Korean skincare products are specially designed to treat skin conditions and concerns. Today, we are going to clear up the confusion and let you know exactly what to look for in your skincare regimen. At lluillui, we want Korean skincare to be easy and accessible for everyone! We are creating a skincare guide series! This is the fourth part of the series, to keep it simple and easy to navigate, it will be in alphabetical order. 

Korean Skincare Glossary

 

J

Jojoba Oil - Jojoba oil, butter, and esters soothe dry skin. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping and reduce redness. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control. The fatty acids provide deep moisture. 

Product Recommendation: LabNo Lifted Ceramide Lip Balm

A natural lip balm, derived from plants, this 3-in-1 lip balm gently melts into the lips whilst lightly exfoliating and locking in moisture. The shea butter,  jojoba esters, and sunflower seed oil help to protect the lip from exposure to sunlight. It also protects the collagen and elastin in the skin. Additionally, ceramides help the skin retain moisture and protect it against environmental stressors and irritants. Lastly, lips will be left feeling soft, smooth, and healed. 

 

K

Kaolin - Kaolin clay has been used for centuries to absorb excess oil from the skin and to prevent breakouts. Additionally, kaolin is very gentle. So, it can even be used on sensitive skin. It helps to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin cells and debris from the face.

Product Recommendation: Papa Recipe Eggplant Clearing Mud Cream Mask

A gentle eggplant mud cream mask, containing Kaolin clay powder, which removes sebum, balances the skin's oil production, and purifies the pores. This mud cream mask also moisturizes the skin. Containing Walnut Shell Powder, a natural exfoliant, it gently removes dull and dry skin, evening out skin tone, revealing brighter and healthier skin. This antioxidant-rich formula, with ingredients such as Eggplant, Calendula Flower, and Birch Sap, works as a natural scrub that gently exfoliates the skin leaving it soft and smooth.

 

L

Lycopene - Lycopene is a bright red carotenoid hydrocarbon found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables. Lycopene may help increase your skin's defense against sunburns and damage caused by UV rays. It is full of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and premature aging of the cells.

Product Recommendation: Lab For You Juice Up Tomato Mask

The tomato mask is like a fresh juice for your skin. High in lycopene (a powerful antioxidant), packs in the moisture and helps your skin repair itself from environmental damage. This Tencel mask helps the serum penetrate deep into your skin, not just sitting on the top layer so you get the maximum results during your mask time. 

 

M

Mangostana Peel ExtractMangosteen is very high in antioxidants. The extract protects the skin from sun exposure and free radical damage. Also, as a natural astringent, mangosteen is one of the best extracts for anti-aging serums. It also treats acne and blemishes. Mangosteen balances the natural pH in the skin, which prevents breakouts. 

Product Recommendation: Heytoc Blue Azulen Calming Toner

This acid-free, hypoallergenic toner contains a formula that balances oil and moisture in the skin. It will leave the skin feeling radiant and full of vitality, whilst moisturizing and calming for an all-around effect. It will moisturize and calm the skin and leave it looking radiant and full of vitality. 

 

Manuka Honey - Manuka honey is a type of honey native to New Zealand. Manuka honey has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. "It is the antibacterial component of manuka honey that is thought to set it apart from regular honey," Parker told HuffPost Australia. Manuka honey balances the skins’ pH level and has mild exfoliating effects. The antibacterial in Manuka honey fights acne-causing bacteria. The anti-inflammatory effect also decreases redness and inflammation in the skin caused by eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc. For more information on Manuka honey check out this blog. 

Product Recommendation: Ecolline Manuka Marula Moisturizing Cream 

Enhance the collapsed skin barrier with Ecolline Manuka Marula Moisturizing Cream and protect the skin from active oxygen to provide healthy, resilient skin. The moisturizing cream is suitable for skin that is sensitive to external environmental changes, 

 

Mugwort - Most well-known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, mugwort soothes, heals, and nourishes the skin, helping treat redness, psoriasis, and other skin sensitivities. Mugwort is full of antioxidants and Vitamin E. It helps to protect and nourish the skin barrier. This is what makes Mugwort so popular in Korean skincare.

Product Recommendation: Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Powder Wash

A powdered enzyme cleanser that removes dead skin cells and deeply cleanses the skin with papain enzyme, sea salt, and mugwort leaf powder. It is an all-in-one exfoliant and cleanser. Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Powder Wash promotes soothed, healthy, nourished skin, whilst providing anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. 

 

Korean Skincare Guide

Comes in 25 easy-to-use sachets. For more information on Mugwort and powder face washes, check out this blog post.  

The skincare ingredients we use are crucial to overall skin health. Hope this Korean skincare glossary makes navigating K-Beauty a little bit easier. This is the fourth installment. Click here to check out glossary terms A-B. And check back soon for Part 5 of the guide.