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? The short answer is yes. Any fragrance potentially damages your skin and can result in … Read more

Cleansing Balm vs. Oil – Which One Is Better?

Cleansing Balm vs. Oil

Double cleansing is probably one of the most defining and vital steps of any Korean skincare routine. It involves cleansing your skin in two steps: an oil-based cleanser and a water-based cleanser. Using an oil cleanser in addition to a water-based cleanser ensures that you remove oil-based impurities, including sunscreen, makeup, and excess sebum, to help … Read more

Do Vitamin C Derivatives Work? A Guide to L-Ascorbic Acid Alternatives in 2023

Vitamin C Derivatives

We are definitely in a time of hype and innovation in skincare. While I consider myself one of those too excited to see what innovations are being rolled out by major brands and indie companies alike, my skincare choices and routines are pretty basic. So I’ve been so happy to see all of the skincare … Read more

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate vs. L-Ascorbic Acid: Which One Is Better?

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate vs. L-Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is one of the best skincare ingredients to incorporate into your skincare routine, mainly for its anti-aging, skin-lightening, and UV-protective properties. Until recently, most vitamin C-containing skincare products were formulated with L-ascorbic acid, the pure form of vitamin C. Although L-ascorbic acid is a highly effective skincare ingredient, its caveat is that it … Read more

Can I Use Niacinamide with Vitamin C?

Can I Use Niacinamide with Vitamin C

Niacinamide and vitamin C are the most widely studied and effective skincare ingredients. They both have multiple benefits for your skin, particularly regarding antiaging and hyperpigmentation. Many people fear using niacinamide and vitamin C in their skincare routine. This is because some believe that using them simultaneously renders them both ineffective due to them canceling … Read more

7 Best Korean Vitamin C Serums with L-Ascorbic Acid in 2023

The Best Korean Vitamin C Serums with Pure L-Ascorbic Acid

Unlike Western skincare culture, skin brightening is probably the highest-ranking concern in Korean and Japanese skincare. No matter what type of hyperpigmentation your skin has, such as acne scarring, sun damage, or melasma, a vitamin C serum is a must-have in your skincare routine if you’d like to brighten your skin. But how does a … Read more

Is Snail Mucin Good for the Skin?

snail mucin benefits for the skin

Propolis and honey, Centella Asiatica, Green tea, Licorice root extract, and snail mucin are some of the unique ingredients that define Korean skincare products. So many Korean skincare products contain one or possibly more of these ingredients. Snail mucin is one of the most popular and intriguing ingredients in the Korean skincare scene. You’ll find … Read more

Best Korean Skincare for Hyperpigmentation in 2023

Treat Hyperpigmentation

If I had to pick public enemy #1 in my never-ending quest towards good skin, I would say that my most vicious battles thus far have been with evening out my skin tone. Treating hyperpigmentation is most effective when addressed with a multi-faceted approach, and there is no magic ingredient. You want to inhibit increased melanin … Read more

Licorice Root Extract for Skin – Unveiling the Natural Elixir

Licorice Root Extract for Skin

In the ever-evolving world of skincare, we often find ourselves surrounded by many products promising to transform our skin. Yet, amid all the high-tech solutions, a humble botanical treasure often goes unnoticed – licorice root extract. Let’s dive deep into this wonder ingredient that has been cherished for centuries, and discover the benefits of Licorice … Read more

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