

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Korean herbal ingredients that have played an important role in traditional Asian medicine since ancient times are being used more and more in Korean skincare products. One of these ingredients is ginseng – also known as ‘the root of immortality’ for it’s powerful anti-aging properties. Ginseng has traditionally been consumed orally, however research has found that it also has anti-aging, …

Is AHA or BHA Better For Acne?

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A popular step in the Korean skincare routine is using products containing the chemical exfoliants: AHA and/or BHA. Both these ingredients have fantastic benefits for our skin, but which one is better in helping to clear acne? In short, both AHA and BHA are effective at combating acne although they both do so in slightly different ways. Which chemical exfoliant …

The 5 Best Korean Skincare Products With Niacinamide To Brighten Your Skin

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Niacinamide is an ingredient that is widely used in Korean skincare products to help brighten the skin. In fact, unlike in Western skincare, niacinamide is actually preferred over other ingredients (such as vitamin C, hydroquinone and retinoids) when it comes to fading hyperpigmentation. So much so, that you will find at least 2% niacinamide in a majority of Korean skincare …

Why Korean Skincare Loves Bee Propolis & How It Can Help Your Skin

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It’s time to talk about another amazing ingredient that’s so often used in Korean skincare products – propolis! You might be wondering like I was when I first started my Korean skincare journey: What is propolis even? And what are some of the benefits that propolis can have on my skin? In short, propolis is a resinous mixture produced by …

Why So Many Skincare Products Contain Butylene Glycol – Is It Safe For Your Skin?

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If you want better skin, it’s so important to have a little bit of knowledge about common ingredients used in skincare products. Not only is it important to know what ingredients your skin would really benefit from, but it’s equally important (or maybe even more so) to know which ingredients might be damaging for your skin or health. Since I’ve …

Can Skincare Products Actually Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes?

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Since our eyes are the main focal point of our face (meaning that people look at them A LOT), it makes sense for us to pay a lot of attention and want to improve the appearance of the eye area. In particular, dark circles under the eyes is a common skincare concern that many people share, as they can make …

Brighten Your Skin With Bearberry Extract (A Natural Alternative To Hydroquinone)

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Korean skincare products often contain a lot of natural ingredients that have pretty big benefits for the skin (I’m looking at you – snail mucin and propolis!). I’ve been researching a lot lately about hyperpigmentation, and what ingredients work best at lightening the skin, and while going down the deep rabbit hole that is hyperpigmentation, I’ve come across a natural …