These are the best ingredients for hormonal acne that are taking centre stage in K-Beauty in 2020.
What is it: A wound dressing. It began in hospitals, but it has been adapted as a skincare solution.
What does it do: It creates a moistened environment to heal wounds.The gelling agent used in hydrocolloid is water binding, meaning it draws fluids to it. Hydrocolloid draws fluid out of wounds.
What is it: A natural plant extract that helps calm skin and keep it clear of redness.
What does it do: It’s perfect as a spot treatment, or as part of a serum or face mask.
What is it: A plant with moisturising and emollient properties.
What does it do: Due its high content of natural vitamins, Aloe Vera works well to relieve stress, rehydrate, and soften the skin’s outer layer.
What is it: The trail of the snail (not the snail itself!). For more info on snail mucin and how it is collected, read up here.
What does it do: This is a great ingredient because it naturally contains a heap of skin-friendly ingredients, including proteins, elastin, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and copper peptides. It effectively repairs sun damage and is especially helpful for mature skin, acne, uneven skin tone and acne scarring. It also has cleansing properties that help avoid bacteria.
What is it: The leaves or extract from the green tea plant.
What does it do: Soothes skin and helps prevent redness. Green tea leaves contain amino acids, minerals, polyphenol and protein, which give life and vitality to the skin, to keep it healthy.
What is it: A naturally occurring anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory made by bees, propolis is ideal for acne-prone skin.
What does it do: Assists in balancing, healing and soothing problematic skin.
Try: We can’t go past iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum and anything from K-Beauty’s King of Propolis – Tosowoong. Try Tosowoong Propolis Brightening Essence, Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule and Tosowoong Sleeping Pack.
What are they: These are the big guns of skincare – Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) and Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs).
What do they do: They treat a variety of issues, including blackheads, whiteheads, breakouts, hyper-pigmentation, and blocked pores.
What is it: Centella Asiatica (AKA “Cica” and “Tiger’s Grass”) is a plant that grows in the marshy soils of Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa.
What does it do: Containing proteins, beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, and phytochemicals, Centella Asiatica is known for its restorative effects and wound healing characteristics.
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