Every day it seems like another new beauty ingredient is trending in the world of skin care. Have you ever felt underwhelmed by a skin care ingredient that other people love and hype up? On the latest episode of Yes Whut, Zoe and fellow beauty enthusiast Mandy give us a lowdown on some of the most common ingredients in K-Beauty, and whether they find them overhyped or underrated.
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You’ve probably heard about ginseng from K-Dramas or seen this luxury herb at restaurants such as in tea mixed with honey, but it’s more than a food and beverage ingredient. Long before this ingredient became the rage in K-Beauty, ginseng has been commonly used in traditional medicine in East Asia for centuries. Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement and superfood known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If you want to boost skin’s hydration and improve signs of aging, ginseng might be your new go-to skin care ingredient!
Also known as “snail slime,” snail mucin is one of the buzziest ingredients in the skin care world, particularly in K-Beauty. While it’s not a miracle ingredient, incorporating snail mucin-infused products into your daily skin care routine will provide moisturizing benefits that are especially ideal for those with drier skin type. For optimal results, try combining this ingredient with other skin care staples for maximum hydrating benefits.
Glycerin is one of those ingredients you’ll find in many skin care products, but somehow it’s not as popular as other trendy skin care ingredients. One of the most effective humectants used in skin care formulations, this ingredient can remain in skin for a while to provide long-lasting hydration. Glycerin is commonly found in face cleansers, hand creams, serums and toners. This ingredient can be easily incorporated into your regular skin care routine.
As far as skin care ingredients are concerned, fermented extracts are among the most worthy anti-aging powerhouse ingredients to include in your skin care collection. Probiotic ingredients are easily absorbed into skin and offer a variety of benefits. Fermented extracts deliver skin-protecting and anti-aging effects that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Moreover, fermented extract-infused products leave a smooth, non-sticky finish, making these formulas perfectly suitable for people with oily and combination skin types.
Whether you’re a skin care junkie or not, you’ve probably heard about the cult-fave skin care ingredient hyaluronic acid. Some people may consider it an overhyped skin care ingredient. A majority of skin care products containing this moisturizing agent highlight that it’s one of the best moisture-retaining ingredients out there. Experts say that hyaluronic acid is critical in maintaining skin’s moisture levels for healthy and plump skin. Hyaluronic acid is compatible with all skin types and ages, and targets a number of skin concerns such as dryness, signs of aging and acne-prone skin.
This underrated ingredient is widely touted as the next big thing in skin care, and both Zoe and Mandy are fans. Ceramides are crucial in fortifying the skin’s outermost layer by improving the skin’s overall texture and hydration levels. Ceramides are often key ingredients in face creams. Products containing ceramide are also good formulas to reach for when treating skin conditions like eczema, sensitive skin and inflammation. If you want to achieve firm, smooth, bright and radiant skin, turn to ceramides.
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