HERB BASED SKINCARE PRODUCTS
CHEN TENG on MAY 23, 2020
Some plants and herbs hold great beneficial properties that can uniquely improve the skin. Depending on the herb, it’s properties can combat everything from symptoms of irritations and daily radicals to conditions like dryness. Herbs have been popular ingredients in Asian skincare for centuries due to utilizing the beliefs of yin and yang. The basic breakdown is when our cool energy (yin) and hot energy (yang) are equal, our body’s chi (life force) will be able to flow more naturally and efficiently. Thus when our skin is out of this balance depending either on our yin or yang, we should use an herbal concoction for the opposite energy to combat the imbalance and maintain harmony once again.
01. AROMATICA VITALIZING ROSEMARY DECOCTION TONER
All of Aromatica’s products are amazing since not only do their skincare products use only natural ingredients, but they have also been proven to really be effective. As the name gives away, their ‘Vitalizing Rosemary Decoction Toner’, contains rosemary extracts and oils that deeply hydrate your skin, soothe any irritations and rid of excess oils to refresh your skin after a long day. The smell of rosemary has additionally been known to ease stress and perk you up, which is a bonus benefit of this toner.
02. AWAKE ASLEEP PARSLEY SEED ENERGY SERUM
The Awake Asleep Parsley Seed Energy serum gives your skin all the benefits of a vegetable without actually eating them. The serum contains parsley seeds, which are full of chlorophyll and centella asiatica that help to relieve the skin from varying external stimulants. The chlorophyll in the parsley seed helps to eliminate skin wastes and leaves you with skin that looks calmer and feels rejuvenated.
03. GOODAL HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA CALMING ESSENCE
Houttuynia Cordata, also known as a chameleon plant, is a medicinal and edible herb that has been used throughout history in Asia to treat a multitude of diseases like heat reduction and hypertension. Goodal’s Houttuynia Cordata Calming Essence uses this herb exclusively, which is locally sourced from Jeju Island and works to soothe and repair the skin and it’s barrier. As the name states, this product is especially great for anyone suffering from redness or irritations. Keep in mind that since this product is an essence, it can also be more nourishing for the skin when compared to the limited use of a standard toner.
04. The Face Shop’s Beyond Herb Garden Mask Tea Tree
The Face Shop is a brand that has quickly become a staple within the K-beauty community. As with most mainstream K-beauty brands, they offer a wide array of skincare masks. The ‘Beyond Herb Garden Mask- Tea Tree’ in particular, utilizes the benefits of the tea tree plant to help with skin troubles. The Tea Tree, in particular, has many skin soothing & moisturizing properties that will leave your skin feeling both clean and refreshed.
05. NACIFIC FRESH HERB SERUM
The Nacific Fresh Herb Serum is a vegan and cruelty-free formula that contains a culmination of various herbal ingredients like lemongrass and applemint. Lemongrass is high in vitamin A so it works to keep your skin looking bright and glossy. It also has astringent properties that help to minimize pores and to keep your skin’s oil levels balanced. Applemint is known for helping to brighten the complexion, treat acne, and tone to the skin. Along with the ingredients aloe vera, lime peel, and water lily extract, this serum is a one-stop shop to treat any skincare concern.