Now that fall is upon us, we are all experiencing many changes that this season—our clothes, the weather, and most importantly…our SKIN! In fall, it is extremely important to prep our skin and make sure that it is in its best condition before heading into the colder winter months; if your skin has been feeling dull and dry (we know ours has~! >.<) check out these new K-beauty trends that are sure to help you bring back the bright glow your skin once had.
These K-beauty trends focus on skin renewal and skin healing at a molecular level. Before going into the trends and recommendations, we did some research behind these 2 hot fall skincare topics for you! It is extremely important to do your research before trying new products and skincare trends—as something that may work for someone else may not work for you and could potentially be harmful to your skin if not used properly or used for the wrong purposes. So while we are providing some background information, it’s important to do your own research~! We have our skin for our whole lives, so let’s do everything we can to give it the tender love and affection it deserves :)
Skin Renewal: Chemical Exfoliation
When you think of exfoliation, I’m sure sugar and apricot scrubs come to the top of your mind. Now, while physical scrubs have their time and place and can be very beneficial for the skin, we believe that it is important to start fall with a fresh face—chemical exfoliants, this is your queue!! The word “chemical” can be a bit daunting for many, myself included~ but do not be afraid of chemical exfoliants. These exfoliation products are very safe to use- but be sure to follow all the instructions provided! We recommend to use peels after summer as UV exposure is not recommended right after using a chemical peel, and peels counteract the sun-induced hyperpigmentation and blotchy/red skin from the summer months. Using a chemical peel in the fall will leave your skin feeling renewed, fresh, and being a bright face in the dull autumn weather.
Chemical exfoliation products are not a one-size-fits-all, and it is important to know the type of skin you have to ensure you get the best results. The most popular categories of chemical exfoliation products are Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), and Poly Hydroxy Acids (PHAs). In a broad sense all 3 are hydroxy acids, but they serve different purposes and have a different chemical background.
AHAs (best for dry skin)
Water soluble substances and they act as a chemical rather than a physical exfoliant (i.e. scrubs). AHAs deeply exfoliate the skin and allow products (i.e. moisturizer/serum) to better penetrate the skin
BHAs (best for oily skin)
Lipid soluble and penetrate the skin through oil glands. This type of chemical exfoliant is often preferred in oily skin conditions where acne and excessive oil production is a problem
PHAs (best for sensitive skin)
Have the largest chemical structure vs AHA/BHA, making them ideal for those who have particularly sensitive skin. Addiditionally, PHAs have humectant properties (moisturizing agent) to offer hydration to the skin.
*You are able to use and experiment with any type of –HA chemical exfoliant, but the above recommendations are based off of the BEST match for each skin type*
K-Beauty Insider Recommendation
IDEBENONE AHA PEELING Formula & HYDRAXYL PHA PEELING Formula from Medi-Peel
The lactic and hyaluronic acids in this peel work together to smooth the skins texture. The added C, E, B5 vitamins help brighten and even out the skins tone. The powerful moisturizing effects of the hyaluronic acid help moisturize the skin, keeping it soft and glowing.
This chemical exfoliants main acid is PHA- and its ingredients are safe to use without irritation and have an added moisturizing effect to assist repairing damaged skin cells and replacing the dead ones. Additionally, the added 3 fermented ingredients make the skin youthful and bright.
Skin Healing: LED Therapy
In light of the pandemic, demand for facial tools and skincare devices have surged as individuals have not been able to visit their favourite dermatologists and estheticians to get their skin-fix! One popular type of skincare device that you may have seen all over your social media these days is the LED light therapy face masks (worn and posted by celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian, Chrissy Teigan, and Jessica Alba)
LED Therapy has many long lasting effects and can effectively treat numerous skin concerns; but the skin problems that LED face masks help with the most is increasing the skins production of collagen and managing mild to moderate acne breakouts and problem areas. As LED light therapy results are cumulative, investing in a at home treatment such as an LED face mask can be useful as you will be able to see long term results with regular treatment without having to go into a salon or clinic!
The spectrum of light used in this therapy DOES NOT INCLUDE UV—meaning there’s no risk of skin damage. Rather, LED therapy uses light in the visable spectrum, including blue, yellow, green, and red lights all with varying benefits and purposes. Moreover, as the light wavelength increases, so does the depth of penetration. This skin therapy is beneficial for ALL skin types and tones.
Red Light is the most widely offered setting in at-home LED Face masks. Red light LED therapy works to soothe inflamed and red skin, while deeper shades of the light penetrate the skin to promote cellular repair and blood flow/circulation. This visable result makes your skin more plump and makes your complexion more vibrant.
Blue light is used for its antibacterial properties. This light is used to kill the bacteria in the skin leading to breakouts and acne—making this light ideal for treating oily and acne-prone skin. Additionally, blue light helps purify the skins pores and regulates the skins oil glands. You can combine blue and red light therapies to bring down troublesome breakouts and enhance your complexion
While this let is less common in at-home devices, it may be offered in your LED face mask. The yellow/amber light works to revitalize the skin, making it appear more youthful and bright. This light also works to reduce any swelling and redness present in the face and increases the overall radiance and glow of your skin.
Green light in LED therapy is focused on repairing capillaries and pigmentation. The green light targets our delicate undereye skin, helping lessen the appearance of dark circles and aids our whole face with any pigmentation, broken capillaries, or sunspots. Green light also calms irritated or over-stimulated skin (perfect after daily mask wearing!).
K-Beauty Insider Recommendation
LED Therapy Mask by ECLAIR
This ultralight LED Face mask is designed to provide an extremely comfortable experience and allows for optimal LED light exposure maximizing your skins improvements.
LED Light Settings include: Red, Blue, and Yellow/amber
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