How many times have you picked up a product and read the ingredients list without actually understanding what those particular ingredients do. The next few blog posts are going to be all about active ingredients, which are extremely popular in Korean skincare and the reason for their popularity.
Let’s start with the much talked about Snail mucin and all its glory. Snail slime is packed with ah-mazing nutrients: everything from hyaluronic acid (hydration), glycoprotein (cell membranestructure stability), and proteoglycans helps to stabilize proteins in the area surrounding the cells) to antimicrobial peptides (inflammation) and copper peptides (skin healing and regeneration). It encourages collagen production, soothes the skin, helps to repair damaged tissue and since its comprised of 91-98% water, it effectively restores hydration. Snail mucin is used to treat everything from dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks to acne, pigmentation and bumps.
Despite the fact that Propolis extract comes from bees, lets not confuse it with honey. They both have different properties and different functions. Propolis is a sticky substance that worker bees collect from plants and trees. It is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and essential oils. It is one of the only substances in the world, scientists say, known to contain nearly all of the vitamins and nutrients needed to sustain life. Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Propolis is said to speed up the wound-healing process. As a natural sealant, it may also help the skin to retain moisture and maintain a healthier and brighter complexion. Propolis is gentle on sensitive skin and can help with irritation and redness.
Bees carry nectar in their stomachs. After reaching the hive, they deposit the nectar into honeycomb cells to store for later use as a food source. Honey is rich in water, glucose (moisture, skin regeneration, protection against harsh UV rays, exfoliant), fructose (skin replenishing) and sucrose (hydration). It also supplies numerous vitamins and minerals. Honey is great for a dry skin regimen because its described as a humectant (a substance that attracts moisture and keeps it locked inside). It is a natural antioxidant and protects the skin from sun damage.
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