Originated about 4,000 years ago in China, the Jujube fruit is considered a must-have in the daily Chinese dietary. The Jujube fruit contains up to 20 times more vitamin C than any citrus fruit. In addition, it is rich in Vitamins A, B1 and B2, as well as calcium.
Its nutrients deliver intense moisture, nourishment and protection to the outer skin layers as well. Jujube fruit is an antioxidant with rejuvenating properties. You can use it to treat skin inflammation and skin irritation such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.
Artemisia is one of the most used plants in traditional Chinese medicine. This ingredient powerhouse contains antibacterial and antioxidant flavonoids, phenols, and terpene compounds, some of them with potent anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Artemisia is commonly known as sweet wormwood, a name that derived from its ancient use to expel parasitic worms. The plant has been traditionally used to help fight infection and inflammation and to boost the immune system.
Utilized around the world since over 4,000 years, castor oil is native in India, the Mediterranean Basin and Eastern Africa. Castor oil contains an ingredient known as ricinoleic acid, which is an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. The oil is attributed with a lot of positive attributes like healing of inflamed skin, fighting signs of aging and moisturizing the skin. In addition it can support the treat of sunburned skin and prevents stretch marks.
Perilla is a member of the mint family and native to Eastern Asia. It is also known as Japanese Mint, Chinese Basil or Shiso. This potent oil demonstrates excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities due to the abundance of linoleic acid. Perilla seed oil extracts are rich of omega-3 essential oils, making it perfect for treating aging skin. Rich in flavones, it offers potent antioxidant activity thus helping to prevent free-radical-induced damage to the skin cells. In addition, the oil is naturally rich in polyphenols (particularly rosmarinic acid) and triterpenoids (particularly ursolic acid), natural molecules that demonstrate anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-allergic qualities.
Sake, the fermented rice wine, was already known by the ancient Chinese and first historically mentioned around 500 BC. Sake-based products can be easily integrated into your daily routines.
Its positive benefits are well known & used across the whole Asian region. Sake can evening your complexion's appearance, gentle cleansing, reducing the blemishes of sun and age spots, helping to minimize signs of aging by lessening free radicals, brighter and tighter skin, and helping to soothe the inflammation from eczema and acne. Sake is a multi-tasking ingredient addition rich of glycerol, amino acid and ferulic acid supporting the moisturizing of your skin and having an anti-aging effect.
Native to south Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, the earliest historical reference of the kumquat plant appears in Chinese literature around the 12th century. They are slow-growing evergreen short trees, from 2 to 5 meters. Depending on size, the kumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year. The fruit body is rich on antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E), as well as Vitamin B. In addition it holds flavonoid antioxidants like carotenes and tannins and minerals like calcium copper, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. This plethora of ingredients is assisting with collagen synthesis, wound healing and counteracting free radicals.
Loquat, also called the Chinese plum, is one of the earliest fruits cultivated in Asia. It’s extract has antioxidant properties similar to those of green tea. The fruit is an excellent source for Vitamin A and its leaves have significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities.
This is the It’s Skin The Fresh Sheet Mask Blueberry which contains blueberries, strawberry and raspberry extract. Blueberries not only taste delicious, they are rich in antioxidants and fight free radicals preventing signs of aging. In addition, Blueberries have a high concentration of salicylates widely used for effective acne treatment.
Schisandra (berry grape) is a genus of Far Eastern climbing plants, which traditionally play an important role in Asian medicine and today are also intended as adaptogens against stress-related diseases. They contain a special type of active substance from the group of lignans, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, protect the skin against damage by UV rays and inhibit the breakdown of the subcutaneous connective tissue. Special extracts from the fruits of this plant are therefore suitable for the care of stressed and aged skin.
Schisandra is an ancient Chinese medicinal plant whose first written references date back to the Han Dynasty. This versatile application can also be explained by the fact that the five flavours, as well as the respective directions, seasons, senses and other categories are assigned to the five elements wood, fire, metal, water and earth.
Kbeauty meets France! Lavender is not only great for calming the senses but it works wonders on inflamed and irritated skin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help to heal a wide range of issues from bruising to burns. Still some people are allergic so pay attention trying it. I am excited to test the Missha Lavender sheet mask today!
Mangosteen, growing mainly in Southeast Asia, has strong anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiviral properties which are especially useful for acne treatments. In addition it has strong antioxidant properties, is a source of rare vitamins B1, B2, riboflavin, thiamine, nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and sodium. One of its main advantages is its skin, with xanthone contained therein. Xanthones has the ability to fight aging skin by protecting it against free radicals.
Reishi, or the ‚spiritual mushroom’ is a powerful age defense. Since 2,000 years used in traditional Chinese medicine it can slow down premature aging as well. Reishi mushroom extract contain a high content of polysaccharides, responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water, and which are also imperative for skin repair and renewal. The extract also helps reduce skin inflammation, puffiness, wrinkles and free radical damage, while promoting cell regeneration.
Did you know that turmeric is one of Asia’s best-kept skin care secrets? Known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric helps maintain skin health by fighting acne-causing bacteria and neutralizing free-radical damage, a key cause of premature aging. Studies have shown that curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, can decrease UV damage as well. In addition, according to a Japanese study, turmeric can prevent the formation of wrinkles and melanin. It also prevents the reduction in skin elasticity caused by chronic UVB exposure.
Korean ginseng is one of the best-known skin care ingredients in Asia. It contains up to 42 natural minerals, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients vital to the human skin.
It helps to stimulate and activate the skin’s metabolism and blood flow, regenerating and toning the skin in the process. Especially important in Asia, it also brightens the skin, making it a viable treatment for pigmentation issues.
In addition to being a good skin care ingredient, avid ginseng tea drinkers believe it improves their memory, concentration and physical stamina.
Just bought the Sugu Avocado Sheet mask. I looove avocado and am excited how it will work as skincare treatment. Full of healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants, avocados should be great for the skin too. Benefits of avocado include anti-aging. Avocado is an amazing treatment that helps reduce wrinkles for example. Let's see how it works.
Finally Sakura! The most beautiful time in Japan. Cherry blossoms, ‘Sakura’, are exquisite flowers that symbolize the ‘beauty of nature’. This precious flower holds within its petals powerful nectar that promotes collagen formation while inhibiting uneven skin tone.
Rosemary is well known for cooking but widely spread also in Asian skincare! Rosemary Oil acts as a refreshing astringent that balances and tones the skin. Topical application of Rosemary Oil helps decongest acne and oily skin types while maintaining balance within the skin. Rosemary Oil’s antimicrobial benefits give oily and acneic skin an advantage in preventing future breakouts.