How to fade acne scars
2 Game-Changing Korean Beauty Ingredients You Need To Know About NOW
By now, you’re aware that Korean Beauty is way ahead of the game. In fact, when it comes to inventive and super effective ingredients, the Koreans are about 10 years ahead of us! Witness how long sheet masks, BB and CC creams were a thing in Korean Beauty skincare routines long before we, in the west even knew what they were.
Because I might be just a little obsessed with Korean beauty and skincare products, my job has become focused on keeping an eye on the latest trends and advising you of what to look for in your Korean beauty products.
Korean skincare addicts are super picky, fearless and unforgiving in their selection of what goes into their beauty routines. Korean beauty products need to be effective, long lasting and live up to their promise. Now, when you’re dealing with acne scars, this is especially true as the results are very visible.
I’ve been researching a lot lately about these 2 Korean natural skin care ingredients - EGF and Cica (Centella Extract). The Korean beauty press have been going nuts over these and the results have been pretty amazing in terms of reducing acne scars.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE
If you’re a lover of KBeauty, chances are EGF is already in part of your skincare routine, as it features in many Korean beauty products. To put you in the picture, EGF stands for Epidermal Growth Factor. It’s a protein naturally occurring in our skin cells to promote healing of the skin.
EGF is responsible for kickstarting processes such as cell proliferation, differentiation and survival.
“These growth factors (EGFs) are signals that tell your skin cells to behave like young, healthy cells,” according to New York Skin expert, Dr Zeichner . When it comes to cosmetic use, “they are most appropriate for people with aging skin”. Now, by aging skin, that pretty much means anyone from the age of 29 - as this is where scientists have seen our EGF start to decrease dramatically.
One of the biggest benefits of introducing EGF into your routine is that it repairs skin by stimulating the growth of new skin cells and enhances the skin barrier. Your skin will retain moisture more effectively, making it softer and smoother. Melanin production is also increased when you use EGF as part of the skin’s healing process, which means it directly improves acne marks and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
Fortunately, EGF can be created in a lab to function in the same way as our own naturally-occurring EGF without using any human or animal-derived ingredients making it entirely cruelty free.
As someone over 29 myself (not revealing my age here!), I’m a big fan of our Swanicoco EGF 10ppm Pure Ampoule. Over time, it leads to a beautiful brightness in skin and a youthful complexion and really assists in healing scars left by acne and other skin conditions.
If you’re considering adding EGF products to your Korean beauty routine, make sure that you time their usage well. Ideally, at night when your skin cells turnover and skin healing is at its natural peak. And, extra points here - from the research I’ve carried out, EGF products tend to be well received by sensitive skin too!
If you’re a sheetmask devotee (and who isn’t?), I’ve found probably the best EGF sheetmask in town - Swanicoco 2GF Bio Mix Mask.
This high-performing sheet mask features EGF and FGF, a perfect duo to address skin elasticity and provide intense nourishment and hydration, as well as strengthening the moisture barrier to prevent further damage.
2. Centella asiatica extract - cica
Often, good things come in small packages. KBeauty experts and bloggers know this is true, especially when it comes to the uber-trendy ingredient known as “cica”. Cica - or Centella Asiatica Extract (as its more formally known) comes from a little plant which grows in only the world’s most exotic locations. Think Mexico, Sri Lanka, India and South Africa.
Widely revered for its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, this ingredient is getting some seriously good press for its ability to help out with acne scars and pigmentation. And, why not? Cica has been proven to stimulate collagen production and inhibit skin inflammation that leads to scarring.
Cica - known in Korean beauty circles as a “miracle elixir” contains madecassic acid which is understood to assist suppressing inflammation because it inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and certain enzymes that lead to inflammation.
If you have acne-prone skin, looking for products such as our Bonajour Derma MDK Ampoule could really help out with redness, scarring and irritation. Its key ingredient is derived from Centella Asiatica, known to treat and strengthen your skin barrier, which helps to prevent moisture loss. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce blemishes and soothe skin irritations.
Another truly fantastic derivative of Centella Asiatica we love is called Madecassoside. This ingredient is the awesomeness within our Make P:rem Cicapro Cream and will soothe your skin, whether dry, flaky or sensitive.
Generally, cica is high in fabulous phytochemicals. Rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, niacin, and carotene, products such as this SanDaWha Aqua Fresh Toner, all help to promote vital, youthful complexions.
Curating your skincare routine really involves taking a good look at the ingredients each product features and working out what works best for your skin type.
Because of my passion for Korean skincare and Korean beauty, these are things I study every day. I hunt down gentle and effective formulations and research the impacts of each product on a variety of skin types. Both EGF and Cica are now complete staples in my Korean beauty skincare routine. I highly recommend you try Korean beauty products that list these as high ranking ingredients, particularly if you have acne scarring you’d like to minimise.