The Beauty Routine From 200 Years Ago
Have you ever wondered what was the "skincare routine" before today's products came into the picture? Before all the fancy ingredients that were concocted in a lab, what kind of things did we use to take care of our skin?
As we learn more about skincare, many of us have come to learn that there really is no need for a million ingredients in a product to keep the skin looking healthy. One of the brands to embrace the benefits of natural ingredients is Beauty of Joseon.
Around the 1800s in the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, there used to be a Silhak scholar named To Bingheogak.
A Silhak scholar translates into "practical learning" scholar. As the name suggests, their role was to improve current systems and innovate new technologies. These scholars were essentially building the Wikipedia of the Joseon Dynasty.
Yu Bingheogak specially wrote guides for women. In her writings in the 'Gyuhap Chongseo', she describes how to take care of one's appearance in ways such as shaping the brows, and how to cleanse to get smooth skin.
For example, her suggestion for rough skin during the winter was to soak three eggs in alcohol and let it ferment for a month before applying it to the skin. Sounds rather unorthodox to us today since we already have amazing moisturizers to do the job in the market. And don't worry, we are not going to suggest that you rub fermented egg and alcohol on your face. These all natural recipes are just what helped the women absolutely slay back then.
There was no excessive list of ingredients either. They were simple and natural ingredients. Even the richest and most noble during the Joseon Dynasty felt that less was more. There was greater emphasis on minimal makeup and being more natural.
Beauty of Joseon saw this and decided it was time to bring the beauty secrets of the Joseon Dynasty back.
Origin of Beauty of Joseon
When we think about natural ingredients, some of us get worried that it is some sort of DIY at home skincare routine like mashing avocados and rubbing it on the face. But in this case when we say that the products are natural, it means they balance out the natural ingredients with other amazing modern ingredients to make sure you get the most out of the product and ingredients.
The unique thing about Beauty of Joseon is that they use traditional herbal medicine which is called Hanbang. They recognize that traditional beauty methods do not have to be changed so much and have put a little modern twist into the traditional to make it more suitable for us to use today.
Yu Bingheogak shared a lot of wisdom in her book, 'Gyuhap Chongseo', which helped the brand find some really effective ingredients that work wonders for the skin while being natural.
Why Beauty of Joseon Is A Game Changer
Korean skincare products have always been a step ahead with their skincare technologies. They have created many formulas that have revolutionized skincare for us. But it can be a struggle to find the perfect product for your skin since there are so many awesome brands.
If you are someone who has sensitive skin, and are looking for a good product to repair damaged skin barriers and keep the skin hydrated, then we can tell you that this just might be the perfect brand for you.
However, they do not only stop there. They offer many solutions for skincare concerns like acne so you might just find something for you in their line of products. Their claim is that within a month you would notice some difference if the product is suited to your skin type.
Their products are also very synergistic. It can be confusing when you have too many products to pick from a brand but they have simplified it for us by creating a line of products that work well together. No need to worry about combining the right things because when you use them all together, your skin will look bomb.
Beauty of Joseon sells 3 serums in their "calming glow repair" set and all of them have very positive reviews. So what are these products and why are we hyping them so much?
The 3 Magical Beauty of Joseon Serums
For those of us who watch and follow a lot of skincare advice from people like Hyram, we know that added fragrance is a big no when looking at skincare products.
Lucky for us, this entire set of serums has zero added scents. Plus everything us super gentle on the skin so they suit sensitive skin as well! Hallelujah!
Green Tea Calming Serum With Panthenol
Did someone say healing and soothing?
This serum is a go-to if you are looking for something that can soothe your skin while also making your skin glow. The serum contains 76.49% Green tea leaf water for soothing properties, as well as for anti-aging. It also helps to protect from UV rays while being a wonderful ingredient to combat signs of aging because of the catechins in it, which are essentially anti-oxidants. Catechins can also regulate sebum production which is exciting news for anyone with oily skin type.
The serum also has 2% Panthenol which is useful for reducing inflammation and improving skin elasticity. Panthenol helps the skin produce more vitamin B5 which is great at holding onto water and leaving the skin feeling more moisturized. But while it moisturizes, it also heals and replenishes the skin barrier so you get a lot more bang for your buck with this mixture.
Artemisia vulgaris extract is another ingredient inside the serum that has anti-inflammatory properties. This is something that helps make the serum offer something to every skin type.
