What: Vitamin F
Why: For healthy, plump and glowing skin
The super-charged cousin of beauty Holy Grail Vitamin C, Vitamin F is also known as linoleic acid. While the ingredient itself isn't new, the conversation around it in the beauty sphere definitely is. It is an essential fatty acid that is rich in omega structure, and is found in flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and rose hip oil. It is known to strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier that protects it, while also working overtime to deliver healthy and plump-looking skin
Who: Works for all skin types (hurrah!).
Why: To soothe and repair irritated skin
A staple in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, Cica is a powerhouse ingredient used abundantly in K-beauty. Brimming with the goodness of amino acids, beta-carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals, including vitamins C, A, B1, and B2, Cica helps stimulate collagen production. It is packed with antioxidants, which gives skin an antimicrobial boost and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Who: Perfect for acne-prone and sensitive skin.
What: Mandelic Acid
Why: For smoother and luminous skin
Anyone with sensitive skin is well-versed with the no-exfoliators rule, but Mandelic acid is turning this rule on its head. Derived from bitter almond extract, it removes dead skin cells without penetrating the skin deeply, and it's slower and milder than other acids.
Who: It is a great match for those with sensitive skin.
What: Marula Oil
Why: To revitalise and moisturise skin
It has been established that Vitamin C is a miracle elixir, but Marula oil is charged with four times more Vitamin C than oranges and is packed with antioxidants and omegas. Derived from the nut inside the Marula fruit, the oil is non-irritating and non-pore clogging. It is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect your skin from ageing and reduce blemishes, rendering revitalised skin.
Who: Perfect to be used on all skin types, including oily skin.
Why: For radiant skin
For those of you with acne-prone skin, take note of this unsung hero that is effective at treating breakouts by reducing the production of oil. Known to brighten and hydrate skin, this multi-tasking ingredient facilitates collagen production and reduces pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, giving you an even skin tone.
Who: For skin that is acne-prone and sensitive.
Why: Clear and radiant skin
Most of us with sensitive skin steer away from using face oil for the fear of breaking out. Enter Squalane. Traditionally, the ingredient comes from the liver of a shark, but skincare and beauty products use plant-based squalane that is obtained from sugarcane and olives. Typically used with hyaluronic acid, it is lightweight, non-greasy, regulates oil production and seals moisture. It also tackles wrinkles, scars, and skin pigmentation.
Who: Safe for anyone with sensitive or oily skin type.
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