Should You Exfoliate Before Or After Toner? (And Other Exfoliation Tips)

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Chemical exfoliation has such a big impact on how your skin looks and it can be used to help fade hyperpigmentation, clear acne, and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. But it can be confusing to know where exactly chemical exfoliation should occur in your skincare routine. A question I see often is whether you should exfoliate your skin before or …

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 …

How Fragrance In Skincare Can Damage Your Skin (+ A List Of Fragrant Ingredients To Avoid)

Do you use skincare products that contain fragrance? Have you ever wondered if fragrance is potentially damaging to your skin? I recently wrote an article about how damaging essential oils (natural fragrant ingredients) can be for your skin. But, what about synthetic (AKA artificial) fragrances? Are they just as bad for your skin? What if you don’t have sensitive or …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …