If you are an avid user of K-beauty skincare products, then you might have heard of what active ingredients do for skincare. Even if you are unfamiliar as to what active ingredients are and do, there is no need to worry. Turn the bottle around and take a look at the list of ingredients. The long list might intimidate you right now but after reading this, you will know how to choose the right K-beauty skincare product for you and reap its benefits. Here is all you need to know about Korean skincare active ingredients.
What exactly is an ‘active ingredient’?
Active ingredients are the main components in the skincare product that are biologically active. Because different active ingredients produce different effects on your skin and are meant to address specific skin issues, knowing which active ingredients are contained in the skincare product could help you choose among the countless K-beauty skincare products. If you have acne-prone skin, for example, you would like to look for products with active ingredients for acne that can treat acne and heal scars from acne.
#1. Salix Alba Bark Extract, a.k.a Willow Bark Extract
If you are looking for active ingredients for acne, skin care products with Salix alba bark extract could help you treat and prevent acne. Salix alba bark extracts, also known as the extracts from the bark of willow trees, have traditionally been used in medicine to relieve pain and fight bacteria. Salix alba bark extracts contain a component called Salicylic Acid which has been proven to treat acne and prevent them as well. These anti-inflammatory and antifungal qualities are effective in fighting acne-causing bacteria and preventing them as well by reducing inflammation and easing redness and irritation. The extracts chemically exfoliate dead skin cells and can also help with wound healing.
#2. Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, a.k.a. Lotus Flower Extract
If you don’t have fungal or bacterial acne but acne from too much extra sebum production, clogging your pores, nelumbo Nucifera extract is the one for you. Nelumbo nucifera is another fancy name for lotus flowers. Lotus flowers, rich in Vitamin A, soothe your skin and can treat wound healing. Its soothing and restorative qualities have been loved by many K-beauty skincare brands. Nelumbo nucifera extract also works well with green tea extract to help with moisturizing and balancing the skin. The combination, relatively mild, can be effective for those with oily and acne-prone skin because it assists extra oil and sebum control, making sure the right balance between water and oil for your skin.
#3. Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, a.k.a Five Flavor Fruit Extract
Now for those with or without acne who want to treat the post-acne scars and wounds, Schisandra berry extract and Morus alba extract could help with tonifying your skin and enhancing resilience in your skin. The Schisandra berry is a small, red berry originated from China and Mongolia. These small berries are packed with healthy compounds that not only are used to enhance skin resilience but can also calm your nerves and relieve stress. The resilient quality in the berries can restore your youth and increase the resilience and firmness of your skin. Schisandra berry extracts in skincare products, in turn, are effective in calming and soothing your skin, treating redness and making your skin look even-toned.
#4. Morus Alba Bark Extract, a.k.a White Mulberry Extract
Morus alba extracts are extracts from white mulberry root. Morus alba root extract has antioxidizing and whitening properties. Morus alba root extract works as a natural skin brightener as it contains compounds like anthocyanins and riboflavin which protects the skin from free radical damage. Free radicals can damage your skin, creating uneven skin tone and blemishes on your skin, and, if worse comes to worst, can also cause aging and skin cancer. Also, compounds in Morus alba root extracts like flavonoids can tonify uneven skin tone and prevent discolorations from worsening.