it’s been an interesting start …
and while we realise with each January 1st that passes that it isn’t some magicalday when everything we hated about the previous year disappears and we begin a glorious new year (sans covid, lockdown, travel restrictions) it doesn’t mean we can’t freshen some things up and create some magic of our own.
And what is more magicalthan a whole bunch of new K-Beauty products landing on STYLE STORY?
Well, it's even more magical when you find out the two key ingredients are Retinol and Bakuchiol.
One of the most well-known anti-ageing ingredients (and one of the most studied).
Belonging to the Vitamin A family, retinols go further than simply treating the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). They penetrate to the dermis below, boosting the production of elastin and collagen.
Retinoids stimulate quicker cell turnover to reduce fine lines, pigmentation, and other signs of ageing.
But wait….there’s more!
Retinol is also an incredibly powerful ingredient in the treatment of acne because it:
It’s also incredible at treating acne scarring. There are however many negative side effects to retinol, and it doesn’t work for everyone.
Side effects can include dryness, flakiness, itchiness, skin sensitivity, UV sensitivity. It is also not suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Rooted in ancient Chinese medicine and found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia, Bakuchiol is a potent, natural antioxidant.
It boasts anti-inflammatory properties which makes it ideal for those suffering from acne.
A 2019 study confirmed no difference in the effectiveness of retinol and Bakuchiol in the treatment of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
Bakuchiol's recent rise to fame is thanks to its effectiveness and suitability for all skin types.
Unlike retinol, Bakuchiol doesn’t decrease the size of the oil glands so it won’t cause irritation. Bakuchiol also won’t make your skin more sensitive to UV exposure.
The downsides are that because studies into Bakuchiol are new, specialists recommend to err on the side of caution and not use it either while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Although Kbeauty has typically shied away from formulating with retinol and bakuchiol, there's a new crop of products in town that are doing just that. Give a big old STYLE STORY welcome to:
From one of Kbeauty Australia's best-loved brands, Innisfree's retinol ampoule is a low-irritant, high-efficiency.
Formulated with both retinol and Centella asiatica, it is ideal for those suffering from troubled skin.
Innisfree carried out 6 types of skin safety tests on this product to ensure it can be used on sensitive, dry skin.
We love it because it gives those with sensitive skin a chance to use retinol in their everyday skincare routine. Other key ingredients are Green Tea Leaf Extract, Niacinimide, Allantoin and Beta-Glucan.
Introducing Charmzone. This is a Korean beauty brand with a 40 year history that has dedicated itself to scientific research. It prides itself on cutting-edge product development that focusses on creating products that are different to anything else currently on the market. Among those new products are:
This lightweight facial lotion is designed to replenish dry and mature skin and delivers lasting hydration.
This gel-type toning water hydrates skin from the first touch.
Containing 3000 double encapsulated retinol capsules to enhance absorption, this toner improves elasticity and collagen without stripping the skin.
Other star ingredients are Glycerin, Camellia Seed Oil, Lotus Leaf Extract and Adenosine.
This is an intense facial essence that enhances elasticity and collagen. This essence can be used all over the face and neck and is also suitable to apply around the eyes. Retinol combined with Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, Niacinimide, Adenosine and Panthenol this is the perfect product to brighten skin, even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation.
Looking for a hydrating Korean moisturiser featuring retinol? Look no further.
This advanced formulation features retinol encapsulated using the “Amphiphilic Block Copolymers method”. This enhances the penetration and absorption of retinol to ensure your skin gets the maximum dose. It gives a dewy and supple finish without the greasy feeling.
This early anti-ageing ampoule is perfect for those in their 20s and 30s. It boosts hydration, leaving the skin with a plump and youthful look.
The antioxidant rich formula has passed several skin irritation tests making it fine to use even on sensitive skin.
Star ingredients are Bakuchiol, Niacinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Oat Kernel Extract and Artichoke Leaf Extract.
This cream has earned a 4.9 / 5 rating in Korea for its incredible results on skin suffering from premature ageing.
Free from ammonium laurel ether sulfate, ammonia and talc the primary ingredient in this cream is 100% vegan plant extract Bakuchiol. Other star ingredients are Niacinimide, Panthenol, Fig Fruit Extract and Adenosine.
This is an ideal formula for those in their 20’s and 30’s looking to combat the signs of premature ageing. This retinol cream contains a stabilised form of retinol, which helps fight the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone. Other star ingredients are glycerin, Panthenol and Macadamia Seed Oil.
This special set contains a must-try collection of retinol skin care products designed to keep your skin healthy and fight signs of ageing.
This set contains all the product you need to create a healthy skin tone that looks revitalised and youthful. The three key ingredients delivered to the skin are Retinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
If you have any more questions about any of these products, brands or ingredients please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our STYLE STORY team.
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"Korean skincare has traditionally shied away from using retinol. But it's 2022 and even Kbeauty is getting on the retinoid train."- STYLE STORY Korean Beauty
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