5 ASIAN SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN

Have you seen those beautiful Asian ladies and how serious they are when it comes to their skin care rituals. For example the BB cream rave? No wonder their skin look so radiant and flawless. Now we can get a glimpse of the ingredients these ladies are putting on their skin.

  1. PEARL

In Chinese medicine, they crush pearls in herbal formulas to calm the spirit, promote skin regeneration and reduce inflammation.  This beauty staple, rumored to be the beauty secret of ancient Chinese royalty, contains amino acids, minerals and calcium, which can benefit the skin. “Recent studies have shown that pearl powder can help stimulate fibroblasts, which in turn can stimulate collagen production.

  1. SNAIL MUCIN

Studies suggest that snail mucin can aid in collagen formation and repair signs of photo-aging and acne scarring. Snail mucin is naturally high in hyaluronic acid (great for moisture) and antioxidants. It helps the skin heal faster.

  1. KOREAN GINSENG

Korean ginseng contains 42 natural minerals, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients vital to the human body. Avid ginseng tea drinkers believe it improves their memory, concentration and physical stamina. As a skin care ingredient, it helps stimulate and activate the skin’s metabolism and blood flow, regenerating and toning the skin in the process. It also brightens the skin, making it a viable treatment for pigmentation issues.

  1. TURMERIC

Did you know that turmeric—the same ingredient that makes nasi goreng and Indian curry so savory—is one of South Asia’s best-kept skin care secrets? Known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric helps maintain skin health by fighting acne-causing bacteria and neutralizing free-radical damage, a key cause of premature aging.

  1. MATCHA GREEN TEA

Matcha possesses antioxidant levels six times higher than goji berries, seven times higher than dark chocolate, 17 times higher than wild blueberries and 60 times higher than spinach. When used topically, you get to infuse all of the wonderful healing and nutritious properties. And while rinsing off, you get the added benefit of a gentle and thorough exfoliation.

Are you a fan of these Eastern ingredients? How did these help improve your skin? Share your thoughts with us on the comments section below.

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FERMENTED FACE: The benefits of probiotics

The benefits of probiotics or “health bacteria” in skin care most often found in fermented foods with live active cultures. For example: Greek yogurt and kimchi.

This is not a new topic. More than 80 years ago, dermatologists John H. Stokes hypothesized that the stress we experience in life had the ability to negative alter gut health leading to inflammation on the skin’s surface. He proposed that consuming the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus could help the skin, and in recent years these theories are becoming very popular.

Dr. Rebecca Kazin, board-certified dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, tell us that having healthy intestinal flora—the bacteria present in our gut—isn’t only important for our digestion tract, but can also be good for our skin. “Maintaining [a heathy flora] is important and probiotics are a great way of doing this,” she says.

The Science

To understand the science behind fermented skin care, think of digestive enzymes. Just as fermented foods and enzyme supplements aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients you consume, fermentation of the nutrients in topical skin care makes them more concentrated and easily absorbed.

These beauty products often contain fruit, herbs and yeast, all of which can be fermented. The fermentation process transforms the natural substances in a moisturizer, serum or mask, enabling the skin to more readily accept and absorb these ingredients.

Beauty Benefits

In addition to easier and quicker absorption, fermentation also works to increase the nutrient density, making the product’s natural ingredients more powerful. Wine for instance, has greater overall antioxidant capacity than grape juice.

Often fermented yeast extract is included in these formulations, since the fermentation process produces amino acids and peptides that help skin’s cellular renewal. In 2007 a study in Dermatologic Therapy found that fermented yeast extract could help diminish the signs of skin aging by improving collagen synthesis.

EAT UP: PROBIOTIC FOODS

Interested in incorporating more probiotics into your diet to reap the possible skin care benefits? Look for foods like yogurt, aged cheese, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut on your next trip to the supermarket.

While further study is needed to substantiate the actual affects of probiotics on our skin, eating a well-balanced diet is always a good choice for your overall well-being!