Best Korean Retinol Skincare Products in 2024

Best Korean Retinol Skincare Products

Retinol is probably one of the most beneficial ingredients for your skin, and it’s no wonder everyone seems eager to incorporate some form of retinoid into their skincare routine! Retinol has powerful well-aging properties and can fade hyperpigmentation and fight acne. Research also suggests retinol is the most effective ingredient for fading fine lines and … Read more

Best Sunscreens to Use with Tretinoin in 2024

Best Sunscreens to Use with Tretinoin

A well-established treatment for acne, tretinoin, a form of vitamin A, is also highly effective as an anti-aging ingredient. It improves wrinkles, brightens and smooths the complexion, lightens age spots, and tightens sagging skin. But tretinoin also increases sun sensitivity. Therefore, sun protection is vital to avoid sun damage. Tretinoin and sunscreen go hand in … Read more

The 5 Best Korean AHA Skincare Products for That AHA Moment

Best Korean Alpha Hydroxy Acid AHA Skincare Products

The word acid gets a bad rap for apparent reasons. Pair it with skin, and it sounds like a terrifying combo. It’s a match that makes for heavenly skin — but only if done right. Navigating the world of chemical exfoliators can be complicated, especially if you’ve never tried one. But they’re entirely worth the … Read more

The Buzz on Bee Propolis Benefits for the Skin and the 5 Best Propolis Products to Try

Benefits of Propolis for the skin

Oh, the ever-so-trendy propolis! Also referred to as bee glue, propolis is a natural resin compound honeybees produce that provides many skincare benefits. The ingredient delivers antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and relieve irritated skin. It’s known as a miracle worker, which effectively repairs damaged skin and heals acne and … Read more

Sodium Benzoate and Vitamin C in Skincare

Sodium Benzoate and Vitamin C in Skincare

You might have heard rumors that sodium benzoate and Vitamin C form a carcinogen. Without careful examination, this looks like a story worthy of the front page of The New York Times! Vitamin C and sodium benzoate, a preservative, will together form benzene, which has been associated with cancer. For the ultra-scientific, benzene is associated … Read more

How to Get Rid of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation – AKA Acne Marks

How to Get Rid of Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation – AKA Acne Marks

As if acne isn’t torture enough and a blow to our self-esteem, we’re left with pesky marks on our skin known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (or PIH for short). Can you eliminate post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and if so, what are the best ingredients and products for treating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation? What Is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)? So why do … Read more

Are Essential Oils Good or Bad for the Skin?

Are Essential Oils Good for Skin?

There’s an increasing trend in skincare at the moment: natural skincare. You’ve probably noticed a lot of skincare brands doing away with synthetic ingredients and offering products that feature natural ingredients instead. However, just because an ingredient is natural doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin. Essential oils are one group of natural ingredients added … Read more

Is Fragrance Bad for Your Skin? A List of Fragrant Ingredients to Avoid

Is Fragrance Bad for Your Skin?

Do you use products that contain fragrance? Have you ever wondered if fragrance in skincare is bad for your skin? What if you don’t have sensitive or redness-prone skin? Should you be avoiding fragrance no matter what your skin type? I wrote an article about how damaging natural fragrant ingredients such as essential oils can … Read more

AHA vs. BHA for Acne – Which One Is Better?

AHA vs. BHA for Acne

A popular step in the Korean skincare routine is using products containing the chemical exfoliants AHA and BHA. Both these ingredients have fantastic benefits for our skin, but which one is better in helping to clear acne? In short, both AHA and BHA are effective at combating acne, although they do so in slightly different … Read more

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