Houttuynia Cordata skin benefits – Is Heartleaf Korea’s newest skincare darling?

Skin benefits of Houttuynia cordata aka Heartleaf

Houttuynia cordata is a flowering plant with many common names, such as fish mint, fish leaf, fishwort, Heartleaf houttuynia, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, dokudami, or Chinese lizard tail. In skin care, it is also referred to as Heartleaf. It is native to Southeast Asia, including Japan, China, and Vietnam, but it has also been naturalized … Read more

Tretinoin and skin barrier damage

tretinoin skin barrier

Can tretinoin damage the skin barrier? When starting tretinoin, the irritation that occurs during the early phases of retinization could be discouraging. Moreover, if you are too eager to get that tret glow immediately, you might feel encouraged to start too fast or with a too strong potency medication. That could lead to the disruption … Read more

Is Your Skin Barrier Damaged and How To Fix It?

woman repairing skin moisture barrier

Picture this: you’ve been taking excellent care of your skin and love how it looks and feels. You recently purchased an exfoliating serum everyone’s raving about on social media. But within a week or so, your skin seems to have turned on you, like it’s ANGRY. Maybe it’s burning, itchy, really dry, and flaky. Your … Read more

Tretinoin peeling and flaking

tretinoin skin peeling flaking

At a glance, on skin peeling and flaking on tretinoin: What is tretinoin peeling? How do I avoid flaking and peeling? What to do if I started peeling? How long does tretinoin peeling last? No peeling with tretinoin? What is tretinoin peeling? When introducing tretinoin, the skin will go through what is called retinization. Retinoic … Read more

Tretinoin skincare routine – Designed for absolutely no irritation

tretinoin skincare routine women morning

Tretinoin is the anti-aging gold standard of all ingredients. Tretinoin increases cell turnover and helps with acne, skin aging, and hyperpigmentation. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production, thickening the skin, slowing down the aging process, and filling in fine lines. It even helps your skin stay hydrated, giving you that “tret glow”. Completely new … Read more

Tretinoin – The Complete Guide

tretinoin complete guide women

What is Tretinoin? Tretinoin is a biologically active form of vitamin A that is extensively proven in treating acne and sun-induced skin aging. Tretinoin Brand Names Tretinoin is the active ingredient in the prescription products Retin-A and Renova. In the United States, tretinoin is available only by prescription. Non-prescription beauty creams may contain retinol, which … Read more

Korean Skincare Routine – The Ultimate Step by Step Guide

multi-step korean skincare routine

When it comes to your beauty regime, do you have a multi-step Korean skincare routine, or are you more of a makeup junkie? Cosmopolitan centers such as Paris and New York have defined most of the standards of cosmetic beauty we follow today. However, our search for undisputed experts takes us further east regarding the … Read more

Skin types & skin conditions

skin types and conditions

I’m a skincare addict. There’s no denying it. My medicine cabinet has plenty of proof of that! One of the most common questions I get from friends, or my mom is, “Help! I’m having (insert skin problem here); how do I get rid of/treat it?!?!” I’m always eager to help, but not every product works … Read more

Tretinoin purge – How long do retinol uglies last?

tretinoin purge

Tretinoin is a complete anti-aging, anti-oxidant powerhouse. But sometimes, in the beginning, usually when used in anti-acne, some sort of purging may occur. Irritation is “expected” for a while. It is not something to be scared of or be highly concerned about. What is the tretinoin purge? What does the tretinoin purge look like? How … Read more