💫Your Guide to Allantoin and How it Can Beautify Your Skin

Jun. 11, 2020
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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