In recent years, Korean skin care has become more widely used by Indonesians. This beauty product is claimed to contain a variety of active ingredients that are able to brighten the skin, make the skin look more beautiful and white, to prevent premature aging.
According to some health research, there are various active ingredients that are often used in Korean skin care products to brighten and prevent skin aging.
Some of the active ingredients are:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Plant extracts, such as ginseng, aloe vera, seaweed, soy, and green tea
- Rice or rice water
- Extracts of fruits, such as pomegranates, papayas, and apples
- Snail slime
- Activated charcoal
Benefits of Active Ingredients in Korean Skin Care
The following are the benefits of active ingredients in Korean beauty care products:
Niacinamide or vitamin B3 is widely found in Korean beauty products, such as serums, creams, cleansers, double cleansing facial soaps, and face masks. Some of the benefits of niacinamide for the skin are:
Moisturizes the skin.
Shrinks pores, making the skin appear smooth and soft.
Brightens skin tone.
Maintain a balance of oil or sebum levels on the face.
Disguise black stains, fine lines, and wrinkles on the face.
Protects the skin from the adverse effects of sunlight and pollution.
2. Hyaluronic Acid
Many Korean skin care products use hyaluronic acid as one of its compositions. Hyaluronic acid in beauty products is found in many creams and facial serums.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid for the face are to moisturize the skin, prevent wrinkles, and improve irritated skin, for example due to sunburn. This content can also make the skin appear smoother, firmer, and look youthful.
Ginseng is an herbal plant that is synonymous with Korea. This plant is believed to have many benefits for the health and beauty of the skin. Therefore, it is no wonder that many Korean beauty products use ginseng extract as one of the raw materials.
Ginseng contains antioxidant and anti-aging compounds that are useful to reduce wrinkles, protect the skin from exposure to UV rays, while brightening the skin.
Soy is often used as one of the ingredients in Korean skin care because it contains many substances that serve as antioxidants, anti-aging, and skin lightening. Soy also has estrogen-like effects that are known to be good for skin beauty.
According to a study, using moisturizers or creams containing soy for 12 weeks was shown to disguise black stains and fine lines, as well as make the skin dull free.
5. Aloe vera
One of korea’s most popular beauty products is aloe vera gel. The plant is rich in water, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. According to a health study, aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic effects.
Some of the benefits of aloe vera for beauty are moisturizing the skin, relieving itching and redness due to skin irritation, preventing and treating acne, as well as helping to accelerate the healing of wounds on the skin.
6. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is carbon or charcoal made from coal, wood, coconut shell, and petroleum heated with certain gases or chemicals.
Charcoal substances that have long been used in Korea are now one of the popular raw materials for beauty products, such as facial cleansers, face masks, soaps, and shampoos.
Activated charcoal is thought to have antibacterial properties and serves as a scrub that can clean dirt and germs trapped on the surface of the skin. This effect can make the skin appear cleaner and brighter.
In addition, activated charcoal can also be used to reduce acne as well as relieve itching and redness in the skin due to insect bites.
In seaweed, there are various nutrients, such as proteins, healthy fats, amino acids, minerals, and flavonoid compounds. These nutrients have antioxidant, antiaging, and anti-inflammatory effects, and are able to brighten the skin. Due to its diverse nutritional content, seaweed is believed to be efficacious for health and beauty.
Some of the benefits of seaweed for beauty are moisturizing and softening the skin, brightening and making the skin look glowing, reducing wrinkles, as well as relieving irritations and allergies, for example in dermatitis or atopic eczema.
8. Rice water
Rice water contains antioxidants and nutrients that provide anti-aging effects. The content of substances in rice water is believed to make the skin softer and inhibit the formation of wrinkles. In addition, rice water can also protect the skin from damage from sun exposure.
The content of active substances in rice water is also believed to overcome a variety of skin problems, such as dry skin, skin irritation, acne, eczema, black spots, and skin rashes.
In addition to delicious to eat and healthy, papaya also has properties to make the skin firmer and younger. This is because papaya contains vitamin C and lycopene which help inhibit and reduce signs of premature aging, such as sagging and wrinkled skin.
In a study, lycopene was also able to reduce redness of the skin due to sunburn.
In addition to these nine ingredients, there are other ingredients that are also widely used in Korean skin care products, namely green tea.
Green tea contains the compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as providing a number of benefits to the skin, such as moisturizing, reducing wrinkles, treating acne, and preventing melanoma skin cancer.
Although it is popular, the effectiveness and safety of the use of the ingredients contained in the Above Korean skin care still requires further research.
If you want to try beauty products from this ginseng country, first make sure the product is safe and suitable for your skin.
The way to test it is to apply the product on the arm, wait for a few minutes, then see the reaction. If the skin becomes red and itchy, it indicates that your skin is sensitive to the ingredients in the product and you are not advised to use it.