A Guide To Using Niacinamide and Vitamin C Together in Your Skincare Routine

Niacinamide and vitamin C are two of the most effective (and also widely studied) skincare ingredients. They both have multiple benefits for your skin, particularly when it comes to anti-aging and hyperpigmentation. Many people fear using both niacinamide and vitamin C together in their skincare routine. This is because some people believe that using them at the same time renders …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

How To Get Rid Of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation – AKA Acne Marks

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As if having acne isn’t torture enough (and a blow to our self esteem), we’re then left with pesky marks on our skin known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH for short). Can you get rid of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – and if so -HOW? I’m here to tell you that YES, you can get rid of them (and I’m not talking …

Do Vitamin C Derivatives Work? A Guide To Ascorbic Acid Alternatives

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I recently wrote an article about how beneficial vitamin C is for your skin, (in particular at fading hyperpigmentation). In this article, I talked about what factors you should consider when buying a vitamin C serum – one of those factors being what form of vitamin C the product contains (hint: it’s L-ascorbic acid). It’s true, L-ascorbic acid (also known …