While many of us are more familiar with skincare products powered by vitamins C, A and B3, there are other key vitamins that are as beneficial as the ones we already know. Enter vitamin F. Unlike its cousins, vitamin F is an essential fatty acid (EFAs).
EFAs are also known as lipids, which are critical in strengthening and building up a healthy epidermis. Thus, not only does vitamin F deliver intense hydration, but it also aids in restoring the skin’s barrier for it to better defend itself against harmful external aggressors. Plus, it also comes equipped with anti-inflammatory properties to soothe reactive skin and prevent any potential irritation.
First, there was centella asiatica and now, mugwort. Commonly found in Korean skincare products, mugwort is an herb that is commonly used in Korean medicine, incorporated into dishes and now, formulated in skincare products.
Similar to centella asiatica, mugwort is highly regarded for its soothing and calming benefits thanks to its anti-fungal, bacterial and inflammatory properties. Many times, this ingredient is used in products that help to treat irritation, sensitivity, acne and redness. Moreover, it comes packed with antioxidants and is also rich in vitamin E to hydrate, protect and maintain a strong skin barrier.
AHAs, BHAs and PHAs help to chemically exfoliate our skin b sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, smoother and clearer complexion. But besides these three acids, tranexamic acid is an up and comer to note.
The synthetic amino acid derivative is known for its brightening benefits, targeting pigmentation, discolouration and uneven skin tones. It reportedly helps to decrease the production of melanin (read: the pigments responsible for dark spots) while slowing down the negative effects caused by constant UV exposure. On top of that, tranexamic acid is also said to calm any potential irritation or inflammation.
It comes as no surprise that our skin contains bacteria but other than that, there are a ton of different micro-organisms such as viruses and fungi living on and in our skin and bodies (don’t worry, not all of them are bad). Together, this eco-system is known as the microbiome.
To ensure that our skin functions optimally, it is crucial we take good care of our microbiome to ensure a balanced amount of good bacteria. Microbiome skincare products focus on doing exactly that. They help to create a suitable environment for good bacteria to thrive and when that happens, our skin becomes more stable, less reactive and more balanced levels of sebum production. Think of this as an all-in-one supplement to boost your health.