💫Your Guide to Allantoin and How it Can Beautify Your Skin
Allantoin has popped up on beauty radars everywhere thanks to K-beauty treatments that showcase its benefits.
Perhaps you’ve seen allantoin listed in the ingredients of certain items in your beauty stash. Sun-care products and lip treatments come to mind though in the K-beauty world, it is a popular ingredient for keeping skin clean and clear.
In particular, Seoul is a mecca for the rise of proven ingredients, setting the benchmark for new beauty trends. As a bustling city with plenty of environmental antagonists, it makes sense that the market predominantly has sensitive and easily-irritated skin. That’s where allantoin comes in to rescue skin from aggressors to keep it calm and soothed. From Seoul, the trend of allantoin-infused beauty products has taken off, rising to fame in big cities around the globe that share similar skin concerns.
More About Allantoin
Allantoin comes from comfrey plants, but when it’s used for skincare, it is created in a lab. It’s still the chemical equivalent and is rated as nontoxic and safe by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Aside from comfrey plants, you’ll find it organically in sugar beets, chamomile, and wheat sprouts, among others, though the comfrey plant is the most common.
So, it’s safe to use and keeps skin calm, though there is much more than meets the eye about allantoin. Korean skincare is often about multi-tasking to tackle several problems at once, and that’s certainly one thing allantoin can do exceedingly well.
Benefits of Allantoin for Your Skin
If your skin is dry, irritated, and needs a boost, searching for products with allantoin can improve your complexion in a number of ways:
- It’s extremely emollient, locking in moisture to keep skin from drying out. That means no more flaky or angry-looking skin.
- Allantoin calms skin quite well. There’s a reason it’s found in diaper rash cream, and while you won’t want to put that on your face, products that are formulated for facial skincare with allantoin can render the same effects.
- It provides gentle exfoliation which is what a dull complexion needs. City-dwellers often have more trouble sloughing off that outer layer of dead skin cells. Allantoin helps smooth things over for a brighter appearance.
- Another interesting aspect of allantoin is that it is keratolytic which means it can increase the water content of your skin cells. That results in plumper, smoother, and more youthful skin.
- It’s great for anti-aging because it smooths even the most sensitive skin, speeds up wound healing, and promotes healthy cell turnover too.
Additionally, allantoin can protect your skin just as petroleum jelly does but without the ill effects. That’s why you might have seen it in your lip balm or sunscreen and wondered what it is. This antioxidant ingredient really does it all in your beauty routine.
Where to Find Skincare with Allantoin?
Ideally, the best way to experience allantoin is through Korean skincare beauty products. Dermatory has an extensive line of allantoin-infused products that include moisturizing creams, pads, toner, and lip balm, to name a few. They’re all hypoallergenic so if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, they will be kind and gentle.
For those that need retinoids at night, allantoin is compliant with that. SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream is a great example of allantoin combined with retinol and lactic acid to boost exfoliation as you sleep, minimizing wrinkles and lines, and soothing it all with allantoin. If you’ve found retinol to be a little irritating to your skin, using a product like this will help balance its benefits with the allantoin too for stellar results.
When dry skin is your biggest concern and you’re not looking for a dose of retinol thrown in or you want sometime for daytime use, consider Dermalogica’s Super Rich Repair Moisturizer. Ideal for use in the big city, it uses allantoin to help soothe skin while it protects it from environmental aggressors. Other hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil and shea butter also do their part with the allantoin to help restore your skin’s outer barrier for softer, smoother, and healthier-looking skin.
Take a page out of the Korean beauty books and get your hands on allantoin. You will find it in everything from shaving cream to shower gel when you look for it though you’ll get the best benefit when using it in serums and creams because it has the chance to lock into your skin for longer.
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Tips from a dermatologist on sunscreen ☀️
Let’s talk about sunscreen ☀️ What’s a good sunscreen to wear? One that is: * Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) * SPF 30 or higher * Water resistant This will help protect your skin from early skin aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. What is the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens? Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. They contain one or more of the following ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These are often easier to rub into the skin without a white cast. Physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) act like a shield, sitting on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays. These can come on white. They have the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide Reapply every 2 hours when outside in the sun ☀️ Some of my favorites: Tinted: Cerave tinted, la roche posay tinted, alastin CeraVe - Face Sheer Tint Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 LA ROCHE-POSAY - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 ALASTIN SKINCARE - HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 Not tinted: colorescience, drunk elephant colorescience - Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 Sunscreen DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 What’s your favorite sunscreen?
Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
Glass skin? Uhm YES!
This mist is so fun to use. You can use it with makeup or on its own! I tend to use it on bare skin for a natural glowing look. It is a fine mist that moisturizes, nourishes and helps fight damage. It also helps fight irritation and calm the skin. I will be posting a video a little later of me using this before makeup application! Makeup glides on after using this to prep the skin. What’s in it: ￼peach extract ￼Hyaluronic acid ￼Reishi mushroom ￼lotus extract ￼cica ￼ceramides ￼much more! This product has so many awesome ingredients, it’s hard not to love! PEACH & LILY - Glass Skin Veil Mist I will give this a 5/5! Pros: ￼can be used to refresh makeup ￼can be used on bare skin ￼hydrating ￼calming ￼gives a wonderful dewy glow ￼smells nice Cons: ￼$30 for a mist is a bit pricey but this mist does so much in return 💞 let me know a mist you love!
My AM routine while rocking cherie merch!
@cheriethanks for the cute sweatshirt! I am obsessed. Here is my am routine! sisley - FLORAL TONING LOTION First I tone and prep my skin with this toner. I love this toner so much because it is so hydrating and doesn’t strip the skin. It also moisturizes while helping to clean and prep it to absorb other products. NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% Then I use this essence. I love this brand so much and this essence is so hydrating and light. It helps plump and prepares it for the serum. NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% Next I use this serum which I have been enjoying. It is super gentle that I can even use it during the day. So far my skin has been tolerating it very well. I also notice my dark spots decreasing much quicker. LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer Then I use this moisturizer that I am obsessed with. It so far has been my favorite product of the year. It’s so hydrating and calming. It feels amazing on the skin as well. Last I finish off with a sunscreen. I previously reviewed this before! It’s from Korean brand Corthe. ^^ what do you like to do in your morning routine?
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