76.49% Green Tea Leaf Water With 2% Panthenol
If you have dry skin, this ingredient will ensure that your skin is not itchy and soothe redness. The vitamin A in the Artemisia helps with cell turnover and improves skin recovery. If you have oily or combination skin, you know the struggle of finding a moisturizer that is not too heavy. This product however is able to moisturize without feeling greasy and also can help heal acne while controlling the oil production.
So if you are looking for something to soothe your skin, then this is the perfect concoction for you!
Glow Serum With Propolis + Niacinamide
All of us want that glowing dewy look for our skin and this serum will give you exactly that. The serum does what it name says, it makes you glow. The ingredients in this serum do an amazing job at brightening the skin and also for anyone looking for something to reduce their acne. So what are they?
The glow serum contains 60% propolis extract which is one of our main stars when it comes to defeating acne. As we all know, there are different kinds of acne. You can have acne due to hormones, bacteria and oily skin. While we cannot do much on the surface to fix hormonal acne, the propolis is wonderful at helping with the bacteria and oily skin.
Propolis is a strong contender against bacteria and has antifungal properties. The little bumps of fungal acne caused by bacteria on the skin will start to fade away after they get some of the propolis from this serum. For those who have very enthusiastic sebaceous glands that just don’t know when to stop, propolis will keep that under control for you too.
Now some of you may worry, “Oh but won’t it dry out my skin?”. Don’t worry. Propolis has got your back. While it may be making your skin less oily and removing the bacteria, it is also moisturizing. Unlike other drying mixtures, this will keep your skin still looking hydrated and would not lead to any flaking.
60% Propolis Extract With 2% Niacinamide
Another gem of an ingredient in this serum is 2% of niacinamide. We are all too familiar with the benefits this offers for the skin. But we never get tired of praising this ingredient so let me get right into why we love niacinamide so much.
First of all, it shows results. No matter what skin-type, niacinamide is not very intrusive. For acne prone skin, it may lead to purging at the beginning but after some time, it starts to clear the skin. For those with dry skin, this can heal and restore the surface of your skin. It increases the production of ceramides in the skin which helps retain moisture better.
It is also able to reduce pore size caused by bumps and sun damage. Overall, the ingredients in this serum are just *chef’s kiss*. There are loads of healing and hydrating elements inside as well like Tamanu oil for hyperpigmentation and Betanie Salicylate (BHA). What’s not to love?
Repair Serum With Ginseng + Snail Mucin
Ginseng is already such a popular ingredient in medicine and keeping us healthy. Now it is time for us to put it on our face. And we know some of you may be squirming at the fact that this has snail mucin in it and yes, it is actually snail slime. But hear us out on why you should still consider this serum because it is a pretty bomb serum.
The repair serum contains 63.36% Ginseng root water which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty as being the beauty secret of the most beautiful women. Which is why Beauty of Joseon had to include this MVP in their line of serums.
Ginseng is great at being anti-ageing because it firms the skin and reduces wrinkles by boosting collagen in the skin. It is also an antioxidant so you get protection for your skin from environmental pollutants as well. Some call it coffee for the face because it wakes the skin up and makes it look brighter.
One issue that some of us face is also hyperpigmentation, which ginseng helps with as it inhibits melanin production and it also calms the skin so any inflammations on the skin will also be reduced. No wonder it was such a popular natural beauty remedy 200 years ago.
63.36% Ginseng Root Water With 3% Snail Mucin
The repair serum does not stop there either. It also contains 3% of Snail Mucin which despite the initial reaction it gets when people hear about it, is actually pretty damn good. This is a very good moisturizing ingredient and while it hydrates the skin, it also stimulates the production of collagen which helps to repair the skin by promoting the growth of new skin cells. It also reduces wrinkles and soothes the skin. Which is why both of these ingredients work so well hand in hand.
The mixture also contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to help brighten and moisturize the skin while the others repair the skin. This serum sounds like an absolute win and has a bit of everything if you are looking for something to really do the most for you in terms of repair and anti-ageing.
Our Final Thoughts On Beauty Of Joseon
Having an asian mother, I have always heard her tell me about how she never really used all the expensive skincare and prefers more natural ingredients. She also looks like she is in her 30s even though she is 50 years old so whatever she is doing is definitely working.
We love how Beauty of Joseon has taken tradition and brought it back into today’s skincare market. There are some really good natural ingredients that do wonders for the skin that we should not overlook and this brand has done a great job of making use of them in their products. It combines the old and the new and really gives us the best of both worlds.