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Korean Skincare Star Ingredients & Their Functions (1)

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Korean Skincare Star Ingredients & Their Functions (1)

Korean beauty products are mostly formulated with all-natural ingredients, making them safe and gentle enough for daily use on even the most sensitive skin. Here is a round up of some of the most popular (and highly effective) ingredients we love to put on our face! 

Snail Mucin

Undoubtedly one of the most popular ingredients in Korean skincare products. Snail mucin refers to the trail of "slime" left behind by snails as they crawl around. This substance protects and repairs their soft and fragile bodies. 

 

 

 Evens out skin tone and texture

 Gives hydration

 Helps skin look more dewy and supple

 Increases skin elasticity

 Reduces acne scars

 

 

 

Hyaluronic Acid

A substance that our bodies naturally produce (the largest amount is found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes). Its main function is to retain water and moisture levels, in turn keeping your tissues well lubricated. As we age, our body's hyaluronic acid may decrease. 

 Helps skin retain moisture and give hydration to dry skin

 Gives skin a more plump and radiant look

 Anti-aging benefits; diminishes fine lines and wrinkles 

 

Niacinamide

An active, water-soluble form of vitamin B3. It works with the natural substances in our skin to help improve a variety of skin issues. Your digestive system, nervous system and brain function are dependant on Niacinamide. 

 Brightens the complexion

 Reduces hyperpigmentation

 Reduces wrinkles and improve elasticity

 Soothes inflammation

 Strengthens and repairs skin barrier


Vitamin C 

A much-adored skincare ingredient in the beauty community. We've always known it to have numerous benefits to our immune system. It can also do wonders to our skin. It usually comes in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA), with the amount varying from 10-20% in a product.  

 Brightens and smoothens your skin

♦ Protects against free radical damage caused by the environment

 Boosts collagen production

 Reduces hyperpigmentation

 Fights signs of aging

 Encourages healthy cell turnover and regeneration to fade scars  

Honey

A tasty natural sweetener; great for mixing in with your tea, drizzling over toast, topping over yogurt, or just eating it straight from the jar. It can also have numerous benefits for your skin. It has been hailed as a skincare ingredient since Ancient Egypt, where Cleopatra mixed honey and milk to make face masks. 

 Has natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties

 Deeply moisturizes and hydrates the skin

 Enzymes work as a gentle exfoliator to improve complexion

 Nourishes damaged skin and fades scars

 Reduces redness and swelling of pimples

 

Propolis 

The resin-like substance made by bees to fill in honeycomb crevices for protection. They create it by combining tree sap and beeswax, which beekeepers then harvest by scraping it from the hive boxes. 

 Has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties to fight against bacteria

♦ Reduces acne and breakouts

 Moisturizes skin without clogging pores

 Protects from free radicals 

 Smoothens and softens skin

 

*Check out Part 2 for more of our favourite ingredients!  

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